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by jimcolt
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Powermax 65/85/105 family
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Powermax 65/85/105 family

BrandX........what was said was in reference that we had never tested the Duramax (spring electrode) torch on the original 45. The timing as well as the ramping of pilot and cutting current and pilot and cutting air pressures can dramatically affect the life of consumables as well as cut quality. No...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Plasma or Laser?
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Plasma or Laser?

2mm (which is about 14 gauge) cuts at 25 mm (1 inch) per minute. With an air plasma at 45 amps you can cut 14 gauge at 320 inches per minute. Expect to use a lot of either oxygen or nitrogen. Replacement lenses and mirrors are extremely costly.....and likely not even available in a few years. I thin...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Newbie questions about powermax 105
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Newbie questions about powermax 105

The Powermax85 will operate on single phase power and is rated to pierce 3/4" steel, can sever to 1-1/2" with an edge start. The Powermax105 can only run on three phase power, can pierce 7/8" steel, and can sever 1-3/4" with an edge start. The Powermax125 is rated to pierce 1&quo...
by jimcolt
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: newbie questions Hypertherm 65
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Re: newbie questions Hypertherm 65

You will always have a bevel with an air plasma. You can buy a high definition oxygen plasma for a bit over $100k, or a Laser for around $350K....or an abrasive water jet system for around $200k.....and solve your bevel issues. Excessive edge bevel is caused by the torch running too high off the pla...
by jimcolt
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Plasma or Laser?
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Plasma or Laser?

A 5 x 10 cnc table with a 45 Amp air plasma will cost around $20k (with height control and good software, etc.), and will be able to cut 1/2" steel with good speed and quality. a 5 x 10 cnc Laser cutting table with the ability to cut 1/2" steel (at least a 2.5 kW laser) will set you back o...
by jimcolt
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Plasmacam Software
Topic: $5 if someone with the Advanced Design Software can convert my PCM file to DXF
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: $5 if someone with the Advanced Design Software can convert my PCM file to DXF

You can convert to a .dxf with your software, I'm sure. Open up your software, open up your desired PCM drawing file, under the file tab choose export......and send it to any folder you want....it will be in .dxf format if you use the export function. Jim Colt
by jimcolt
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: PM 85 F0-30-0 T105M50 SH/K error
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: PM 85 F0-30-0 T105M50 SH/K error

The 0-30 error means "Torch Consumables Stuck". This means that the blowback electrode (spring loaded electrode) is either not moving all the way forward (where it is supposed to make electrical contact with the nozzle) or not moving all the way back. The electrode must slide freely inside...
by jimcolt
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: newbie questions Hypertherm 65
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Re: newbie questions Hypertherm 65

Again, follow the cut specs in the operators manual, Hypertherm has already done the experimenting for you. Correct amperage , pierce height, cut height, cut speed and consumables choices are written out in the cut charts. When you look at them....you will see that FineCut consumables are recommende...
by jimcolt
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP

Underwater cutting with Plasma systems to 800 amps is often done just for noise and UV issues. Cut quality on steel will suffer (more dross, rougher cut edge) but on stainless often improves. Use a Powermax with N2 instead of air with the torch submerged....nice cuts.

Jim Colt Hypertherm
by jimcolt
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Alltra plasma tables
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Alltra plasma tables

If you call ALLtra they can provide you with a contact list of their customers. ALLtra builds high end Industrial CNC cutting machines as you would find at Steel service centers, large equipment manufacturing (think Cat and Deere) and shipyards. Among the best! Jim Colt Hypertherm
by jimcolt
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP

You can cut with the Powermax units submerged about 1/2 of the height of the retaining cap. They are not recommended for deeper underwater cutting. Our industrial and high definition class plasma's can be completely submerged....the deepest underwater I have cut is about 30 feet, and that was cuttin...
by jimcolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: Hypertherm PMX ARCOK signal latency
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Hypertherm PMX ARCOK signal latency

Hypertherm has always (well for the last 49 years) called this signal the "Arc Transfer" or "Machine Motion" output. We use a small, fast, mechanical relay as there are a few hundred different cnc machines worldwide that this signal interfaces with. When a start signal is issued ...
by jimcolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Plasma Problems, help!
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Plasma Problems, help!

