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    Default What is a good plasma cutter ?

    I am looking for a new plasma cutter and am wondering what is a good model to buy. I have looked at the Miller Spectrum 625X but am wondering if this is a good unit. I don't want to but some off breed unit that I won't be able to buy the consumables for in a year or two. Any recommendations?

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    Hypertherm. I have an XP45. Its a great machine. Drag tip lets me follow straightedges or templates for near cnc quality cuts. A factory man, Jim Colt, stops by here every so often and answers questions and offers tips. USA company, employee owned.

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    Gonna be hard to beat Hypertherm. Their duty cycles are ridiculously underrated. I run a 60% duty cycle machine at around 95% on a CNC table for hours on end and it's never timed out.

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    Hypertherm. My old Powermax 1000 has been rock solid reliable for almost a decade in an environment notorious for being hard on electronics being powered by a sometimes unreliable off-grid solar system and has never balked for a minute.

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    I have a Hypertherm 45xp as well that is used as a hand-held machine. I have been very happy with it. Consumables seem to last a decent amount of time. I use the standard consumables for most things but the fine cut consumables are very useful for thinner gauge metal and the gouging consumables are handy for weld removal.

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    I have had both Hypotherm and Miller both machines are great.
    I like that they don't use hi freq start so they can be used in a cnc table
    Both ran perfect never a issue and consumables available from OM and several other manufacturers however cut quality will be effected with aftermarket consumables.
    Just my two cents

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    Hypertherm. One size bigger than you think you need.

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    Please don't flame me but Harbour Freight used to sell Italian made welders and Plasma cutters. They sometimes have Italian made mig wire made by Esab. I understand that is a top quality company. I wonder who made the Italian Plasma machines? Rumor is some welders were from Russia for a little while.
    All I see now in the store is China made junk.
    Bil lD

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    I have a Hypertherm 100 max for sale cheap if you want to drive to Montana...Phil

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    Another vote for hypertherm

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    Hypertherm absolutely takes the cake for plasma.

    The local Miller rep even recommends them and that's saying a lot!


    EDIT: Wow, looks like an overwhelming consensus here, too. Not much that we can all agree on anymore.

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    Hypertherm is the answer.

    Sent via CNC 88HS

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    Anyone know what Hypertherm's market share is?

    I'm a happy customer as well. And judging by this thread they must own the market???

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    IIRC Hypertherm licensed Miller the technology.

    BTW I program a xp65 on a table at work, and I am amazed how long the consumables last.

    FWIW picked up an old Thermal Dynamics pak5 for cheap, for in an unheated pole barn usage (few hours a year) and while it works good, and after market consumables are cheap, TD has no information
    on the machine, the manual I found online from a 3rd party.

    Hypertherm ahs all manuals online for everything they have made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Please don't flame me but Harbour Freight used to sell Italian made welders and Plasma cutters. They sometimes have Italian made mig wire made by Esab. I understand that is a top quality company. I wonder who made the Italian Plasma machines? Rumor is some welders were from Russia for a little while.
    All I see now in the store is China made junk.
    Bil lD
    But they don't anymore.....

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    Yet another satisfied Hypertherm customer here.


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