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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