Plasma cutter reviews
Welcome to Plasma Cutter Advisor, the site with all the top plasma cutter reviews and everything about welding in one place.
Into DIY? Have some metal you need to cut? Check out some of the most affordable plasma cutters for 2019, plasma cutters under $500 and industrial grade cutters.
Looking for an all-in-one system that can cut and weld (TIG, MIG, Stick, Cut)? We've shortlisted some of best multi process welders and cutter combos available today.
You can never have too many accessories. We've reviewed the latest welding safety gear, from clothing through to plasma cutter carts and parts.
Choosing The Best Plasma Cutter for
Plasma cutting is the process used to cut through metals by creating a jet of hot plasma. The plasma is created by using electricity to ionize gas (such as compressed air) to produce heat. The end result is plasma so hot that it can cut through metal!
Plasma cutting is used throughout many different industries. If you have heard of welding then chances are you know what a plasma cutter is.
Before you rush out and buy a plasma cutting system though it might be worth spending a bit of time asking yourself a few questions:
- What thickness of metal will you be cutting the most?
- How fast do you have to cut (home project, industrial use)?
- What is the maximum thickness you think you will cut?
Once you have an idea of the kind of work you will be doing. Then we have done the rest of research for you so now you don't have to go digging around online to find the right plasma cutter for your needs and budget. Our reviews cover the best products available on the market today, featuring a selected range of highly capable, portable and robust plasma cutters.
If you're tired of spending hours comparing different products, we'll help you find a plasma cutting unit in our reviews that will satisfy your budget and specifications.
Factors That Will Affect The Plasma Cutting Quality
1. Plasma Cutter Air Quality
Plasma cutters use compressed air to create heat. Depending on the environment you are working in, the air will likely need to be passed through an air filter to remove external contaminants such as (moisture, oil and dust). Metal such as Aluminum may need an Argon/Helium mix or Nitrogen.
2. Practice The Cut First
Whether you are cutting free hand or using a CNC table. It always pays to practice the cut first on some scrap metal of the same thickness. This not only reduces waste but also give you a better feel of how fast or slow you need to move to produce a clean cut.
3. Plasma Cutter Power
As Tim “The Toolman” Taylor would agree. You can never have too much power. This doesn’t mean you always crank up the amps to its max. What I mean here is to buy a system that is always one step above the amount of power you think you might need. Unless you got a Hypertherm I wouldn’t trust what the manufacturer claims the max cut is for that unit.
With the extra power you will have more flexibility when cutting thick pieces of metal.
4. Operator Skill
Straight cuts are simple. But what if you need to cut circles or gouge a piece of metal? Understanding when to use different techniques and aids such as templates and rolling guides. Will not only improve the cut and time but also help you become a better tradesman.
CHOOSE A PLASMA CUTTER – Often the decision on which system to buy will come down to the price. But don’t forget about what you intended to use the plasma cutter for. In your garage for home DIY a cheap system from Lotos will usually be sufficient. If you’re dedicated professional, on the other hand then investing a little more in a say a Hypertherm system will save you time and money in the long run. "
plasma Cutter features to consider
There are so many bells and whistles you can have on your system I could go on forever about them. However, the 3 that I have found to be most handy for me have been:
It has re-fire technology which keeps the torch arc going even when cutting coated or painted surfaces. This means you don’t need to re-fire the torch frequently while working on these metals.
automatically adapts to 110 V - 240 V input power.
Some systems have an integrated fan that helps the unit draw inner air flow. Thus, it blocks the abrasive particles and dust from damaging the internal components.
welding safety gear
Plasma cutters and welders are useful tools. But they can also be dangerous and hazardous to your health if you don't have the right safety equipment. At a bare minimum you should always protect your eyes from the Arc with a helmet, and hands from the flames and embers with a good pair of heat resistant gloves.
Other safety equipment include:
- A welding jacket
- Leather shoes
- Denim Pants
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So I started into include some "how to guides", "product reviews" and "basic troubleshooting".
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