Purchasing the cheapest 50 amp plasma cutter on Amazon. Is it ANY GOOD? Here is my review.
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+Brandon Lund ya it is probably all of it regardless but I was kinda suprised the other one went highter i would have thought that 50 would have been the made in software it would be cool to compare them with a kill-a-watt meter side by side and it may just be tolerance in the potentiometer that you could get back with a new one or just adding a resistor
t watson I just rest it on the metal and drag it. It shortens the life of the consumables but they are cheap for this unit and it gives a nicer cut in my opinion. Your supposed to hold it off the metal a little but I don't.
+Brandon Lund DC tig is about as useful as a knife is for cutting hair, i tried getting a do it all in one machine but ad advise just getting individual machines for each process, one mig, one tig, one plasma, tig machine will do stick but a engine driven stick might be useful if youre tryna start a business
Hey Cindy, My guess is that because this machine can run on dual voltages that they leave off the plug so they can market the same machine to different countries. For instance I have a standard 240 welder plug I attached to mine. It allows me to plug the plasma cutter directly into a standard 240 volt welder outlet. This will give you the maximum power the machine is capable of producing. However, if there is not a welder outlet available, I can plug the plasma cutter into a standard 240 to 120 volt adapter and plug the adapter directly into what I refer to as "house power" or your general 120 volt wall outlet. You will not be able to get the full power output of the machine on 120 volt house power but it still works well. If you were in Europe their plugs and adapters would be different so that's probably why they don't put a plug on the machine. It allows the end user to make the machine standard to their region. Hopefully my rambling was not confusing. Cheers - Brandon
It sure does. I use it almost weekly. I have not had any problems. It's kind of a gamble with these bargain plasma cutters. There have been a couple that mentioned in the comments section that they got a bad unit but I haven't heard much bad about them other than what I just mentioned. I love mine. The only thing I don't like is that consumables burn out quick but that's probably mostly my fault because your supposed to use an inline air drier and I don't. I just run it. Consumables are cheap enough so I just change them out more frequently. Hope this helps.
Just bought a ZENY DC Inverter Plasma Cutter Welding Machine With Screen Display Dual Voltage 110/220V AC 1/2'' Clean Cut (CUT 50) on Amazon for $170. It also looks just like your $270 model also from China,
i bought one 2017, 20 minutes into playing with it after first sealing all the air leaks i did a 2inch circle cut, set it down, picked it back up to cut again and the circuit board fried itself. i got a new board sent for free but tbh im kinda scared of even trying it now, i wont until i actually really need to use it
all exterior same i have plasma + MMA+TIG 3 month used ewery day little time and stop working, tig not startat bush button. can use tig same than rod weld, bush rod to steel start, i no know what this come but no good.
1:40 "everything that 120 volt power receptical..." You're wrong 1- you said it is 220 Volt 2-NEC requires All 220 Volt receptacles MUST Be Dedicated circuits (meaning no other receptacle can be on the circuit) 3- the Current of the plasma cutter is drawing a limiting (high) amount of current. Do not put 2 receptacles on 220 breakers (legally and logically) the excessive draw can cause fires, high power bills, (inaccurate Power Meter).
Pun Gent. Nowhere in this video did I mention or suggest ganging up a 240 volt circuit. This is an inverter welder which can run on either 120 volt power or 240 volt power depending on the adapter you use. What I did say was that you can not run this plasma cutter on the same 120 volt circuit that your air compressor is plugged into because it will trip the breaker. I am fully aware of NEC requirements regarding residential circuits. If my dialogue was unclear in the video I apologize.
Hello Hector, 115 psi is plenty to run the plasma. Worst case you might have to let the compressor catch up if there is not enough volume. The plasma cutter specifications might be able to help you a little more. http://amzn.to/2E1mr0J
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
Mike Jarvis you have what’s referred to as a 200 amp service which if residential is 240 volts. You could easily run this machine on what you have for power. In the United States it will either be 200 amp 240 volt or 100 amp 240 volt for 99% of all residential homes. Massive homes will sometimes have 400amp 240volt services.
+Brandon Lund I'm not an electrician. My mains breaker coming into my main panel says 200 amp on it. Doesn't mean that it is, but I assume it is. I'm not going to go measure, but I'd guess its 240Volt going in too. just a guess. I live in Central TX
+Brandon Lund Most houses today have 240v 250a service breaker panels.
If you know how to rope a house, wouldnt be hard to make every plug 240/220, but would have to fix power cords on everything that is 120/110v.
Most houses built after the 70s in North America have a 100 amp 208-220 coming in to the braker panels thy call that the service . service consists of 2 hot leads 110 vac and a neutral and a ground lead if you take the 2 hot leads put your meter across it you get 220 if you put meter across 1 hot lead and the other to neutral you get 110 it is how the transformer are set up at the poll I believe thy call the a wye configuration if I'm not mistaken in UK dont you guys use delta configuration
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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