Hi everyone. Just assembled my Crossfire Pro and have been playing with Fusion360. I was about to fire it up, wired in my Lotus ltp5000d & learned that was a big no-no. Glad I understand not to use a HF machine before I hurt my new CNC!
Time to buy a new plasma cutter. Been doing a little research and I know Hypertherm is going to be my best long run option.
But I’m looking to buy an intermediate machine before diving into that price point.
So I’m looking for something that’ll get near daily use, for my new business, cutting mostly 16g & 14g mild steel. Rarely will I cut thicker with the CNC. I’ll do the thicker stuff by hand with my old LOTUS.
Seems the EVERLAST, RAZORCUT60(NEW MODELS) & RAZORWELD 45 get a lot of praise here. Hopefully wiring these will be a easy as the LOTUS was. (Except the 45, I know that’s plug n play)
Looking for anyone with advice and experience with those machines. Thank you.
Thank you I appreciate your feedback. I also appreciate your responses in so many other threads. I’m learning a lot. I’m so close to pulling the trigger and that Everlast is looking good… but the Hypertherm is just calling out to me. I’m a 1st year business and finally doing pretty ok. So 3k is a bit intimidating. I’ll have to eat nothing but Ramen for several months.
I’ll appreciate the reply. I know, eventually, I’ll keep upgrading until finally i end up with a hypertherm. But dude that thing is expensive oy. From the comments on the forum it sounds like yours is pretty solid.
Welcome to the forum and your new steady diet of fill-in-your-spare-time with thinking and learning about CNC plasma cutting.
I have lived by the philosophy of buying the best you can afford and it will save money in the long run.
Now you almost know too much about plasma cutters: If you don’t buy Hypertherm, your first hiccup with cutting issues, you will be second guessing whether that issue would have happened had you bought “Hypertherm.” Each time it happens, it will naw at you until you finally get the Hypertherm.
That is the first part of saving money. The second part is less waisted metal when your consumables are spent causing your project to be ruined midway through. And third, the extra piercings you get with Hypertherm requiring less consumables.
I have a Hypertherm 45XP and have felt very fortunate that when I have an issue, blaming the plasma cutter never comes up until I have ruled most everything else out. That has really simplified my learning curve.
If you really don’t have the money right now: Everlast seems to be a very sound choice.
I run hypertherm 45xp and haven’t had any problems in last year. Only issue i ran into was moisture and solved that issue. if you can afford the money up front it will save you a lot of trouble in future. I do this for fun and i wanted it to be fun and not a hair pulling event when i go to cut something. Nothing wrong with other plasma cutters just my experience with Hypertherm.
I bought this one.
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But I see your point. What I failed to stress is similar to what Don stated:
If I end up being aggravated, I will go out and buy the expensive one; thus having spent the cheaper amount and then the more expensive amount. Aggravating events waste energy & time. Us old guys don’t know how much of either that we have left!