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Old 07-03-2019, 05:22 PM
JBFab JBFab is offline
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Default Chinesium Plasma Cutters

This topic has been posted here before, but it appears as though it's been a few years.

Has anyone here actually purchased one of the Lotos or other chinesium branded plasma cutters? I normally wouldn't consider this. I've used Hypertherm, Thermal Dynamics, Miller, and Linde plasma cutters - all with good results. Here's my situation:

My "lifetime lease" that airgas fucked me out of after purchasing the company I leased the bottles from is gone. I am out of oxygen. I could pay $400 per bottle for the lease (from one of Airgas's competitors) and likely will at somepoint. However, I find myself needing to cut material more than I need to heat it lately. Also, since getting the spoolgun I find myself playing with aluminum more.

So now I find myself thinking I have a decent position to talk the wife into letting me buy one of these - it's the same price as a leased bottle. But I'm finding a hard time shelling out 25% of the cost of a "real" machine without knowing if it will work out of the box and last more than 3 minutes.

What say ye?
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