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Cold weather cutting

Postby john527 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:23 am

I have my new plasmacam table/hypertherm 45XP in a unheated garage, I live in Michigan where winters can get pretty cold, Is there any risk to the machine and or computer if I run it in 30 degree temps?

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby plasmanewbie » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:31 am

Climate is the same around here and although I never had a failure I noticed that the equipment did not run well until the electronics warmed up and I was concerned about condensation. Before it became a problem and put some heat in the shop just to keep it a little warmer and consistant.

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby Scratch » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:43 pm

I live in Wisconsin and have no heat in my shop. I don't cut much or even go outside in the winter, but I do leave my PC running 24-7-365. Every once in a while, in the winter, I'll draw something up in the house, then quickly brave the cold to go cut it. Been doing it like that for like 13 years now and never had a problem.
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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby Euclid933 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:53 am

Here in the UK I do the same, just leave the PC switched on. It cured my damp problems during winter time.

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby jimcolt » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:52 am

Same here in NH. My plasmacam and computer stay powered up 24-7, I do have heat in my shop when I am working there, but often will cut one part without the heat on. I have cut at 10 degrees F on a couple of occasions. Jim Colt Hypertherm

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby michmetalman » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:44 am

I live in upper Michigan. I put visqueen up on the top of my shop ceiling so the heat wont escape and I have a wood stove. Keeps me plenty warm. I do go through a lot of wood though. :)

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby bigcreek » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:02 am

Ive cut every winter for the past 10 or 12 years without heat without a problem. I do have a torpedo heater blowing heat on me where I sit but I shut the computer and table off when done and turn it on the next day when I start and it has always worked fine. I am in Idaho so it doesn't get too crazy cold but will still get around 0 to 10 degrees on occasion.

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Re: Cold weather cutting

Postby TrinityFabworks » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:30 am

I'm curious about the same. I live in mid-michigan and this will be my first winter with my table. My garage is not insulated at all, and I have no heat source. I'm looking into finishing it off, but money is pretty tight right now. I was more concerned about the water in my table freezing. I don't know if it would be better to store my water in the tanks below the table or leave it sit up top in the pan. I also wasn't sure if the homebrew plasma quench would lower the freezing temperature of the water to a point where it wouldn't freeze throughout the cold winter months.

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