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by jimcolt
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Hypertherm PM105 Question
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: Hypertherm PM105 Question

Yes...you can turn the 105 amp nozzle down to 45 amps and cut.....expect an ugly drossy warped cut! The Powermax105 has the choice of Finecut consumables (best cut quality from 26 gauge through 10 gauge) 45 amp shielded (12 gauge through 1/4", same exact cuts as the Powermax45), 65 amp shielded...
by jimcolt
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: First Completed Project-Gate
Replies: 13
Views: 1000

Re: First Completed Project-Gate

For reference, what plasma cnc table (brand, model, etc.) and what Plasma cutter (brand, model)? Jim Colt Very nice work on the gate by the way! Several months ago a friend got a CNC plasma table, for the longest time we had nothing but problems. Thanks to the file sharing section here we learned a ...
by jimcolt
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: LOW AIR PRESSURE AND POWER TRIPPING
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: LOW AIR PRESSURE AND POWER TRIPPING

I have a 100 amp entrance (230 volt single phase) in my shop. My compressor has a full load draw of 31 amps (which...if you do the math is as much as 9 HP).....and draws a lot more than that when starting. Circuit breakers with a longer time delay are usually used on high inductive starting loads......
by jimcolt
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: My New Hypertherm 45 XP
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: My New Hypertherm 45 XP

New 45 XP: 1. Uses the Duramax torch (same as used on the newer Powermax65, 85, and 105 systems). 2. Has Finecut consumables for best quality on materials 10 gauge and thinner. 3. Produces more cutting power. (6500 watts vs 5900). Faster, thicker and higher duty cycle rating. 4. Weighs less than the...
by jimcolt
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: LOW AIR PRESSURE AND POWER TRIPPING
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: LOW AIR PRESSURE AND POWER TRIPPING

Assuming when you say "the power trips"....that you mean your circuit breaker in your AC power panel is tripping. I suspect that you either have a circuit breaker that is weak or undersized for the load. That will not have any effect on air pressure....so not sure what may be happening the...
by jimcolt
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: My New Hypertherm 45 XP
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: My New Hypertherm 45 XP

Thanks from all of the employee / owners at Hypertherm for buying the Powermax45 XP. We are always available if you have any questions or concerns...happy cutting! Jim Colt Hypertherm
by jimcolt
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: How to fix rounded inside corners
Replies: 14
Views: 327

Re: How to fix rounded inside corners

In simple terms, machines that can stay on the intended path at the required plasma cut speeds....and do this with high acceleration and de-acceleration rates will produce better corners. Keep in mind that as you de-accelerate into a corner that the plasma arc continues to melt and blow away molten ...
by jimcolt
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 152
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 152

Colfax is an investment firm that owns both Esab and Victor. Jim Colt
by jimcolt
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: help!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: help!!!

What brands, what models. Be happy to offer advice.
by jimcolt
Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Secrets of Stainless...
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Secrets of Stainless...

The best cut will be with the Finecut consumables at the cutting specs listed in the Powermax operators manual. Height, cut speed, amperage are critical. Jim Colt. hypertherm
by jimcolt
Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: help with kerf
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: help with kerf

You can set the actual kerf width of the cut in the settings tabs. This will be different whenever you change amperage, cut speed , cut height and material thickness. If you have a Hypertherm plasma you can find suggested kerf widths in the operators manual. If not....do a test cut, measure the cut ...
by jimcolt
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Powermax 105 Torch in Powermax 45XP
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Powermax 105 Torch in Powermax 45XP

Yes.....it is the same torch, same consumables. Obviously use the cut charts for the 45 XP. The Marking only works on the 45 XP because the Power supply can operate down to 10 amps (the 105 has a minimum of 25 or 30) and the air flow auto corrects when you install the marking nozzle, set the mode sw...
by jimcolt
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Powermax 105 Torch in Powermax 45XP
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Powermax 105 Torch in Powermax 45XP

