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Postby Fabramicator » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:18 am

Hi I'm Shaun. I'm a chassis fabricator and looking into getting a cnc plasma table soon.

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Re: New here

Postby little blue choo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:24 am

Welcome to the forum Shaun. Check out the Arclight tables. One of the better mid priced tables.

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Postby Gamelord » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:55 pm

Awesome, welcome to a world of wealth and knowledge in plasma cutting (we call it plasmaspider). :)
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Re: New here

Postby Fabramicator » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:38 am

What would be a good system for around $5000?

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Postby larrycameron44 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:21 am

I don’t think you will find much for $5000 unless a used 2x2 Torchmate or similar $15000-20,000 will get some cool toys though.

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Re: New here

Postby Fabramicator » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:38 am

I really only need a 4x4 since mostly ill be cutting out chassis tabs, brackets. Parts to fabricate ford 9" housings and other stuff I need that I'm tired of buying. Not into cutting any art or stuff like that. I found this one just not sure what else is out there. http://eagleplasma.com/4x4-cnc-system.html

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Re: New here

Postby exapprentice » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:32 am

Hi "Fabramicator"

I do not ever like spending money with anyone who doesn't at least have an address for all to see :shock:
The whole page seems very sketchy on spec's and details, not sure belt is the way to go :?
I am sure you could find better for just a little more or just build your own ;)
If it was me I would do loads more searching before spending that money
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Re: New here

Postby chasxjs » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:16 am

Appears to be very light weight. As a fabricator, you would likely find yourself constantly wanting to make changes to it to improve it's stability and reliability. If you want a nice table in that price range, seriously consider making your own.
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Re: New here

Postby Fabramicator » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:54 am

Honestly I'd like to build my own but I don't have that kind of time to research everything it takes.

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Re: New here

Postby exapprentice » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:24 am

Hi "Fabramicator"

I am sure there is an age old saying something like buy cheap & pay dear!!! :o
I agree with "chasxjs" comments above
If your really tempted to go this route then try and find somebody who can spill the beans on what the table is like and any recommendations from other customers who have bought one of these machines

Don't forget you still have some big costs to add in the way of a plasma cutter, compressor, air drying consumables and more time than you think in understanding how all the software plays together and then more time in the learning curve before you start popping out real nice parts :shock:
Buying a table is not like just flicking the switch

I am not in anyway trying to dis-way you from CNC plasma cutting but buying a table is just the start so I am just trying to give you the heads up and be realistic that it is just the start

Lots on this site have done it and are more than pleased with their journey so crack on and go for it ;)
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Re: New here

Postby Fabramicator » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:37 am

I already have 2 plasma cutters, an 80 gallon compressor, complete drying system, and am a machinist including writing 5 axis cnc programs. All I need is a cheap table ready to go. I'm not gonna use it to make money just save me money so I'm not paying $10,000+ for one. If I had the time to do a DIY table I would but business is good and I work 7 days a week 12 hours a day, luckily I work from home.

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Re: New here

Postby tcaudle » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:04 pm

http://www.PrecisionPlasmaLLC.com has a new low cost "hobby" grade table that might interest you.

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Re: New here

Postby Simko » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:44 am

I agree... You should build a table! It's been a while since we had a 'new build' on the site to follow. I am getting sick of seeing a bunch of requests for people to trace files for them. :P I want some TECH!

Being a machinist / fabricator, you should have no problem making the frame for your table. As TCaudle pointed out, Precision Plasma has a nice gantry that you can buy and mount to a frame that you fabricate from their provided drawings. I originally started going down the Precision Plasma path, but ended up making my own gantry with lots of good input from people on this site and CNCZone.

Then you buy a motor/control kit from CandCNC and you are up and running for probably 1/2 of what you would pay for a completed table. I built a 5x10 with CandCNC motor/controls, and Hyperthem 85 for around $11k. Granted, I scrounged for parts on Ebay and from friends, but its possible. If you wanted a smaller table and already have a plasma cutter, you should easily be under $10k.

Precision Plasma 4x4 Gantry - $2,800
CandCNC Full automation bundle for up to 100lb gantry - $2845
CandCNC or Velox Z-axis - $400 - $500
Misc stuff (software, switches, wires, etc) - $1k

Total - $7145

Get to work :!:
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