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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a plasma cutter. I was looking at a Longevity LP50d. Anyone use one of those? Their cheap enuff at 499. And supposted to cut up to 1" of steel. I doubt I'll be cutting more then 1/4". And I dont think I'd get a bad reveiw on their own forum.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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pirate 4x4 has a write up on a nice blue one does 1" is 110 or 220 and great warrenty check em out i think its parker 500 or so price to
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I use a cheapie cut40, which has worked fine for me. Make sure you buy lots of consumables, because you'll always run out when you need it most.
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I use a cheapie cut40, which has worked fine for me. Make sure you buy lots of consumables, because you'll always run out when you need it most.
X2 love mine and for 300 bucks you can't go wrong
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I say buy the one I'm selling on here....works awesome and you can find parts at your local welding store for it if needed......

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=121722
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X3 I have the same one works excellent up to 5/16. It will cut thicker metal but all the variables need to be perfect..
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I say buy the one I'm selling on here....works awesome and you can find parts at your local welding store for it if needed......

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=121722
This is seriously your best option. This is a $1400+ Plasma new. We have used this same machine every day for the last 5 years with no problems. It will gouge 1", but won't cut it cleanly! Cuts 3/8 like it's not there though.
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This is seriously your best option. This is a $1400+ Plasma new. We have used this same machine every day for the last 5 years with no problems. It will gouge 1", but won't cut it cleanly! Cuts 3/8 like it's not there though.

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surprised someone hasnt grabbed that yet -

ive got two hypertherm 1000's. zero issues. zero complaints.
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I use a cheapie cut40, which has worked fine for me. Make sure you buy lots of consumables, because you'll always run out when you need it most.

is that the el-cheapo you see all over Ebay? thought about buying one of those before just for use at home, but thought it might be a complete waste of money...so they actualy do work decent, and dont die after the first use?
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I only need a cheapie. Thats why I was asking about the longevity. I plan on cutting some diamond plate and some plates for engine mounts. After that if it's junk I can sell it to GayJ.
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surprised someone hasnt grabbed that yet -

ive got two hypertherm 1000's. zero issues. zero complaints.
X4 this is your best option for the money!!! And can be sold when done with it! once you use a plasma you probably will keep it!!
If I didn't already have one I would buy this!!
I doubt any cheapo plasma will cut 1" let alone 5/8"
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and how often does the general user, who works on automotive based stuff, need to cut anything much bigger then .250?


not knocking that plasma cutter at all, if I had the cash, I would have already bought it, but for most people, its more then they need...who would base a purchase decision on the machines ability to do something that they have no use for?
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I say buy the one I'm selling on here....works awesome and you can find parts at your local welding store for it if needed......

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=121722
i want that sucker, but i only have stuff to trade.
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and how often does the general user, who works on automotive based stuff, need to cut anything much bigger then .250?


not knocking that plasma cutter at all, if I had the cash, I would have already bought it, but for most people, its more then they need...who would base a purchase decision on the machines ability to do something that they have no use for?

the cheapie unit is probably fine for alot of whats needed, not knocking it, they have there place. and, true enough, you dont need 1" capability every day but theres a few other things to consider.

how its rated; short story is there all a little different than what they advertise. i had a miller 375 for years and it served me well, it was rated 3/8 cut, 1/2 gouge, (i think) for whatever reason, it was always just short of what it was spec'd at. not a big deal but just know there a little optimistic sometimes -

actual use; its like anything else, you start out thinking one thing based on current conditions. then once youve got it you realize whats possible and (9 times out of 10) you want more. example being ya start using it for clean up and prep as much as making something. shaving tabs and old hardware at an angle saves huge time in grinding, cutting out rusty suspensions is a breeze - if youve got the capacity, ie. cutting off half inch bolts where you can only reach the head requires 3/4 to 1" a least.

duty cycle; some have a pretty poor ratio. some heat up quick and kick out - others seem fine or even better than advertised.

value; some units will hold there value some wont. same as new vs (newer) used cars. the second buyer of a decent/commercial unit is the one who makes out the best.
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Bump.

I'm planning on picking up a plasma cutter, but have no idea what to look for.

My budget is set at around 600.

I'd say it would see light-medium work. Mostly stuff 1/4 and under, but I have had to cut up to 3/4 before. Gotta be 110 too, Our only 220's are taken up by the compressor and the hoist.

I was looking at the ones from Parker Metal Working , The Tec50dv. Its the next step up from the review Pirate did.


We havent had gas in our torch tanks for months since we have to run all the way up to Airgas on Dort to have ours filled, which is an hour long round trip. Its also not that great a set. So, I figure this will be cheaper in the long run, and being able to order consumables online when I see I'm low will make it a lot easier to deal with.

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I'm ordering a ramsond 40 or 50 amp in a few weeks. They're on e-bay, but ships from and supposedly assembled in Detroit. I'll help this state a little maybe, but also have read tons of reviews on e-bay and I doubt those "statistics" would be as easy to manipulate as a "forum". They also say at least that they use better board components. Maybe I'm wrong, but the price is right. Like 4-5 hundred for what I'm looking at and if straight cutter is what you're after (not tig welding, etc) I've heard very little negative on them. Sure I'd like one of the better ones, but I'll be using it infrequently, and can get into this for the price of a good set of torches.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #17
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get a parker one with a turbo upgrade
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Old March 20th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #18
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i got the longevity plasma cutter, it cuts 1/4 with light wander and could probably sever 5/16 but havent tried, if you have any questions pm me. i did there best offer deal and offered them 400 and they took it, (normally 450), it uses a miller handle and other parts. get the extra consumables as well because youll ruin a few the first couple times you use it. you do have to wire the plug on, but other than that it is good to go out of the box. i have had it for about a year and cut a decent pile of metal. if i could do it again i would have bought the tig/arc/plasma combo that comes as one machine.

FOR THE PRICE I WOULD GLADLY BUY ANOTHER (if i ever had a problem)
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The Ramsond is a nice unit in the cut 50 tips are cheep too. They are out of Commerce MI 48382 on Haggerty & Richardson
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I've been doing a bit of research, and it seems that the most of the more affordable ones are all the same China "junk" with different names.

Looking at forum topics and a lot of word of mouth, Parker seems to be one of the better ones available for such low price. They have great warranty service, as anyone who actually had a problem with their units in a topic over on Pirate, were quickly fixed or replaced by Phil Sr. and Phil Jr. I'll feel pretty comfortable with spending 6-700 dollars for one of their units.


I'm even looking into getting a Plasma/TIG combo, but the deciding factor is what the cost is for an Argon tank these days.

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