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    Default Best plasma cutter

    I've been lookin at the hypertherm and the miller plasma cutters and I got a quote on the hypertherm and the guy at Airgas told me that the millers were junk but just lookin for some advice...Thanks.

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    Everyone has a preference. Here's a site on the Hypertherm that will help'

    http://weldingweb.com/forumdisplay.php?f=57

    Not knowing your location but prices will vary. Here's my local guy that has reasonable prices. He has the Powermax 45, $1550.00 shipped.

    http://www.weldersupply.com/

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    Lincoln and Thermal Dynamics are junk.....in my opinion.
    Millers are ok just do not have the technology that Hypertherm does.
    My choice 10 yrs ago?....Powermax 1000.
    My choice today if I had the need?......Powermax 65 hands down(but a Powermax 45 is one bad azz little machine too).

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    Default Best plasma cutter

    Thanks for the replys...

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    I had a Miller 375 (which was made by Hypertherm for Miller). Now have a PM45. Go for the Hypertherm. Theyre underrated. I was able to cut 1.25" bar with mine, and cuts on 1/4 to 1/2" are so nice they look machined.

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    I cannot offer any comparison, but I bought a Powermax 45 about 6 weeks ago and it is a very impressive little box! I possibly could have gotten by with a smaller, less powerful unit but everyone says to buy bigger than you think you need. I am satisfied

    Make sure you get some sort of air and water filter. It's mind boggling how much water is in the shop air.

    Ken

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    i have a cutmaster 82s thermadyne, very satisfied!

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    From a tech point of view, the hypertherm is the best machine, but does not have the best torch.

    The Thermadyne has the best torch and second best machine and has a year longer warranty.

    The Miller inverter based is ok, and satisfactory torches

    The ESAB is great for industrial applications not so much for the garage guy or low end applications

    The Lincoln is junk when it comes to plasmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drf255 View Post
    I had a Miller 375 (which was made by Hypertherm for Miller). Now have a PM45. Go for the Hypertherm. Theyre underrated. I was able to cut 1.25" bar with mine, and cuts on 1/4 to 1/2" are so nice they look machined.
    I just want to clear up your confusion Hypertherm has NEVER mde a power supply plasam or any other for Miller the 375's have always been made in Appleton Wisconsin.

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    Actually Miller used Hypertherm torches for many years on its plasma systems, and also built power supplies for Hypertherm...specifically the Hypertherm Powermax190, the Powermax350 and Powermax380.

    Jim Colt

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