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Consumable Life Expectancy

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Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby Plasma_Spaz » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:07 pm

I'm looking into cutting tables and plasma cutters. I found a great table from ShopSabre but I'm not sure what cutter I should choose. I'm torn between the Hyperthem Powermax 45 with a machine torch and the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster A60. I've heard plenty of great things about both but my main concern is consumable costs. How often do tips, electrodes, nozzels and other things like that have to be changed on each machine and how could I get them to last longer? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby abmagrum » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:36 pm

if you want consumable life you have to step up one to the hypertherm 65
and run fine cuts.
hate to tell you this but there is no comparison to the hypertherm :)
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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby Plasma_Spaz » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:02 pm

Yeah I figured Hypertherm would be my best bet but it would be nice to now how often I would have to change electrodes and what not. I want to know how the cost of consumables would add up over the course a year or so of use. If it helps at all I would mainly be cutting 14 gauge steel.

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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby Kentuckyfarmer » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:42 pm

Jim Colt can give you the best but still vauge answer to your question. A new tip can cut 1000s of inches, its the pierces that kill the cosumables, cut height, speed etc they all play a part. Any out of spec will shorten life very quickly. I don't know how long mine last some seem a long time others not so long. But when they get bad its in the middle of a big part that you hate to screw up.
I know this aint the answer you wanted, but its the best I have.
Hope it helps
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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby muzza » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:29 am

As Mike said, too many variables to give an accurate answer and not real sure that either Hypertherm or Thermal Dynamics consumables last longer than each other. I cut pretty much full time and probably spend on average about $200 to $250 per month on consumables. (I'm in Oz so consumables are a lot dearer than US) Most of my cutting is on 16 gauge but I do cut up to 3/8". A job I put through this week was for 80 signs in 16 gauge, going by Sheetcam job report there was 3280 pierces and 26,850 inches of cutting. I also had to do a few other jobs in between on 1/8" and 1/4" and the consumables are still the same set I started with. I have other days where I might have to swap out nozzle and electrode a couple of times. If the job was on heavier gauge and taper was critical I probably would have changed out the nozzle at least if not nozzle and electrode a couple of times.

If you have moisture in your air or no height control expect to spend a whole lot more on consumables.

Pretty vague answer I know but best I can offer.
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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby M & N Steel CNC » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:26 pm

You will need to get an air dryer, I was going thru a tip every 2 20inch sqr cuts and an electrode after 4 cuts, got an air dryer and WOW, I cut so many Christmas gifts with one tip, about 2 full sheets of metal and cannot remember the last time I changed and electrode.
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Re: Consumable Life Expectancy

Postby abmetal » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:15 am

We cut a LOT of 3/16" plate with a Hypertherm Powermax 65 and occasionally figure up the number of pierces and we've gotten 1000 to 1200 several times. The same when we had a Hypertherm 1000.

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