I require a new machine for my CNC.
Either Powermax85 or Thermal dynamics A120 or cutmaster151
I currently own a thermal dynamics cutmaster52 and I think it is a great machine, it is not used on a CNC though.
The powermax costs 20% more and has 30% less power also I don't have to worry about buying two different consumables brands.
Is there something I am missing or is the thermal dynamics the clear winner?
I have the TD cutmaster 51... Other than the support from TD Sucks,, I figured out how to make it work with mach. I love the machine only reason I did not go to a newer bigger machine from Hypertherm, was I already own a machine torch for TD.. I would switch to Hypertherm just based on the support that I have seen given here on this forum from Jim C. But again anew machine and adding another machine torch to the mix was out of my budget
I did a quick visit to both companies web sites. Here is what I found:
120A output using shielded consumables.
1/4" plate, cut speed is 160ipm at arc voltage of 139VDC. Equates to 16.7kW of power.
3/4" plate, cut speed is 30ipm at 150VDC or 18.0kW of power.
Hypertherm Powermax 85
85A output using shielded consumables.
1/4" plate, cut speed is 160ipm at 126VDC or 10.7kW of power
3/4" plate, cut speed is 29ipm at 135VDC or 11.5kW of power
Looks to me like the Hypertherm unit cuts about the same speed with about 35% less power being used. Besides service, maybe that's another benefit they have - lower cost of operation?
If you are interested I have a two year old TD A120 for sale.
It is being replaced with a Powermax 85.
I have used the consumables argument also (I have a Cutmaster 81 also) but I have convinced myself that it is not worth it!
The new machine should be in this week and I will let you know how it preforms as soon as I can.
Did I mention I have an A120 for sale?
So you finally switched did ya Steve? I don't think you will regret it. Love my 1250.
I decided to go with the powermax85.. Cheers
Oh man, all these 85's are making me envious!
Steve, are you going to have a "welcome to the shop" kind of party for it?
I would, complete with hats, streamers and those curly blow things.
It will be a gala affair!