Mid range plasma

  1. Monkx Member

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    Hi all, last few days checking out plasma cutters, secondhand as for use at home to cut 3mm-10mm
    Draper 40a
    Rtech 30c
    Swp 40m dv
    Sip hg400,
    Basically cheaper/bigger the better obviously but 200-300 quid mark would be right, any mentioned worth a look at, I do prefer quality gear but as its just for home would be nice to leave the grinder alone!,
    Cheers
     
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  2. Memmeddu

    Memmeddu Member

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    I'm looking for a cut60p on eBay 289 euros
    230 pounds I believe
     
  3. Monkx Member

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    I debated one of the cheaper units but hate the hassle when things go wrong, my esab/migatronic welders have been great,
    And can get gear fixed locally
     
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  4. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Not the same budget.
     
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  5. Monkx Member

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    What do you mean pal?
     
  6. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    I mean this, esab / migatronic, good quality brands.

    My esab plasma 12 years old never fails, modern cheap Chinese stuff, it's a gamble.

    It's all about after sales support when things goes wrong.

    That what I'm getting at.

    But it's the same with everything nowadays, not designed to last.
     
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  7. Monkx Member

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    Totally agree pal, hence like most people want better quality but it's usage/costs especially way things are at the moment, all my gear is slightly older but quality stuff that gets used enough to warrant better build and costs, would love a hypertherm etc but googled likes of sip swp and very little info/reviews but approx £7-800 new would think there still better than new Chinese stuff but haven't used any of them and don't want to blow say 300 quid and regret it
     
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  8. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    on that list the only one i would look at is rtech
     
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  9. Monkx Member

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    To be fare only see good things about Rtech but obviously prices do go up because of it even though same sort of spec is cheaper new than maybe a couple of the others, swp are British made I think but can only find info/reviews on there welders
     
  10. Munkul

    Munkul Member

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    They're all low end, not mid range IMO

    Rtech or IFL, if you're buying online. Their afterservice and repair are good. Only downside to the IFL cut40 is the outdated torch design, but consumables are dirt cheap if you look around.

    Could go SIP or SWP if you buy local and register warranty with dealer...

    https://www.weldequip.com/ifl-itech-plasma.htm
     
  11. Monkx Member

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  12. Monkx Member

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    The swp 40 albeit think is the lowest model in stealth range varying prices approx750-800, sip 40 approx 550 etc,
    So compared to top end 40a units tp 200quid Chinese stuff I'd say mid range price wise,
    I'd prefer something bigger for speed and thicker material but single phase and price secondhand gets silly for something for hobby work, but most I've seen mentioned on here are either Chinese or top end with not much info in between, only used the works ancient oerlikon but like alot of old built to last gear it's just to big and usually 3phase so trying to take in as much info on units/use as possible before purchase
     
  13. Memmeddu

    Memmeddu Member

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    I think Oxford has something in the 1200 range
     
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  14. pondy

    pondy Member

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    The r tech isn't best on thicker materials ive found. Its claimed clesn is 8mm, thicker stuff will each consumables on a pt31 torch
     
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  15. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    I have an swp dc tig that has been fine, but I only paid 220 for it..
     
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  16. Monkx Member

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    Good to know thanks
     
  17. Monkx Member

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    Cheers, looking at an swp at this rate as secondhand around 300 mark
     
  18. Bladevane

    Bladevane Member

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    I have an IFL Cut 40 for sale. Its not the pilot arc version currently advertised but it does the job.
     
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  19. minimutly Member

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    Rally design are selling blackline cut 50s at £215. Sounds awful cheap? Anyone used one? Binned one? My GyS pos has died...
     
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  20. daleyd

    daleyd Member

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    Those Lidl 30 amp ones are worth a look for thinner stuff, esp as they come with a decent warranty and look to be able to be upped to 40amps with a tweak of a pot - the only prob is when they will be available again. They were £80 last time they were on the shelf, if your not in a rush may be worth keeping an eye out...
     
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