Surface, Thickness & Drum Sanders For Sale

Here is the guide that will hopefully have you set your right foot forward in the pursuit of getting good wood.

What is a drum sander and what is it used for?

Rather than having to use abrasive sheets and manually sand surfaces such as wood flooring, decks and other surfaces to get that desirable smooth finish that we all want, drum sanders is the solution to achieve that same goal, but in a much easier way.

This is a powerful tool where you can replace the abrasive sheets as they wear out, and while it may be a big tool, and perhaps a rather expensive one, it’s one we know people really appreciate if they are very serious about creating smooth surfaces.

As it does remove impurities from the top of the surface that you are using it on, it is still imperative that you protect your various organs adequately, which includes using a mask to cover your mouth, ear protection to protect against the noise and glasses for your eyes. Only at that time are you ready to use the surface, thickness or drum sander.

This page also lists all the drum sanders we have for sale on the platform as well as provide you with various commonly asked questions on various related topics to help you better understand the implications of this machine.

If you are not used to using this machine, you may want to start out in part of the room where it won’t do as much damage if the end result isn’t as perfect as you would hope for it to be – it is a big tool, and it needs to be treated as such, with a lot of these machines weighing in excess of 400 lbs.

This type of machine can help you with the most stubborn panel glue ups or if there are marks from furniture that was moved, or other things. The important thing is also that it can help you make sure that the board thickness stays the same across the board afterwards to provide you that appealing look.

If you have specific wishes for the things that you are either surface sanding or thickness sanding, make sure you check the specifications of every single machine. With speeds usually being around 2300, these machines can achieve a lot more consistent results than you would be able to achieve manually.

How much do they cost?

Drum sanders vary significantly in cost, but you will usually find that they range for roughly $600 whereas some of the machines can cost as much as $5,000 for more advanced ones with more capabilities. Before you buy a machine it is therefore important that you figure out which features are important to you, no different from if you were buying a plasma cutter.

What is the best drum sander – what to look for?

While it isn’t hard to buy a drum sander, it definitely helps if you know what it is you should be looking for in the process, as there are different options you can consider.

Some people may find it seemingly hard to find the right, but if you know what to look for it is easy. The drum sander is often considered the smaller brother to the wide belt sander, a more serious machine we also have available on the site, but none-the-less, it’s still a sizable investment for most people.

The quality of the material that you are sanding is important in your consideration for the machine you will end up choosing, but so is how big the material is, since you will obviously need it to be able to fit into the machine.

If you’re running a production shop, you will also need something that can obviously handle the quantity you will be using it for. For actual production shops, we do encourage you to at the very least consider a wide belt sander.

Here is a brief overview of your different options

Open-ended

If the ability to maneuver the boards is an important feature for you, this may be your desired machine as one of the sides is left open. It also gives you the advantage that you’re not quite as constrained by the width of the machine since you’ll be able to run half the plank through the machine, turn it around and pursue with the next one. Sanding both sides on this machine will usually mean having to run through it twice, though, so that has to be something you prepare yourself for.

Closed-ended

As these machines do not have the flexibility in the sides as do the open-ended machine, it does require that the piece of wood you’re running through is no wider than the entirety of the machine, why these tend to be wider, too. The advantage to this is of course that you can get things done at a different speed than you can with an open-ended option, not having to run the boards through several times to get the desired results.

Double-drum

When you’re looking for a more serious machine with more flexibility, the double-drum sander could be your choice of machine to consider. With the inclusion of two rolls of abrasive material, no longer are you confined to the same grit on each side, and you will also have to change it less often, too. For this specific feature, the SuperMax 25×2 is a great tool to look into, while Jet and PerforMax are worthy considerations also.

So, those are the various different options for you to be looking into, but besides that there are different features that we have touched on also.

Width ranges

The more serious the work you do is, and the better the finish of what you desire, the bigger your machine needs tend to be. These machines will vary from as little as 10″ to more than 37″, and the price tends to increase the bigger the width. If you’re a DIY, you can likely get all the work done with a 16″, while that may not be enough for others.

The ability to collect dust

As with any type of equipment that is sanding wooden objects, dust is an obvious consequence, and these drum sanders are no different. You should be combining the sander with an adequate dust collector to make sure that you don’t end up having roots grow out of your lungs, and getting the right amount of airflow is the key to success.

Feed rates and the ability to change the settings

The last thing you want to do is to massively oversand your piece of wood and justt end up having it entirely ruined, why it’s our recommendation that you get a machine where you can easily adjust the feed rate in a variable fashion, thereby giving you more control.

Which type of sand paper do you prefer?

Some people have a very strong preference for one of the two ways that sandpaper can be attached to the machine, being either peel and stick or hook and loop. With its adhesive on the back, peel and stick will get ruined if you remove it from the drum, whereas on the other hand if you’re not operating a wood shop, there may be advantages for you to be able to take it off before it is used up.

With the information above, you’re hopefully a bit better equipped for your future drum sander purchases, and know what you should be looking for in your pursuit.

Models

While Jet isn’t the only player in the space, they may very well be regarded as one of the most reliable manufacturers when it comes to this type of machinery, why it is our honor to feature some of the various machines that they have, hopefully helping you get a better understanding of which one may be right for you.

Jet 16-32

This is one of those machines that you definitely know you will be happy with, assuming it has the specs that you are looking for – the Jet 1632 is a industry-leading piece of machinery that offers a superior finish. Not only is it a beautiful piece of machine, but it is also a healthier piece of machinery with its ability to collect 97% of all dust, as per their website, meaning there is less of that bad stuff going where it isn’t supposed to go. As they claim on their website, that is more than 25% than their competitors are able to offer, why if you are looking to use this machine extensively, it’s a feature you just may want to consider. Given that Jet has a patent pending for this technology, there is not likely to be a machine on the market that can provide such impressive and comparable numbers any time soon. It also offers a great conveyor design that makes it incredibly easy to have that controllable speed that is important for high-quality finishes. While offering a lot of functionality, it has still been done in a way where it manages to stay incredibly simple for the operator with its variable-speed options. Why choose something that doesn’t offer you the sort of options that you know you’ll be needing?

With its 4″ collection port that is shaped so that it mirrors the shape of the drum, the chips that stem from the sanding that you’ll be doing will naturally be ending up where it is supposed to, and not exposing its user to the same health. If you are looking for the same kind of dust-collecting capabilities, you may also just be interested in the 1836 model that they manufacture.

