Plasma Cutters: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Tool for Your Job


You need a plasma cutter to cut metal quickly, precisely, and efficiently. Plasma cutters are powerful machines that use ionized gas torches to slice through conductive materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, and brass. They are ideal for various applications, such as metal fabrication, automotive repair, construction, and art. But how do you choose the best plasma cutter for your needs? There are many factors to consider, such as cut capacity, material type, power supply, brand, and price. This guide will help you understand these factors and compare some of the best plasma cutters on the market
today.

Cut Capacity: How Thick Can You Cut?

The cut capacity is one of the most important factors when choosing a plasma cutter. This refers to the maximum material thickness that the plasma cutter can sever. The cut capacity depends on the output amperage of the plasma cutter and the type of material you are cutting.

Generally, higher amperage means higher cut capacity. For example, a 30-amp plasma cutter can cut up to 3/8 inch of mild steel, while a 40-amp plasma cutter can cut up to 1/2 inch. However, different materials have different electrical conductivity and melting points, affecting cut quality and speed. For example, aluminum and copper require more power than steel to cut.

To choose the right cut capacity for your needs, you should consider the thickness of the material you will be cutting most often and the quality of the cut you want. You should also account for extra capacity if you occasionally need to cut thicker materials.

Champion Industrial Sales Company (CISCO) offers various plasma cutters with varying cut capacities to suit your specific needs. Whether you need to cut thin sheet metal or thick plate metal, we have the right tool.

Material Type: What Kind of Metal Can You Cut?

Plasma cutters can cut almost any kind of metal that conducts electricity. However, some metals are easier to cut than others with a plasma cutter. The ease of cutting depends on factors such as electrical conductivity, melting point, oxidation rate, and surface coating of the metal.

Some of the most common metals that can be cut with a plasma cutter are:

Steel is one of the easiest metals to cut with a plasma cutter because it has low electrical conductivity and a high melting point. Steel also forms an oxide layer when exposed to air, which helps protect it from overheating and melting during cutting.

Aluminum is more difficult to cut with a plasma cutter than steel because it has high electrical conductivity and a low melting point. Aluminum also does not form an oxide layer when exposed to air so it can melt and warp easily during cutting. You need more power and a clean-cutting gas such as nitrogen or argon to cut aluminum with a plasma cutter.

Copper is another challenging metal to cut with a plasma cutter because it has very high electrical conductivity and a low melting point. Copper also does not form an oxide layer when exposed to air, so it can quickly overheat and melt during cutting. You need even more power and a clean-cutting gas such as nitrogen or argon to cut copper with a plasma cutter.

Brass is a metal alloy made of copper and zinc. It has similar properties to copper in terms of electrical conductivity and melting point. However, brass also contains zinc oxide, which can create slag and dross during cutting. You need high power and a clean-cutting gas such as nitrogen or argon to cut brass with a plasma cutter.

To choose the right plasma cutter for your material type, consider the electrical conductivity and melting point of the metal you will be cutting most often and the quality of the cut you want. You should also consider the type of cutting gas you will use and the cost of consumables.

At CISCO, we carry plasma cutters ideal for cutting various metals such as steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and more. Our experienced staff can help you choose the right plasma cutter for your material type and provide the best cutting gas and consumables for your job.

Power Supply: AC or DC?

Plasma cutters can be powered by either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power sources. The power supply you choose will depend on your specific needs and the availability of power outlets.

AC power sources are more common in household and commercial settings because they are compatible with standard wall outlets. AC power sources are also more stable and consistent than DC power sources. However, AC power sources are more expensive and heavier than DC power sources.

DC power sources are more common in industrial and outdoor settings because they can be powered by batteries, generators, or inverters. DC power sources are also more efficient and versatile than AC power sources. However, DC power sources are more prone to fluctuations and interference than AC power sources.

To choose the right power supply for your plasma cutter, you should consider the availability and reliability of power outlets in your work area and the portability and performance of your plasma cutter.

CISCO offers AC and DC-powered plasma cutters, ensuring you can find the right tool for your job. Our plasma cutters can run on 110/120V or 220/240V power outlets, depending on the model. We also offer plasma cutters with dual voltage capability, which can automatically switch between different power outlets.

Brands: Which One Should You Trust?

When it comes to plasma cutters, there are many brands to choose from. However, not all brands are created equal. Some brands offer higher quality, reliability, and durability than others. Some brands also offer more features, benefits, and support than others.

