Thursday, May 26, 2011

Plasma cutter setting and evaluating tips

Plasma cutter is one of the finest welders used in the welding industry and it has all the specifications and things that are needed for a perfect welding. In this article, let us see how to set up and evaluate the plasma cutter. Know that any welders without proper set up and evaluation will not give you the perfect requirements you need and also without proper set up of any welder, you could not get a clean cut. Not only you won't get clean cut, but also it will damage your equipment. As plasma cutters become more affordable, more people use them for their metal-cutting needs. In the event you are thinking about a plasma cutter, you ought to evaluate your options based on several criteria. We will also see how to evaluate the plasma cutter in the article. So let us proceed now in to the setting up of plasma cutter.

Connect the air line jogging from an air compressor to the air regulator located on the back of the plasma cutter. Turn on the air compressor and Permit the compressor to build pressure and also set a piece of scrap metal on a non-combustible work surface. Place a fire extinguisher near your work area. Once you have done with the above procedures, try to secure the plasma cutter lead to the scrap metal or work surface. Now turn on the plasma cutter and set up its heat to the highest setting. Now grasp the plasma gun trigger and pull the plasma gun over the surface of the metal. Inspect the cut, if you notice any excessive dross cooled melted metal hanging from the cut, and then turn down the heat setting of the plasma cutter.

After being inspected, then adjust the cut so that there is no dross remains on the edges of the plasma cut. That's it now you can safely work with the plasma cutting machine. Now let us see how to evaluate the plasma cutter. The thicknesses of the metal you are going to cut is essential and always get the machines with higher amperage because machines with the higher amperage cuts faster and easily than the lower amperage. Test the cutting speeds of different plasma cutters with the same amperage to choose which machine works quickest through metals of the same thickness. You should examine the cuts to see how smooth the metal cuts and test the machine to determine the tightness of the arc and then try drawing a thick line over the metal to see how well it stay within the line.

Check whether the plasma torch cutter is comfort in your hand and don't forget to evaluate the plasma cutting machine with its duty cycle and look for a plasma cutter with different alternative starting methods. Read the welder manual to know its ratings, especially consumables ratings and your machine should be comfortable and portable. With all these steps, it is sure that you can have a good welding with the plasma cutting machine.

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