Jet 22-44

This newly designed piece of machinery comes with an impressive 1.75 horsepower motor, giving it just the amount of power that may be needed for the task you are undertaking.

Want to avoid overloading your machine? Well, this piece of machinery has the Sandsmart technology built into it that will help you on that mission by automatically regulating the conveyor motor and the speed that is going at. Like the Jet 16-32, this machine also has a dust hood that is built in the shape of the drum allowing it to catch most of the dust and chips that are generated from working with this beautiful machine.

Worried that changing abrasives is a big task? Not with this toolless machine that makes use of take-up clips. It was also intelligently built where the drum motor and the separate feed motor remain independent, giving you the option to better control the performance that is just right for the job.

This machine boasts a beautiful drum length of 22″ and a drum speed up to 1,720 that can help you sand down boards with a maximum with of 44″, while having a board thickness up to 4″, according to their own website.

Jet 10-20

If those previous machines may simply be a little bit bigger than what you are in fact looking for, the Jet 10-20, or JWDS-1020, as is the real name, packs a punch with its 1 horsepower motor. It’s not quite as big as the two previous models, but is still able to handle the sanding of boards that are as wide as 20″ with a thickness of up to 3″. It also has a smart dust collector along with a lot of convenient features you can use to adjust the settings.

If you are fine doing 2 passes, and you will generally be working on boards that are up 20″ wide, this could just be the drum sander you’ve been looking for, from a manufacturer that can be trusted, while offering drum speeds up to 1725 RPM.

While there are various manufacturers out there, there is no denying that Jet is definitely one of the more trusted names in the business. In fact, some of the other names in the industry include SHOP FOX, Baileigh and Grizzly that are all notable contenders also.

Now it is up to you to figure out what the various features are that you would be interested in for such a type of machinery, and then you can continue your journey on from there.

Interested in more articles while you’re at it?

We have a bunch of different articles available on this site, including ones on the waste oil heaters you should consider taking a look at, and others that are closer to the original focus that our website started with, which was welding. For instance, a good article that we previously wrote that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the one on flux core welding, which we encourage you to check out.

Wide Belt Sanders For Sale: Large, Industrial

On this page you can find all the various wide belt sanders that we have for sale on the platform, but you can also find various tips to make sure that you’re getting just the type of equipment that will satisfy your needs, at the best price possible.

There are two very unfortunate scenarios. The first one is where you end up buying a wide belt sander and you find out that you could have gotten a much cheaper version that would have fully satisfied the requirements that you have. It’s our intention here at Atlantic Aspiration to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

The alternative is that you end up buying a piece of equipment that can barely handle your needs, where the truth of the matter is that you would have been a lot better off with a larger belt sander that is more suitable for your commercial needs.

What are they used for?

Whether you’re installing a floor, have a small shop or otherwise work with wood, you will know that it doesn’t come in those beautiful finishes that you see when you go to buy it, and prior to it getting that end quality, there are a lot of different steps that are taken, including the potential sanding and treatment of the wood.

If you’re simply a DIY who likes to work in your garage, there’s probably no need for you to buy an elaborate piece of equipment to deal with those rough edges, but if you provide commercial services, there is no way you will be able to do the sanding work required for these types of jobs.

Although the manual way of sanding surfaces is by far the most laborious, there are a range of options in between also that many people consider, why we also have a page specifically dedicated to drum sanders – a more affordable option than the wide belt sander, yet still a solution that may be able to get the job done for commercial purposes too.

What is the best one?

If you Google, you will be quick to find that the options for this type of machinery are many with Google suggesting the wide belt sanders being the SHOP FOX W1756, Safety Speed WBS3760101, SHOP FOX W1738, Woodtek 924006 and the SHOP FOX W1709.

We personally believe that it is quite the simplification to simply say that those are the best ones out there, when that doesn’t at all take into consideration your personal needs and wishes.

A review of the things to look for in your search – the ultimate buying guide

While you can choose to buy any of the different machines listed on this page, they’re not all going to best serve the functions that you are looking for, as there are certain features that not only make for a better one, but make for the right one.

Control panel

If you are going to be spending this much money on a piece of equipment for your shop, you will also want to make sure that it actually does what it’s supposed to, and that includes providing you with the various options accessible through an easy-to-use interface and control panel.

Control panels are very standard on these machines these days, through which you are more easily able to see everything that is going on and change the various settings. It can therefore be a good idea to figure out if the machine has an operating system that you feel comfortable with.

The ability to regulate the speed of the sander

While really cheap wide belt sanders may have very limited options as to what they will allow you to do, the reasonable ones will provide you with the various options that are needed, including the easy possibility to actually change settings when it comes to the sander. Without the ability to do that it would be like pruning flowers with a chainsaw – you would have absolutely no control over doing very specific work and just being at the mercy of the machine hoping that its settings work for you.

Working together with your current dust collection system

When you’re doing woodwork in this manner, it’s very important that you are aware of the need to protect your internal organs, including your lungs and that means that a good dust collection system is needed in combination with the sanding system that you have, why you will need to make sure the two are compatible and working in a way that you won’t be exposed to all the dust that comes from the sanding.

How many HP do you need for the job?

The standard for these machines is generally around 20 HP but it is more important that you’re considering the various things important for your needs like the quantity and type of materials you will be running through it.

Look for safety measures

When you’re operating machine shop equipment, safety is always a concern and it is no different with these types of machines, where you will want to make sure the machine has easy ways of stopping its operation if a situation arises where it is needed.

How do you go about changing the abrasive belt?

Over time, sanding will wear down the abrasive belt to a point where it is no longer efficient at its use and where you will want to change it so you can keep continuing the work you’re doing. It is important that you make sure the way the belt is changed is a way that you are happy about, as you will otherwise find yourself annoyed when you start having to do work with the machine. For drum sanders alike, there are different ways of changing the belt with one being able to remove the belt whereas another is adhered on and the belt is therefore ruined when it is removed at a later point.

Digital readouts ensure that you get the specifications required

With a lot of these things, it is not ideal if you’re off the measurements required even by one tenth of an inch, and having the sander provide digital readouts ensures that you’re not suddenly shipping wood to the opposite side of the country just to find out that it didn’t have the necessary specifications.

