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by Stout
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Where no finger should go.
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Where no finger should go.

Strange. My old Esab system had hi frequency start and the tech that worked on it would put the nozzle to his hand and pull the trigger to see if the hi freq would start. Not much happened, but that was how he checked for proper hi freq. I never tried it and don't regret it.
by Stout
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Gouging / Scarfing with Hyp 65?
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Gouging / Scarfing with Hyp 65?

Please keep us all posted with the outcome. I'd be interested in viewing images of all tests with cut parameter details.
by Stout
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: DXF Art - DXF Clip Art File Sharing Forum
Topic: German MG42
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: German MG42

That's cool. Thanks.
by Stout
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Torch Consumables Stuck
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Torch Consumables Stuck

Hypertherm factory consumables?
by Stout
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Need to Increase Kerf Width
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Need to Increase Kerf Width

Does your software/controller allow you to turn THC off for that specific cut path if you make it a slot? Or depending on how long the slot is turn THC off after it goes down one side and is ready to turn around? I agree that trying to widen the kerf with a single cut will most likely make a mess, ...
by Stout
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Need to Increase Kerf Width
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Need to Increase Kerf Width

I have a job cutting 3/16" mild steel that requires 0.125" slots. From the PM105 cut chart, I see max kerf at 0.080". Has anyone experimented with slowing the machine speed and increasing arc volts to get a wider kerf? Maybe both and increasing amperage also. The drawing shows open pr...
by Stout
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Going to put some expanded metal on my slats
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Going to put some expanded metal on my slats

I have very good results bridging parts by leaving a 1/16" tab on the parts so they all stay connected. Just put a bar on the bottom and connect a bunch to the bar. Easy to handle and minimum cleanup. Just break them off and finish with a flap disc. Also reduces the number of pierces.
by Stout
Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: loosing consumables to quickly in 1" plate.
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: loosing consumables to quickly in 1" plate.

My Hypertherm CAM software has a parameter to "prepierce" all the holes and then go back to actually cut the parts. I use old consumables and don't worry about them until the code brings the torch back to start the actual cutting. Works really well. Also. I made the mistake one time of usi...
by Stout
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Do I need a Compressed Air dryer ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: Do I need a Compressed Air dryer ?

Hypertherm support said "A regulated 85 psi air supply is required.". I have mine set to 100 psi after the first water separator right at the compressor. Then through the air dryer. There is a paper filter at the power supply, about 50 feet away, that I check about every year. No moisture ...
by Stout
Wed May 11, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Dispose of slag
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Dispose of slag

I just checked and it is now $.04 per lb. So it's better. But not great.
by Stout
Sun May 08, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Dispose of slag
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Dispose of slag

I find an old refrigerator or freezer. Drill a few holes in the back and throw in on the trailer. Fill it with all the table dross and take it to the recycler. It was 5500 lbs last time. They give me crap sometimes but they always take it. And hell, if they decided to not pay me, I'd give it to them...
by Stout
Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: DXF Art - DXF Clip Art File Sharing Forum
Topic: Sugar Skull
Replies: 36
Views: 4911

Re: Sugar Skull

Showcase wrote:I cut one the other night and it turned out great. Came home from work and my wife had bedazzled it with Steel FX dyes.


Would you mind sharing the material and cut parameters you used? What is the size?
by Stout
Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Not cutting holes 180 degrees on stick of SS tubing.
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Not cutting holes 180 degrees on stick of SS tubing.

Just offhand, I'd say the circumference of the mild steel and stainless tubing are not the same. Double check dimensions of the two tubes.
by Stout
Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Blowing water off torch tip prior to ohmic touch
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Blowing water off torch tip prior to ohmic touch

If you are continuously cutting, then the post flow should stay on long enough to blow water away from the new pierce location. If not, then assuming you have a Hypertherm machine, turn the amp dial all the way down to zero amps to activate the air flow before you begin your cut.
by Stout
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Q on looping excess work lead cord
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Q on looping excess work lead cord

I think the looping work lead acting as an antenna is more of an issue with hi frequency start plasma systems. My old Esab PCM1000 was notorious for causing errors on my controller due to the hi frequency ignition. Esab was sure the errors were from an antenna somewhere in my system. I've never had ...
by Stout
Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:34 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Certain Body Spots
Replies: 26
Views: 1800

Re: Certain Body Spots

Is she hot? The only job I've ever balked at was for some odd, unreadable text for a church. At least that's what he called it. I told they guy that he needed to translate the text, and I needed to verify it, before I would cut it. Didn't want any anti american or devil worship crap coming out of my...
by Stout
Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Star-Lab
Topic: Help me optimize this cut
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Help me optimize this cut

Radiused corners make common line cutting difficult. But it could be done if you put some thought into it. Bridging the pieces together would be fairly simple. If you group the pieces into four, extend the cut line from one to another. Since the outside cuts are clockwise, the group of four could be...
by Stout
Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Plate Top Sensing
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Re: Plate Top Sensing

Hypertherm Ohmic system. It's just a ground contact between the nozzle and the plate. The controller then retracts to a preset height for piercing.
by Stout
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Misfires on pierce
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: Misfires on pierce

I used to get misfires on my PM1250 due to friction between the electrode and the swirl ring. They just start to stick. A new swirl ring seems to fix it.
by Stout
Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Moving Plate on and off the Table with engine hoist
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Re: Moving Plate on and off the Table with engine hoist

I have a couple to 1500 lb magnets that scare the crap out of me. I typically use them for re positioning the flat plates on the trailer. Lift with the magnet and block it up so I can grab it with plate clamp. I use a 0-90-0 clamp that can rotate the plate from horizontal to vertical. I do have 13' ...
by Stout
Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Want to make this.
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Want to make this.

Any gear reduction 110v motor with a VFD, variable frequency drive, to adjust the speed.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuZbYATYH-s
by Stout
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: 3/16" rod
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: 3/16" rod

A piece of square bar on top and angle iron on the bottom in my shop press. Easy peasy.
by Stout
Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Who Builds Motorcycles?
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Who Builds Motorcycles?

DANIEL26 wrote:fabricator file exchange has some good stuff on it


Does anyone have a link? Cannot seem to find that domain.
by Stout
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Ideas Guarding Against Theft
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Ideas Guarding Against Theft

I actually had one stolen one time. But it was at the powder coating company when it happened. I couldn't understand why anyone would steal 200 pounds of custom designed steel. It's not like you can use it somewhere else. There was a custom designed family crest right in the middle so it would look ...

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