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Old 03-03-2014, 02:09 PM
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wondering for the occasional use, is it worth it to pay 1000.00 plus for a machine?
I want to be able to cut up to 1/2", and would like a nice cut, as if you have to do a bunch of finishing you might as well use a oxy torch.
what are my best choices?
how about consumable prices?
I was looking at a Hobart, for around 1,000.00
a thermo dynamics cutmaster 38 or 38XL 1056.00
or a force cut LP50D around 500.00 (a friend has one and consumables are around 15.00 - high?)
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I have the miller 375 and I wouldn't want to work without it now... A plasma is only as good as the one running it..(good cut's) is what I mean by that,, It's not going to give you a great cut if you shake a lot..

As far as the consumable prices, I buy mine all mine by the kit..

1/2'' plate.. Your pushing it to cut that...
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IF you only use it occasionally...and the China haters are going to nag me now........
Buy a Cut 50 ( Shop River, River weld see Ebay) .. I have had one for many years, POWERFUL! small package that is amazing.. Puts my old "Name brand" unit to shame...It has seen commercial shop use and will cut 5/8" mild steel.. Consumables are inexpensive and arrive in less than a week.

Used it last week to cut 9/16" boiler plate, material/shop was 15-20 degrees F. and the plasma air was maybe ten degrees warmer. Cut a two in. hole in the center and trimmed the edges in just a couple of minutes.. Cuts were a bit slaggy because of the adverse temps. Still cleaned up easily with small grinder..
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