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Old 11-05-2005, 09:10 PM
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Plasma cutters.What are you using?

I used a plasma cutter for the first time yesterday. Man i dont know what ive been missing. Cut through metal like butter without major distortion and the metal only really gets warm. Not glowing hot like with a torch. Awesome for trunk and floor replacement. I used an Esab 650. Its rated to cut up to 3/4" steel. That may be a little more than i need. What are you using?

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Old 11-05-2005, 09:33 PM
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I went for the biggest I could find that would run on 115 volts to keep it portable.It needs a rest after long thick cuts but I've been very happy with it, Some have a onboard air compressor, this one does not,

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I have a HTP 400 good for 3/8 like butter but will cut 1/2 a bit slower,, weighs 28 # and about 18x 10x 10 " high,, very portable,, Bill
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I use a lincoln pro cut 25. It runs on 115 or 230 volt power and has a dial for the input current. It cuts decent but I rarely use it. Its kind of a pain to use on a partially assembled car. I have caught trans fluid on fire while replacing floor pans before (car had slung trans fluid everywhere on under side of floors).
If the interior or fuel tank is in a car I don't even bring it out. Usually easier to pick up a panel ripper or cut off wheel than to drag out all the cable and air line. My main reason for getting that particular model was its small size and dual voltage capability. It cuts 3/8". Good for piercing holes in thicker stock though.

Purchased it from about 2 1/2 years ago.

Got my miller 210 from

Both were good to deal with.

plasma cutter is on bottom shelf of my smaller mig cart.
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Daytona Mig el-cheapo ($600) 7 years ago. Cuts anything up to and including 1/4" and works very well for the hobbyist. However, if I was using one daily I'd definitely go with a heavier duty unit.
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I've got a Lincoln pro cut 25 also, which is ok.. I woulnd't recomment it,, I have probs with it shutting down all the time, and it doesn't cut too thick... but I have a bigger airco which runs on 220v only and will cut up to 1/2" it's obsolete though and consumables were hard to find, but I know got the local shop to carry them for me as some aftermarket company started making the consumbles for it.. But I really like the way it functions,, so hopefully they'll keep making consumables for it... my only complaint is that it goes through a lot of the consumables...
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