Best wide belt sander for a commercial, small shop

If we were to simplify and say that there is the right wide belt sander for a small shop that still has a bunch of commercial needs, our best recommendation on the basis of various reviews would be for you to get the SHOP FOX W1678, however your options are many and depend on a variety of what it is you’re looking for in terms of functionality, and what it is you are planning on using it for. There are smaller and bigger options where one may be better for certain types of purposes, where other, bigger industrial needs could very easily mean that one recommendation for a wide belt sander may be perfect for one shop but simply might not get the job done, if you are looking for a specific feature or if you have especially wide and thick boards that you are hoping to sand.

It’s important to know that there are certain features that are preferred for certain types of work, and these machines also come in varying degrees of automation. While we don’t recommend it, there is also the option of buying a used piece of machinery, but the issue with that is that there is no guarantee that you will get the level of performance that you are hoping for because the previous owner may be selling a piece of machinery that they were already aware wasn’t going to offer a whole bunch more before it naturally gives up, perhaps because the machine has been having a lot of issues in the past.

It is important that you know what you are getting yourself into before you buy a wide belt sander as they cost a lot of money. We also encourage you to be careful in choosing a machine that comes from one of the manufacturers that we trust.

Small, 24 inch options when it comes to wide belt sanders

When it comes to wide belt sanders, the 24 inch is generally considered a small option, and here’s a quick overview of some of the popular models, including those sold by Grizzly.

From Grizzly, you’ll find the popular Grizzly G0582 which includes some of the popular features we talked about like digital readouts, powered table elevation, access to variable speed settings and more.

Another popular alternative that comes in at almost the same price includes the SHOP FOX W1710, which also has digital readouts, and it is extremely easy to change the belt system, too.

36 & 37 inch options

36 and 37 inch wide belt sanders are other, bigger more commercially minded machines that our users are looking for. We find that the SHOP FOX W1738 is a very popular option with its many features, including a safety shut-off bar, rubber pressure drums, integrated dust ports and more.

In future versions of this article, we plan on including a bunch more information like talking about the versions from:

  • timesaver
  • scmi
  • jet
  • woodtek 13
  • aem
  • powermatic
  • and other industrial grade options

Those versions of this document will also talk more about drum sanders vs wide belt sanders, and what their differences are so that you can make a calculated decision.

wide belt sander vs drum sander – what’s the difference?

How much do wide belt sanders cost?

These machines vary significantly in cost, but if you’re looking to buy from a reputable company, you can get an open-end 15″ wide belt sander for roughly $5,000. A 36 or 37 inch option will cost you somewhere between $11,000 and $16,000. A 24 inch wide belt sander will cost you around $10,200.

Safety Speed WBS3760101

This is a popular piece of machinery that is among the most searched for online, and depending on where you’re buying it from, you can get this piece of machinery at a really good price, considering all the various features it brings to the table. The Safety Speed WBS3760101 also offers another great thing and that is that you will be supporting the US economy with it. Yes, that’s right. This bad boy was made in the US. It’s a great and popular option for small woodworking shops as this piece of machinery packs a lot of the features that are so popular with some of the bigger pieces of machinery, while still being a very affordable machine, everything considered. With either a single phase motor you’re able to get 10 HP or raw power or with a three phase motor, you can achieve 15 HP of power, and with 5 emergency stops, you are also making sure that everything you are doing is done in a safe manner. It is also able to sand down an impressive thickness of 184 mm, or the equivalent of 7-1/4″, making this a considerable upgrade compared to a thing like a drum sander that can usually not handle such thick boards.

SHOP FOX W1738

The SHOP FOX W1738 is another recommended piece of machinery that is manufactured by Woodstock International and has the capability to offer you sanding of bords as wide as 37″, which can be convenient for small shops as well as people building doors or places that make cabinets. This machine includes a 15 HP three phase sanding motor making it perfect for those that require industrial grade equipment. It even has a built-in ir filter and regulator. Need precision? This machine offers digital control providing you with accuracy to 0.005″, which we find really quite impressive. It has all the bells and whistles including a variable-speed conveyor, among other features, making it easy for the user to achieve that perfect finish you are looking for.

While it may seem like a smaller investment, this is a machine that operates on 440V, so there are additional components that you will need in order to operate this machine, if you don’t already have them in your shop. Hopefully the information on this page has helped you get a better understand of some of your options when it comes to wide belt sanders.

3-Point Post Hole Digger For Sale

3-point post hole diggers are life savers and many of them can be used with category 0 tractors, why we have listed all our various options for sale on this page, along with the different recommendations on what you ought to be looking at.

Do make sure that you also get the appropriate auger with your device, as it may not be included in the sale, the most common ones being 6, 9 and 12 inch ones.

Rather than manually having to create these post holes, this device can help you get the job done from the convenience of your tractor.

There are various different options, including the Countyline post hole digger, and you can make sure that this PTO option is one you will be happy with. While you are perfectly able to rent one, if you’re looking to use one often, there’s a certain level of convenience for you to own your own.

While we know you could either have gone to Lowe’s, TSC (Tractor Supply), Home Depot, Harbor Freight or another place to get this fine piece of machinery, we hope that this article here will provide you with some insights you would not otherwise have gotten.

While this page is specific to 3-point options, it is not the only option for you if you are simply wanting to make a whole in the ground, why we have gathered a list of some of the competing products underneath. While we do realize the convenience of using your tractor for the purpose, especially when you are having to make a lot of holes, the increased transparency will ensure you’re getting the right model for your purpose.

Gas-Powered

One of the most compelling alternatives is the gas-powered option that you won’t be needing a tractor to use, but which also won’t be bringing you the convenience either. It definitely beats having to manually do it, and especially if the ground is very tough to break through, but you can’t be doing it from the convenience of a seated position either.

If you don’t have constant access to a tractor, this could be the perfect option for you. While a handheld auger may seem fun at first, and they’re what people will very often be using in the beginning, they’re not a long term solution for commercial needs. If you are a person that prides themselves on getting things done in a timely manner, you also need the correct tools to do it with. Anything bigger than having a hobby vegetable garden, and you will find yourself simply too frustrated having to put in the effort required with something manual.

