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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Ok Cleaned out the water separator and was able to adjust the flow psi to 75 psi. Cut up two parts today. Free hand cutting is not easy but using a crutch like a straight edge gives good enough for me quality cuts. A lot better than I can do with oxy acetylene.

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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Looks good from here !

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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Thanks I did not show the free hand cuts without any crutch. The free hand cuts are still ugly. I think I need to make a cutting table now. The hole is drilled out not plasma cut
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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Here is what the free hand cuts look like

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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Free hand cuts are always difficult in my opinion. I got pretty decent at it before I had a cnc plasma table. I have actually improved some from learning how to make good cuts on the plasma table. Steady motion, piercing, knowing how to take corners, speed, lead in/lead outs and standoff all still are valid with hand cutting to make it nice. Don't ever drink and plasma cut, it really gets ugly then.
    Now it seems all I own are ESAB products, a lonely Hypertherm 85 and couple of Miller XMT's.

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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Quote Originally Posted by Jawslandshark View Post
    Free hand cuts are always difficult in my opinion. Don't ever drink and plasma cut, it really gets ugly then.
    LOL that's it. It's gotta be. I'm always indulging is some form of relaxer usually the liquid form. Yes I was drinking when I cut those as well as squatting and trying to steady my self with one knee on the ground and the other as a prop for my stabililzing arm. I am having fun learning that is for sure.
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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Use the trigger lock.. It will loosen your grip on the torch,and make things flow better. You can use it on very small cuts too..The cnc cutter does help you understand what it takes for a great cut.

    PS- i would guess too much coffee, and not enough allky with your cuts..
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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Quote Originally Posted by Brand X View Post
    Use the trigger lock.. It will loosen your grip on the torch,and make things flow better. You can use it on very small cuts too..The cnc cutter does help you understand what it takes for a great cut.

    PS- i would guess too much coffee, and not enough allky with your cuts..
    I will try the trigger lock. I have been scared since it is HF that the machine will do all kinds of stuff if I don't get the arc to start and stay lit on the initiation of the cut.

    Well I don't drink coffee so Hmm...
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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Just press the button again....
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    Re: L-Tec PCM-VPi but it is said

    Made some more cuts yesterday on 3/16" 2.5x2.5 tubing and was very impressed with the cut quality. I am getting better and stocking up on consumables. Sticking with Original ESAB Electrodes and Nozzles.

    So I have been having moisture in the air lately and noticed it on both the water trap on my compressor and at the plasma machine. Started looking online for the Motor Guard filters every one raves about. Would the 1/4" NPT Motor Guard M-45 Kit be sufficient for this plasma cutter or do I need 1/2" NPT Motor Guard M-100 kit?

    Also I know if I add too many things inline before the cutter I cut down on the air to the machine. Should I also add a Desiccant Bead Drier in line or is that going to be over kill for the little bit of cutting I will be doing?

    Here are the Motor Guard M-45 and M-100 Kits I am looking at.

    NPT 1/4" M-45 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=AUEUXQQV6YS3R

    NPT 1/2" M-100 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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