The Edge Pro CNC control (it is the controller, not the software) is a Hypertherm product. Best bet to get help with your questions is to contact Hypertherm technical service. That is what they are there for! technical.[email protected].com Jim Colt Hypertherm Hi, I'm having a few issues with the p...
by jimcolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: better power supply for JD2 table?
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: better power supply for JD2 table?

First, you should be able to cut essentially dross free in the cutting range (14 ga to 3/16") you mention. Dross is caused by cutting too slow, cutting with the torch too high, cutting with the incorrect choice of consumables and power level. Second, what you bought is a light industrial air pl...
by jimcolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: mini machine torch arcing out to z-axis wtf?
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: mini machine torch arcing out to z-axis wtf?

Can you show a picture of the torch mounted on your machine? Here are things that can cause the torch to arc to the z axis mounting: 1. If torch is clamped by the retaining cap....it is just a matter of time and plasma dust buildup before arcing and damage will occur. 2. If torch body is covered wit...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP

I call them idiot lights, just never heard the term dummy gauge! You should always keep the incoming pressure between 90 and 120 psi (Powermax45 and older Hypertherm systems) and between 90 and 135 on the newer systems. The internal regulator is for adjusting the cut pressure which is set differentl...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Powermax 65/85/105 family
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Powermax 65/85/105 family

The Powermax65 and 85 models will be 7 years old in November 2017. The Powermax105 is about 5-1/2 years in production. With successful, reliable products we like to try to get at least a 10 year product life....then we will likely redesign (like we did with the Powermax45 to 45 XP transition) with t...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Wright cnc
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Wright cnc

They appear to be a pretty new player in the CNC / Plasma machine business. The web site does not say anything about their cnc controls or drive electronics....and almost no info about the mechanics of the machine (belt reduction or direct drive), etc. The height control is a low cost import Proma b...
by jimcolt
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP

1. The LED indicators on the front panel of the Powermax45 are a real gauge (not sure what a "dummy" gauge is!). We design our consumables to operate best in the range where this electronic feedback pressure is supposed to be set. This is the cut pressure that goes to the torch, which is d...
by jimcolt
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: How many have actually needed high speed THC
Replies: 30
Views: 582

Re: How many have actually needed high speed THC

David, I responded to your post on the Plasmacam Owners community. Jim Colt
by jimcolt
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Pricing, Advertising, & Marketing Your Products Forum
Topic: Price check on 1/4 steel
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Price check on 1/4 steel

I just bought a 4 x 8 sheet of hot rolled 1/4" steel yesterday, $186.00. I double the price of the steel and calculate its selling price by rectangular square inches. If cutting a 12" round, charge for 12" x 12" or 144" square. Then use that same price calculated as 2x the p...
by jimcolt
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Difficulties cutting A2 tool steel with powermax45... also wondering if I should upgrade to XP

I would suggest using the Stainless Steel F5 shielded cut chart for the Powermax45 XP with your Powermax45. The 45 amp shielded consumables internal designs are very similar between the two systems and will produce the same results....and should improve the cut quality on grades of tool steel that h...
by jimcolt
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: How many have actually needed high speed THC
Replies: 30
Views: 582

Re: How many have actually needed high speed THC

The Plasmacam THC uses a stepper for the z axis, (servos on x and y) however it is adequately fast for every situation I have used it for. Most THC systems have the ability to adjust z axis speed, some will even allow you to tune z axis acceleration. When your speed or acceleration is set too high o...
by jimcolt
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: PlasmaCam RENEGES on eBay Sales
Replies: 51
Views: 1742

Re: PlasmaCam RENEGES on eBay Sales

I certainly agree that Plasmacam does not make industrial CNC plasma cnc machines. Plasmacam and about 30 other manufacturers of similarly priced machines produce entry level cnc plasma machines that are designed for art, hobbysists, small welding shops and businesses, etc. Above these machines are ...
by jimcolt
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: PlasmaCam RENEGES on eBay Sales
Replies: 51
Views: 1742

Re: PlasmaCam RENEGES on eBay Sales

When you have more CNC plasma tables in the field than any other company in the world.....expect to have a few end users that are not fully satisfied. The thread attached here on CNC zone is from the same end user that owns multiple Plasmacam tables.....used for routing and for Plasma cutting. He li...

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