Hydraulic

Hydraulic options also have a range of benefits if you are in a situation requiring especially powerful capabilities, and the addition of the hydraulic post hole digger attachments will especially play a role and be important when heavy clay or loose rock is present, since they’re able to provide pressures up to 3,000 psi which can be needed under these tough conditions, using flow rates ranging from 10 to 30 GPM depending on the conditions you’re dealing with.

Depending on your various needs, it’s important that you thoroughly consider the specifications that come available, including the max auger diameter on the basis of the type of material you will be dealing with, the depth of the holes you will be using, and the type of machine you will be mounting this thing onto. This is not your simple handheld machine. This is a piece of machinery when you’re getting really serious.

When you’re being met by the most demanding conditions, this is the option you will want, where you can typically get augers that range in size from 6 inches to 36 inches depending on the size of the hole you’re hoping to make.

Against very strong conditions, only the strongest will be able to provide the necessary force, and that is the hydraulic post hole digger, including the strong motor that comes with it. For extra rigorous conditions, you will need the machinery you can count on.

Electric

If you have significantly smaller needs, there are other options such as the electric ones. The same way a lot of people steer clear of electric chain saws, they also steer clear of electric post hole diggers, although they could be providing you with some benefits if you have very light needs. They will typically come with augers that are about 4″, so you are definitely not getting heavy-grade commercial stuff done with this, and it only makes sense that these aren’t able to provide nearly the same amount of force as the hydraulic options, as you aren’t even able to hold those in your hands.

These are ideal for your average DIY person who knows you’ll be making some holes here and there, but also realizing the limitations of this piece of machinery, why it comes with a price tag that is much more accessible to your smaller uses, hovering in the $200-300 range for a lot of the machines. With this, we’re still very much encouraging you to make sure that you have the auger drill that matches your needs, while keeping in mind that you won’t get anything bigger than 10″ achieved with this piece of machinery.

While we have seen machines advertise that they come with 12″ auger drills, you’re really pushing your luck with those machines.

Skid Steer

A skid steer post hole digger is an alternative to the 3-point options that are specifically listed on this page, but these will also attach to a machinery in order to get the job done, more specifically, these attach to a Bobcat rather than a tractor.

With their hefty price tags often reaching $3,000 for this piece of machinery, it is no wonder that these attachments are great when you’re lifting some heavy weight and don’t have the convenience of being able to spend all day manually digging holes – a task we ourselves would dread if we actually had to.

While there are a bunch of options when it comes to the fashion in which you’re hoping to dig a hole, we do sincerely encourage you to consider these 3-point options that we have listed on this page if you do have the tractor needed to make it work.

If you have any questions about the auger, or the type of soil you have available, and what is the best option in your specific case, we’re always available to help answer all your questions. One of our soil-crushing (get the pun) experts can assist you in whatever fashion is necessary to put those poles in the ground, even with the most difficult circumstances. And until you make sure that you’re getting the right machine for your job, we hope you have been able to put up with our bad sense of humor, and don’t mind the introduction of a pun here and there.

What are you intending on using it for?

Have you already figured out what the main purpose of this post hole digger is, or are you simply buying one because you think it would be convenient to have around? The better prepared you are, and the better you know what it is you are planning on using it for, the better equipped you are when it comes to finding the right tool that best serves your needs.

For instance, we found a guide on Royal Swimming Pools website where they talk about what you will need if you are looking to install an above ground pool, and how it’ll be important that the machinery you’re getting has the capacity to easily dig 18″ to 20″ holes for you. If you are looking at installing fencing, it’s important that you find the adequate piece of machinery that is able to handle that specific task.

Choosing the one from CountyLine

The CountyLine 3-point post hole digger is perhaps the most popular model on the market, offering a great deal of functionality for a very reasonable price as well. With this fine piece of machinery, you won’t be struggling to dig those holes anymore, as this machine gets the job done, and gets it done quickly, too. It’s perfect to fit any standard tractor PTO and can help you no matter if you want to install signs, fences, pools or any other task that requires the digging of holes, with the compatibility to install the perfect auger for the task, with different diameters.

With its impressive specs, this piece of machinery, this tool allows you to drill holes as deep as 48″, and does really work well for a range of purposes.

Alternatives to a point hole digger

If you have been reading through the various pages on Atlantic Aspiration and you didn’t simply land here immediately, you will know that we pride ourselves on trying to ensure continuous transparency in everything that we do. While you may have landed here immediately like a lot of our users do, we still want you to actually think that you are walking away with the best solution when it comes to your various digging needs.

The 3 point post hole digger is obviously one of the things you have been considering since you have been reading this far, but staying true to our mission of transparency, we still believe that it warrants going through some of the other options available on the market that you may also want to at the very least consider.

We’re not trying to talk you out of getting this tool, just making sure that it is the right tool for the purpose for you. The same way that there is a plasma cutter that is more and less right, depending on what it is you are planing on cutting, how often you plan on using it etc, there is also a better and a worse tool for digging holes.

Digging will very quickly start just seeming like a tedious chore if you don’t have the right tools for the purpose.

A spade is obviously one of the most common gardening tools that there is to choose from, and it is great to have one in your backyard, if you have one of those. It can get a lot of things done, and it is obviously more portable than the 3-point hole diggers that you have been reading about on this page. It additionally has a bunch of benefits, but the same amount of drawbacks. For instance, if you are doing simple gardening, it may not be practical that you bring out a massive piece of machinery that needs to be attached to a tractor just to be operational. On the other hand, you also won’t be using a spade if your whole job is to make holes for the posts that are being used for a fence since it doesn’t make that all too easy either. You would very quickly be discovering that it’s not the best tool for that job, and that you wouldn’t be installing nearly as many fences as you would hope to be installing, why something more powerful with some more horsepower would be preferred. Although a quality spade is a must-have in any gardener’s arsenal, it will still only offer the amount of functionality that you will be able to get from the amount of power that you have, rather than providing more machine power.

A manual post hole digger is another option that definitely is a step up from a spade, if you want to make a hole for a post, but it still has some of the drawbacks that a spade has – it’s a very manual process to use, in fact it is only a manual process given it’s name. While it may offer some benefits for that very specific purpose over the use of a spade, you will be finding yourself getting exhausted from using this tool, if you could rather have access to something that provides the benefits of the main tool that we described on this page.

