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Old 07-26-2007, 12:58 PM
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Has anyone bought one of these plans? Or better yet know where to buy this cutting set up already made? I have seen them in shops and would like to get one. Everything now days has gone to CNC Plasma, too rich for my blood. I have a plasma but the CNC part is just too expensive.

http://cgi.ebay.com/TORCHMATE-PANTOG...QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 07-30-2007, 10:39 AM
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I haven't bought these plans but they are pretty much the industry standard. Get them if you want to make your own pantograph flame cutter.
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the plasma cams are amazing but for 10k they should be
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Torch panograph

OK, here goes. If you have access to some old rodding mags from the early '70's, look for the ad for "Torchmate". When they first started to sell their units, they were simple pieces. At that time the standard unit was a hand operated one. Don't let that scare you, it's not that hard to master the travel speed. If you look at the pictures in the ad, I'm sure most of you guys could whip up one of your own. It isn't any harder than trying to stuff a SBC under the hood of a T coupe!
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Is this what you are referring to?

http://www.torchmate.com/pantograph.htm
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Torch panograph

This is like the one I copied. The old ad showed a little more detail. I mounted mine on a 55 gal. drum to catch the slag.If you put a rubber band around the pattern post and the following post you can run it by hand.I've been using mine for over 20 years. Sure has made a lot of pieces and saved a lot of $.
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I built one about 30 years ago. It is still in use, every day at our Hot Rod Shop. Works great, a big time saver.
I built mine before there were plans. Some of things that turned out to be critical are: the stylist has to be dead on perpendicular to the cutting tip!!!! And the arms can have no friction (floating free) any where on the cutting table. And that is with the hoses attached!!
I still look at it, every once in a while, and say. What a great tool.
I'll try to post some photos.
Dave Tallant Hot Rods KC MO.
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This book has plans for a flame cutter and several other shop tools. I think it is worth the $20 just for the flame cutter plans.
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