Purchasing the cheapest 50 amp plasma cutter on Amazon. Is it ANY GOOD? Here is my review.
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If I was only making small cuts every now and then I would probably just use a grinder. I suppose you also have to look at where you want to go with your fabrication. If you think you might want to take on bigger projects more often, it might be worth the investment
Melissa Nelson There is a link in the description that takes you to an Amazon link showing all the tools I use. Here is the link for the plasma cutter https://amzn.to/2S67dye Thanks for watching! Brandon
I would never discourage anyone from buying something they could afford. Hardly anything made in the US is actually made here. The parts arrive from overseas and then we assemble it in the US and call it "Made In The USA". I believe you should buy what fits your needs and your budget. Congratulations on you new purchase. That's a nice machine.
It’s not the volts it’s the amperage. Hence 50AMP machine. So the 110 volts I doesn’t mean as much as the size of the breaker. It could be a 10 amp breaker and still trip the breaker without any other load. A lot of receptacles are 15 amp. But some are 20 amp. So again 20 amp is twice what 10 amp is but not even half of the 50amp the 220 volt supplies. So yes it’s best to get the full 50 amp. But if you run it on 110 volt house power or shop power, use the highest amp circuit you have and if using an extension cord, while in most cases isn’t recommended, use the appropriate gauge cord to carry the load.
50 amps is not the drawn amperage, but the output. And it is VOLTAGE that determines the type of plug and the power that is put into it. You can have a 115 volt circuit with a 30-amp breaker, if you wanted to, it'd run this just fine.
Bad correction attempt on your part.
I built a cart for my Mig and Plasma cutter.. it has one 50amp 220v feed running to it, with two 50 amp plugs(One for the Plasma and one for the Mig).. I never use both at one time, although one is still sitting there with the fan running, waiting for me to grab it.. I also made a ground block underneath it for both ground clamps to sit side by side.. Made it where I could remove one nut, pull it out, clean it and put it back, but, have not needed to yet.. Then, I have one long ground cable with a magnet and clamp as an either/or choice of which to use.. The extra length is nice.. I keep the magnet on the leg of the table, and I can move the clamp to my vice quickly if I need to tack something in the vice..
I've been using the shared Electric and ground system for a couple of years now.. No issues at all..
Several times, I have had buddies helping build with me and I am sure we have been welding and cutting at the same time, but, probably not using the max on both machines.. I don't even think about it being shared any more.. I scarfed some heavy gauge extension cord 100' and put ends on both of them, so, I can drag it wherever I want to, to weld a trailer, etc and leave it on my driveway, etc.. I show the underside of the welding cart at the end of the video..
I unloaded the cart one time to do something and I did a better video on the shared system, but, I have yet to have time to upload it..
Might save you plugging an unplugging or running an extra circuit.. Cheers..
I also made a super cool Oxy/Acetylene rig with the tanks in front of each other with 50 foot of hose and two boat trailer hubs/tires, and you don't have to hustle and pick up the heavy damn tanks either... One day, I'll take some time to post the video on that. I have a lot of footage sitting in my /Todo/Videos folder.. Ha..
Around 60 psi. If you run the air low it doesnt cut as clean. I have never tried cutting without air. It would likely not cut or it would destroy your consumables. The consumables are cheap and there is a nice picture of the ones I use on the Amazon link down in the description. Just click on the "tools I use" link. Cheers and thanks for watching!
It sure can! This specific unit does not come with a plug installed. I put a 240 welder plug on the end, and if you need to use it on 110, you can use a readily available welder adapter that often comes with most inverter welders (or you can buy the adapter separately listed in the tools section in the description) and then plug it directly into a 110 plug. The machine figures out the rest! Pretty neat huh!
Joe, I have it setup a couple ways. When it's plugged into the 220 volt plug, it's on a 30 amp breaker. When it's plugged into the 110 plug it's on a 20 amp breaker. If I have it plugged into the same 110 plug as my compressor, it will blow the breaker as soon as the compressor comes on. You can plug in both to the same plug while on the same breaker but it's a pain because you have to keep stopping while your cutting with the plasma cutter to allow the compressor to recharge. Your best bet is to have each on their own breaker.
I was very skeptical at first also, however I purchased mine then started reading all the problems people were having. It looks like they got the problems sorted out with the newer ones. Mine is still going strong and I use it regularly.
I didn't have to do anything inside. The machine is dual voltage and it does everything automatically :) You could put a 110 plug on the end and run it that way but I put the 220 plug on it and if I only have 110 power where I'm working, I use one of the 220 to 110 adapters that came with one of my welders and plug it in to that.
You can do both but I tend to hold it against the work piece. I use the contact tips that allow you to do this. If it's not cutting you could have the consumables installed wrong, bad ground / earth or you don't have air supplied to the unit...or it could be defective.
Mike Moore I love mine...i was a bit worried at first because I've heard horror stories, but as others have mentioned, it seems like some of the older complaints have been fixed. I've run mine for about 2 years with no issues
This looks exactly like the one I bought off eBay. The first time I went to use it, upon pushing the energizing switch, what sounded like a loud firecracker popping inside the case sounded. The 50 amp circuit breakers tripped. The 6 gauge wires to the circuit breakers felt warm. A small amount of smoke drifted out of the vents on the case. Eventually the seller refunded my money. I was going to toss this dead machine into the trash, but decided that one day I would dismantle it to see what went wrong, and then throw it into the trash. The local repair shops wouldn't touch it.
You'd want a pilot arc machine for that, Primeweld makes those on amazon for around 300 bucks, Though the primeweld machine uses HF, so remember to shield sensitive electronics.
Have not owned one myself, though i plan to.
B Smith it should not be sputtering. Your going to want to use consumables that are recommended by the plasma cutter manufacturer. You can find a link to the consumables down in the descrition titled tools and gear i use. If the flame is blowing out at an angle, it sounds like your consumables are messed up. Change out your consumables and make sure your air pressure is set around 60.
I ve been looking to buy one. I have an abrasive 14" 15 amp chicago. It does a fair job, but Iam use to a commercial abrasive cutter 24 " remnants of larger blades. 4 belt driven o.p.(OVER POWERED) electrical motor. IT CUTS like a hot knife through butter. It's 30 years old. It was my Dad's at his welding shop Sierra Nevada Trailers. I love that machine it made my cutting jobs so easy, but I have no room at my home for it. Thanks for the review.
Stuff to know about the Cut 50s, they were hit n miss at first, pot luck as to if you got a good one or doorstop.Now, pretty well sorted.For the trip out problem, it is possible to load up compressor till she cuts out, switch her off, make a few cuts, then tank up the pressor again and switch off, and cut again, how many times depends on how many amps used for material.
Most of the Cut 50s are drag tip, this is great for cutting out designs in sheet metal, you can do some real nice stuff.
Note: plasma will cut steel/copper/brass and Al you mini um. Anything that conducts electricity I think (Brandons hair and beard??). Plasma-git one, go crazy with new toy, cut up all scrap in shop,cut up anything, get bored and quit, find you have cut your work bench in two and given your wifes car a sunroof.No sex and sit on the naughty step for a month.
Jaques Daniels Spot on! and as usual your comment had me chuckling about cutting your your bench in half! It's true, cut every damn thing you can find just because you can! Be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy when you cut the hole for wife's sun roof ;)
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