With that in mind, we really hope that this resource may have assisted you in ensuring that you are choosing the right piece of machinery for the job, and that when you are ready to buy, you may consider buying from us. Make sure to also check out our page on waste oil heaters where we’re giving you advice on those, and you can see what our recommendations are. You can also check out our guide on arc welding.

Pond Aerator For Sale: Solar, Pumps, Fish Tanks, Systems

Pond aerators are important devices to put in a pond in order to significantly improve the quality of the water, and on this page we have listed for sale all the various devices you can buy through our website, as well as see just some of the many benefits you should be aware of, how powerful of a machine you will need as well as a bunch of other useful stuff.

What does an aerator do for a pond?

Aerators have a lot of different benefits that ensure the proper conditions for the various wildlife in the pond, including improving the water quality and thereby becoming a better fish habitat, too.

In addition it reduces the phosphorus concentrations, which in turn helps limit the algae growth; a feature most people with a pond are happy about. It is very difficult to otherwise lower these concentrations once phosphorus has made it into the ecosystem, although with the use of oxidative reactions, you can have the phosphorus naturally bind with iron, at which point it precipitates and becomes unavailable as an energy source for the algae that would otherwise be feeding on it. The process does, however, require sufficient levels of dissolved oxygen, why the use of an aerator is heavily encouraged.

There are different types and strengths of aerators out in the market for you to consider, and we’re hoping to provide you with the necessary information on this page, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Do ponds need aerators?

While you can find a lot of different information regarding the need for pumping oxygen into a water feature, the obvious question in the back of a lot of people’s heads remain whether or not it is really necessary to get an aerator.

When most people choose to get a pond, they don’t realize that they are in fact not building something that is natural the same way that nature would have built it. The linen that they use does not accurately reflect what nature would have done, and as a consequence, there are certain things that you just need to do to keep the pond up to the level that most people want to keep it.

Let us ask you this question a different way. Did you have a pond installed with the intention of only doing the absolute bare minimum amount of work to it, knowing that algae would overgrow it, or did you have it installed to have a place or tranquil, a little piece of heaven on your property?

Having that little piece of heaven just bring a level of serenity to your property that you won’t be getting from simply installing the usual landscaping on it. If you want to keep a healthy pond, there are certain things that you will need to do, and one of them simply includes aerating.

Atmospheric diffusion is a very real thing that you won’t be getting in a man-made pond, while mother nature is able to provide the level of oxygen required under natural circumstances. An aeration system is just one of those things that are needed to ensure that an optimal amount of oxygen is provided.

Without the right oxygen levels, resulting from stale water, there will be consequences that you don’t want to have to deal with, that include severe algae blooms, unpleasant odors and a higher difficulty keeping fish alive, too.

Aeration can additionally be introduced in a couple of different ways, including with the inclusion of a water fountain.

What is the best way to aerate a pond?

If you’ve been looking around, you have probably noticed that your various choices are pretty broad when it comes to getting a pond air pump, whether you choose to go solar or not.

Of course, if you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of sun, you can naturally rule that option out as it’s really the best option to keep the pump going at all times in order to avoid stale water for extended periods of time. When you have a pond, you will also need a device that is significantly bigger than what you would have needed for a simple fish tank.

How much aeration does a pond need?

How much is really the right amount, is a question you probably find yourself asking, not just when you’re looking to figure out what will create the ideal conditions for your outdoor adventures but also for your various other projects and endeavors you may be running into in life, and this project of yours is no different.

To find out just how big of a pump you will need, you will need to find out how big the area is in acres, which is done easily by multiplying the length by the width, both in feet, which will give you the square footage of the area, which you will then have to turn into acres by dividing by 43,560.

When you have calculated the acres of surface, that is when you’ll know just how much aeration you need as you’ll need at least 1.5 HP aerator per surface acre as 3.2 lbs of oxygen is produced per hour for every horsepower that the machine has, and you will want 325,900 gallons of water to be displaced at least every 2 days for every acre of surface that your pond has. If you know that the lake is prone to having issues with algae in general, you will additionally need to increase the amount of horse power of an aerator to accommodate.

Our recommendation is that you get one aerator per acre of surface area with at least 1-1.5 HP in order to get the water quality that you’re looking for. If you are already seeing issues with algae, that should be addressed prior to starting the aeration of the pond. This can either be done chemically, or you can physically remove the existing build up, and will help get the issue of algae under control a lot faster, too.

Can you aerate a pond too much?

While it is possible to aerate a pond too much, you will need some serious amount of horse power in order to make it happen. Overly turpid water may be an indication that you are aerating too much, but do remember that you still want to actually move water to the surface every single day. Too much aeration leads to turpid water, whereas too little won’t provide adequate protection against algae, and you may just see more algae growth than you were hoping for.

Do pond pumps need to run continuously?

The whole intention of the action is to ensure you are not having water quality issues that can lead to some of the downsides of not aerating, and there are a lot of instances where you would typically be required to have the pump run continuously to otherwise avoid the issue of algae.

If you continue to see problems with algae, chances are you are not aerating it sufficiently, and that you either need to make sure that the pump you have continues to be used or that you perhaps need something that is able to provide your pond with some more power.

Are pond pumps expensive to run?

Pond pumps are generally not expensive to run, and can be as little as $35 per month. The cost of running the pump will depend on a bunch of different factors, including the size of the surface area you are dealing with, the depth, as well as other factors, like whether or not other circumstances are causing the issue of excessive algae growth. There may also be fluctuations depending on the price that you are paying for gas, and the example that we were providing is obviously not what everyone will end up paying, but may more so be the case for a relatively small option.

How much will you end up paying for the initial piece of equipment?

If you have been looking around, you have probably seen varying prices for some of the pond pumps but a typical pond fountain aerator with a 1hp capacity will usually cost you somewhere between $500 and $600. Other options may be more or less expensive than that.

One of the reasons why you may want to make sure that you are in fact using the adequate amount of aeration for your pond

If you’re out in the wild, it would be pretty crazy if you have never experienced this before, and it might in fact be one of the reasons why you would want to make sure you get the right amount of aeration in your pond, or you just may regret it at a later point.

This is often one of the things that is the most overlooked, but with just a little bit more aeration you may be able to significantly reduce the amount of mosquito larva that arises from the pond. If you’ve gone camping or hiking you might have noticed that there tends to be a lot fewer mosquitoes near a river when compared to a pond, and have you realized the biggest difference between the two by now?

