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Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

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Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby VSAWMike » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:59 pm

I am looking to buy a table either a 4x4 or a 4x8 size to cut parts. I would like to cut up to 1/2" and have nice clean cuts from a reliable machine.

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Re: Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby gamble » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:01 pm

Cutting ability is dependent on your plasma cutter.
Also what is your budget? You can build your own table or get a budget table from eagle or go overpriced like torchmate 4800.
That being said I think my next table is going to be from arclight. Seems to be a good table for the money
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Re: Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby little blue choo » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:38 pm

Love my Arclight. 18 months now and still cutting like a champ.

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Re: Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby VSAWMike » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:23 pm

I am aware that the cut is dependent on the plasma cutter attached to the table. I used to run an old 6x12 table cutting armor plate.

What I really need to know is what table will handle a sheet of 1/2" thick. Maybe even 3/4" thick if I chose to cut it. What is your arclight cutting?

My budget is 10 to 15K. I would like to probably use a Hypertherm machine as they have always been good to me.

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Re: Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby motoguy » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:00 am

I absolutely love my Bulltear/Starlab table. The frame is welded 3" steel tube. I know they even offer a 4" tube version. I'd consider another (if needed) in a heartbeat. Take a look at a true "industrial" machine, such as a Hornet (formerly Retro Systems) table. Then take a look at the Bulltear offering. You'll see LOTS of similarities.

One thing I've learned, which seems counterintuitive...it takes a MORE capable table to cut thin sheet metal material, than it does thick stuff. Acceleration issues, rigidity issues, speed issues, repeatability...become MORE prevalent in thinner material. Something thick like 1/2" is actually easier to cut cleanly, due to the much slower speeds involved.

Assuming the frame of the machine is structurally stable to support such weight, that is. That part seems like it would be trivial, in comparison to engineering a good gantry/drive system.
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Re: Table to cut 1/8" to 1/2"

Postby VSAWMike » Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:37 am

Ok, that sounds logical. I figure I better do as much research as possible in the next month or so before purchase. All my experience is with an old very large industrial table that was old a few years ago when I was using it. I appreciate the help.


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