Glad you like the 85. When Hypertherm develops new products...it takes close to 2 years from the original concept until product release. During this time we design develop, test and retest every process and every component for reliability, and performance. We will not release a new product that replaces an existing product in our line...unless it is better in every possible way. Cut speed, cut quality, consumable life, ease of use, reliability...are the major goal areas that we strive to improve in.
I just put a new 85 on my home CNC machine....replacing the Powermax45. I added a new magnetic torch breakaway (Snap N Cut) that a company called Possum Plasma Cutting (Australia) has designed that is very nice for protecting the torch..here are a pics of it in action.
Jim Colt Hypertherm