Yes, a river flows at a rapid pace while a pond is fairly stagnant. In mosquito terms, what that means is that they’ll have the peace and quiet that they want in order to lay their eggs, why in turn means that a next generation of mosquitoes are brewing, and will soon be ready to make your life an itchy one. Either getting a pump or an aerator for your pond will make sure that the water gets the movement that it needs to at least lower the amount of mosquitoes that you can expect. Great news, huh? Besides discouraging mosquitoes from laying their eggs there in the first place, it can also help kill the eggs by creating a turbulent surface that kills the breathing process. It’s also a big part of helping create the healthy environment that fish will thrive in, but the limitation of mosquitoes does seem to be one of of the more compelling reasons why people are eager to invest in a quality aerator.

Green pond water?

A pond aerator is a relatively new phenomenon that has only properly started being introduced into the homes of families within the last couple of decades and before that it was really quite common with green pond water. The issue is that this green pond water is basically the result of excessive algae growth, and the best way for you to be dealing with that in the first place is to encourage aeration. When you’re properly aerating the water, you are making the conditions less ideal for algae to grow there, basically meaning that you are starving the algae, which is done by increasing the amount of contact between water and oxygen. As with other organisms, the growth of anything is really a result of the good conditions for that thing to grow, and while it used to be believed that you simply had to filter the water from fish waste and fallen leaves, the truth of the matter is that an aerator does a much more efficient job than any of those other methods that you may think of.

If your pond has a bunch of green water in it, it may be an indication that there isn’t enough oxygen being pumped into it, but it could also be an indication that there are a bunch of other things that aren’t perfectly aligned. We don’t want to necessarily encourage you to buy a pond aerator just to find out that it is in fact something else that is causing the problem for you. It might be something else, like the fact that you aren’t introducing good bacteria into the pond like koi clay, barley straw etc.

If you have come across other websites out there, looking for solution for that green water you’ve been dealing with, you also know that it isn’t just about fixing the bacterial composition in your pond, but that you simply can’t fix things if you aren’t properly aerating.

While making sure that the bacterial composition is the way that it is supposed to be, you should be making sure that you aren’t throwing too much fish feeding into the pond as it does encourage algae growth. You may just want to actually reconsider whether or not the amount you have been feeding is in fact the right amount or not. Find out how much feeding your fish really need and you will be having a cleaner pond as a consequence, too.

Pond aerators aren’t the only things that we can help you find, we can also help you with things such as plasma cutters, for instance.

Engine Driven Gas Welders For Sale

There are a bunch of welding equipment that has become relatively portable, and if you start searching for different types of welders online, you’ll likely end up finding more than your fair share of machines to choose between – this page is specifically concerned with engine driven welders, and those that we have for sale on this specific page.

That includes teaching you a little bit about the topic along the way, ensuring that you’re spending your hard-earned money the right way and getting the various features that are important with your welder of choice.

The one thing that you will absolutely need when you’re welding is a power source, but that is not to say that you will always be able to come by one, no matter where you’re at. If you’re at your shop, you have your setup already, and worrying about power isn’t a relevant concern. However, if you’re a person who offers a lot of mobile welding where you’re going other places to get the job done, you can’t always rely on the client being able to provide you with power.

That is why it’s sometimes a good idea to not just have a welder, but have one that has its very own generator built into it, which helps you be able to do work, not just at your shop but also at those remote places that you might have to go to.

Before being able to buy one, you’ll need to know what you’re looking for. In a crowded market, that will probably mean you’re going to need to check out reviews, a buying guide and more in order to find the engine driven welder that best matches your needs – luckily we’ve got you covered, as we have put all those various things in one place to better help you out.

How do they work?

The name in itself is pretty self-explanatory in that this machine offers both the capabilities of welding, but also the capabilities of generating the necessary power to fuel the piece of machinery, all assembled and turned into one unit rather than having individual units for the purpose.

Advantages

Although there’s a time and a place for anything, including a type of machine that can do exactly the metal work that you require, these machines can do more than most.

That is, especially if you get one from one of the trusted manufacturers in the business. While we often take indoor electricity supply for granted, these machines do offer a level of functionality that is unmatched by a conventional TIG welder.

There are times and places where a stable power supply simply may not be a thing that you can rely on, where it may be beneficial that you can still continue working. If you live in an area that often sees power outages, you may even be looking into one of these machines just to be able to stay operational for a longer period of time.

While these machines may seem expensive, it is also expensive for you to not be working. If you’re charging $100 per hour for the work you’re doing, and you’re buying a piece of machinery for $4,000, the machine will have earned itself in after just 40 hours that you could previously not have been able to work.

While the math may be simplified slightly, it’s no secret that you may not be making money if you’re providing services out of your shop and you can’t rely on there being a stable power supply. These machines are usually also built for rough conditions because the manufacturers know that you’ll likely be using them in remote conditions.

With thousands of watts worth of power, you can get the amperage you need whether you’re mostly doing heavy-duty welding or light-duty work.

The type of work you’ll be doing will be determining what your needs are. These machines usually range from being able to output 5,000 to 2,0000 watts, and some of them can do various things including arc gouging and pipe welding, too.

Considerations

Whether you’re looking to buy a plasma cutter or a MIG welder, reality is that there are a lot of different considerations that you want to make. When you’re making such a significant purchase, it’s not as if you’re just picking groceries at the store.

With groceries, you are generally talking about a simple purchase, and while it will be able to provide you happiness for a relatively short period of time.

When you’re buying an extensive piece of machinery, or you’re buying a fuel transfer tank, for that matter, there are often some more comprehensive needs that need to be met because you’re now not just buying something that won’t be mattering next week, but rather something that you’ll commonly be using every week.

If you have a metal work business, you’ll even be using this machinery significantly more often, and when you’re having to go somewhere in order to do remote jobs, rather than doing them at your shop, you might find it useful to have an engine driven gas welder that you can bring with you.

Not all job sites may conveniently have access to the power needs that you inherently have as you’re either welding or doing plasma cutting, and that will just mean that you need to be able to get the power in some other way.

Thinking of buying a generator to use for your welder? Think again! The usual generators aren’t made to be able to sustain the peak performance that welding equipment commonly needs access to, why you might want to look into other options.

