I am a newbie to all this stuff but looking forward to getting a lot of input from everyone about this debate I have going on with my future purchase of a crossfire/crossfire pro!
I am looking into 2 cutters for the table. A razorweld vipercut30 or Longevity Forcecut40D. Due to the price points on both of them! Any pros and cons to any of these cutters? Duty cycle? Compressor usage? Etc!!
The first question you need to ask yourself is how thick of metals will I (you) be cutting? I have a vipercut 30i. I have made hundreds of cuts with it and zero issues. ( a few self induced ones maybe. Forgot to connnect clamp, worn tips.) Some here has had issues with theres. I have a 60 gallon compressor. Duty cycle hasnt been an issue with me so far. So please tell us all what you plan to be cutting. Yard art? heavier fabrication parts?
My personal experience with the vipercut 30i is great. I mainly cut 14 and 16 guage metal. Have cut 1/8 great also. As for the Forcecut someone else will have to give there opinion on it. Im sure there are bad experiences with both. I would suggest buy the best you can afford. Some things I done this morning This link is what I mainly make with my 30i. Just an example and if you remove my errors its a nice budget machaine to me.
No the 60 gallon has no issues keeping up at all. Air dryer and filters are a must, Water eats up tips about like sand would. Not as dramatic but you get the idea. To small of a compressor you will run out of air and ruin alot of metal. The plasma will stop cutting if airpressure gets to low. So If you can… buy once . Dont buy to small of anything and have to turn around and spend more later on what you could have got to begin with. Its a money pit till you get set up then its fun fun fun! another thing. make sure you have access to 220-240 volt power for plasma cutter and aircompressor.
Your welcome. I wsh I knew the minimun Aircompressor size . I bought my 60 gallon before i even new what a crossfire cnc table was. I have a 25 gallon and a 30 gallon also but never tried them. Maybe create a topic on aircompressor size or search the forum. I know there are some topics on them. I bought my 60 gallon on sale for $350 I think it was.
I don’t mean to be snobbish, but step up a few hundred, and just get a Hypertherm.
They are simply put, better, less. Trouble, cut better.
Learning all you will be learning, will be easier if you have reliable equipment, and don’t have learn how to work on you plasma.
I use a 30xp, and do just fine with 1/8”/11 ga and thinner.
I have cut 1/4” just fine on occasion, but rarely need 1/4” for what I do.
Buying name brands opens up a lot of Local options if you ever need service
I totally agree if he has the available funds. I think he is going by the price range keeping it on the cheaper side. Someday I will have a Hypertherm . Was wanting one before now for the Pro when it arrives, But life got in the way now saving up for it. Someday…Someday…
If you can make the stretch, it is worth it.
I just have the Hypertherm 30xp, I would use the Hypertherm 30, instead of a 45 of a budget brand.
But, I am not criticizing you if you go less expensive. I have a building full of harbor freight tools, so I get it.
I have the Vipercut 30.It is a great plasma cutter. I bought it knowing I was buying a table. I purchased the Pro and now the lead on the Vipercut is to short. (so they (langmuir) say) Plasmadyn on ebay sells leads that will work on the Vipercut 30 and I believe they can even configure a straight torch head specific for table use.
Hypertherm is the last word Plasma cutting. They have been around a long time.
Consistently build high quality, reliable cutters.
They are what every other cutter on the market wants to be.
The off brands do ok and budget considerations are a part of the decision