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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with this plasma cutter?

http://www.hobartwelders.com/product...50ci/#Features

I have been looking for a plasma cutter for a little while now but my only concern with getting one was that I required a compressor.
This plasma cutter has a built in compressor and runs off of a standard house hold plug in. I figure this would be good for using to make brackets and cutting body panels instead of using a grinder with cut off wheel
This cutter is currently on sale for $699...

Any advice would be greatly be appreciated!
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Old November 24th, 2010, 07:45 AM   #2
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With a screen name of Impact you would think you would have a compressor, I think I would invest in a compressor and then worry about a plasma.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 07:16 AM   #3
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If sheet metal is your only goal good deal if you want to do brakets better keep looking.
a good idea would be to get a compressor then look into a cutter. I have two cutters and
Love them great tool to work with but takes a little more then just hook Android book.
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If sheet metal is your only goal good deal if you want to do brakets better keep looking.
a good idea would be to get a compressor then look into a cutter. I have two cutters and
Love them great tool to work with but takes a little more then just hook Android book.
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Go for the unit that does not have a built in compressor, those are for artists. This is another area where you must over buy. It will keep you from being disappointed and if you ever want to sell it, a bigger unit will hold it's value way more then the 25 amp hobart. Buy a used name brand like lincoln, thermal dynamics, miller, Make sure its 50 amps or more, and buy a home depot compressor for 400 bux.
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When it comes to plasma cutters there is one brand HYPERTHERM and then there is all the rest. (not that the rest are bad, but they are not hypertherm) if you cant afford a decent compressor, then you cant afford a plasma cutter. I am not trying to be a dick but thus is a tool you do not want to do cheap!
Once you have one you wont be buying many HF cutoff discs.
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I settled on a set of torches.
Thanks for the advice guys.
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When it comes to plasma cutters there is one brand HYPERTHERM and then there is all the rest. (not that the rest are bad, but they are not hypertherm) if you cant afford a decent compressor, then you cant afford a plasma cutter. I am not trying to be a dick but thus is a tool you do not want to do cheap!
I was going to write the the exact same thing. I've used every brand out there and I have no idea why the Hypertherms are so much better than the rest, but they absolutely are.
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I'm late to the party, but for the sake of information...

I have one of these cutters, and as mentioned above, they aren't for heavy duty fab by any means. I got it for mainly bodywork and light duty stuff otherwise. It cuts sheet like butter, and doesn't argue with 1/8", but any thicker and you have to go slower, and be mindful of the duty cycle.

It gets the job done for me though, so I have no complaints... not to mention the local TSC accepted a 20% off HF coupon on top of the $699 sale price :)
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