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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    So.....back on track!

    Keep us posted in regards to your machine build. I'll be happy to offer advice and help, both with the mechanical design as well as with the electrical interface to any plasma system. As a man with 2, and soon 3 cnc plasma machines in my home shop....and over 30 years of working with cnc plasma's of all brands in the field it is always interesting to see new ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arewehavingfun View Post
    Here is an idea of some of the stuff I have so far. I also have the stock steel. I was able to purchase the square tubing for $42 for a twenty-four foot piece.

    In the picture are part of the carriages. I got scrap steel for those for nothing. There are six-teen ABEC 7 bearings with bronze bearings for $13. The rest of the hardware was $7.42.

    I'll post the "Z" axis picture when finished.

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    I'm going to ask lugweld to please delete every post that has nothing to do with the subject and unfortunately there are a lot. Please do it at the end of the day so everyone can read this post.

    I would like to ask everyone a favor and that is to please keep on subject. It does nobody any good to create posts to simply stir the pot. If you have a bone to pick, please PM the individual. If you want to cause grief, go to someone else's post. I'm going to say this one more time. I take defamatory statements very seriously and if anyone's statement hurts my credibility, I will personally hold that person(s) responsible. Please think before you speak.

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    It was brought to my attention that the Everlast PowerPlasma 60C would probably be a better fit for what I have in mind. I went over to their web site and was pleased to see that the "CNC" type torch is included with the unit. The cost is a little bit more than I planed on spending but, it may be worth the extra expense.

    I also made a short video of what I am doing about three weeks ago. Can be viewed at,

    Untitled from arewehavingfun on Vimeo.


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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    This being the Everlast forum.....that sounds like an even more perfect choice for your plasma cutter for your CNC build! Best regards, Jim

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Jim,
    Not sure who you are talking to here. Responding to the OP as "you guys" and then talking about our competition? Anyway, about time to clean it up again.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Lugweld,
    Would you happen to have the torch diameter and length on what I believe is the T-81 torch that comes with the PP60C?

    I'm making the "Z" axis and those measurements would be helpful.

    Joe

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    My goodness, look what I found on youtube. This video was taken right from Torchmates youtube channel. It appears to be the plasma cutter I want. Lugweld, is this the same cutter I'm looking at, and is that the T-81 torch body on it?

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Yes...it is.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Lugweld, Can the PP50 use the PP60C torch? Someone on the zone brought up a good point, that the 60C was three phase.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by arewehavingfun View Post
    Lugweld, Can the PP50 use the PP60C torch? Someone on the zone brought up a good point, that the 60C was three phase.
    arewehavingfun

    we have new batch on the way shortly with PP60C unit being 1ph and 3ph

    S45 CNC torches will be in stock soon for PP50 units.

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by EVERLAST View Post
    arewehavingfun

    we have new batch on the way shortly with PP60C unit being 1ph and 3ph

    S45 CNC torches will be in stock soon for PP50 units.
    Wow, this is really good news! I just passed the information along to another forum.

    Joe
    Last edited by arewehavingfun; 08-17-2011 at 06:33 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arewehavingfun View Post
    Lugweld, Can the PP50 use the PP60C torch? Someone on the zone brought up a good point, that the 60C was three phase.
    While it has 3 phase on it officially, it can be wired for single phase. But new units coming in will have it listed as both. The PowerPlasma 50 and the PowerPlasma 60C have different start styles. The 50 is a blowback design, and the 60C while it uses a HF torch, it uses an High Voltage inductive start...which does not create the interferance associated with HF starts. This makes for very fast starts.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by arewehavingfun View Post
    Dstevens,

    Thanks for your reply!

    This is very good news about the consumables. Are you using an air dryer for your air compressor?
    I use a Motorguard M60 filter. I looked at conventional dryers but decided to go with the filter instead. The thing that kills the electrodes and tips for me is the gouging.

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    I recommend the motorgaurd filter too. Having used it myself, it really does seem to extend the consumable life many times over.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by dstevens View Post
    I use a Motorguard M60 filter. I looked at conventional dryers but decided to go with the filter instead. The thing that kills the electrodes and tips for me is the gouging.
    Thanks for all the information Dstevens!

    I'm apologizing in advanced for the stupid question, but, what exactly is "gouging"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by arewehavingfun View Post
    Lugweld,
    Would you happen to have the torch diameter and length on what I believe is the T-81 torch that comes with the PP60C?

    I'm making the "Z" axis and those measurements would be helpful.

    Joe
    Just saw this question Joe.
    I'll get the measurements. But I believe that they fit the standard 1 3/8" holders.

    As for gouging...
    Gouging is where metal is "blown" out rather than cut. An example would be where you'd need to remove some weld area for the next pass or removing the weld for reworking it or refitting it. You aren't so much concerned with cutting the metal straight through but rather in removing a broad area of metal, layer by layer. You'll get quite a show of sparks and slag bouncing around. You're running a longer plasma arc typically because you holding the torch at an angle to wash the material away.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by lugweld View Post
    Just saw this question Joe.
    I'll get the measurements. But I believe that they fit the standard 1 3/8" holders.

    As for gouging...
    Gouging is where metal is "blown" out rather than cut. An example would be where you'd need to remove some weld area for the next pass or removing the weld for reworking it or refitting it. You aren't so much concerned with cutting the metal straight through but rather in removing a broad area of metal, layer by layer.
    Thank's Lugweld!
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    The journey continues with making a CNC plasma table on a super tight budget. I found some used steel that will work perfectly for my gantry and frame. I went to the good old steel yard and found some used posts sitting in the corner of the lot. I was able to purchase the material for 30 cents a pound which roughly estimated a little less than $3 dollars a piece. The place was kind enough to let me return my previous purchase of new steel. The fact that I purchased almost $50 in additional hardware for another project, I’m sure had something to do with it.

    The pieces are five feet by two inch square. They are a little thicker than I wanted but, a third of the weight will be eliminated with lightening holes. I have changed the table size too, again. Table size will now be a working area of, four feet by four feet respectfully.

    I am going to prime and paint them. Color will be an Everlast green or a cherry red. I guess that will determine on how I’m feeling that day, when I purchase the paint.

    Currently, I’m at $29.42 for hardware costs. I will be purchasing rails and gear tracks next.

    More to come.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Well the "green" paint should be pretty easy for you to aquire.

    jrw159

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrw159 View Post
    Well the "green" paint should be pretty easy for you to aquire.

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    Your so right! It's $2.34 a can at WalMart.
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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    I thought you would just fill out an in house request form for the real stuff right out of the stockroom.

    jrw159

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    Re: Buying a plasma cutter?

    Hey folks,

    Still here, just got back from a trip to New York.

    Have super news!

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