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Got The Plasma Cutter Set Up Yesterday....

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by txtoller, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Jan 10, 2020
    txtoller

    txtoller Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    I needed this long ago! Now I am looking for stuff to cut!(y)(y):bananatool: (I never thought I would use that annoying banana)
     
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    rusty

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    I think I need one . Maybe this summer.
     
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    txtoller

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    givemethewillys

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    I have a good buddy that works in the welding industry. He just got a plasma cutter that he said he'd hardly ever use, so he offered it to me on "permanent loan." I'm so excited to try it out!
     
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    txtoller

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    I wish I had this 5 years ago when I starred on my 71!
     
  6. Jan 11, 2020
    sterlclan

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    i just got one last year saves a ton o time, beware of the arc causing fires inside the newer autos that are filled with sound deadening foam.
     
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    txtoller

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    Dave Deyton

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  9. Jan 11, 2020
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member

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    I got the extended reach setups they make now for the Hypertherm 30 I bought years ago... man is it a nice add on.
     
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    hudsonhawk

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    Oooo! There are times I could have used that too. I did not even know it existed.

    Plasma torches rock. I have used mine for so many things.
     
  11. Jan 12, 2020
    sterlclan

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    givemethewillys

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    Do you have a link to instructions by chance? I'm intrigued.

    Or are you saying you have the filter in the link, but use tp rather than a filter?
     
  13. Jan 12, 2020
    PeteL

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    Funny you should say that.

    Last week the guy doing rocker panels on my F-350 started a fire inside the rear corner post. He had to punch a hole on the body to extinguish it. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Jan 13, 2020
    sterlclan

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    I cut a big hole in a caravan and had to use an extinguisher the car had been nh oil under coated it soaked into the foam and I thought the car and the shop were gonners.
     
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    sterlclan

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    Yes the motor guard filter will take tp sometimes the roll is a little large so you peel it till it fits snug.
     
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    Keys5a

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    X2 for a good moisture separator. I burned up two sets of consumables before I figured out what was happening. Otherwise, plasmas are great! I've had mine for about 10 years.
    -Donny
     
  17. Jan 16, 2020
    Cap-n-Cray

    Cap-n-Cray I want to do this again.. Staff Member

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    Plasma... It's Star Trek stuff...

    Ya, I work with plasma... :cool:
     
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    teletech

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    I must not be doing it right... so far my plasma experiences aren't that different from my O/A torch experiences. Of course I've just used it a few times where I flame-cut stuff for decades. Add to that my plasma experiments were always on somewhat thicker stock. I'm sure on thin sheetmetal it's lovely.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2020
    Warloch

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    Most people don't realize a plasma is much like an O/A torch - right tip, right pressure, right mix = good cuts. The plasma has other tips and amp settings that need to be set to get 'the best she can be'. I have a Hypertherm 30 and it's sweet spot with cutting nice and smooth with stock setup is about 1/8 to 3/8" - turn it down and it does fine with sheet metal, add the fine tips and its great, extended and gouge tips and it's even more flexible. I can even slow down, pump up the air and amps and go over 1/2". Used and O/A for 30 years before the plasma, still have it for the thick stuff as I prefer it there and general heating, but it's used about 5% of the time now and the plasma is used the rest. So much easier to use most of the time.
     
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