Ok, I have to talk about the Hypertherm plasma cutter now. Throughout the years I've used about all brands of plasma cutters - starting with a 1980's Thermal Dynamics, later a stakpak, a Pakmaster 50XL, a couple of Lincolns, and a couple of Millers. I was impressed 3 times - obviously the first time I ever used one, much much later when I was on monster garage and used an Esab, and finally by this 20 year old obsolete Hypertherm. As of a few years ago the Esab was the best I'd come across, to the point that I went and bought a Powercut 1500 not long after with ideas of a cnc table in the back of my mind. I have never been impressed with either a Miller or Lincoln offering! The TD stuff was pretty good, but were all low power units.
So, obviously I had no idea about what was ideal for CNC when I bought the Esab. It has no cnc interface or capability and HF start. And, while it's got plenty of power it's also got a seriously tapered cut and very expensive consumables.
This plasma table came with a really old (1993?) Hypertherm Max100D cutter. This has been an impressive unit. I have asked Jim from Hypertherm a lot of questions about it, and he keeps talking about how outdated the machine is. However, I'm getting the best cut quality I've ever had from a plasma out of this thing. It's way better than the much newer Esab. And, the best part is Hypertherm's manual is DEAD ON with it's setting chart. I hate to think what a new Hypertherm would be like if this is so far out of date! As you can see I'm definitely a convert - never buy another brand again!