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Old 10-27-2017, 02:14 PM
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At an upcoming local farm auction there is a Hypertherm Power Max 1000. What category does that fall into as far as usability on a CNC table?
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:40 PM
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Not sure if the PM 1000 has the CPC and RS485 connector. As you are going with CandCNC gear they might be important for connectivity. However you might be able to retrofit if not already fitted. Check with Hypertherm.
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:12 PM
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I bought the pm65. Buy either from weldersupply.com in Beloit WI. Free shipping and you will be hard pressed to beat their price. They are great folks to deal with. Whichever model you decide on, get the machine that comes with both the machine torch and the hand torch, makes life easy.
I am very happy with my 65. I have cut 3/4 plate with it, and it cut that Avery nice. Did some 1/2" this morning with excellent results.
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At an upcoming local farm auction there is a Hypertherm Power Max 1000. What category does that fall into as far as usability on a CNC table?
Highly usable, very nice machine. It is an updated model to what I have. All Hypertherm machines are really good about connectivity to cnc.
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I have a Hypertherm PM380 with a hand torch and it handles most of everything I ask it to do.

The new Hypertherm machines with the RS485 connection make them fully automated and plug and play with the CandCNC software package.

Since I'm going with a 5x10 table (because I want no regrets down the road), I'd like to go with the PM 85 for the capacity but I'm not sure if the 85 can be dialed down enough with fine cut consumables to cut thin stuff.

I sent a PM to Jim Colt a few days ago but I have not heard back from him.

If anyone has any first hand experience with he 85, I'd like to hear what you think. I have a PM65 at the day job with a hand torch and it is a great machine although I've never cut more than 1/2" with it.
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:18 PM
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Well I didn't get shit done directly on my table build this weekend, although I did make headway. The Ellis saw that I bought has no wheels ad is meant to be stationary. There was a wheel option but it was pricy. I though I placed the saw in a position that would allow me to cut whatever I wanted but I was wrong. For most of the work I do the saw would be fine where I have it, but if I need to cut anything long than 5' I need to move the saw away from the wall. I spent the weekend making a wheel kit for the Ellis saw.

I'll have some pictures to show what I did tomorrow after I get it all installed on the saw.

Hopefully I'll start cutting tube for the build tomorrow night.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:33 AM
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We have a 5x10 table with Hypertherm 85 had it about a year now. We have cut everything from 16 gauge stainless to 5/8 Ar400. I havent used the fine cut consumables yet. We bought a Star-Labs table out of Minnesota he was close enough to drive to and look it over.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:42 AM
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but I'm not sure if the 85 can be dialed down enough with fine cut consumables to cut thin stuff.
It will dial down plenty for the cutting consumables they make for any Powermax.Meaning you probably would never have a reason on a CNC table to cut at less then 25 amps with the fine cut consumables. Does not matter if your machine can run at 10 amps like the 45 XP can. Now if you want to run Argon/Air marking on your table, then the lower amp machine will runs circles around the 85..
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:56 PM
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After a bunch of thought I realized the 65/85 was really a dumb question, like welders, shop size, I should buy more than I think I will need so that I don't have to buy it twice. I'm going for the 85 with machine and hand torch.

Now that's figured out, lets move forward.

I finished up the wheels for the Ellis saw. I could have just as easily put the pallet jack under the saw and moved it to where I wanted it but I would have regretted not making the saw more mobile down the road, so as much as I wanted to cut the steel for the plasma table, I pressed on with the wheels for the saw. I even painted all the parts so it looked like a factory job.

I printed the plans and the cut list for materials large enough that I can read it from across the floor and commenced to to cutting up all the steel. I have 4.5 hours in cutting steel tube and other parts. As always, Chewy supervised the entire operation.
I will start welding things together tomorrow while I wait for the brown truck to show up with the gantry parts.
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