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Plasma Cutting Tips & Tricks

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Looking for some tips on plasma cutting? On a visit to see our friends at Cotati Speed Shop in Santa Rosa, Calif., we created a cylinder rack for welding gases. Here are a few suggestions and watch the video for more! We start by measuring out the plate size, making sure to compensate for the edge of tip. Roll the tip over and see where the plasma is going to penetrate the metal. It’s important to be comfortable when you’re plasma cutting, so don’t press down too hard on the metal. Let the tip sit on your work piece and drag, using your free hand for leverage. Before cutting, test the cut and make sure you’re able to make the cut comfortably in one move, so that it is as straight as possible. If you’re cutting a bevel, use a stand-off guide to make sure you don’t damage your tips and to get a perfect cut. When you begin cutting, start and an angle and roll the tip until it pierces the metal – this keeps the splatter from getting back into the tip.

Steve Hidden
Plasma Product Manager

Miller heads to Indy for IMIS show (Dec. 8-10)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Attending IMIS (Dec. 8-10) at the Indiana Convention Center? Find Miller Welders in booth #2423.

Hands-on welding and cutting demonstrations will be available from the booth. Spectators can test MIG, TIG and Plasma cutting equipment, get their welding questions answered, learn how to take advantage of show specials and also check out the latest offerings in the line of Arc Armor® welding protection. Don’t miss the new line of Spectrum® X-TREME™ Plasma cutters with XT torch.

And check out some of the Miller Welders off-road vehicles in the Dirt Sports booth #1160 including Scott Taylor’s TORC PRO-2WD Off-Road Race Truck, Dan Vanden Heuvel’s Pro 2 Flying Dutchman and Blue Torch Fabworks’ prerunner owned by Jason Carner.

At the show, Miller Welders will also begin to highlight that we are excited to sponsor the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers, the toughest one-day off-road race combining extreme rock crawling and desert racing, set against the desert landscape of Johnson Valley, Calif. Miller partner and off-road manufacturer Blue Torch Fabworks will join us to collectively offer free equipment access, weld support and specialized off-road repair to KOH race team participants. The eight-day event which combines a Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Pit Bull King of The Hammers UTV Race and the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers will feature more than 225 cars and attract  an estimated 20,000 participants and off-road enthusiasts between Feb. 4 and 11, 2012.

Learn more about Miller’s motorsports presence and existing racing partnerships at


Plasma cutting tip

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Before you fire up your plasma cutter, you have to set up the machine correctly for what you’re about to cut. First decide what power you have available; 110V or 220V. One common question we hear is, “Do I drag the tip or not?”

On thinner material, yes – you should drag the tip. On thicker material with the Spectrum® 375 X-TREME™ Plasma cutter, hold a slight gap to insure full capacity. Machines equipped with a drag cup should always be used in the drag position.

If you can’t cut through the material, you may be going too fast or you don’t have the machine turned up enough. If you see sparks going through the bottom side, you’re probably running at the correct speed.

Using a template when dragging makes cutting shapes easy, but remember that using and electrically conductive template can cause the arc to lose cutting strength or double arcing causing degraded parts life and poor cut quality.

If you’re cutting too slow the arc may go out which means you’re not completing the circuit.

Steve Hidden
Plasma Product Manager

Miller launches 6th annual Welding Projects Challenge: What Drives You?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011



Miller Electric Mfg. Co. announces the launch of its 6th annual Welding Projects Challenge: What Drives You?, a competition to showcase the welding skills and talent of anyone in the industry. Between June 15 and August 10, 2011, contestants may submit a project in one of three categories (easy, moderate, difficult).

Judges will select five finalists from each category based on the project’s creativity, quality of presentation and craftsmanship. Each finalist will win a ’64 Custom™ auto-darkening helmet from the Performance Series™ line as well as a pair of MIG welding gloves. After the finalists have been selected, the public will vote online to determine a winner for each category. Grand-prize winners will be announced September 23, 2011.

The grand-prize winner in each category will win their choice of a Millermatic® 211 Auto-Set™ with MVP™ MIG welder, a Diversion™ 180 TIG welder or a Spectrum® 375 X-TREME™ Plasma cutter.

For information on challenge rules and how to enter, visit


Cotati Speed Shop, Miller Continue Work on Service Truck for Hot Rod Power Tour

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In the January DIY e-newsletter, Miller announced a special partnership with Zane Cullen, owner of Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Cotati Speed Shop.  Miller product managers recently returned from a second visit to the shop where they continued work on a ’69 GMC Fleetside pickup truck in preparation for the 2011 Hot Rod Power Tour. Catch all the latest action and don’t miss the Cotati Speed Shop playlist capturing the transformation via the Miller YouTube Channel.








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