Hypertherm is one of the largest manufacturers of plasma cutters. They have a large assortment of machines to suit your needs. Hypertherm plasma cutters range from the hobbyist machines to the large commercial machines that you would see in a machine shop. If you are in the market for a hypertherm plasma cutter make sure that you know exactly how you will use the machine so that you can find the right one for you.
Hypertherm plasma cutters have the ability to cut through metal efficiently leaving a clean cut without much effort on your part or the machine’s. See how plasma cutters work for more information on how a plasma cutter operates. You will find that if you know how the machines work you will be able to make more educated decisions about what you need.
If you are going to be using your machine for the long-term and recurring costs are something you want to minimize then a plasma cutter is the way to go. They use compressed air (or inert gas) and electricity to cut metal, both of which are cheaper and safer than other forms of gas cutting (like oxyacetylene cutting). Not only that, the learning curve for plasma cutter is much shallower, meaning you will be able to pick up the process more easily than the gas cutting process.
Some of the hypertherm plasma cutters come equipped with an air compressor which takes care of your gas needs. If you are buying a machine that requires an external source of compressed gas make sure that you know the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) requirements of your plasma cutter. You have to provide exactly what the machine needs for optimal performance. After figuring out your gas source, all you need is a power source. There are portable plasma cutting systems available that can run off of your vehicle’s motor. All other machines have to be plugged into either a generator or an electrical outlet. When you find a plasma cutter that you like make sure that your work area has the power output that it requires.
Hypertherm plasma cutters (like all other plasma cutters) can cut through anything that conducts electricity. The new versions do not even need a conductor to function they can cut through pretty much anything. As you may know, oxy-gas cutting cannot touch aluminum, copper and stainless steel whereas plasma cutters can cut through those materials no problem, with perfectly clean cuts. The gas mixture required will vary depending on the type of metal you are cutting, so check the machines specs before you start work.
Hypertherm plasma cutters include hand cutting systems and mechanized CNC plasma cutting systems.
After you have bought a Hypertherm plasma cutter you can enroll in one of their training programs. They have both online courses and in-house workshops. The in-house workshops cover three main areas of study:
- Manual systems training: teaches all of Hypertherm’s PowerMax systems
- Mechanized systems training: teaches all of Hypertherm’s mechanized systems.
- Automation training: teaches torch height controls, CNCs and Phoenix OS
Hypertherm proudly provides awesome customer service and a superior product. They have been in business for 40 years and they are the plasma cutting industry leaders. If you are serious about plasma cutting check out their product catalogue.
Once you have bought a plasma cutter, no matter from whom, you will want to follow proper plasma cutter safety guidelines to keep yourself and your coworkers safe.