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Old 02-19-2007, 10:15 PM
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Default Plasma cutter for sale

I have spotted a Thermal dynamics 100xl for sale $1200. It was used at a school, I talked to the instructor the only reason its for sale is because it was not compatible with a plasma cam. It has some spatter on it so it wont win a beauty contest. He figured it was only six years old, it is black with red and yellow lettering. I figured i could return my torch kit (since its still in the box, didnt want to rent the tanks) and use that money towards it. It has no water filter, cart or leather sheath. I had a heads up on it a month ago and they had wanted $1600, they settled at 1200, I got lucky last night at the casino and won $600. on a quarter machine so after i bought drinks and breakfast i have $500 left so now its starting to burn a hole.
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:34 PM
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:49 PM
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This is the air compressor i have its 1.5 horse, 3.5 scfm at 90psi craftsman. The weld shop figured it would work alright.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:17 PM
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Be careful on that older model. The Pak Master 100XL was brought out in the late 1990's. The online manual is dated 1997.

Thermal no longer shows that model on their website, as the Cutmaster series has replaced it. Some distributors still show it as available.

On an older PC with no warranty, you can easily spend $500+ if a board goes bad. Which could make that a $1700 purchase

A brand-new, full warranty Cutmaster 81 is just $1895 at this store.

The Hypertherm Powermax 1000 is $1990 at this store.

Both would be better choices, IMO. If you could get the school machine for two or three hundred, then it might be worth the risk.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:40 PM
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A plasma cutter is one thing I decided I would not buy second hand.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:49 PM
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Yup. Gotta agree on the new only purchase.


I'm not familiar with the output of the 100xl. I was contemplating purchasing the Hypertherm 600. Could be had at under $1500 new, free shipping on ebay. I figure if I ever need to cut anything bigger than it's capabilities, I wouldn't have reason to weld it.

I reckon if I were to win the lottery, I might go on up to their 1000 unit though.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:58 PM
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I was leary about it thats why I logged onto this website. THe size is nice a cutmaster 81 would probably be big enough. I figured a plasma would take the place of a torch(I have a feeling I will get Sh%t for that statement) with a large enough plasma and save money by not buying the tanks, and use a $50 big bertha with propane tank for heating and bending? New plasmas are still a little pricey for me, so i catch myself trying to skim by with a torch one piece at a time. Im not sure of using propane with the high pressure that needs to be used.
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:36 AM
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Make sure your air compressor has enough c.f.m. rating to handle that plasma machine...

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Old 02-20-2007, 10:20 AM
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Since my wife wants one (really! not too sure why, but why question ) I am very curious why you guys say to avoid a used one?
For casual hobby usage, how are the new ones that range around $8-900?
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:08 PM
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I am very curious why you guys say to avoid a used one?
If the price is right, a used PC may be worth the risk of having to replace an expensive board. I'd pay a couple hundred for any name brand machine that worked, but that's top dollar. Way too easy to drop another $500+ on an old machine that'll never bring near $500 if you sell it.
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