Plasma cutters??

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  1. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    Alright guys so you helped me choose my mug welder, I need some help choosing a plasma cutter. I'm looking at the eastwood versa cuts. My fist wuestion is has anyone used versacut 40 with either 110 or220? Or should I just jump to the versacut 60 and call it a day? Also I have a line on a Steele 40 amp unit, has anyone heard anything about these? I know there chineese, I cannot afford a name brand one right now. Any inputs would be great
     
  2. 3SLO5

    3SLO5 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    i have the 40 running on 120 and its worked fine so far cut rite through 3/16 plate no problem and cut up a parts car with ease.
    for the money its been good.
     
  3. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    You have the versacut 40?
     
  4. Zazoos

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    I really went back and forth on picking a plasma cutter. I tried to decide if the expensive Miller was worth it. My local NAPA owner who is a tool nut said he got this one on ebay and it works great. "CUT50D Air Inverter Plasma Cutter Welder 110V OR 220V." I purchased mine about a year ago and have used it numerous times. It cuts 1/4 plate like butter. Cost about 1/5 the price of the Miller.
     
  5. 3SLO5

    3SLO5 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    yea the eastwood versa cut
     
  6. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    I plan on having this unit for years to come, so I'm wondering if I should eat the 60 amo unit from eastwood so I have the extra power. It would be nice however to be able to use 120
     
  7. Red70Camaro

    Red70Camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I had a 40 amp 220 northern tool plasma that cut through alot of materials. Most of the chinese plasmas are similiar, some last for years, and i've heard others having issues right away.

    I recently bought a Hypertherm Powermax 45 plasma. Hands down, the best pc. of equipment I've purchased lately. Can't even compare a chinese plasma to a Hypertherm!

    Whatever you do, MAKE SURE you're using clean/dry air! Moisture/oil will kill a plasma quick! If you're going to be mobile with your plasma, I recommend getting a cylinder of compressed air to take with you and use. You never know what somebody elses air compressor has in it!
     
  8. Happy_Dan

    Happy_Dan Veteran Member

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    I have an Eastwood Versa Cut as well and run it on 220 with no issues.
     
  9. allstar12316

    allstar12316 Veteran Member

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    I have used a hypotherm unit in the past and I know that they kick ass.. But I cannot justify spending that much on a plasma cutter right now lol. I've read a lot of reviews online and I think im going to stick to eastwood due to their 3 year warranty. Now my only decision is whether to do the duel current 40 amp unit, or the 60 amp unit that will only run on 240.

    When you have a plasma unit do a lot of people run seperate filters on the machine itself? I have a filter/dryer on the piping in my garage, I do not know if that is enough to help protect the machine.
     
  10. Red70Camaro

    Red70Camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yes, I'd use a inline filter on the plasma too.
     

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