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    Budget Plasma cutter

    Hello, new the group. I am looking for a mid range plasma cutter. I am looking for something that will clean cut 1/2" . We use hypertherms at work but they are out of my price range. Looking to make a few extra bucks doing repair work and some fabrication in my shop. Thanks

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Welcome to the forum.
    A Chinese plasma importer but they may more along your line of which you may be wanting to pay. Just a warning, you pays your money and take your chances!

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    I have a lotos 5000 and have not pushed it to that range... so no recommendations from me... but oxy fuel would do that mo problem

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    What's your actual budget?
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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Primeweld cut50d. 278$ and it works great so far. 3 year warranty, idk about the half inch cut capacity though, supposedly it will do it but I doubt it'd be very clean .

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    35 amps will cut 1/2 inch but not very fast. It would be hard to keep the torch steady for a almost clean cut. You best bet would be a 60 amp plasma. If you can find several units to perform some test cuts on and see if the speed and cut quality are what you want. Call all the welding supply stores near you and find out if they have any demo units or can have a rep stop by with a demo unit. If it wasn't for covid 19 you could look for any car shows or trade, maintenance shows where welders are displayed and demonstrated. In California the Tulare Farm show is a great place to play with the welders and plasmas. Just take a piece of the 1/2 metal you want to cut with you.

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    I would like to stay around $800 of lower,

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    I purchased the Lotos LTP5000D over two years ago.50 amp and works great.Got it from Home Depot with a one year warranty. I took a lot of crap from a few members of this site however I am very satisfied with the purchase.Ken

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    I would go with the Jasic razor cut 45. I would spend the extra 100$ and get the hypertherm style torch vs the standard as consumable life is better and you don't need to use a standoff. 1/2" gives a real clean cut but a little slow. I have severed 3/4" with it as well. 3 year warranty on the unit

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    what do you plan on cutting? Do you plan on doing more cutting or gouging (e.g., weld removal, grooving, etc.)? What other cutting tools do you already have?
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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    I bought a Everlast 52I around the holidays (free shipping) and it works great. It has a connection and connector for CNC in case you want to hook it to a plasma table. I had a smaller plasma cutter and wanted to upgrade. I'm a hobbyist and not a manufacture. Very happy with the purchase.

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by INXS2 View Post
    I bought a Everlast 52I around the holidays (free shipping) and it works great. It has a connection and connector for CNC in case you want to hook it to a plasma table. I had a smaller plasma cutter and wanted to upgrade. I'm a hobbyist and not a manufacture. Very happy with the purchase.
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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...3064_200833064

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    Can it cut 1/2 clean per ops desires
    Yes it can. Maximum quality is 3/4" and maximum severance is 1" (haven't tried it yet). As I was testing it out I cut 3/8" and my work bench (wasn't watching where I was cutting)! Like I said, I'm a hobbyist and I don't use it everyday. My last plasma cutter. 40 amp, sat for 3 years before I got this one. This one will probably sit that long too, but its there if I need it! I got it for the power and I might consider making a CNC plasma table.

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Thanks everyone, ended up going with the primeweld cut60, a guy at work has one is is able to cut up to 3/4. He is pretty happy with it, at the time he has it hooked up to a cnc table. Couldn't pass up the 3 year warranty. Paid $640. Hope I made the right choice!

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    Re: Budget Plasma cutter

    Good deal and good luck with it! I hope you get many satisfied years of using it!

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