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Old 03-15-2005, 12:05 PM
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Cutter: Good job and thanks for the outstanding display. Since you have your cutting area now, I'm sure I can ask you....What is the benefit of a cutting area?
I have one that is almost the same as yours, grafted from an outdoor BBQ. I ask because so far, I havn't used it.
I havn't been doing this for very long, this my second year in fabrication/welding. Even though I cut several times a week, almost daily, I still havn't needed the cutting area. So I'll ask generally.....
When do I benefit cutting on the cutting grate?
Would I use this area, for cutting flat plate or does it matter?
My questions are based on my cutting experience so far. When I usually cut something, it's odd shaped, long or heavy. The cutting would end with the result being a heavy or odd piece dropping onto the floor. (overhanging from the welding table for example.)
An expert reason on the benefits of cutting tables would help me, and maybe others as well. I don't mind learning
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:25 PM
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Slagking said "The cutting would end with the result being a heavy or odd piece dropping onto the floor. (overhanging from the welding table for example.)"

Ideally the cutting area would eliminate this hazard. Seems like hot, heavy metal always lands just past the steel toe area..

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Old 03-15-2005, 12:33 PM
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An expert reason on the benefits of cutting tables would help me, and maybe others as well. I don't mind learning
Well, don't look at me.
But here's what I have in mind. You might recall I went out on the limb & bought a little plasma cutter last fall & so far I have barely used it other than to rig up a little jig and cut some purlins for my aborted fence project (which I have to resume this spring/summer). Other than that, I have barely even practiced with it but every time I tried to use it, I had difficulty finding a suitable place for it. Most of the time I wound up setting up a pair of sawhorses, hefting that other piece of grate on to them and doing whatever else was required to get set up. That wasted considerable time, and the sawhorses take up valuable space, they are not really very stable & the legs get in my way. As a result, I tend to ignore the plasma cutter & I do want to learn to use it or I want to get rid of it.
So in the back of my lizard brain, I thought that a flip up-grate without legs to snag my foot might foster the use of & practice with my cutter. Stay tuned - I may decide that this was all a mistake.
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:46 PM
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Cutter: Please don't get me wrong. I ask because I don't know. I see welding tables, such as in a welding class, with that cutting area, so I assume there is a benefit. Having never seen a cutting area other then from this site, or the one I made myself, and never been to a welding class, I just seek information.
I can see where sometimes I would use mine, flat plate, where I don't want to cut into the welding table itself but wouldn't mind knicking or cutting a little on a grate. That I can see the need, but I thought maybe with your knowledge and vast experience, cunning insights and endless wit, you could enlightin this unworthy pawn, born from the slope of civil durass.
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Old 03-15-2005, 01:01 PM
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Plasma cutter, practice, out of the way when I'm not using it - strategery.
That's my story & I'm sticking to it, for now.
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Old 03-15-2005, 01:51 PM
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cutter- that thing is great !!!!

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Here are a couple burning tables I’ve made. The first one is a rotating table, very handy for burning circles. I found an old truck hub, with good bearings to make it out of. If I take the time to set everything up, and pre drill a starting hole. I can burn some really accurate holes. I have not used this table since I bought the cnc plasma shape cutter! The computer can cut betters holes than I can.
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Here is a burning table I thought I needed, but have not used it much. Waste of materials I guess! I took the time to mill out 3-pieces of flatbar, so I could use flatbar for the grates. When using these burning tables a lot, with the walkway type grates. It seems to get burned up in the middle the most, and then you have to pitch the whole unit. Thought it was a good idea at the time.
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Old 03-15-2005, 03:20 PM
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Thanks cutter.
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