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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Just ordered a new Hypertherm powermax 45 any body else using one , that has any suggestions or tricks .
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I have a Powermax 30 and love it.

I would love to have a 45 also but I have a Blue Point (Century) 50 amp for the thicker stuff.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 02:36 PM   #3
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Can't wait to play with it ,been wanting one for a long time and bit the bullet .To many projects so little time .
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what is the benefit of a 2000$ 50 amp plasma cutter vs say a 400$ item, other than having <your choice brand> on the cover?
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what is the benefit of a 2000$ 50 amp plasma cutter vs say a 400$ item, other than having <your choice brand> on the cover?
A lot. You get what you pay for.
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care to elaborate with some technical detail? you are one of the pro welders around here i believe, first hand is better than third person.

I'm very curious - i work around a fairly large industrial robotics/electronics company. My observation from talking with the weld equipment repair guys is they all have same points of failure and only a small pool of parts are required to repair any of them.
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The expensive machines actually cut what they claim they will. We have a cheap plasma at work that claims it will cut 1/2" thick material on 120v. Brand new out of the box it will barely cut 1/4". I used it for a week on a job and it self destructed. It also went through a ton of consumables. After throwing that thing in the trash I got out the old esab we have. We went through a third of the consumables and were cutting 4x the speed. I took the cheap one apart and all the components inside look like they were made by play school.
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I've been using a 220v - 40 Cut that I bought from someone off this site, about four years now. Works Great.

I did have a problem with the trigger on the switch but was able to repair it with parts from radio shack.
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I love my Hypertherm. I've been using it for about 10 years without a single issue.
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I've been using a 220v - 40 Cut that I bought from someone off this site, about four years now. Works Great.

I did have a problem with the trigger on the switch but was able to repair it with parts from radio shack.
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I love my Hypertherm. I've been using it for about 10 years without a single issue.
hmmmm........ neither answer answers my question. I doubt I will ever need to cut more than 1/4" with much precision and if I did, I can still use my torches. I'm looking for something that will handle up to 1/4" no problem.
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care to elaborate with some technical detail?
quality of material (and I don't mean just consumables)
quality of cut at max advertised thickness
speed of cut at max advertised thickness (inches per minute)
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hmmmm........ neither answer answers my question. I doubt I will ever need to cut more than 1/4" with much precision and if I did, I can still use my torches. I'm looking for something that will handle up to 1/4" no problem.
Sorry......... itis has set in. You know, you've been there.

Depending on what source I buy my tips from.....changes my thickness. The chinese consumables that fit the cut 50 or cut 40 I can only do about 3/8". The original consumables, I could do over 1/2" easy.

As far as current price, I don't have a clue. I have about $600 in to mine with the cutter and consumables.

I will be say though, mine is basic for garage hobby work only. If I were to use it on a daily basis, I would pull out the check book.

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My XC50 honestly cut 7/8" single pass. I have video on my old phone. It was a sever cut but it did it. I cut a ton of 3/16" and 1/4" with it and up to 5/8" when it worked. That being said, I didn't have much luck with longevity on mine. Guy offered to replace it for free but since he already essentially gave me one when my GL4x4 version was DOA with no way to get money back, I thanked him and will eventually buy a name brand.
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Don't know much about them. Can I get anything decent for under $1K?
No you cannot get a good hypertherm new for under $1000, the 30 starts around $1100-$1200 and they go up from there. I bought my 30 NIB but from a guy that bought it and never took it out of the box for $750. They pop up on craigslist sometimes. Used you might be able to get one for under $1000.


I have a Blue Point (Century) 50A that I will sell if I can get a Hypertherm 45. For $900 obo
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Just ordered a powermax 30 through work.
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Just ordered a powermax 30 through work.
You will love it. Very portable and powerful for such a little guy.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did you give for it?
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A bunch.
Sorry, but corparate buying rates aren't something I will discuss but it's in the range of what you can find on line.
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