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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    I prefer stick welding for critical welds. Flux core is similar enough to stick welding and it burns in better than solid wire MIG. Dual shield flux core uses shielding gas and a flux core wire. It produces a superior weld and easy slag removal. It also burns in better and runs hotter than regular MIG. You can get 10 lb spools of it in .035". I buy the larger rolls of .045" because it burns in better than thinner wire and it deposits a lot more weld metal per minute. I only use dual shield for 1/4"+ steel. You can go either way with 1/4" steel. It's not too thick to properly weld with er70s6 solid wire MIG.

    So dual shield MIG for critical welds. You also need to crank up the shielding gas to 35-40 cfh. Not a huge issue because you shouldn't be making any super critical welds at your age. Leave that stuff to the professionals. You can practice with it to learn but you need more experience before attempting critical welds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimcolt View Post
    Keith contacted Hypertherm through our Facebook page. Jim Colt
    ? I never contacted Hypertherm through the Facebook page. What's going on???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Merrell View Post
    ? I never contacted Hypertherm through the Facebook page. What's going on???
    Maybe Jim MEANT to type '' CONTACT '' and not '' CONTACTED '' ??? Maybe sent Jim a PM and ask him directly ???

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    Yeah who knows, Jim might be able to throw in some hats or shirts or something.
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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Keith I hope I get to meet you some time in my future welding career!!


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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Check and something for your plasma cutter has been sent.
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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Keith,

    As you begin to learn about how metals weld, and react to welds, this is going to be one of your best friends if you really wanna look into how YOUR particular welds end up being.
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    I hope you have some kind of metal chop saw/abrasive saw, simply because it will be the fastest way to slice something to macro-etch it to see the weld profile from within the metal. After slicing a part that you welded, you'd have to polish it as smooth as possible to get the best possible view. A couple different [smooth] grits of sandpaper will do if you don't have power/air sanding tools.

    This way you can see if you got a good penetration into the root of the joint...
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    ...or if you have a cold bead that is mostly laying on top of the base metals and didn't fuse properly into the root...
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    Those images are not mine, found them on Google Images. This one is mine, welded with my Millermatic 211.




    So what you need to do, is do practice welds for the various different types of scenarios, then cut them all up and etch them, especially if you later on want to do structual welds that need to hold. I'm not saying that macro-etching is the end-all for inspecting welds, just one tool in the toolbox to help get you started.
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    Thanks guys.
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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by 69sa200 View Post
    The Hobart 190 is better than a Millermatic 211 because it has a transformer instead of an inverter. That Hobart 190 should last forever. I've had Miller inverters fail beyond repair. The Hypertherm plasma cutters are the best quality you can buy. I would get the next size up. I bought a 27 amp Hypertherm 380 and I always wanted more power. It's well worth the extra money in my opinion. And you won't outgrow it. The Hobart 190 can weld any metal thickness. Keep in mind that even professional welders don't weld 1/2" steel pipe in a single pass. Multi pass welds at 125 amps can weld 1" steel plate.

    I also had a Miller Spectrum 875 plasma cutter but I sold it. I was worried that it would blow out after the warranty. The one thing that I did like about the Miller 875 was the detachable plasma torch and ground clamp.

    This is what the inside of a Millermatic 211 looks like. Just a circuit board.

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    Man, you sure are a broken record with the inverter vs. transformer stuff. Believe me, we ALL get it - you THINK transformers better - but that's ok, everyone has the right to have an opinion. You should update your signature to say "PSA: I THINK TRANSFORMER MACHINES ARE BETTER AND YOU SHOULD TOO" ...you know, just to clear the air once and for all

    And FYI: HT Powermax plasmas are inverters

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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    USPS states it will be delivered today .

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    Keith, smart move on choosing Hypertherm
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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by DerekV View Post
    And FYI: HT Powermax plasmas are inverters

    Mine's actually scheduled to self destruct tonight!!!
    Yeap, let's all pack up and go home. Let me put my HTP Invertig 221, and my other two inverters out on the curb so someone can pick them up and save me the agony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yeap, let's all pack up and go home. Let me put my HTP Invertig 221, and my other two inverters out on the curb so someone can pick them up and save me the agony.
    Yea, I guess those inverters are bad, HOW BAD ??? Well my old shop bought 6 of the '' FIRST GENERATION XMT 304's '' those pieces of garbage are still running GREAT today. Never broke down and they gotta be 15 years old and used daily . GUYS are upset because they want new machines !
    Oh. I guess the CST 280's are junk too. We have those deadbeats too. They are newer from 2007. Same shlt , they still work today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yeap, let's all pack up and go home. Let me put my HTP Invertig 221, and my other two inverters out on the curb so someone can pick them up and save me the agony.
    Might as well so yours doesn't blow up again. Lol
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    I'm interested to see 1" steel plate being welded out with mig at only 125 amps all the way out with out some crazy preheat. I don't think it would last in my bend tester

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    Guess everyone's getting bored waiting for the mail to deliver. lol
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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yeap, let's all pack up and go home. Let me put my HTP Invertig 221, and my other two inverters out on the curb so someone can pick them up and save me the agony.
    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Yea, I guess those inverters are bad, HOW BAD ??? Well my old shop bought 6 of the '' FIRST GENERATION XMT 304's '' those pieces of garbage are still running GREAT today. Never broke down and they gotta be 15 years old and used daily . GUYS are upset because they want new machines !
    Oh. I guess the CST 280's are junk too. We have those deadbeats too. They are newer from 2007. Same shlt , they still work today.
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    UPDATE !!!! Your item was delivered at the front door or porch at 11:20 am on January 12, 2017 in CAMARILLO, CA 93012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fps View Post
    Sorry, but in my opinion, I would spend my money on a good inexpensive Chinese machine. First, at 13 you’re mind is changing very fast. What you want today may change tomorrow. FWIW, I have the have the 30xp, but I also have a very nice Lotus 50 amp machine that blows the 30xp away. In addition the Lotus was under $400 to my door.

    With the money you save, you can easily buy a nice 140 amp mig welder for about $400 and STILL have money in the bank. You need to remember you’re not a professional by any means and you won’t be using the 30XP even close to the amount the pros do.

    I hate to say, and frankly, I don’t give a damn, but too many people on this and any forum, have very little regard to actually offering the information you “need” rather than what you “want”.

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    Well put! I have a hypertherm 1000 and a lotus 3200. The lotus is my goto.

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    Ive pulled the lotus off tables..dont get me wrong the hypertherm is fantastic.

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    Re: Hypertherm Powermax 30XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yeap, let's all pack up and go home. Let me put my HTP Invertig 221, and my other two inverters out on the curb so someone can pick them up and save me the agony.
    Can you PM your address and what time you are putting your machines out? I was thinking I would save the sanitation department some agony maybe just to be a good person you know.


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    For shooting through 1/8th...or even 1/2 rebar that little lotus is fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    UPDATE !!!! Your item was delivered at the front door or porch at 11:20 am on January 12, 2017 in CAMARILLO, CA 93012.
    Thanks Bob!!!!!!!!! I got the package and the money and it had some cool stuff in it!!! I like the grinder and the files a lot!!! Also the wire wheel is nice. Also the wire brush...... heck it all was great!!!!!! Name:  SAM_4266.jpg
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    YOU MADE MY DAY!!! Thank you everyone!!!! Letter for you and Gamble sent. More to come
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    You're going to love that brush... be sure to wear every single piece of PPE you have and to hold onto it with both hands though! They like to run away when you're not paying attention. lol
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