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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: gnrand ()
Date: November 27, 2018 06:26AM

Here is one I just received from Jeges.
Jeff

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1965 Corsa Hard Top
!965 Corsa Convertible
1968 Monza 140 Convertible 4 speed
1966 435 HP Crown
1986 Buick GN

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: Boo Sparx ()
Date: November 27, 2018 08:45AM

Thanks for all the advice guys . . I really appreciate it.

Does anyone have experience with this product from Harbor Freight ?!

Please see pictures attached.

Thanks !

Boo

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: November 27, 2018 09:03AM

Dave Motohead has been using the Harbor Freight unit for years. He chops up a lot of car bodies with it.
Perhaps he will chime in.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 27, 2018 10:14AM

corventure Dave Wrote:
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> Dave Motohead has been using the Harbor Freight
> unit for years. He chops up a lot of car bodies
> with it.
> Perhaps he will chime in.
>
> Corventure Dave


He already did.
He says that his is an older unit that is no longer produced.

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 27, 2018 11:21AM

I don't know anything about plasma cutters but with regular welders the older transformer style are more reliable than the inverter power supplies. The inverters are much lighter and smaller which is nice.

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 27, 2018 01:23PM

I usually read the HF reviews if there are any dollars involved. They seem to be fairly accurate. You can just look at he bad ones, seems like the only real issue with this is consumables.


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It has nothing to do with this tread, but I just bought a battery powered chain saw. I already had the matching leaf blower. The reviews looked real good, plus they had a good deal going on. I have several large to small chainsaws, and I like to run them dry when finished. So its a hassle for a quick job. This thing works beyond my expectations, both cutting power and run time. I can wear a nice warm hat since I don't need ear muffs.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: 19sixty5 ()
Date: November 27, 2018 10:32PM

I want a plasma cutter, but after thinking about it I decided I really don't need one. I have cut out numerous floor sections, trunk floors, various rust spots with numerous air tools and a 4" electric grinder. A plasma would be good for removing bulk areas I think, and maybe offer up some visibility to the areas you are working on, but I really don't need it, and I am a tool freak, it's hard to say no sometimes! If I was doing a lot of fabrication with heavier steel it could be useful, but for basic body repairs I just don't see the value in having one. I have a MIG that has served me well, and I just bought a TIG setup, I will likely get more value out of the new TIG setup than I would with a plasma... just my opinion!
I might add that if I was cutting things up for scrap or panels for reuse or resale, they could be extremely handy!

65 Crown Hardtop

Huntsville, AL



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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: November 28, 2018 08:58PM

Did anyone else see Dave's picture and have a flashback to "Plan 9 From Outer Space" movie?
Shiver..eye popping smiley

Paul

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: November 29, 2018 07:48AM

Ed Wood-a had a flash back.... for sure!!! Take one.... "Good enough"!grinning smiley

Corventure Dave

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: November 30, 2018 02:56PM

19sixty5 Wrote:
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> I want a plasma cutter, but after thinking about
> it I decided I really don't need one. I have cut
> out numerous floor sections, trunk floors, various
> rust spots with numerous air tools and a 4"
> electric grinder. A plasma would be good for
> removing bulk areas I think, and maybe offer up
> some visibility to the areas you are working on,
> but I really don't need it, and I am a tool freak,
> it's hard to say no sometimes! If I was doing a
> lot of fabrication with heavier steel it could be
> useful, but for basic body repairs I just don't
> see the value in having one. I have a MIG that has
> served me well, and I just bought a TIG setup, I
> will likely get more value out of the new TIG
> setup than I would with a plasma... just my
> opinion!
> I might add that if I was cutting things up for
> scrap or panels for reuse or resale, they could be
> extremely handy!

These are pretty much exactly my thought s on this. My plasma cutter essentially collects dust unless I am work with fabrication of steel that is about 1/8" or thicker. I have used it for rough cutting and cutting large sections out of cars. Not very useful for most body repairs as it makes lots of sparks and heat, cuts too roughly and in many areas when I am cutting out steel for installation of replacement steel I am wanting to leave an underlaying flange intact and the plasma can not cut only 1 layer away.

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: Boo Sparx ()
Date: December 01, 2018 11:51AM

Hey guys thanks for the input on the Plasma cutter.

Looks like if I'm cutting out rockers and or floor panels I'm better off using
a grinder / cutting tool instead of the plasma cutter. If I'm cutting up junk cars and or fabricating . . plasma cutter it's the tool of choice.

Would be nice to have one . . I'm sure I can find a use for it somewhere.

On another note . . I've got some minor rust on my floor boards (rear mostly) and under rockers (some paint bubbles and what not) what is my best reference document / PDF file to know where brakes lines are and what not . . so I don't cut through them. I have my '65 shop manual . . but it does not layout the under carriage of the car. I have a '65 Monza 110 HP - two door - convertible.

Thanks as always for all your help !!

Boo

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 01, 2018 11:59AM

Everything goes down the tunnel..

Pics here of "Rocker replace"





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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: December 02, 2018 06:13AM

Plasma has it's place, love my Thermal Dynamics. Sawzall, cut-off wheels, body saws and chopsaws all come in handy depending on what you are doing. Proper tool for the job. smiling smiley

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Southern Maine.
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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: UGLYTRUK ()
Date: December 05, 2018 04:35AM

I'm shopping for a plasma cutter also. I think my biggest need is when I have to cut a hole through the middle of a thick plate, let's say 1/4" thick plate. And if I break out the torches, the splatter just ends up getting all over the place, burning my clothes, and the whole is never clean. How does a plasma cutter do if cutting a hole in the middle of a thick plate?

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:18AM

Like Welding... depends on the user!





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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: UGLYTRUK ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:39AM

Dave, have you got a video for me???

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: December 05, 2018 08:38AM

UGLYTRUK Wrote:
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> I'm shopping for a plasma cutter also. I think my
> biggest need is when I have to cut a hole through
> the middle of a thick plate, let's say 1/4" thick
> plate. And if I break out the torches, the
> splatter just ends up getting all over the place,
> burning my clothes, and the whole is never clean.
> How does a plasma cutter do if cutting a hole in
> the middle of a thick plate?


Would work well. Best to drill a hole to start from. They can plunge cut but that is not their forte. Plasmas make a lot of splatter as well. A bit less than a cutting torch but still very significant amounts.

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: toytron ()
Date: December 06, 2018 04:00AM

I use to work on them along with other welding brands. Hypertherm has been the best but most name brands are very good. The most important thing too remember I feel is to make sure your consumables are in good condition. Each company had their own way of creating and maintaining the plasma arc. Remember clean dry air and good consumables.

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: UGLYTRUK ()
Date: December 06, 2018 05:18AM

Will the above information burst my bubble. How can I make clean holes in thick Steel?

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Re: Plasma cutter - suggestions
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: December 06, 2018 06:23AM

UGLYTRUK Wrote:
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> Will the above information burst my bubble. How
> can I make clean holes in thick Steel?

Clean holes? Drill bits! Plasma will make a much cleaner hole than cutting torch. The amount of slag that stays stuck on the steel being cut is small and easy to remove. They do spray a lot of sparks and slag around the area, floor etc. Want super clean holes and slag control? Plasma based cutting table would work great too bad they are so expensive.

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