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3/16 vs fine cut

Postby Pat4rd » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:02 pm

I cut a lot of detailed 3/16 CR plate. On the hypertherm website it says it will cut up to 3/16 with fine cut consumables.. has anyone done this? From what I've read on here it seems like I would have to set my torch height a lot higher. I'm also cutting 14ga tonight, so I will be experimenting on both! If anyone disagrees with cutting 3/16 with fine cut please let me know :geek: ! This is on a 45xp machine torch.

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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby motoguy » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:39 pm

I've never seen Jim Colt recommend fine cuts over 10ga (1/8"). I have seen other people cut thicker on occasion. It's probably not that it can't be done, as much as there's a significant tradeoff in consumable lifespan, or something like that.
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby Pat4rd » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:06 pm

That's what I was thinking.. I really don't think it will work as good but maybe he will chime in with a response.
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby rdj357 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:27 pm

I have only tried 3/16 once with FC and I was not happy with the cut so I switched to regular consumables. Maybe the 45XP would do a better job than my PM65 set at 45 amps?
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby see&see » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:28 pm

I tried it both ways on 3/16" .188 HR & CR , ended up going back to the 45 amp process, bit faster and less (almost zero) dross. Although I'm using AHC so the height stays right at specs.
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby Pat4rd » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:17 pm

Good to know guys, thanks for the input. I will just stick with the regular tips. im happy with my results in most cases!
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby Pat4rd » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:20 pm

Good to know guys, thanks for the input. I will just stick with the regular tips. im happy with my results in most cases!
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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby jimcolt » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:20 pm

The Hypertherm website does not (to the best of my knowledge) say that the Powermax45 Xp can cut 3/16" with Finecut consumables. The Finecuts are recommended for a maximum of 10 gauge...or roughly 1/8" maximum thickness. You can cut thicker, however there are no specs for cut speed, pierce height, pierce delay etc., and you should expect shorter consumable life (as compared to 10 gauge and thinner.

The 45 amp shielded consumables do an excellent job on 3/16", I see no reason to use the Finecuts....except you may get a .006" narrower kerf.

If you can point out where on the website you saw the Finecuts mentioned for thicker than 3/16" (with a 45 XP), please point it out and I will get it corrected! Best regards, Jim Colt

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Re: 3/16 vs fine cut

Postby Pat4rd » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:06 pm

Jimcolt thanks for the info, I'm really happy with how it's cutting 3/16 with the shielded consumables :) . I'm not sure if I'm at the right place on the hypertherm website but this is where I read about the "3/16 and lower" ..thanks for clearing that up I'll try to attach a link https://www.hypertherm.com/en-US/learn/ ... e-cutting/

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