At CISCO, we only carry plasma cutters from the best brands in the industry, such as Lincoln Electric, Hypertherm, Miller, and ESAB. These brands have been in the business for decades and have earned a reputation for excellence and innovation. They offer plasma cutters designed to meet the highest performance, safety, and customer satisfaction standards.

Each brand has unique features and benefits, so choosing a brand that meets your needs is important. Here are some of the features and benefits of each brand:

Miller is a trusted name in the welding industry that offers a range of plasma cutting systems that are easy to use, durable, and versatile. Miller plasma cutters feature technologies such as Auto-Refire™, which automatically controls the pilot arc when cutting expanded metal or multiple pieces of metal; Wind Tunnel Technology™, which protects internal components from dust and debris; and XTreme™ Torch Technology, which reduces heat buildup and extends consumable life.

ESAB is a global leader in welding and cutting solutions that offer a variety of plasma cutting systems that are powerful, reliable, and user-friendly. ESAB plasma cutters feature technologies such as Power Factor Correction (PFC), which reduces energy consumption and increases output power; Blowback Technology, which eliminates high-frequency starts and enhances arc stability; and Drag Tip Technology, which allows you to drag the torch tip directly on the metal for precise cutting.

Hypertherm is a leading manufacturer of plasma cutting systems known for their superior cut quality, speed, and efficiency. Hypertherm plasma cutters feature patented technologies such as Smart Sense™, which automatically adjusts gas pressure based on torch height and plate thickness; Auto-Voltage™, which automatically adapts to any input voltage from 200 to 600 V; and FineCut™, which delivers high-quality cuts on thin metal.

Lincoln Electric manufactures versatile plasma cutters known for their precise and efficient cutting performance. These machines offer clean cuts through various conductive materials and come in different models with varying capacities. They feature advanced arc-starting mechanisms, ensuring reliable ignition and consistent cutting power. Safety is a priority with built-in protections and user-friendly controls. The plasma cutters are designed for both professionals and hobbyists, providing exceptional cutting performance and durability. They are widely used in industrial applications and personal projects, offering reliable and efficient cutting solutions for a variety of materials.

Our experienced staff can help you choose the right brand for your cutting needs, ensuring you get the best tool for your job.

Why Choose CISCO for Your Plasma Cutter Needs?

In addition to our extensive selection of plasma cutters from top brands, there are several reasons to choose Champion Industrial Sales Company (CISCO) for your welding needs:

We only offer high-quality plasma cutters from trusted brands, ensuring you get a reliable and efficient tool for your work.

Our knowledgeable staff can provide expert support on using your plasma cutter, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently. We’re committed to providing our customers with the best products and services.

The manufacturers that we partner with typically provide a warranty on their equipment for peace of mind.

At Champion Industrial Sales Company (CISCO), we understand the importance of finding the right tool for your job. That’s why we offer an extensive selection of high-quality plasma cutters from the top brands in the industry. Our experienced staff can help you choose the right plasma cutter for your needs, ensuring you get the best tool for your job. Contact us today to learn more about our plasma cutters and how we can help you meet your cutting needs.

Plasma Cutters: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Tool for Your Job

Plasma cutters are powerful machines that use ionized gas torches to slice through conductive materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, and brass. They are ideal for various applications, such as metal fabrication, automotive repair, construction, and art.

To choose the best plasma cutter, consider factors such as cut capacity, material type, power supply, brand, and price. CISCO offers plasma cutters from top brands like Lincoln Electric, Hypertherm, Miller, and ESAB. We also offer our customers quality support with the Champion name that has been trusted in the industry for decades.

If you’re ready to get started with plasma cutting, contact us today, and let us help you find the best tool for your job. We have the experience and expertise to guide you through the process and ensure your satisfaction. Don’t settle for less than the best regarding plasma cutting. Choose CISCO and get the job done right.

Contact Champion Industrial Sales Company

If you have any questions, need further assistance, or prefer to speak with a team member directly, we encourage you to contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and dedicated customer service representatives are ready to assist you and provide the support you need. We value your business and strive to ensure that your experience with CISCO exceeds your expectations.

Champion Industrial Sales Company (CISCO) is your trusted partner regarding welding tools and equipment. With our extensive range of high-quality products from leading brands, tackle your welding projects confidently. We have everything you need, from filler metals, cutting and grinding tools, safety equipment, welding accessories, welding tools, or apparel.

We understand the importance of quality, performance, and reliability in welding, so we collaborate with reputable brands known for their excellence. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you in selecting the best tools and equipment for your specific needs, ensuring you have the right resources to achieve exceptional results.

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