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Old 11-03-2010, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A couple of Torchmate1 ?????'s

I got my quote and ready want to pull the trigger,but I have a few concerns.
The first one is that it is not in the budget right now for the purchase of the Arc Voltage Height Control. My question is who and how are people getting along without it. How is not having it effecting you cuts?
The second question is is anyone useing the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 82?
Any help and pictures would be great thanks in advance.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You gotta watch the machine. Thats how. Like today I loaded a sheet on my 2x2. Didnt notice it was bowed. The head dragged on the metal for a little bit, pull the sheet, and got slag all over the deflector. The nozzle was bad also.

Plus consumables dont last nearly as long. I will be getting a AVHC as soon as the 2x2 is paid for.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He hit the nail on the head. You have to watch it. That is the key to running the machine without AVHC. Weighing down thin plate so that it won't warp helps also. It is easy to add when you are ready. Let the machine pay for itself a bit, then add AVHC.
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How thick is "thin sheet"? It would seem like clamping the four corners of the sheet help? But I guess you are getting warpage in the middle of the sheet as well?
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I have a TD cutmaster 82, really like it works great on the 2x2.

If there is any possibly way to swing a AVHC I would do it!!! I like speedfreak don't have one, it would be nice, but on a 2x2 table it's lot easier to watch than a bigger table like what you are talking about. like Nike says "just do it"
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Mine didnt warp from the heat. But was already warped or bent from when it was cut from a full size sheet. I didnt notice it right away. Made it a pain in the ass even while watching it. because it bowed so much from one end of the part to the other that I couldnt get the part to cut out right. The height would vary from 1/4" to hitting the head.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So I ordered the TM1 a wek ago. But I have to more questions for your guys.
1) Are you guys building the table to Torchmate instructions, and then adding the water table under it? It looks like that would work. Or are you designing it from scratch?
2) From reading threw posts people seem to be having some problems with AUTOCAD lite. Could someone elaborate on the problem?, or is this just something to say away from all together?
Thanks in advance
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