On this page we have not just listed all the engine driven gas welders we have for sale here on this platform, but we have also listed a bunch of the things to teach you what it is you should be looking out for when you’re making a decision.

While it may seem like a cheap purchase if you compare it to something like a wide belt sander, if you’re comparing it to any other piece of machinery, they’re big investments in your business. If you were buying something that was going to cost you $20, or perhaps even $100, you would be a lot more likely to make such a purchase impulsively, but an engine driven welder will set you back a lot more than that.

We have even created a specific article on the topic of the best engine driven welders that we recommend, where we try to accurately give you an impression of what you should be expecting with the various types of machines. Hopefully after reading that, you will have a much better understanding of the benefits of the individual machines, and learn which ones may simply not be the right ones for you and your business.

A good, common engine driven welder will usually cost between $4,000 and $6,000. When that’s been said, there are machines with a lot more power that can cost you $30,000 or $40,000, if you are looking for something special like a Lincoln Air Vantage 600SD. Those are for the situations, where you’re not doing a bit of a DIY welding here and there, but rather for instances where you need superior arc combined with a lower amount of maintenance for those structural jobs.

Are you ready to see what we encourage you to learn more about before making the purchase you’re about to make?

Buying guide

As we already mentioned, these machines are great for places where electricity isn’t easy to come by, which may either be on a farm or somewhere else, located away from your workshop.

There are just situations where it’s either entirely impossible or highly impractical to bring the pieces of metal to one another that need to be welded together. While you could get a welding generator that has been specifically made for the purpose, it would be more convenient if you had the option of simply combining everything in one and not having to deal with any more moving parts.

When you’re buying machinery of this caliber, it’s very important that you start out by thinking about your intention with the purchase, and you thoroughly think about how you will commonly be using it as that will dictate some of the needs that you may have, including how you plan on transporting it.

AC output

The AC output is important for you to look for when you’re also looking to have the generator aspect of it power other things.

DC output

Will you be working on thin sheets of metal, or are you looking to work on thicker plates? Those are things to consider when it comes to the amount of DC output that will be needed as it will be turned into amperage that your machine is working at. Heavy gauge welding will require different amperage compared to thin pieces of metal, so make sure that you’re buying a machine that has the necessary power for the purposes you’ll be using it for. Thicker metal will require more amperage, and if you’re unsure as to whether you’ll always be welding the same types of jobs, it’s better to have too much amperage than too little.

Types of welding

Do you have a strong preference for a specific type of welding, well then you may just want to make sure that you’re in fact able to weld that specific form with the piece of man power that you’re adding to your business.

While you’re probably not a beginner at welding since you’ve made it to this page, presumably to add a piece of machinery to your collection that will cost you several thousand dollars, we’d still like to draw your attention to an article on the topic that you might have an interest in reading – MIG vs TIG. While we have your attention, if you are at all interested in particulate matter, the Clean Water Act, or the Montreal Protocol, we also have very extensive articles on those topics.

Although there are some of the gas driven engine welders that are able to switch between the different modes of welding, assuming you have the righ attachments for them, it’s more common for these machines to use stick welding. There are also some of the machines that will in fact be able to run their very own separate welder using the power from the generator that they have, but you will need to look into that to make sure that is possible, and there will often be limitations on the amount of amps that they’re able to run at in those specific situations.

Transport

One of the main reasons why you’re getting one of these machines is so that you will be able to transport it back and forth to the various places where you’ll do your metal magic, why the mode of the transportation is important to consider.

If you’re planning on using a pickup truck or trailer, it’ll be different from whether you want the machine to have wheels that you want to be transporting it around on. There are portable options that can be used, that have wheels, but those may not be suitable for everyone if you have significantly higher demands when it comes to the machinery that you’re buying.

Whether you’ll need portability is really up to you anyway. You should just know that there are often consequences to requiring portability, in terms of performance. The Lifan Pro Series WeldPro AXQ1-200a may be a good option to look into for those that are serious about portability, whereas there are better options if you’re rather planning on getting something that is significantly more powerful than what that machine is capable of offering.

Conclusion

While we definitely want you to buy one of the gas engine driven welders that we have for sale on this page, it is at least equally important to us that you’re not just ending up buying something that fundamentally isn’t what you need. We realize that we’re getting compensation when you’re buying one of these welders, either because we may ourselves be shipping it directly to you, or because one of the manufacturers are shipping it to you, but that doesn’t change that we want to make sure that you end up being happy with your purchase.

We’re relatively new in the industry, and trying to establish ourselves as a trusted source of information when pros are looking to get the tools that they need for their jobs, which also requires that we produce content of the highest quality, whether it’s on the best welding equipment, or whatever it is that you may be seeking out.

Plasma Cutter Manufacturers & More

This is a little bit of a write-up of some of the best plasma cutter manufacturers out there, which models they have available, what our recommendations are and more. Feel free to check out the entirety of our website when you’re ready to move forward. We additionally have a lot of plasma cutters listed for sale, too.

ESAB

This is the page where you’ll be able to find the various ESAB plasma cutters that we have for sale on the page, including the 875, 500i and 650.

We know that there are many different manufacturers to choose from when it comes to plasma cutters such as Miller ElectricHypertherm etc, and you can visit each of their specific and individual pages, if those are the brands that you’re interested in.

If you’re on a budget, we also have a page dedicated to the cheap options, which isn’t specific to each individual brand, where you can learn our recommendation on that.

No matter what you’re looking for, we hope we can help assist you in finding the right plasma cutter that does exactly what it is you need it to be doing.

Miller

This website will list all the various Miller Electric plasma cutters that we have for sale here on the website, which will include the spectrum 375, 625 and 875, 125c, just to mention a few of the different models.

We also have different pages specific to HyperThermESAB and more, and then we have the overarching page, too, that will list all the various plasma cutters that we are currently carrying.

One of the good things about buying a Miller Electric plasma cutter is that you’re not buying some cheap knockoff – you’re actually buying a trustworthy brand that we can stand behind.

You can use the various filters on the site to choose the voltage and amperage, too.

Everlast

Looking for all the various Everlast plasma cutters we have for sale? This is the right page you’ve landed on! We’ve even got video reviews to go with them so you can ensure you’re making the best choice for your project needs. These include the Everlast 50s and the 60s.

While there are other very established plasma cutter manufacturers like Hobart and their AirForce 27i, many people are also very happy when they go choosing Everlast to satisfy their needs.

