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Old February 27th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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I've been researching for a hot minute trying to find the best overall value. I'd like to build as much of it as possible myself to save coin. I'd like to use my hand held plasma torch and build either a 4x4 or 4x8 table.

Has anyone pieced together gantry/motors/tracks/ect?

I found some great deals on motors, drivers, and software but that's about it in the deal dept.

I've been leaning toward a complete set up from http://www.procutcnc.com/

Anyone know of any cheap hobbiest set ups?
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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Just did, thank you.
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I've been researching for a hot minute trying to find the best overall value. I'd like to build as much of it as possible myself to save coin. I'd like to use my hand held plasma torch and build either a 4x4 or 4x8 table.

Has anyone pieced together gantry/motors/tracks/ect?

I found some great deals on motors, drivers, and software but that's about it in the deal dept.

I've been leaning toward a complete set up from http://www.procutcnc.com/

Anyone know of any cheap hobbiest set ups?
I am also interested...let me in on the info plz
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Old February 28th, 2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...t=plasma+table

this is one of the build threads on weldingweb.com. do some searching and you can find more on there
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CNC zone is another decent site.
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I've been reading a lot on there. Now I'm leaning a little more toward buying a turnkey setup. Reading a lot of reviews so I can make an educated decision.
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Plasmacam any good?

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Yeah but I'm looking for a bigger table the more I thought about it the more a bigger table makes sense. I have plenty of space and ill be able to make more $ in the long run with a larger setup
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Yeah but I'm looking for a bigger table the more I thought about it the more a bigger table makes sense. I have plenty of space and ill be able to make more $ in the long run with a larger setup
do you have the capability to move around larger pieces of metal? the idea of a 4x8 plasma table is great, until you have to move a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" alone... then it sucks.
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do you have the capability to move around larger pieces of metal? the idea of a 4x8 plasma table is great, until you have to move a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" alone... then it sucks.
Exactly. Mine is 4x4 because at the time it's what was easily available. When the company came out with a 5x10 table they were going to give me the original cost of my table (5 years old no less) towards the new bigger one. I passed simply because I built a roller feed table that I can load up to a 4x8 sheet of 1/2 plate by my self. On a larger table it simply wouldn't be possible without a forklift or large gantry set up. I've cut tens of thousands of parts and I would say there are only a few things that have been a pain in the ass due to having to index the material and cut the other portion with a separate cut path. Plus I didn't have to re do my vacuum table and got to keep the extra shop space.
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do you have the capability to move around larger pieces of metal? the idea of a 4x8 plasma table is great, until you have to move a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" alone... then it sucks.
Yes, back in the day my building was warren engine exchange so there's still two chain falls plus I have two forklifts one of which I'm pretty sure could move a single wide.
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CandCNC has great electronics setups, get a THC from them. I have built two very good tables thus far. CNC Router parts has reduction drives and linear carriages. Hypertherm plasmas are great and hookup very quickly to any CNC setup. If you have any questions, please ask.

TAB - do you have any pics of the roller table? I have been wanting to develop one for my 4x8

Pic is a home built machine and runs perfectly.

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