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Old 09-28-2006, 07:47 PM
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I am thinking about getting a plasma cutter but don't realy know what to get, I would be cutting 1/4" or less steel and sheet metal. I have Know ideal what brand or what amp to get. Lets here your thoughts on it. Thanks Dave

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I have a thermal arc XL38 that I bought 9 years ago. It is light, easy to use , parts are available , it has held up real well being used at its capacity for many hours. I like the tips and torch on that machine because they are straight sided, and you can drag them around a plywood or poster board template and get a cut that is pretty accurate.
( I had a job one time that the cutouts we made with the plasma torch had to be + or - .030". We could hold them to .020" cutting by hand with a steel template)
It's capacity is .375. They are usually rated by thickness cut.

I have heard that ESAB makes a really good machine also.

On mine,you have to change tips every 15' or so on 1/8" if you want to keep a nice edge. After that the plasma stream starts to get erratic and the cut suffers. A tip change is about $10.00 but worth it because you save a bunch on grinding discs and time.

I would call a plasma torch a very good investment.

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I have a Matco Tools PC120INV plasma cutter, Works like a dream. Definitely well worth the money. This thing will take a 1/4" stock and cut it like hot butter, same thing as Mikey said replace the tips and the cut stays very nice.

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