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John long 11-21-2013 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1925945)
Damn that plasma is a sweet tool! Never used one by damn that looks like it would be nice to have!

Brian

The plasma is probably the coolest thing I have ever bought for 400 bucks. That 12 gauge is tuff stuff.

The downer is everytime I use it I set the smoke detecter off. it must be the ozone it generates. My welder doesn't set it off.

John

deadbodyman 11-21-2013 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1925945)
Damn that plasma is a sweet tool! Never used one by damn that looks like it would be nice to have!

Brian

10-4 Brian ,Real handy to have around.
I'm hoping Santa brings me one this year ...I've tried real hard to be good

deadbodyman 11-21-2013 07:09 AM

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Originally Posted by John long (Post 1926041)
The plasma is probably the coolest thing I have ever bought for 400 bucks. That 12 gauge is tuff stuff.

The downer is everytime I use it I set the smoke detecter off. it must be the ozone it generates. My welder doesn't set it off.

John

But just think of all the good your doing adding to the Ozone layer ....I think I'll use that and appeal to Santas environmentaly responsible nature......as a matter of fact, I think we should ALL get plasma cutters and do our part in restoring the ozone layer...what do ya think guys?
John, where did you get one for 400.00 ???

MARTINSR 11-21-2013 08:11 AM

Well, this is something I would think about, the "dust" that sucker must blow, I would be very serious about wearing protective gear. It's blowing apart metal, that metal is being broken up into tiny metal particles and that could very well be what is setting off the alarm. Not good to breath! Simply wear your respirator and that isn't an issue.

Brian

MARTINSR 11-21-2013 08:24 AM

I have searched for a reason the Plasma cutter would set off the alarm and being my degree is in cardiology and not electrical engineering (that is a joke please don't come running to me in need of emergency medical attention) I can't understand what the hell they are talking about. Can anyone explain to me why the Plasma sets off the smoke detector? http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/i...s/shocking.gif

Brian

boothboy 11-21-2013 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1926265)
I have searched for a reason the Plasma cutter would set off the alarm and being my degree is in cardiology and not electrical engineering (that is a joke please don't come running to me in need of emergency medical attention) I can't understand what the hell they are talking about. Can anyone explain to me why the Plasma sets off the smoke detector? http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/i...s/shocking.gif

Brian

Aliens?

BB :confused::confused:

1971BB427 11-21-2013 09:32 AM

What brand is your Plasma cutter John? And is it free standing, or one that needs to attach to a welder to work?

John long 11-21-2013 09:39 AM

Wow, I roll pver and go back to sleep and miss a whole day's worth of conversation. :D Good morning all......:welcome:

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Originally Posted by deadbodyman (Post 1926113)
But just think of all the good your doing adding to the Ozone layer ....I think I'll use that and appeal to Santas environmentaly responsible nature......as a matter of fact, I think we should ALL get plasma cutters and do our part in restoring the ozone layer...what do ya think guys?
John, where did you get one for 400.00 ???

Mine is a 50amp LOTUS. When I bought it there were 136 reviews on Amazon and not one bad one. It was 407 dollars with free shipping and no tax.

It is rated to cut 1/2 and sever 5/8 inch material. I am sure it is a throw away unit but if it builds this car it will be worth every penny.

The only negative I can think of is replacement tips are expensive but the one that came with it still looks like new. If you look at my picture, you will see a piece of wood lying there, I use that for a guide by putting the edge of the ceramic cap on it and the copper tip beside it this keeps the tip from actually touching the material which will eventually damaging it.

Of course lack of service may also be a negative someday ......But 407 verses 1100-1200 for the red and blue ones. :D

At this point, buying tools is kind of like my buddy wanting to build a new garage. I said "Jim, at your age, you need to consider how long you're going to need it",:evil: I don't think he is mad anymore.


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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1926225)
Well, this is something I would think about, the "dust" that sucker must blow, I would be very serious about wearing protective gear. It's blowing apart metal, that metal is being broken up into tiny metal particles and that could very well be what is setting off the alarm. Not good to breath! Simply wear your respirator and that isn't an issue.

Brian

If there is any dust or hazardous waste generated by it I have not noticed but I am sure both a dust mask and eye protection are good.

