I bought a "uprated" Cut 40D from Parker Metalworking (parkermetalworking.com) about seven years ago and it has worked flawlessly. The company buys welding equipment to spec from China and puts its own enhancements on the machines. A week ago I used the machine to cut half inch with no problems, The torch uses ESAB consumables that are easy to find.
The guy also repairs most import welders as well. He is a retired Navy radar repairman and is pretty familiar with the designs and parts in the import welders. He either does the work by the hour or has a flat rate and provides a i yr labor, three years parts warranty.
By contrast, I bought a Cutmaster 39 a month ago from a pawn store. It looked to be in good condition, didn't show much use on the torch, not banged up or anything. I fired it up but it wouldn't work - the built-in diagnostics showed a bad DC power supply. I checked with Thermal Dynamics for a replacement part and they were asking $600 just for the part.
Morale of the stor is that cheap plasmas aren't always that bad and can actually be cost effective especially if you need one repaired.
Steve in Central TX
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