To all the plasma cutter folks,
I have narrowed my plasma cutter choices to either the Hypertherm
powermax 1000 or the Thermal Dynamics cutmaster 100. The Hypertherm
(H) machine is $2000 and the Thermal Dynamics (TD) machine is $2300.
But the hypertherm is only rated at 3/4" while the thermal Dynamics is
rated at 1". So $300 buys a 25% increase. I tried out both of these
machines yesterday and the TD machine will cut 1" 304 SS. The H
machine will cut 1" but only very slowly. The H brochure states that
it will cut 1" mild steel at over 10 inches/minute. Well, it wouldn't.
The guy tried to tell me I was traveling that fast but I was counting
but there was no way it was cutting that fast. The TD has 80 amps max
output and the H has 60 amps max output. The H machine has an air
regulator and it appears that the TD machine doesn't.
Any ideas or opinions?
Eric R Snow,
E T Precision Macshine
17 years ago