I posted earlier about one of the import cutters but didn't get much.
So now I will ask a more general question.....
I need a cutter that can cut 1/2 AL and Steel. I want pretty clean cuts. I do not need the best duty cycle numbers nor do I expect to use this cutter on a daily basis (weekly or monthly is more like it). I typically saw for my work the cutter is more for getting things down to size fast but I do want, if possible, weld ready edges so I don't have to re-cut.
This seems to mean I need a cutter in the 50+ amp range or maybe I could get away with the right unit in the 40s I don't know....
(I do know more is generally better and don't want to Under or Over buy)
I most likely need to consider one of the imports as my budget just doesn't allow for any but the smallest of the hobarts et el....I have to keep it under $1000 and really want to keep it more like $800 so I can have a few consumables on hand and if I get one of the heavier units a cart might be nice.
I gather alot of the imports are similar, maybe the reseller is the only real difference though each seller claims some 'better than the rest' spec or feature. Can someone tell me why some units are so much heavier or larger than others with similar capabilities..I presume it has to do with the power supply / transformer setup but it seems like all claim to be 'high efficiency inverters'
I would like something I can drag cut with and I like the pilot start that some units offer but it is not a must have. I am trolling Craigslist and eBay etc and there is stuff to be had but is it better to go new import or used domestic? If I go import which products are people with my needs happy with. Are some able to use easily available supplies or should I buy a good supply and figure when they are gone I maybe out of luck? I have looked to Longevity with their IGBT 60amp unit, also Parker's 'Turbo' unit as they seem to be a bit different from maybe GiantTech/Lotos/50D machines, maybe more custom and supported by the providers.
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