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    Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Who sells a good plasma cutter with built in compressor? I think I made a mistake by selling my hobart 250ci. I didn't think I needed it and sold it, but I realized I'm pretty lost without it and projects take a lot longer.
    The hypertherm is at my dads house since I don't have a compressor and can't find one that will meet the requirements and not be 60 gallons. Space is getting tight. Or should I sell it and get a plasma that runs off less than 6scfm @ 90psi? And get a smaller compressor?

    The 110v on the hobart was fantasic as well! I don't do anything really thick anyhow.
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Why are you against getting a compressor to run the 45?
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Not against it at all, but the requirements are 6scfm at 90psi and the only thing that will do that is a 60 gallon. I have a 1 car garage so space is a premium and I only have 1 220v outlet.
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    I don't know if you are able to store tools outside your garage (back yard with a shed? I don't know if you're suburban or urban etc), but if you're tight on space inside and you want to conserve your one 220V outlet, how about a gas engine powered air compressor? I could store something like this in the back yard and it would not need your 220v outlet.

    Something like this
    RIDGID 9-Gal. Portable Gas Air Compressor
    Delivers 11.5 SCFM at 40 psi and 10.2 SCFM and 90 psi
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...1#.UTE36zC8B8E

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Good idea, but I don't have a shed or anything nor could I build one as I am in a rental for the time being. Once I move to a bigger place of my own that is the plan for an air compressor outside the garage.
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Ive got an Ingersoll-Rand Garage Mate, It does everything that ive wanted it to do. It might be what you want for space and power. Might be worth a look. HP: 2, Volts: 115, CFM at 90 PSI: 5.2, Max. PSI: 135, Tank Type: Vertical, Air Tank Size (gal.): 20, Stage: Single, Drive: Belt, Motor Phase(s): Single, Amps: 16
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Nope, it doesn't have enough cfm.
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    When I was looking for a compressor I had some of the same constraints as you except my shop is in my basement. Was really hesitant to try and wrestle a 60 gallon down my stairs. One option that I found through a local compressor company was that they would build me a 3HP 12cfm/90psi compressor on a 30 gallon tank. You'd still need 220v though. I think you're going to find that 2HP is about all your going to get out of a 110v circuit, and it will be taking all of a 20A breaker at that. You're kind of in a quandry. 220v plasma cutter and a 110v compressor or a 110v plasma and a 220v compressor. Is the 220v used for anything else besides the plasma? Perhaps swapping out the 220v breaker to a larger one (if the wiring will support it)?

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    How long of cuts do you plan on making...? Unless you're making 6' cuts on 3/4 plate, just get one of those 120V 30 gallon units on wheels. The tank will buffer enough for most cuts, and in reality the 5.5 cfm@90 psi most of them offer is more than enough for a machine that "recommends" 6 cfm@ 80 psi.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    "Nope, it doesn't have enough cfm. "

    Are you sure??

    Just a thought but.... If you go to Lowe's and get the 30 gal. Kobalt compressor you may find it has all you need. Just a guess.
    If it doesn't work you can return it within 30 days? No questions asked.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    There is a style of compressor you might be interested in checking out. They are called Wheelbarrow Air Compressor w/ Electric Motor 110 ac, small and portable with grunt.
    Cannot recommend not something I use or own, just adding to the conversation.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Always love to spend other peoples money At the price of that Kobalt you'd be better off with something like this http://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/...sor/p3694.html. It's 120/240v. and 6.7cfm@90psi. Not sure if it's less psi at 110v.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Gamble - Be on the lookout in your area for something used like this http://bend.craigslist.org/tls/3610020458.html. I would think there'd be a ton of them in the your area.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    " Bob this one?
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_221495-14989...sor&facetInfo="

    Yes, that's the one I have and I'm very happy with it. I don't remember what it cost.... low $400 ???

    BTW you don't want anything with AL. cylinders, liners, or heads. They are noisy as he!!. IMHO anyway.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Gamble - The first CL listing is a direct drive and not going to give you the PSI that you're seeking. Stay away from direct drives,,,,now repeat it wirh me....stay away from direct drives As for the second CL listing....if you are even remotely considering a 60 gallon compressor look beyond this one. If you buy a 60 gallon you should buy one that you will want to keep when you eventually move. Look for one with a cast iron pump. In my area there are always CH and IR's for sale on CL, something like this http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/tls/3624308371.html. This is the IR SSL3 model. You can get this brand new for $600+ at your local compressor dealer. Another one to recommend is this http://salem.craigslist.org/tls/3615587631.html. I don't think Lowes carries this model anymore, I think the current Kobalt 60 gallon is only putting out 10cfm @ 90 PSI.

    Am curious why you're considering the 240v, 60 gallon option based on your initial post?

    One other piece of advice...go visit one of your reputable/local air compressor dealers. They often have trade-in items for resale.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Just for giggles I went to the Chicago CL to see what was available in your area. Here are a few of what I would be looking at.

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/tls/3653225067.html

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/3646075286.html

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/3641857360.html

    An the best value so far, http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/3640021467.html

    Really surprised at the lack of used compressors that are reasonably priced in your area. There were several listig where the sellers asking price was near the same money for a brand new compressor with warranty.

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by Imtrublue View Post

    Am curious why you're considering the 240v, 60 gallon option based on your initial post?

    One other piece of advice...go visit one of your reputable/local air compressor dealers. They often have trade-in items for resale.
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    That's the compressor I'm running in my basement ATM.
    It runs my PM30 just fine. (not sure how much more air the pm45 needs)
    But it's just horrible with my grinders, impact wrenches, &D.A's.
    Also, the petcock on the bottom froze up within a week..
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Any plasma with a built in compressor is pretty much useless, they are capacity limited to around 18 GA
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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Wow, that's a nice slow running small compressor. Almost 7cfm and 110v option to boot. Meets all of Gamnble's requirements, except maybe the price ($770)

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    Re: Plasma cutter with built in compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by Imtrublue View Post
    Wow, that's a nice slow running small compressor. Almost 7cfm and 110v option to boot. Meets all of Gamnble's requirements, except maybe the price ($770)
    Ya that is pretty nice. I'm trying to keep my purchase local incase there is an issue, I can go return it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dualie View Post
    Any plasma with a built in compressor is pretty much useless, they are capacity limited to around 18 GA
    It was perfect for anything I was doing. It would severe 1/4", but everything I did was less than 1/8" so I had no issues. Great for quick cuts, and not having to wait for a compressor to build up.
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