Plasma Cutters - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Garage - Tools
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-14-2006, 10:00 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Los Osos, Ca.
Posts: 3
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Plasma Cutters

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 own........so 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

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-14-2006, 11:20 AM
predator carb guru's Avatar
Mark Goulette
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Morrison, Colorado
Age: 46
Posts: 149
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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 www.htpweld.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2006, 07:10 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Great Falls, MT
Posts: 10
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2006, 09:11 PM
advanced design's Avatar
Just havin' fun.....
 

Last journal entry: Wheels and tires
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Oblong, Illinois
Age: 53
Posts: 649
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 3
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2006, 09:32 PM
OneMoreTime's Avatar
Hotrodders.com moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Health and safety in the shop or garage
Last journal entry: Yard Dog pic
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Washington State
Age: 69
Posts: 7,240
Wiki Edits: 3

Thanks: 38
Thanked 128 Times in 124 Posts
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..

OMT
__________________
I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-21-2006, 06:31 AM
T buckets rule
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hills of TN
Age: 63
Posts: 134
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HYPERTHERM-POWER...QQcmdZViewItem
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-21-2006, 01:40 PM
Member
 

Last journal entry: frame build
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: sioux falls, sd
Age: 68
Posts: 601
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-21-2006, 05:59 PM
jbon64
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: central illinois
Age: 50
Posts: 45
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i use a thermal dynamics 38xl . damn fine piece of equipment , i've used it for almost 8 years now with no problems
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Garage - Tools posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
plasma moly rings seating period. TVR383 Engine 9 07-22-2005 04:39 PM
Plasma welder? daimon1054 Garage - Tools 2 02-04-2005 12:06 AM
Info for plasma cutters zonk Garage - Tools 1 01-28-2004 09:44 AM
welders and plasma cutters casper455 General Rodding Tech 7 12-18-2003 09:58 PM
plasma cutter died tm454 General Rodding Tech 6 11-28-2003 03:14 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.