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Old May 26th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default Finally bought a plasma cutter.

Been a long time coming of me using a grinder and cutoff wheels or sending stuff out to be cut with design/labor/cutting bills ranging between $80 and $200 each time.


After much research I decided upon this pile this morning;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plasma-Cutte...item25d3511dd4

The cutter with 24 pieces of extra consumables (minus 240 plug) to my door both from California came out to $305.

I have a few small items to cut in the short term from simple accessory brackets, winch plates, mounts, to items like this;



It is 66" long by 6" wide with 2.75" uprights and I could have it cut on a 4x4 and weld the two pieces together. But, being able to cut it from one piece of 3/16 will make things much simpler construction wise and stronger overall.

I figured by the time I have someone put the thing into a computer(lets say $60(cheap)), and cut all the many cuts (1634" total) out of a $120 sheet of 3/16 even if they charged me 2x material as a base I would be close to if not above the $400 dollar mark. So this thing should pay for itself on it's first job.


The cutter is china junk and I admit that. But, parts are easily available and consumables are very cheap.

At half the price of similar units and the limited use of 4 or 5 times a year it will see I feel it is money well spent while allowing more money for other areas.

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Old May 26th, 2017, 06:56 PM   #2
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I'm curious how it works out for you. I've been semi in the market for a while and just haven't committed to one yet.
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I love my plasma cutter. I wasn't in the market. Guy at work said he had one laying around. I asked for pics. Ended up picking up a thermal Dynamics pak master 50. With a bunch of consumables for $500. Thing works awesome and I don't know how I got by without one. Fast, easy, cutting .250 plate with a cardboard template. You'll love it I guarantee.
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I've been cerealy considering one myself. When I finalize one one I plan to cerealy cut up some metal.
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I bought one, then pussed out 5mins later and canceled the order. Curious as well...
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If you own a fiat jeep you need a plasma cutter.
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I dont think i could live without mine now. Its amazing how well they cut up plate steel and even scrap cars. I couldnt even guess how much i have saved in cut off wheels ans saw blades. I have a miller 375 and bought it from cyberweld. No sales tax and free shipping. In the 3 years i have had it i only changed 1 tip and i use it hard. It was a hard sell to buy a more expensive one but i used a friends china plasma and it didnt cut well at all. Cant remember the brand. Also. You need a good steady air supply and a little 30 gallon compressor isnt going to give you much cutting time.
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