Help me choose a plasma cutter
March 29, 2011 4:50 PM Subscribe
I want to make sculpture with repurposed sheet steel, say 10 to 20 gauge. Probably from old cars, which is on the thin end of that spectrum, but I'd like a little leeway. Tired of waiting for my friend's friend to loan me a plasma cutter, so I'm (gulp) shopping. Do I need the $1400 Powermax 30
or will I be satisfied with the RAMSOND CUT50DY on sale for $500
? The guy at the shop I called recommended the $1400 Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme
, which is about when I realized I'm in over my head. What about the $800 Hobart Airforce 500534 250ci
, which, unlike the others, includes a built in air compressor? I'm not rich, and this is not for heavy industrial use, but I'd very much like something that works and works well on 120v current. I may well be using this on the sidewalk in front of my apartment, so I'd like it to be relatively portable. Also I'd rather it didn't kill me or anyone else. Merci bien!
posted by jcrcarter to media & arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite