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Old 03-22-2019, 11:11 PM
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Got a green light to buy a plasma cutter. Need pointers. I'm a rookie builder, budget focused, and I know you get what you pay for. This topic has been quiet for a while. Appreciate the help guys.
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Old 03-23-2019, 12:43 AM
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There are lots of options now. I have a Miller X-treme but Eastwood & several other companies have them for 1/2 the price of Miller & Lincoln! Be sure to check out Cyberweld... they have pretty good prices! I also recommend one that can use both 110 & 220.

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Old 03-23-2019, 08:22 AM
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I have an older Hypertherm at home and a newer one at work. they have come a long way. My suggestion is get one bigger than you need. One that is rated for 3/4" is only good for 1/2" or less. Also my old one goes through a lot of consumables. Be sure you can get replacements easily. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:07 AM
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I bought a Hypertherm 600 fourteen years ago for $1,500 and it's still going strong.
I've cut 1/2" mild steel at 15 inches a minute with no issues.
I first used this machine as a hand held before buying a CNC table that I put it on.
I recently upgraded the torch to a Duramax and love it, virtually no dross to clean off.
It has had the heck used out of it, the consumables are readily available and they last a long time. What's crazy is it's still worth almost what I gave for it.
I also have a little inverter plasma tat I now use as a hand held that is 110 or 220 it does a good job for what it is. I gave $369 for it on Amazon.
Having both, I will suggest you buy the best machine you can afford and be conscious of the consumables availability.
Make sure to install a filter drier. Motor Guard M-26 is the least I'll use and change the filter on a weekly basis. Buy four of them and reuse them after they have dried out.

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Old 03-23-2019, 11:54 AM
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Thanks T, KC, OI. I can narrow this down. Hand held and portable best for now. I like the 110/220 option. It will travel back and forth from home to the farm. Power at the farm limited to 110 for now. Most cuts will be 1/4 or less.
Will run with 220 at home. Lighter machine good for transport.
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Old 12-15-2019, 02:08 AM
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Santa came early, left my new plasma cutter on the porch. Got 220 power to it tonight, made a few practice cuts, works well. Will get air filters soon. Time to learn.
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:13 AM
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Right on
I steered ya just a little wrong when I posted the M60 filter.
The one ya want is the M26 or M30, it has the 1/4" pipe threads to accommodate air fittings and ears for mounting it.

Amazon $67.26
Motor Guard M-30 1/4 NPT
https://www.amazon.com/Motor-Guard-M...QJ2KQYD3R&th=1

Motor Guard Plasma Air Filter M-26
Cyberweld Price: $94.65
https://store.cyberweld.com/mogumplairfi.html


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This is the one I use, have had no problems

https://store.cyberweld.com/thdycu42plcu.html
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Moisture raises certain hell with a plasma.

I also have a Motor Guard filter. Don't ask me how or why I discovered this... a common roll of TP fits perfectly in place of the element. I've been using this disposable alternative ever since.





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Moisture raises certain hell with a plasma.

I also have a Motor Guard filter. Don't ask me how or why I discovered this... a common roll of TP fits perfectly in place of the element. I've been using this disposable alternative ever since.





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More economical I would think
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