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Old 12-08-2013, 10:33 PM
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Make sure you buy a good drag tip as well.. A reg tip, you need to hold it off the plate your cutting.. You can drag them, But they won't last as long as a drag tip..

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Old 12-10-2013, 07:13 AM
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Thats very helpful ,I didnt know there were different tips..
How long do the tips last and how do you know when to change them
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:41 AM
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Thats very helpful ,I didnt know there were different tips..
How long do the tips last and how do you know when to change them
I did not know there were different tips. I am still on my first tip but as I said earlier I am pretty carefull not to let it drag on the surface and use a guide that holds it just slightly off the surface.

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I did not know there were different tips. I am still on my first tip but as I said earlier I am pretty carefull not to let it drag on the surface and use a guide that holds it just slightly off the surface.

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John ,I guess you'd be the one to ask if it cuts through rusty metal well...
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Just about all the material over 3/8" thick that I cut is recycled/rusty or painted. Start cut on a relatively clean spot and the cut will be good.

When the tip gets worn, there will be a "pit" in the center of the inner electrode. Or the orifice will not be round. Makes the kerf wider and not as smooth.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:40 AM
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Yes.. they do have different tip's..

https://www.google.com/#q=drag+tip+f...utter&tbm=shop

My machine will let you know when you need a new tip..
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:03 AM
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John ,I guess you'd be the one to ask if it cuts through rusty metal well...
I have not cut a lot of rusty metal with mine but I did cut off the bottom of the toe boards and it did fine. I have read that the Pilot Arc models are better for rusty metal but don't know enough about the technoligy to address that.

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Most all the new technology units are pilot arc.. I notice it on mine when someone forgets to plug the air source in..
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It should be here on friday...If so I'll have all weekend to play with it..it said it'll cut 4.7 " or 12mm ,that seems like pretty thick stuff for a cheapo cutter, it should be very handy for making brackets and mounts...
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It should be here on friday...If so I'll have all weekend to play with it..it said it'll cut 4.7 " or 12mm ,that seems like pretty thick stuff for a cheapo cutter, it should be very handy for making brackets and mounts...
You will really love it, I am sure. I sure hope it does well for you.

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Old 12-11-2013, 07:39 AM
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..it said it'll cut 4.7 " or 12mm ,that seems like pretty thick stuff for a cheapo cutter, it should be very handy for making brackets and mounts...
That IS very thick material to be cutting with a plasma....

You'll become dependent on it very quickly. I wear dark safety glasses when cutting to better watch the cut line and still be able to see when I'm done. It's like using a torch without goggles. I tried using my auto welding helmet on 9 but it's too dark to see well.
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oops ,thats .47"..... I'm going to build a 6' brake using the cutter to make all the parts...should be an interesting project...
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:02 AM
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oops ,thats .47"..... I'm going to build a 6' brake using the cutter to make all the parts...should be an interesting project...
You realize, of course, we will require pictures...........
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Of coarse ,John......,I'm still looking for detailed blueprints to buy but it'll be a box/pan brake with adjustable fingers for sure....
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I guess it goes without saying, Dry air, Dry Air,is a must,
Mine is a Snap On (Century ) same as Sears,i have not had to replace my tip yet I have had it about 10 years but don't use it that much anymore.
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