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Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby jroark » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:42 pm

I know Hypertherm and Lincoln have plasmas with the built in compressors and I was just wondering if anyone has really put one to the test. I saw Chucke do a review on a Hypertherm model but you know,,, everything that's free is always better. A guy at one of my LWS said they were a bad idea because the outside air wasn't clean enough and would tear them up quick. I guess on a jobsite the air could be pretty dusty so what do you guys think? If he's right that is a good thing to consider if I'm gonna consider one but he probably never pulled the trigger on one to have a serious opinion.
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:47 pm

How much cutting do you plan on doing? Where do you plan on doing it? Most cutters with on board compressors are generally a little smaller so how thick do you want to cut?
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby ldbtx » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:28 pm

I have a Hypertherm 30Air that works great. Onboard compressor has a built-in air filter and moisture trap. 120/240 volt capability makes it real versatile. It's a 30 amp unit so cut thickness is limited compared to larger units, but it's done everything I need it to do so far. I like it.
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby jroark » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:29 pm

I was intending on using it for gouging and cutting smaller stuff at my shop. If I go out in the field to work on some of the heavy equipment stuff I have a torch set up for that. I thought having the gouging capability would help on some of the repairs where an old weld needed to be took out too. Probably not so much of a field use but more for fabrication in my little shop at the house. I do handrails and smaller jobs but you never know. I just wanted to know if they were worth the money for the work you can do with them. I hope I get to use it a lot but it won't be a all day every day kind of tool.
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:02 pm

Do you already have a decent air compressor at your home shop to use? If so I would go with like a hypertherm powermax45. A little more power and you aren't paying for an on board compressor when you already have a compressor. No compressor-do you plan on getting one anyways? If not you may want to get one with its own compressor


For gouging, does it require any more air or just the different consumables?
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby homeboy » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:04 pm

I also have a Hypertherm 30air . Sounds like your work is on the same scale as mine and this is a great machine for that type of work. I have done a decent cut on 5/8 bucket edge but slow. Piercing to 1/4 in is easy and cuts like butter. For slicing old welds and rough cuts I use older consumables that I have saved and keep a good one for fine cutting. I wanted to have a portable unit and with the built in air and moisture filter and chances are the air is as good or better than many shop compressors. Not cheap but worth it in my opinion plus parts and service are readily available. :D :D :ugeek:
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby jroark » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:04 pm

I don't have a compressor at home but the portability of the Hypertherm is the key for me. I may get a compressor either way at some point but I won't have to have a compressor on my trailer to use the plasma in the field too. The torch should take care of any big stuff. A future air compressor would be either for air tools or a CNC plasma is that's ever possible.
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby Otto Nobedder » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:49 pm

jroark wrote:I don't have a compressor at home but the portability of the Hypertherm is the key for me. I may get a compressor either way at some point but I won't have to have a compressor on my trailer to use the plasma in the field too. The torch should take care of any big stuff. A future air compressor would be either for air tools or a CNC plasma is that's ever possible.


Shoot jimcolt a PM. He's the most knowledgeable guy I know for plasma cutters, and he works for Hypertherm. (I'll tell you up front, if there's a competitor's unit that will suit you better, he'll be honest about that.)

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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby jroark » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 pm

Ok. Thanks
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Re: Plasma with on board compressor?

Postby Farmwelding » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:28 pm

Otto Nobedder wrote:
jroark wrote:I don't have a compressor at home but the portability of the Hypertherm is the key for me. I may get a compressor either way at some point but I won't have to have a compressor on my trailer to use the plasma in the field too. The torch should take care of any big stuff. A future air compressor would be either for air tools or a CNC plasma is that's ever possible.


Shoot jimcolt a PM. He's the most knowledgeable guy I know for plasma cutters, and he works for Hypertherm. (I'll tell you up front, if there's a competitor's unit that will suit you better, he'll be honest about that.)

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But... There probably isn't one better than hypertherms-just saying
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