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Old 03-01-2006, 05:12 PM
Karsten
 
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Plasma cutter

I'm just having my first experiences with a plasma cutter. Well if there were a coolest tool of the year contest, this would get my wote.

I just cut out what would have taken several hours of complicated angle grinder work (rocker panel around the jack support on a w111) in about 10 minutes!

It is of course not the most healthy fumes but working with the angle grinder produces a lot of nasty stuff as well plus it can be quite a beast if it attacks you. Fortunately I invested in ventilation in my little shop here so it will take the worst part.

So I'm impressed, this little devil does a heck of a job, already looking forward to cut some more.....

Brg,
Karsten
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:41 PM
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I'm just having my first experiences with a plasma cutter. Well if there were a coolest tool of the year contest, this would get my wote.

I just cut out what would have taken several hours of complicated angle grinder work (rocker panel around the jack support on a w111) in about 10 minutes!

It is of course not the most healthy fumes but working with the angle grinder produces a lot of nasty stuff as well plus it can be quite a beast if it attacks you. Fortunately I invested in ventilation in my little shop here so it will take the worst part.

So I'm impressed, this little devil does a heck of a job, already looking forward to cut some more.....

Brg,
Karsten
So, what kind did you buy Karsten, and where did you get it? (LINK) Have you used others? Why did you select the model you own over others? Does anyone else have any comparisons or critisisms of this brand or other brands? What is the best plasma cutter value out there? Why? (provide links)
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Old 03-17-2006, 04:36 PM
Karsten
 
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Well I bought a Telwin Superplasma 62/2 made in Italy, it will cut up to 12 mm steel. It is a transformer based cutter, which means it is rather big and heavy. What I do like about the transformer based is that it is a simple construction which hopefully will be more reliable. It needs to be connected to an external air compressor, which is not a problem here. Price was around 1000 USD



The alternative was an IMS 20K which only cuts 6 mm steel, inverter based and with build-in compressor. The inverter based are much more compact and lighter, but with more electronic parts that potentially could fail. Build-in compressor is also nice, but then again I do have a compressor already (actually several) so I don't need this, again more parts which could break down. For portable use it is pretty handy though. Price is a little above 1000 USD.

There are pictures of cuts done with the plasma cutter on www.elkjaer.dk

I don't have any past experiences with plasma cutters, but did a little research before buying. As I said before I'm really happy with this one, it is a big help. I don't really like working with angle grinders in tight spaces.

Brg,
Karsten
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:01 PM
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Now the fun begins

Cool I have an ESAB plasma, they ARE the coolest thing... Seems your a body work guy so, how do you get the new pieces back to into the car? Do you weld them in, or glue of some sort?
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:18 AM
Karsten
 
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I prefer welding Currently using MIG but are studying TIG welding and ordered one as well.

I really like the quality of good TIG weldings. Furthermore it does not transmit as much heat to the surrounding areas as MIG, thereby the replacement pieces are more likely to stay in shape.

I'm posting pictures of my work at www.elkjaer.dk

Karsten
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:34 AM
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TIG is good, but slow. You can expect to proceed at about the same rate as you might using oxygen/acetylene welding. The results can be much nicer though, and the heat containment is a real advantage in some circumstances. Try to use a water cooled torch though, for any welding which uses a lot of time. The air cooled torches will get so hot that even with good gloves you won't be able to hold it for long.
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:39 AM
Karsten
 
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Yes I know TIG is slow, but since this is just a hobby welding speed is not a real problem given the amount of time all the other details take I just spend two days cleaning carbs

Anyway I also have a MIG welder, so it is just a supplement.

Karsten
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