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Old 10-26-2017, 08:09 PM
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I've been thinking about it for a very long time and finally decided if I don't do it now, it won't ever happen.

I bought a ton of steel home yesterday and started ordering parts.
I'm building a 5'X10' table. I bought a gantry kit from precision plasma LLC, a full automation kit from CandCNC, and I'm still on the fence about which plasma cutter to buy. I can't make up my mind between a Hpertherm 65 or 85, maybe you can help me decide. I went with a Linux computer running command CNC and sheet cam.

Before undertaking this build I had to upgrade a few tools in the shop. My little 1x42 belt grinder aint going to cut it, nor will my 5x6 Jet band saw.

I had alway wanted a Burr King belt grinder but I've never used one. We have a Jancy Radius Master at my day job and I really like it but it's not cheap. I found that Baileigh makes an import knock off of the Jancy. We have a Baileigh drill press at work and it's a nice machine so I thought I would take a chance on their import clone of the jancy.

I paid almost half the cost of theJancy for the clone and I honestly can't tell the difference between the two of them.

I was going to buy an Ellis 1600 but when I went shopping, I found a vendor that would sell me an 1800 for what mast everyone else was selling the 1600 for so I jumped on it and I'm really happy with the saw.

If I don't get roped into too much of Trevor's stuff this weekend, I'll start cutting and welding my table frame together. The broad truck is supposed to bring my gantry kit next wednesday.
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:51 PM
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When you decide to get going, you do it first class. I am going to enjoy watching this thread.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:17 PM
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Nice, can't wait to see the build. You going steppers or servos?
I have a 5x10 table myself and love it!
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:23 PM
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steppers with belt reduction.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:48 PM
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Dang, I just bought a plasma cutter thinking I will build the table later. Trying to decide if it would be worthwhile to try to buy old Linde flame cutter that boss has and talked about scrapping out. He probably will not sell it to me cheap enough, especially since I think my days there are numbered. (he just does not know it yet. Unless he wants to give me a nice big raise to continue to deal with him, but I’m not holding my breath for that)

Anyways, I am tooling up my shop for more side work that I have been hesitant to do in competition with my work. Going to watch this thread closely.


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Old 10-27-2017, 05:50 AM
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I will be watching also. I have been drooling over the JD Squared setup but cannot part with the cash for that. My wife says to go ahead but I just can't yet. I received a DVD from Plasmacam a while ago and that was pretty cool. My wife likes the horse and wildlife scenes that are cut out. I am sure I could write it off as farm use but it still costs big $$.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:58 AM
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A couple of years ago I spent a week with Lincoln Welding at a class, they had the plasma table they bought (acquired the company) the name escapes me but they had a good machine for decent money and a heck of a support staff.
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:14 AM
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Lincoln bought TorchMate
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:19 AM
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A couple of years ago I spent a week with Lincoln Welding at a class, they had the plasma table they bought (acquired the company) the name escapes me but they had a good machine for decent money and a heck of a support staff.
As mentioned above "Torchmate".

and NO it's not a very good table at all.
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:37 AM
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OP's original question of hypertherm 65 or 85

they are in the same class (30 & 45 being the next smaller class)

They run the same consumables from what I read in the manual,
other than the nozzle.

What do you want to cut ?

If cutting thick (1" and beyond) get an ox torch.
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