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Old 01-14-2006, 10:00 AM
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Hey guys....or gals (if there are any around).....I fell in LOVE this past week! A friend of mine lent me his plasma cutter...its an ESAB 500. I couldn't beleive how nice it was cut. I was cutting 12 ga. diamond plate, for a trailer floor. I had painted the bottom with some high tech apoxy primer, and the cutting only burnt the paint where the cut was. Amazin'.
Now I'm hot for my guys, has ANYONE gone thru the research process for a plasma cutter? Miller, Lincoln, Thermal Dynamics, ESAB, all make them, and are all competive in performance, and price. Now I'm looking on e-bay, and seeing cutters for about half price, probably will cut the same, and might not be made in the USA.......probably China, Thaiwan, or the likes. My guestion is, does this matter? If it cuts the same, and does the job, what really is the differance? Looking forward to your input! Thanks guys.........and gals. P.S. I wouln't buy anything that couldn't cut at least 1/2 " Happy Trails.... HEDGE

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you might also want to look at htp. talk to jeff noland if you decide to call them. he's great, and will help you all you need. website is
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They Say On Welders....Stay With The Top 3. Miller, Lincoln Or Hobart.... As Far As I'm Concerned, With Plasma Cutters, There Is Only One Manufacturer (True) Of Plasma Cutters. That Would Be Thermal Dynamics..... Most Companies Build Welders And Also Add A Plasma Cutter Or Two.... Thermal Dyn Builds Plasma Cutters And Adds A Welder Or Two. I Own A Miller 172 220 Volt Welder With Spool Gun Attachment And A Miller SD180 Tig Machine. Wonderful Welders!!! I Also Bought A Miller Spectrum 200 Plasma Cutter Used (Only 550.00)....While It's A GREAT Time Saving Device, I Really Can't Remember Life Before Plasma Cutter, It's Not The Same As The Other Machines I've Used..... Another Tip, I Think You've Figgered It Out, Buy The Machine That Will Fine Cut The Largest Possible Size That You Will Use..... That Way It Will At Least Sever Anything Larger That You Might Do Every Once In A While! That Is Exactly Why I'm In The Market For Another Plasma Machine....Gonna Keep The Miller Tho.... KILLER Sheet Metal Work With NO Distortion. Something To Be Said For That! Ron
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I agree with Rasford regarding sticking with the big 3, especially in the event you need parts or warranty for the machine. My plasma cutter is a Miller and I have been very satisfied with it.
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I have been through the mail order deal and found my local welding supply house has just as good a deals and by getting my needs there I get a much better service and the prices are the same for the good items such as Miller lincoln and ESAB equipment..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Hyper therm is a great cutter. I bought one from a company in Indiana off of ebay. A Hyper Therm 600 it will cut 5/8 plate. Watch out for the duty cycle on plasma cutters. The local welding companys here all recommended Hyper Therm as being the best. I called the Hyper Therm factory about the compnys on ebay. They told me they buy in very large quanitys to get the prive down and pass that savings on. I saved about $400 buy going thru ebay rather that buying locally. Then the tips I can buy here as i need them.
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I'm on my third plasma cutter. The first two were Smiths. Excellent machines but went out of business . My new on is a Lincoln 55. Last week was cutting Inch plate. Slow but faster than a torch and much cleanercut with practicaly no slag. Highly reccommend this one.
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i use a thermal dynamics 38xl . damn fine piece of equipment , i've used it for almost 8 years now with no problems
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