Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

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Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by camotoe » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:43 pm

My 5x10 table is about a month out on delivery. I will mostly be cutting signs 1/8 and 3/16 mild steel. Occasionally aluminum in the same thickness. Every so often a job comes up for 1/4" mild steel but not often. I don't really want to spend the extra money on a hypertherm 65 but now is my chance to upgrade. Do any of you guys running the 45XP ever wish you had a more powerful unit such as the 65?

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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by djreiswig » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:44 pm

I have a 65 and wished I would have went with the 85 a couple of times. If there's ever a chance of a job coming up where you need the added capacity, like you say, now's your chance. If you're just going to stick with thinner sheet, then it's probably not worth it. But you never know.
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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by Scratch » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:51 pm

I don't know how Hypertherm works, but I had a Thermal Dynamics 151, the magic smoke got out and I went to a TD Cutmaster 58. The duty cycle is much less and I have had one job cutting real thick stuff where it bit me in the ass. I figured it out, but wish I would have went with one step up at least.
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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by SegoMan DeSigns » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:39 pm

I have a 65, one of the reasons I jumped up to it is it can be ran off of single or three phase power. It runs at 1/2 the price under the 3 phase, like others posted it has a better duty cycle as well. The 6x12 build will eventually have a 105 as the shop does not have 480 3 phase that the 125 requires..

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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by Old Iron » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:36 pm

I went from a Powermax 600 to a Powermax 65
The 600 is a 40 amp machine that I upgraded to a Duramax machine torch. It done better than I thought it would and I was able to cut up to 1/2" mild steel real good other than the ipm.
Now that I bought the new 65 I didn't know what I was missing.

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Post by tnbndr » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:13 am

I have a PM45 about 10 years old. I cut mostly 10, 12 and 1/4" and have never wished I had a bigger machine. I have done a few small jobs at 1/2" and it worked fine. If I upgrade it will be to the 45XP and no bigger.
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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by SeanP » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:43 am

Well I have had the old 45 for 6yrs now, it's cut tons of sheets, lots of 10 & 12mm even some jobs 15, 20 & 25, great machine.
Unfortunately it packed in mid cut just before Christmas, been in touch with hypertherm tech about it and its pointing towards the main board, haven't priced it yet but they look expensive!
So had to get a replacement, thought I was going to get a 65, but the single phase in EU is different to US single phase and the 45 is as big as I can go here on our single phase so I had to buy a XP 45.
I'm my opinion if your old PM45 is running OK I wouldn't be in a hurry to change to the XP thinking its a upgrade, swapping to the duramax torch is worthwhile.
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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by jimcolt » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:01 am

THE 45xp is a completely new power supply design that produces more cutting power (Wattage) per Amp than its predecessor (the original Powermax45) and is actually very close in cutting power to the Powermax65. This is done by designing an inverter power supply that runs at a higher switching speed. The 45xp also has the ability to run as low as 10 amps, allowing it the ability to mark plate for drill locations, folding/bending locations, weld locations, part numbers, graphics on art pieces. Since the XP has been in the field for over 3 years it has proven to be a very reliable system as well. Bottom line, the 45XP is closer to the performance of the Powermax65 than the original Powermax45 was. Jim Colt

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Re: Anyone with a 45XP wish they would have the 65

Post by camotoe » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:37 am

Thanks guys for all the info. I think I'll stick with the 45XP and outsource when needed. It does look like a pretty sweet machine.

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