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Old 12-14-2007, 05:01 PM
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Default Hypertherm Powermax 1250

A while back I bought a Hypertherm Powermax 1250 plasma cutter, a 80 amp unit that is rated for 1 1/2" severence cut and max cut of 1 1/4". The unit is varible from 25-80 amps, has setting for regular cutting, gouging and cutting of expanded metal. It is a machine that is operatable on 208-480 single phase and 208-575, 3 phase, it switches voltages automatically. This is a durable, industrial piece of equipment, has built in air filter/seperater and on board diagnostics. I've used this machine to cut sooty, scalely boiler plate, I-beams, aluminum diamond plate and 1/2" stainless steel plate, and have had great results.

Pros
1 - cut quality
2 - machine quality
3 - portable (somewhat)
4 - autolink for fool proof voltage hook up
Cons
1 - weight, 90#
2 - consumable cost, about $22, for nozzle and electrode change
3 - cost, at about $3600, hard for the home shop to justify

A great machine, very user friendly, with huge cutting capacity, if you are in the market for a machine of this capacity, its well worth a look.

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Old 12-14-2007, 05:18 PM
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Jack that is the first cutter that I've heard to have a different setting for expanded metal. Is this unique for a plasma cutter?
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:19 PM
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I agree that it's a good machine as I bought the 1000 model...

couldn't spring for the 1250 but in reality 98% of my work involves 3/4" iron or less....

although it will cut 2 inch steel. but it was kind of a mess....

1/2 inch plate is a breeze......
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:22 PM
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Tommy,

It has to do with automatic pilot arc restart, it also has to do with extension of consumable life.

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Old 12-14-2007, 05:33 PM
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One of these days I'm gonna get one of those newer ones like you got. Mine doesn't have the buttons yours does.
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:42 PM
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Man Tommy, for a cordless, that thing has some small batteries.
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:43 PM
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One of these days I'm gonna get one of those newer ones like you got. Mine doesn't have the buttons yours does.
Tommy,

I have one of them, I just can't find where to hook the air line up to.

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Old 12-15-2007, 09:34 AM
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The 1250 is a nice machine ,I have had mine for about 5 years now. replaced a Pak 10 with this one and it is a lot cheaper to use because of the life of the torch parts all tho the omph of a Pac 10 isn't there.
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