The Powermax105 torch is the same Duramax torch that can be used on the Powermax45 XP, Powermax65, Powermax85. Cut quality and consumable life is the same....based on the power level of each system.
by jimcolt
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: XP45 marking use
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: XP45 marking use

I have done a fair amount of marking with the Powermax45 XP on plate....specifically for layout (weld locations, bend locations, center punch for drilling, etc.) it is very fast and works very well. The 45 XP power supply was designed with marking in mind. To mark you need low amperage output as wel...
by jimcolt
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Hypertherm 85 question for Jim Colt
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Hypertherm 85 question for Jim Colt

There are a lot of knock offs out there. Packaging is copied, laser marking is copied. We have a full time staff including two patent attorneys that chase these guys (they are almost always from China) continuously.....we shut down one operation then they start right back up in another location. Poo...
by jimcolt
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: DIY Plasma Table & Accessory Discussion Forum
Topic: Best Slat shape - pros and cons
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Best Slat shape - pros and cons

Pointed slats are good only if all of the parts you are cutting are large enough so that they will not tip up and become a collision hazard. In 95% of the cases, flat slats ate better. Since a lot of parts you cut are rectangular...then it makes sense to install your slats in a diagonal of a serpent...
by jimcolt
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: My NEW PM65 083300! Update
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: My NEW PM65 083300! Update

What Hypertherm system? If you have a Duramax long machine torch it can be converted easily. If you have the Duramax Lock torch...it cannot be converted to a mini-torch. The Lock torch comes as standard equipment with mechanized versions of the Powermax45XP. If you have the Powermax65, 85 or 105 sys...
by jimcolt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: PlasmaCAM Samson 510
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: PlasmaCAM Samson 510

As a minimum it should have the advanced machine control and advanced height control upgrades. On a new machine these upgrades would add about $3k. The upgrades are worth every penny in terms of cut quality, consumable life and productivity. Jim Colt Hypertherm
by jimcolt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: ? for Jim Colt
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: ? for Jim Colt

Yes, there is a tiny voltage divider board with selectable DIP switches, wire harness and CPC port. Easy to install. Jim Colt Hypertherm


OTHill wrote:Jim. Does the 028697 kit contain the voltage divider card?
by jimcolt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Various Manufacturers
Topic: Delusional Designs CNC Support
Replies: 74
Views: 2470

Re: Delusional Designs CNC Support

In reality, most corrugated work I have seen is supposed to be "artsy". A little bit of roughness and some dross is even desirable in many cases. So...as Tom pointed out you can often cut corrugated if you slow down the speeds (dross) so that the z axis can keep up. Cutting corrugated real...
by jimcolt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Shield Holes Plugging
Replies: 21
Views: 493

Re: Shield Holes Plugging

Do not use a soft pierce, be 100% sure the pierce height and pierce delay times are correct. The holes plugging the shield are only from piercing too close or with inadequate pierce delay. -Pierce height.....slightly higher is ok. If lower you will cause damage as soon as the first pierce. -Pierce d...
by jimcolt
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Various Manufacturers
Topic: Delusional Designs CNC Support
Replies: 74
Views: 2470

Re: Delusional Designs CNC Support

I agree on the corrugated. Typical x-y plasma cutting systems are not designed for real 3 axis operation. There is a z axis that uses arc voltage as the feedback loop.....it is designed to maintain torch to work distance (critical to cut quality) with normal warpage of the material being cut as well...
by jimcolt
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Hypertherm Consumables Recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Hypertherm Consumables Recommendation

Let me know what thicknesses you plan to cut, more importantly, what thickness will you spend most of your time cutting? Also....is productivity (cut speed, end of the day pile of good parts) more important for each thickness...or is cut quality more important. I almost always recommend buying consu...
by jimcolt
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Various Manufacturers
Topic: Delusional Designs CNC Support
Replies: 74
Views: 2470

Re: Delusional Designs CNC Support

I certainly don't think it is a good way to market a product by knocking the competition. I have owned a number of cutting machines....and trust me, you could do a similar video showing the good points of any of them vs the bad points of any of them. The bottom line with CNC cutting tables is the pa...

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