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Hello All,

I am new to this part of the forum and am not familiar with what has gone before. My question is, does anyone have any experience with some of the newer plasma cutters in the $5-$600 range. Are they good for hobby, home, use and not necessarily professional or shop use? What brands, ease of use, air requirements, Etc. ? Thanks for any info.
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I would go with a Hypertherm. Thermal Dynamics is pretty much the crap. Miller has one as well. I would stick with name brand because they need a lot of consumables and are useless without them. The Drag Gun is a rugged little unit that just needs juice.

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Hello All,

I am new to this part of the forum and am not familiar with what has gone before. My question is, does anyone have any experience with some of the newer plasma cutters in the $5-$600 range. Are they good for hobby, home, use and not necessarily professional or shop use? What brands, ease of use, air requirements, Etc. ? Thanks for any info.

Sid save your money. 5 to $600 isn't going to get you anything usable. At least it won't be usable for long. I wouldn't spend my money on anything but Hypertherm. Doesn't matter how big a machine you need. You need quality. My son bought a Powermax 85 that was about a year old and hardly used for less than half new price that included about $400 worth of consumables. Keep an eye on Craigslist, Ebay, and other sites and you should be able to come up with a 30 or 45 used for not too much more than you are talking about. They do come up occasionally. You'll be very disappointed with anything else.
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^ ^ ^ ^ this and ^ ^ ^ ^
if you plan on using it a lot, you need to spend a whole
lot of money on one to make it worth your while. a cheapie
won't work. other side of the coin, if you're not going to use it
a lot, there's really no need to buy one. i get what little i need
to do done with a chop saw and carbon wheels on grinders or the
neighbors torch. i don't know how i'd ever get my money's
worth out of one (that was worth having)

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I've been retired too long to know anything about the latest machines. I do prowl around on a couple of welding forums and Hypertherm still seems to be considered to be on top of the brands available. My son has one that he really likes and I believe it is a Hypertherm.
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I use a powermax 30. It is either 110 or 220 by changing the cord end. I do collision repair and works for all my needs. But about double what your $$ is. Looks like a toy, very compact. But like all plasma cutters, the consumables must be considered also.


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