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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Plasma cutter

anybody got one? I'd love to have one, but the name brands are $$$$. Anyone have any luck with an 'off' brand one? I've read pro and con on the about them on the net.....

Seem like the hobby guys like the Chinese stuff fine and the guys that rely on their tools to make a living, don't like them LOL

(psst don't turn this into a China junk vs. made in USA, I'm just asking a simple question)


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For a simple question the simple answer is YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
when it comes to plasma cutters & welders too!
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I have both, an onshore and an offshore. Do yourself a favor and avoid the offshore units.
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I bought a Parker Divtec40yk 3 yrs ago works great have not had any problems with it. I bought it off e bay for 892. Hope this helps Joe.
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I have an older Snap-on one that I have had for several years. I bought it from a tool guy as a repo for just what was owed on it. Paid like $500 for it.

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I have one and never use it. I do a lot of chassis work in my shop. I have found that a sawzall works better. Cleaner cut, no fire, smoke, etc. I guess if you are doing a bunch of work with new flat steel it would be a good investment.
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I have one

I have a "drag-gun" unit. It has it's own compressor built in, runs on 110vac, cuts up to 1/8" sheetmetal.

I never use it; seemed like a super cool thing to have, but in reality I'll pick up a saw, shear, or a pancake cutter before I'll drag out the plasma.

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I have and couldn't live without my HTP America MicroCut 625. It wasn't cheap, about $1500 if I remember correctly. I've had it about 6 years now and have had zero problems with it. It will make a severance cut through 5/8" steel and a good quality cut through 1/2". When I use it on sheetmetal I just dial down the power and it slices clean like butta. If you have good clean dry air feeding it the consumable parts in the head last quite a while. I also have one of their Mig 200 welders great machine also.
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I am using a Miller 625 really like it

as stated above youget what you pay for

shop around your local welding store and see what brand they carry and what consumables they like to stock there is a bonus in having local support for your stuff
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Re: plasma

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I bought a Parker Divtec40yk 3 yrs ago works great have not had any problems with it. I bought it off e bay for 892. Hope this helps Joe.
I have one of the PT50's from Parker brothers (parkermetalworking.com). It'll cut 5/8 no problem and can sever 3/4. I have about 20 hrs of operating time with mine and no probs so far.

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I looked at those, but that guy has posted a bunch over on 4x4pirate and really came across as a tool. Really made me not want to support his business, good product or not.

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I have a Hypertherm 600 unit and I love it. It was about 1700 but they make a smaller unit for around $1000. That doesn't mean I don't still use my sawzal, my die grinder or my jigsaw but it has its purpose. For thicker metal (1/8"and up) it is way faster than using the die grinder.

As far as offshore brand, I have a Century mig welder and have used plenty of Miller welders and the Miller welds incredibly better. That was a major factor in my decision to not buy a cheap plasma cutter. I plan on upgrading my Century to a Miller next year.

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have a look at this if you want,
http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/c/tools-automotive/72/

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I'd have agree on the sawsall idea, maybe I've never had a GOOD plasma cutter. If the material isn't very clean, it doesn't cut well or smokes bad if it does. I'd invest in a good bandsaw and a sawsall and have some $$$ left over. I've gotten way more use out of the bandsaw than the plasma at a quarter of the cost.
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Long ago I bought a plazma cutter from Daytona Mig, it's a 110 unit that really sucks. Doesn't cut worth a crap, it only cuts about half the thickness it was rated at in their ads.

So I say go with a name brand cutter that actually does what the ads say it will.

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