What would be a good plasma cutter for me?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by carcrz, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am looking for a plasma cutter that would be good for occassional use, but at long intervals. All of my metal working equipment doesn't get used very often, but when it does, it gets used all day long for a couple days. I know Miller makes some good stuff, but it is way more than I am wanting to spend considering the frequency I will be using it. Anyone have a suggestion for a cheaper, but decent quality machine?
  2. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
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    If plasma cutters are the same as welders, and I'm sure they are, then I would say you get what you pay for. I just bought a Miller 175 and it wasn't much more than those Lincoln cheapos that you see at Home Cheapo. I think you're going to have to pay for the duty cycle you're looking for. I've learned and learned the hard way that the extra money I've spent buying better tools is well worth it in the long run.
  3. fly-4-fun

    fly-4-fun LawnSite Member
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    I agree with mojob, even though you don't use it everyday, you need to look at the duty cycle of the cutter. I've used some that had a very light duty cycle and they were ready to quit before I was. You might look into one that just has the cutter, and not a compressor built into it. I think they are cheaper than the self contained ones. If you have a source of compressed air you could save some money there and get a better duty cycle machine. Just my .02 ......
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    The project that I'm getting prepared for is a snow pusher for the loader. I will need it to cut the different angles & bracing as well as cut the big sheets to the desired lengths. I'm not sure on the gauge yet as I have just started researching.

    Are you happy w/ that Miller 175?
  5. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought it but so far I love it. The only thing I've done with it so far was make a cart for it. My next project will be to make a spare tire cradle for my dump truck. It's supposed to be able to do up to 1/4". We'll see. I bought it to replace one of those cheap little mig welders. What a piece of crap that thing was. I guess I got what I paid for.
  6. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
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    i really like the hypertherm brand for plasma cutters as far as migs go i have a miller 251 it is awsome for burnning 1/2 inch plate
  7. Bigblue250

    Bigblue250 LawnSite Member
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