Plasma Cutters

Beware of Bad Bargains

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.
Plasma Cutters: Articles

This is Not Your Grandfather’s Plasma Cutting System

The plasma cut cleanly and quickly through 1/8 inch metal, just as simple as drawing a line. 
My previous experience with plasma cutting happened 30 years ago and was so awful that I never wanted to use one again. I vowed then and there to never use plasma again. Then I used one of the new units from Hypertherm.

What You Must Know Before Buying a Plasma Cutting System

Buying a CNC plasma cutting machine is not as easy as running down to the hardware store and picking one up. Take time to answer these questions to make your buying decision easier and save you considerable time and expense.

Gouging with Plasma

Huge dump trucks and other heavy equipment are in constant demand in mining, moving hundreds of thousands of tons of material a day. Maintenance crews are constantly busy fixing one thing or another. Gouging out old welds is a necessary first step before the the actual work of repairing a truck bed or replacing a mold board liner on a track dozer can begin. In the past, crews would reach for carbon arc, but not anymore. Today they are using plasma to make better repairs in less time.
The switch to plasma wasn’t exactly planned, but more welders are now realizing the benefits of gouging with plasma. 

Finishing Touch: Integrated Plasma Cutting

As the next natural progression in the evolution of mechanized plasma cutting, Jim Colt of Hypertherm explains how many shops are changing the roles of their programmers and the operators by switching to integrated CNC plasma cutting systems that draw more expertise from the CAM database to achieve cut consistency, increased productivity and lower cutting costs.

Corporate Profile: The Lincoln Electric Company

An overview of the company and its organization, products, services and capabilities.


Plasma Cutters: Industry News

‘Cut with Confidence’ Video Contest

Hypertherm is giving away prizes to the videos deemed by the best in voting. Prizes include a custom designed welding helmet, genuine Hypertherm cutting gloves, a consumables kit and more. Get your video in by June 30. 
Users of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems from Hypertherm can show what they’re making in 30 to 60 second clips in exchange for gifts and prizes.

ESAB Website Features Enhanced Distributor Locator

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added an enhanced distributor locator to its North American websites. 

Victor Technologies Unveils Plasma Design Center

Victor's move showcases commitment to plasma cutting technology innovation and the firm's branded plasma cutting systems. 


Plasma Cutters: Products

New Economical Coupon Cutting Machine for Welding Schools

Available in both 110 volt and 240 models, the PCC-1 cuts pipe to a desired length or bevels the edge of a pipe for weld prep. It features a self-centering speed chuck, capable of gripping 0 to 8 in OD pipe and 3 in to 11 in ID pipe. A racking group supports a plasma or oxy-fuel torch that can be setup for square or beveled cuts up to 12 in long. 
Available at a fraction of the cost of a standard saddle and elbow cutter, the PCC-1 Pipe Coupon Cutting Machine from Bug-O is ideal for cutting pipe to a desired length or for beveling the edge of a pipe for weld prep.

Demanding Manual Cutting and Gouging Work

The Victor PAK 200i manual plasma cutting and gouging system from ESAB has the capacity to satisfy the most demanding manual plasma application requirements. The system delivers 100 percent duty cycle at 200 amps, is capable of hand cutting up to 2.75 in on mild steel, as well as 10 ipm on 2 in carbon steel, and will remove up to 25 lb of carbon steel per hour. 
The Victor PAK 200i system from ESAB has accidental tip-to-work piece contact so that the current will fold back to 35 amps to ensure that the tip is not damaged, dramatically extending tip life.

Premium Feeding for Construction and Field Welding

Housed inside a high-strength steel casing and steel frame to protect controls and connectors, the remoted-controlled Warrior YardFeed 200 portable wire feeder from ESAB delivers premium feeding performance, especially with cored wires common in construction, field repair, railcar, ship and barge building.
These advanced wire feeders from ESAB are ideal for ship/barge, off-shore and construction applications where operators change welding parameters, use hotter settings for welding in the flat position and cooler settings for welding vertical up.