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    Default Plasma cutter - What to look for?

    I want a fire pit. The commercial ones I like are in the $400 price range.

    I was given a goodly amount of steel plate suited to the purpose.

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    Some combination welders that include a plasma cutter come in at around that price.

    What should I be looking for?

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    hare and forbes do a specific plasma cutter as well as the combo units I believe.
    Maybe check their website. They have a perth shopfront/warehouse I think.

    I think their website uses the address machinerywarehouse (or similar). But don't forget you'll also need compressed air supply.
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    Thanks for that.

    Yep got one.
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    ...and BYO plasma.

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    I've got no experience, but I've done a bunch of research and there seem to be a lot of people happy with the Token Tools equipment.
    I've had my eye on this for a while https://weldingstore.tokentools.com....ols-alusync215
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    Good one but way over budget
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    What to look for? After sales support. I have two Hypertherms at work, but you won't buy one of those for $400. If you want a cheapy, ask your local welding supply place if they sell consumables.

    Also, 90psi of continuous dry air is a must. Thus you need a big air compressor and a toilet roll type dryer.

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    Would an oxy set and grinding wheel/flap disc achieve the same goal quite a lot cheaper?
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    You do need a good supply of air. You may find the torch consumption is higher than the duty cycle of a typical DIY garage compressor allows without stopping. Oxy will certainly cut plate steel without the need for a compressor. For both cutting systems you need some kind of guide to get a reasonably straight cut edge. A stick or MIG welder can fill in gaps left by a slightly wavy cut, but respect the duty cycle of whatever gear you are using. The time you can weld for drops off with plate thickness.

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    What do you look for ? : your hands and feet

    FWIW some plasma cutters have an inbuilt air supply

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post

    FWIW some plasma cutters have an inbuilt air supply
    With a dryer? When a dash a moisture hits the tip it's all over. Kiss the head goodbye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
    With a dryer? When a dash a moisture hits the tip it's all over. Kiss the head goodbye.
    C420 | SITE CUT 10 Plasma Cutter - with Built-in Air Compressor | For Sale Sydney Brisbane Melbourne Perth | Buy Workshop Equipment & Machinery online at machineryhouse.com.au

    I've never used this product. So I know nothing about the dryer it has or doesn't have.

    Presumably it's fit for purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    I saw that too, but I didn't want to get lambasted for being incorrect. And when in doubt it's best to shut up.

    Are you sure (I'm not) the spares are specific to this product or just general usage items ?
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    Got a big compressor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    I saw that too, but I didn't want to get lambasted for being incorrect. And when in doubt it's best to shut up.

    Are you sure (I'm not) the spares are specific to this product or just general usage items ?
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    Yes, that's the one. We use toilet rolls. Cheap as, 3 ply of course. Seriously though, we do a lot of plasma cutting, both by hand and CNC. If you don't have a stable, dry air supply, you'll spend a lot of money on consumables.

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