Lotos LTP5000D Plasma Suitability

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26 Sep 2019 14:54 #146275 by ajudge55
Would the above machine be suitable to build a plasma cutter CNC for Saturday upto 3/8” steel. Are there any features it is missing that would impact building a CNC around it?

I assume it would need to have a THCAD hooked up? Which model? 300?

The user manual is here:

www.uwelding.com/content/manual/LTP5000D.pdf

Does this lack anything that would make it suitable or comparable to say a Hypertherm cutting up to 3/8” steel? It’s much cheaper, but has great reviews. Thanks in advance!

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26 Sep 2019 18:20 #146293 by rodw
I think its HF or scratch start. Consider an Everlast 50 amp machine which is blowback torch and has a CNC port .

With any machine outside of Hypertherm, Thermal Dynamics or ESAB you will be in for a journey of discovery regarding cut settings etc.

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27 Sep 2019 01:01 #146309 by tommylight
The one on the first picture is HF/HV start. It has another wire that goes to the torch with "pilot arc" on it.

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