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    I have no idea what I'm looking for but I think I want a plasma cutter. Any tips/thoughts would be appreciated.
    99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
    '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

  • #2
    I have a 24" x 24" that I purchased about 1.5 years ago and I think I'd now be lost without it. It is an AMAZING tool if you do fabrication work. There's a bit of a learning curve to get set-up right - especially torch height and speeds, but after that, it is simply an awesome tool to have.

    Mine is a Baileigh P22 and I purchased through Summit Racing just because I knew and trusted Summit if I was to have and issues with the unit arriving in pieces or something. It has a water bed and I typically keep the water level about 1/2" below the material. You can literally reach in and pick up the part as soon as it is cut. As you can tell, I really love the machine!!

    OP, I'm in Santa Clarita and you are welcome to pop by some weekend if you want to check it out.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Red_5 View Post
      I have no idea what I'm looking for but I think I want a plasma cutter. Any tips/thoughts would be appreciated.
      I know what you mean. I have absolutely no idea what I would use it for, but I really really want a plasma cutter anyway.

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      • #4
        I have a nice esab cutter for sale with its own mini cart for $600 bucks. What you want is something that reliably cuts metal small enough to keep out of its own way. Hence the cart. It is amazing how fast you can cut and how many uses you find for it. The cheap hft cutters don't last. You want esab, hypertherm, miller or lincoln.

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        • #5
          Ooops, my bad. When you said plasma cutter, I read CNC Plasma Table. Probably not what you are looking for! For the record, we do quite a bit of fabrication and other than the CNC Plasma Table (which get used a LOT), I will seldom have a need for a plasma cutter. Where we DO use an inexpensive (Harbor Freight) plasma cutter is to cut out the metal door panels when we're building a Miata. The little plasma cutter is ideally suited to this task. It takes about 5 minutes to cut out the entire panel and another 5-10 minutes with a flapper disc to smooth everything out. Prior to the plasma cutter, we'd use a cut-off wheel and this was an absolute pain in the ass compared to doing it with the plasma.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
            I have a nice esab cutter for sale with its own mini cart for $600 bucks. What you want is something that reliably cuts metal small enough to keep out of its own way. Hence the cart. It is amazing how fast you can cut and how many uses you find for it. The cheap hft cutters don't last. You want esab, hypertherm, miller or lincoln.
            I am willing to buy this stuff from you.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CoolTech View Post
              I have a 24" x 24" that I purchased about 1.5 years ago and I think I'd now be lost without it. It is an AMAZING tool if you do fabrication work. There's a bit of a learning curve to get set-up right - especially torch height and speeds, but after that, it is simply an awesome tool to have.

              Mine is a Baileigh P22 and I purchased through Summit Racing just because I knew and trusted Summit if I was to have and issues with the unit arriving in pieces or something. It has a water bed and I typically keep the water level about 1/2" below the material. You can literally reach in and pick up the part as soon as it is cut. As you can tell, I really love the machine!!

              OP, I'm in Santa Clarita and you are welcome to pop by some weekend if you want to check it out.
              Wow, that is cool. I think it's out of my price range but very cool. Do you have this at your home or at a business?
              Originally posted by robburgoon View Post
              I know what you mean. I have absolutely no idea what I would use it for, but I really really want a plasma cutter anyway.
              I'm glad I'm not the only one.
              Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
              I have a nice esab cutter for sale with its own mini cart for $600 bucks. What you want is something that reliably cuts metal small enough to keep out of its own way. Hence the cart. It is amazing how fast you can cut and how many uses you find for it. The cheap hft cutters don't last. You want esab, hypertherm, miller or lincoln.
              Can you tell me which model it is? I really don't know anything about them. What did you get to replace it?
              Originally posted by CoolTech View Post
              Ooops, my bad. When you said plasma cutter, I read CNC Plasma Table. Probably not what you are looking for! For the record, we do quite a bit of fabrication and other than the CNC Plasma Table (which get used a LOT), I will seldom have a need for a plasma cutter. Where we DO use an inexpensive (Harbor Freight) plasma cutter is to cut out the metal door panels when we're building a Miata. The little plasma cutter is ideally suited to this task. It takes about 5 minutes to cut out the entire panel and another 5-10 minutes with a flapper disc to smooth everything out. Prior to the plasma cutter, we'd use a cut-off wheel and this was an absolute pain in the ass compared to doing it with the plasma.
              Great info, thanks.
              Originally posted by bawareca View Post
              I am willing to buy this stuff from you.
              Slow down there cowboy, give me a chance.
              99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
              '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bawareca View Post
                I am willing to buy this stuff from you.
                Cool! Maybe you can help me turn off the blasted brake light in an E90 when I see you next week or so.

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                • #9
                  Sorry Red you are second in line.

                  But hold on both of you. A good cutter is 220V so it has power to cut. This machine is 220V single phase. It can cut from zero to 5/8" and sever 3/4". So this is a pretty cool workhorse.
                  If you only have 110V in your garage but access to 2 circuits you can make 220V single phase. So you guys either have to have 220V single phase already or willing to make it before you buy.


                  http://www.esabna.com/eu/literature/...f-15-696-d.pdf

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
                    Sorry Red you are second in line.

                    But hold on both of you. A good cutter is 220V so it has power to cut. This machine is 220V single phase. It can cut from zero to 5/8" and sever 3/4". So this is a pretty cool workhorse.
                    If you only have 110V in your garage but access to 2 circuits you can make 220V single phase. So you guys either have to have 220V single phase already or willing to make it before you buy.


                    http://www.esabna.com/eu/literature/...f-15-696-d.pdf
                    I have 220, 221, whatever it takes . . .

                    https://youtu.be/iX3kxAA2L4Q




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                    Last edited by Red_5; 01-28-2018, 03:11 PM.
                    99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
                    '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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