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    plasma cutter advice

    I want to buy a plasma cutter, I am considering a Lotos lt5000d. any advise?
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    I had a Hypertherm powermax 30, bought it because it had the cheapest consumables at that time. I had good luck with it until one day it wouldn't turn on. (deeper that a bad on/off switch) I have heard horror stories of the cost of fixing them, so it sits on a shelf. Miss it!
    Cost and availability of consumables are big factors in the purchase decision IMO.
    What is that squeaking noise?

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    My friend bought a Lotos. He only tells me good things about it. He works maintenance at the same place I work at and I trust the guys opinion. I almost bought one but ended up getting a 3 phase Esab Powercut 1125 instead because it was only$200. I wish I would’ve bought it instead in some respects since it would run on 240 volts. Anyway the guys been using it quite a bit restoring an old Camaro and doing fabrication projects. Consumables are reasonably priced and they last a bit according to him. I forgot what he paid but he bought it when it was on sale and it was really cheap for as happy as he is. I still might buy one on his recommendation so I can use it at home and keep the other for my shop.

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    I love Miller products but as an aside, its important to have a good compressor system with DRY air. Are you already set up?
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    Thanks Guys, for $299. I think it would be a nice tool to have. I do have a large compressor, but I only have a separator for a drier. I think that most of the condensate comes out in the tank (80 gal.)

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    Try it with your current air setup. You may find that in humid weather the cutter malfunctions. You can always add a dryer if you need one.
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