Do you honestly think I should just by more dust masks and a bulk load of cutting wheels and quit whining? Lol
Here is what sold me on this plasma cutter straight from the everlast website:
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That is exactly what mine does NOT do. You have to wait for the arc to restart every time. It is a pain. Not how the website describes it unless there is something wrong with my machine. So this is to answer your question above.
yes, i've cut loads of it; for gratings, machine guards, in lieu of bars for breakin protection (they rarely try to cut and climb through this stuff. lol) is you material flattened? i buy from these people, here is a link to their catalogue.
give them a call. the problem with looking for answers on these boards is that a lot of the poster's do not come from a heavy industrial background they give you an answer that would work for a hobbyist.
your problem can be solved, i know it for a fact, but you are going to have to do the legwork.
thinking about it but not knowing your cut sizes, a vertical bandsaw might work. i have cut expanded in the field with a sawzall and a jig saw. just a thought.
as i have said, i have cut a lot of it. what you want is a common request and it is commonly done procedure but you need some background in shear operation to visualize the process.
you'll get there....or go broke buying cutoff wheels.
I can visualize the process. I can also hear what my local metal distributor said and that is what has been in my mind all this time. What size shear? I'll buy one.
The pilot arc should relight without reengergizing the arc with the trigger. There is a noticeable difference in the arc though. IF the arc is going out completely there is something wrong. You may try adjusting your air flow/pressure though. What size air compressor are you using? What air pressure are you trying to cut at?
60 psi. Small HF 2 1/2 gallon air compressor dedicated to the plasma cutter. I can hold the trigger and it will rearc after a second, but it stumbles before the next rearc by making half of an arc, and then it gets going again if you see what I'm saying. If I move slowly it does better about not half arcing first. Best I can describe it is as a stumble before each cut through the vee,.
Small HF 2 1/2 gallon air compressor that wont cut it for a plasma cutter not big enough compressor cfm
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That spec is for minimum cutting as well @ 90 psi, not 40. For best results, it will need 5 or better.
I can't tell you how many people try the 2.5 pancakes and are MISERABLY disappointed with the results.
I recently purchased the PP50 and just cut some expanded metal the other day...Buzzed right through like butter!
My compressor is a 33gallon and rated at 5.3cfm
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That's my bad it is the 2hp 8 gallon compressor. I dont know why I said 2.5(besides for how it looks that small compared to my large compressors)! The compressor has no issue keeping up with the plasma. I love this plasma cutter for everything I cut except expanded metal. Wish more of our products used solid steel, life would be easy! Lol
Maybe I set the PSI on the plamsa too low, 60-65 PSI? I can cut continuously and the gauge on the cutter never falls below 60.
Is it OK to want to break something just so that you can weld it back together?
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to the OP; 15 sheets is a good amount of expando to be cutting daily. volume frequently drives tooling choice, to me it sounds like you're a little under tooled.
a shear's cost is dependent on a number of factors but if i was doing 60 sheets of exp metal a week i'd be looking at alternatives. if you search google , cutting exp metal with plasma you will pull up a number of threads dealing with this. some of the poster's use it successfully. i worked for some very big, high end job shops so i am, or have been accustomed to some serious metal working machinery.
good luck, skip it, if it's working for you then that's good enough.
Last edited by fdcmiami; 07-27-2012 at 09:40 PM.
Those saws do work pretty good for cutting flat bar and plate. We're a small company about 5 yrs old started from the ground up, have been manufacturing for about 2 yrs and are growing very quickly recently due to the attention we pay to producing high quality products and customer service. Being such a young company we are faced with having to step up our facilities to match increasing demand. Our profit margins are tight. In the past we had some sheets cut by other companies, but with overseas competition we need to keep all of our manufacturing in house. I hope to build a CNC plasma table soon and increase consistancy on our products that have 16ga sheet metal. Most of the specialty equipment we use I have built myself including our electric hydraulic tube bending machine.
The angle grinder believe it or not works for exp metal, but I would like to find a better way.