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Old 11-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheap tig/plasma combo...

First of all I'd LOVE to have a good name brand plasma/tig. But there is NO way I'm going to be able to afford one for a LONG time. So I fount this tig/plasma combo, here is the spec sheet. Keep in mind 1/4 will be the thickest i'm going to cut with this. On the tig side, just sheet metal stuff wont be doing frame work with it got my trusty old lincon 220 stick for that.
RICHMOND CT520D TIG ARC STICK MMA WELDER with PLASMA CUTTER

Digital Inverter Technology
50A Plasma Cutting, 180A Tig / MMA Welding
Dual Voltage 120 vac and 220 vac for Operation
One-Year Warranty

DESCRIPTION

* Brand New RICHMOND 3-in-1 CT520D 50A Plasma Cutter, 200A Tig Welder and 180A MMA Welder;
* Dual Voltage (110VAC/220 VAC) and Dual Frequency (50Hz/60Hz) with Automatic Voltage Detection;
* TOSHIBA MOSFETS;
* Power Factor: 0.93;
* Efficiency: 85%;
* Insulation Class: B;
* Protection Class: IP21;
* Can Cut or Weld Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Steel Alloy, Copper, and other Nonferrous Metals;
* Net Weight: 27 Lb;
* Dimensions: 18"x9"x14".

PLASMA CUTTING

* Rated Output Current: 20-50A ;
* Input Current: 35A;
* Duty Cycle: 60% at 50 amps and 100% at 35 amps;
* Required Air Pressure: 60~70 psi at 3.6 cfm ;
* 17" Per minute @ 1/2" Thick Stee;
* 7" Per minute @ 3/4" Thick Steel;
* 3" Per minute @ 1" Steel (Severance Cut) ;
* 110V or 220V Power Plug and Air Supply Needed (Not Included).

TIG WELDING

* Input Current: 20A ;
* Output Current: 15-180A;
* No-load Voltage: 62V;
* Working Voltage: 17.2V;
* Duty Cycle: 60%
* High Frequency (HF) Start/Welding.

ARC/STICK/MMA WELDING

* Input Current: 29A ;
* Output Current: 15-160A ;
* No-load Voltage: 62V;
* Working Voltage: 26.4V

Package Includes:

* Brand New RICHMOND 3-in-1 Tig/Arc Welder with Plasma Cutter;
* Cutting Torch with 11' hose;
* Tig Welding Torch with 12 ft hose;
* Consumables: Tips, Electrodes, Shield Cups, and O-rings;
* Air Pressure Regulator with Bracket;
* Grounding Cable with Clamp;
* Air Hose; and
* Operation Manual.


Just trying to get the best bang for the buck as im on a 8.20 an hr job atm, and love to fab crap up and need a better way to cut than with a grinder and cut off wheel.....
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have any experience with a Richmond brand, but in my experience, the Chinese crap is just that, crap. You'll be ahead of yourself in the long run, and frustration, by getting something quality from the get-go. I'd scour craigslist...

Is it this one?

http://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/2672463776.html
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check the Vendor's forum. Longevity has some discontinued units for sale that you can pick up for like $400. I have a 416D (plasma/TIG/stick) unit and have been VERY happy with it. It looks and feels cheap, but it works great and I've been using it on some pretty serious jobs for the past year. You can get consumables for the plasma on eBay for super cheap too, since all the Chinese stuff is about the same. I am a fan of buying American made when I can afford it, but at the time I could not afford that. The Longevity products are good and the customer service is really good.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Im with the dude above, I would give ANYTHING to have a nice hypertech, etc but theres just NO WAY, I'v been saveing for like a year for one and can't find a good used one around me NO WERE. And if I do get one im goin to get one from a vendor here and not ebay. Tig would be used just for sheet metal, and some alum. I'm really needing a plasma to, goin to start my body drop on my mini truck soon as the weather turns cold, and would allso help alot buliding stuff for my lifted ranger. Thanks more looking around for a good deal.
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't use their TIG, but am 100% happy with the ForceCut 50i. & excellent to deal with.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My American made plasma still doesn't work.

My longevity has lasted 40% of its warranty period. When I broke it, they wouldn't hear a word of my blaming it on myself and I had a circuit board on Monday after they shipped it Friday.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know about this particular machine, but I gather that a lot of the multi-function inverter TIG machines won't do aluminum, because they won't do A/C... For me, if I'm going to get a TIG, I want to also be able to do aluminum...

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I wouldn't buy an expensive tig welder for thick stuff. Tig is great for building roll cages, gunsmiths and jewelers. Tig has the edge for welding thin stuff. I wouldn't bother tig welding 1" thick steel. I would like to have a 220 volt mig welder for chassis work to complement my 110 volt mig for sheet metal. You are not going to find anything over 1/4" in a gun or in jewelry. I would tig weld a roll cage but they are not .25" wall.

What are you welding that you need tig, chromoly?
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i have a gianttech combo unit. pretty much same as the one posted. does tig/plasma/stick.. picked it up on craigslist for 300.. only used the plasma portion of it. cut 1/4 inch steel with ease.

http://www.plasmametalcutter.com/pro...products_id=35
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Just trying to get the best bang for the buck as im on a 8.20 an hr job atm, and love to fab crap up and need a better way to cut than with a grinder and cut off wheel.....




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