I am bad not to wear either. While the arc would be like a welder flash when I use it I am above it looking down at the top of the torch so eye never see the flash. Those brackets I cut out took less than 5 minutes so the dust or debris just goes to the floor. It cuts at about 1 inch a second.

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1926265)
I have searched for a reason the Plasma cutter would set off the alarm and being my degree is in cardiology and not electrical engineering (that is a joke please don't come running to me in need of emergency medical attention) I can't understand what the hell they are talking about. Can anyone explain to me why the Plasma sets off the smoke detector? http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/i...s/shocking.gif

Brian

My thoughts are the plasma cutter is kind of like the Jacobs Ladder you saw in high school where the electric arc climbs the electrodes. The ozone had a smell like a close bolt of lightning. I assume my smoke detector is reacting to that but I am not sure.

John

John long 11-21-2013 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 (Post 1926433)
What brand is your Plasma cutter John? And is it free standing, or one that needs to attach to a welder to work?

We must have been typing at the same time David.

As i said above it is a Lotus and all it requires is clean DRY SHOP AIR. It requires 70 psi and I think something like 2 cfm. Not much. It comes with a cheapo regulator which works but is pretty junky.

John

John long 11-22-2013 06:06 PM

It is always satisfying when you can see real progress from your efforts. I reached a mile stone today. Both the body and cowl are bolted solid to the frame. To use Brians words WAAAAHOOOOOO.

The inside body bolts in the fourth row are carriage bolts. Rather than go to the trouble of making square holes I transferred the inner supports from the old channel and put them into the new ones.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9467cb68.jpg

When I install these permanently I am going to weld them in with 2 heavy flat washers which will allow some adjustment if and when it is required.

I spent an hour or two re shimming the body to make sure it was alligned and the doors were closing and latching correctly. I also set the door gaps just slightly wide. i would rather have to tighten it up later than figure out how to spread it out.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psb3166c6e.jpg

And for th WaaHoo moment. the mounts are bolted tight and plug welded to the inner rockers.

Ain't life just plum good?

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psb56098f4.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps52a3ebc5.jpg

My intentions were to get the channel welded in that connects the body mounts but that will have to wait for another day.

I'm worn out but in a good way. :thumbup::D:welcome::):drool::cool:

MARTINSR 11-22-2013 06:25 PM

I always say, the only way you can get dirty or tired is by working too hard or playing too hard, and they are both a good thing!

Funny thing is with our projects, it's BOTH work and play! Looking good and you are doing such a fine job. Nice to toss out that stuff you are doing like aligning the body before you weld these things in! Fine job John!

Brian

boothboy 11-22-2013 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by John long (Post 1928834)
It is always satisfying when you can see real progress from your efforts. I reached a mile stone today. Both the body and cowl are bolted solid to the frame. To use Brians words WAAAAHOOOOOO.

The inside body bolts in the fourth row are carriage bolts. Rather than go to the trouble of making square holes I transferred the inner supports from the old channel and put them into the new ones.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9467cb68.jpg

When I install these permanently I am going to weld them in with 2 heavy flat washers which will allow some adjustment if and when it is required.

I spent an hour or two re shimming the body to make sure it was alligned and the doors were closing and latching correctly. I also set the door gaps just slightly wide. i would rather have to tighten it up later than figure out how to spread it out.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psb3166c6e.jpg

And for th WaaHoo moment. the mounts are bolted tight and plug welded to the inner rockers.

Ain't life just plum good?

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psb56098f4.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps52a3ebc5.jpg

My intentions were to get the channel welded in that connects the body mounts but that will have to wait for another day.

I'm worn out but in a good way. :thumbup::D:welcome::):drool::cool:

Outstanding!!

BB :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

123pugsy 11-22-2013 07:13 PM

Sweet progress. :thumbup:

496CHEVY3100 11-22-2013 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by John long (Post 1926465)
We must have been typing at the same time David.

As i said above it is a Lotus and all it requires is clean DRY SHOP AIR. It requires 70 psi and I think something like 2 cfm. Not much. It comes with a cheapo regulator which works but is pretty junky.

John


I know you meant Vall.:D

Too Many Projects 11-22-2013 09:11 PM

Everyone else used all the experlatives so I'll use one word

SWEET !!!!


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