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Plasma Cutter?

Discussion in 'Agricultural Equipment' started by Danny B, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Danny B

    Danny B Active Member

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    We are considering purchasing a plasma cutter to use on the farm. We have steel pipe for fence building and need to finish one corral and start another. I was hoping for advice/info on what you have used, good or bad.
    Thanks.
     
  2. bill5362

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    I have a ESAB 1125 and it is a beast, had a thermal dynamics and I didn't like it much, it used a lot of consumables and had to cool down short duty cycle. I have never had my ESAB kick out of it's duty cycle, used mine to day and it sliced through 3/4" steel for about 5 hours, only used one torch tip, and cut there was a lot of heat. Hope this helps here is the link

    http://products.esabna.com/EN/home/...nual_powercut®_1300_plasmarc™_cutting_package
     
  3. Feed Bunk

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    I wouldnt want one to build coral with unless I was close to a shop. Scince they need electricity and an air compressor going all the time. We had an esap in school and it worked pretty slick. Out of curiostity our you using pre fab pannels?
     
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    I can see where a plasma cutter would be useful on a farm, but I'm trying to figure out cutting pipe with it. Why not a pipe cutter? Or even a portable band saw? :cool2
     
  5. powerjoke

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    i have a 75amp miller, and use a oxy/accetelyne torch 10times more than the plasma, if your not making cuts in sheet steel often dont waste your money IMO.

    Forgot to ad, there is no "plunge" cuts with a plasma like there is a torch in heavy steel, it just burns up extremely expensive consumables

    Pj
     
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    alot of guys around here use old guard rails from state surplus, and a plasma would work good for that but, not on pipe.....i am with ATCOEQUIP totally on the portable saw

    Pj
     
  7. Feed Bunk

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    I never thought about a band saw, but you could run it off the welder and have a pretty slick cutting machine. I would have to say bandsaws are my favorite way to cut metal besides a torch.
     
  8. willie59

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    LoL...I probably use our Milwaukee Porta-Band as much as any power tool we have. It's a handy tool. ;)
     
  9. roddyo

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    Probably saddling the pipe.

    Any that we cut off square we just weld the top and bottom, then a few licks with a sledge on the sides before welding it up.

    Anyone using electric cable and sucker rod clips on your pens?
     
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    Yep, I was thinking about that roddyo. But the more I thought about it, to cut the saddle notches and to have the pipe the correct length, just sounded too time consuming. I like your idea better. Cut it to length, flatten the ends with a sledge, and weld it in. Quick and easy. :cool:
     
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    Don't ask how long it took to figure that out.:rolleyes:

    Kinda like tryin to weld sucker rod to pipe. It's a lot cheaper to just buy the clips. Plus you don't have to weld on your coral every time you want to get your cows up.:Banghead
     
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    LoL...it would probably be more accurate to say "don't ask how many curse words it took to figure that out". :D
     
  13. bd797

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    It is very easy to just flatten the ends of the pipes and than weld them to the posts. Time consuming also, not to mention tired arms. I built a little machine out of some scrap flatbar and a hydraulic cylinder that crushes the end of the pipe to the same dimensions evry time. It is run off of either a portable hydraulic unit or off the tractor hydraulics.It is just a matter of cutting everything first, doing the crushing and then welding. It just separates out all of the steps so you dont have equipment spread all over the shop. I would post pictures but I dont have any at the moment. If you're interested, I can do so. That little unit saves me large amounts of time when I'm building panels.
     
  14. Danny B

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    Sorry it took a while to get back. Yes saddle cuts is what I'm doing. Getting a clean fitting cut with torch is a challenge. Thought plasma would do better job. However, I do have to make several plunge starts. The demonstration I have seen at the Tulsa Farm Show was so damn fast. I think I like the thought about flattening the ends. Don't want to start in middle of my job. Will suggest that to son when we start on his. Did look at place where I get my O2. They had Hypertherm 35 for about $1500. Should be able to run from my welder. Don't know about my little portable compressor(cfm).
     
  15. Willis Bushogin

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    I have a TD50 and I love it, but for pipe I would use (as suggested) band saw/porta saw. My thought would be a metal chop saw, they are fast.
     
  16. guest

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    I use a metal chop saw also very quick and you can cut any angle you need. I also bought a jig that clamps on pipe to cut saddles with torch it is specific for the size of pipe you use. These work great better than marking with soapstone making several cuts and still not fit. Got it a local welding supply.
     
  17. OneWelder

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    Or if I had ad a lot to do I would look into one for a Ironworker such as Scotchman, Piranha- these notchers would work in any press and would be very quick
     
  18. stock

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    Well for notching pipe on a farm for fence repair maybe one of these,

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  19. Karl Robbers

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    To be honest I would not even contemplate a plasma for your application. A torch will give far better results and you would have to do a lot of cutting to balance the cost of the plasma against your gas costs.
    Plasmas demand good clean, dry air and small compressors are not good at supplying this because they work too hard, not allowing enough time for the air to cool and moisture to condense. You will notice that your consumable life will be pretty miserable if you use air with much moisture content.
    A plasma will not handle rust or other contaminants as well as Oxy Fuel gas cutting, nor will the cut quality be as good other than on thinner materials. What they can do is handle non ferrous metals and stainless steel. If you don't have this need I would not bother.
    I use plasmas regularly and to be honest I have yet to find a more contankerous machine then a plasma cutter and prefer oxy every time if I cut steel over say 5/32".
     
  20. danielo

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    I agree Karl, I can't fault your advice.