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Old 02-08-2004, 08:27 AM
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Which Plasma Cutter should i buy???

I am looking for a plasma cutter and was wondering what a good brand would be. I know the big names are MILLER, LINCOLN, HOBART, ESAB, and a few others.

I am wanting a medium size that would sever a 1/2 inch steel. I would like to stay under a $1000.00 if possible.

What is the pro's and con's of a built in air supply opposed to your supply of air??



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Old 02-08-2004, 08:59 AM
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I my area, miller is the most expenxive. I bought the Esab 875 (for our shop at work) because it was $500 less. Its a 60 amp machine and it has served us well for three years. I would suggest using shop air if possible. I don't trust those all in one types. The consumables are really expensive, so maybe look into which decent units have the cheaper supplies. (if you plan on doing a lot of cutting) Another thing that may be of importance, is some machines don't have a pilot arc that stays lit when you lose contact with the steel. (rusty or intermittant materials like perforated or expanded metal) Having to reset the torch every time drives me nuts. Hope this helps. ( just woke up - no coffee yet)
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Check this site for some comparables http://www.weldingsupply.com/cgi-bin/einstein.pl? Scroll down and look on the left side to where you see plasma cutters and click on the little "V"

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