Everlast is also known for having a lot of great assistance should you ever encounter any problems with one of the plasma cutters they have made.

The great thing is that these come with an extensive 5-year warranty, not just on their plasma cutters but also on their welding equipment. If that doesn’t say something about how much they believe in their products, we’re not sure what does!

While other manufacturers may be cheaper than these machines, you don’t have the same protection if your machine suddenly breaks down as you do with this brand. So the question is: Do you want the cheapest option or do you want something that you know is going to last you a long time?

Lincoln

Lincoln Electric makes great plasma cutters, and all the ones we have available for sale on this site have been listed here to easily give you an overlook, make sure that you’re getting exactly the model that you want that best serves your needs, since they come at different price points. Some of the most popular, different Lincoln plasma cutters include the following models: The Tomahawk 625 k2807, the Pro-Cut 55, the Tomahawk 375, the Pro-Cut 25, the Pro-Cut 60, the Tomahawk 1000 and the Lincoln P20 (or Plasma 20).

When it comes to CNC plasma cutters, they also have different versions including the Torchmate 4400 and the Torchmate 4800, which you will be able to find on this page when they end up being offered.

Many of their plasma cutters are additionally very portable, with different options in terms of voltage, including 110 volt. Whether you’re looking for a plasma cutter under $500 or under $1,000, you can simply set the filters. If you’re looking for something with more capacity, we’re also offering that.

If you’re unsure about the various aspects that you may be interested in, we encourage you to consult our comparison chart of all the various models available on the market.

Lotos LTP5000D

The Lotos LTP5000D plasma cutter is one of the most popular plasma cutters that we have for sale which is a great cheap option, perfect for people with budgets under $500, while still providing a great bang for your buck.

This Lotos model is one that will stand up to most things you throw at it, although you may have to go with a more substantial option if you have your own shop that you’re working out of, offering professional services.

At the price, this is definitely the machine we recommend with the next substantial upgrade coming from you choosing the Hobart AirForce 27i machine, which will also cost you substantially more.

This is a great pilot arc plasma cutter, if that’s what you’re looking for, and it’s both portable and powerful, making it easy to maneuver with if you’re often on the move. This machine additionally comes with a dual frequency and automatic voltage, meaning both 110/120v and 22/240v – could you ask for anything else?

Looking for something that cuts a clean 1/2 inch cut? This is the model, although it can cut as much as a 3/4 inch severance cut also.

Consumables

Consumables for a plasma cutter can be a large part of the ongoing expenses you’re having with your machine, if you choose a cheap machine like the LTP5000D. Where you will see your money going is towards cutting tips and electrodes.

If you haven’t yet bought your plasma cutter, it can be a good idea to not just consider the price of the machine, but also how quickly the model you’re considering will go through the consumables.

It is very likely that you may end up damaging the tip if you’re just starting out and don’t have the technique right yet. Secondly, an electrode that is way past its prime can have an effect on how much work you’re managing to get done as it will significantly slow down your cutting. When you’re wanting to not just make beautiful cuts, but also do so in a timely manner, you will end up having to make sure your consumables are also doing what they’re supposed to.

There are also other consumables to keep in mind if you don’t have a portable plasma cutter but rather a CNC. Some of these, it can even be hard to notice that they have deteriorated over time and they include the nozzle, the swirl ring, the retaining cap and the shield. Make sure that you keep an eye out for these parts so as to get better cuts in the future!

Thermal Dynamics

This page includes all the Thermal Dynamics plasma cutters we have for sale on this site, including the Victor Cutmaster 52, 42, 38, 50, 51, 152, 81, and more. Many of these are significantly higher end machines than if you’re going for a more simple plasma cutter.

ESAB and their Thermal Dynamics line were the first to invent the modern plasma electrode, as well as creating incredible performance in a machine, while still making it light-weight and portable. Everything you could possibly want when you have very extensive metal cutting needs. Looking for some incredible power per pound that you simply won’t find with a cheap manufactured product? Here’s the power to rise above and beyond.

While these machines may seem pricey at first, there are so much savings for you to get from their incredible performance. Compared to a Hypertherm HPR XD, using O2, for mild steel with a 1 inch plate, while you’re able to cut 1,000 feet every 8 hours, at an energy cost of $0.07 per kWh, and gas cost of $5 per 100 ft3, they’re calculating that you may save an $4,500 every single year, with lower downtime.

This is unprecedented quality in a plasma cutter, for the serious pro.

Hypertherm

Hypertherm is another another US made manufacturer when it comes to plasma cutters, and one of the brands that we want to feature on this website, for a variety of reasons. They really are a strong brand in the market, and you can easily go to their website, which is very straight forward to get to, where you can see a bunch of the machines that they make (all you have to do is to take their name and add “.com” to the end, and it will take you there).

In a world where there is so much focus on new and cheap stuff, it is refreshing to find a company that is invested in not just making new, but also making good quality products.

Underneath you will be able to find a brief walkthrough of some of their mist popular models.

PowerMax 45

Powermax is Hypertherm’s bestselling line of portable plasma systems, and the Powermax45 is the newest addition to the line, delivering cut capacity that can be used by the pros, with cut capacity up to 16mm, which is the equivalent of 5/8″ metal. This new machine comes with a couple of features that we think pros will like, including simple setup and operation and automatic gas adjustment. Whether you are looking to do mechanized cutting or handheld cutting, there is the torch that goes perfectly for it.

PowerMax 30

If you are looking for something that is capable of handling a wide range of applications, it might just be the Powermax30 XP plasma system you’ve been looking for. It provides great thick metal cutting capabilities, as well as doing that thin metal cutting, and the precision needed for some of the finer work you may come upon. Whether you need extended reach gouging, great for those confined spaces, or you need drag cutting, this is a versatile machine that is capable of a lot of different things.

PowerMax 65

If you’re working on demanding projects in difficult environments, it might just be the Powermax65 that is the right piece of equipment for your heavy-duty cutting. When productivity is crucial, and you don’t want something that gives up on you, this machine and its Smart Sense technology can be a good option to consider. With this technology, you will no longer have to worry about gas pressure, as the technology takes care of it for you. It has been made in a way where it can both be used for mechanized cutting, flush cutting, fine feature cutting, drag cutting and so much more, but it is also a machine that comes with a slightly higher price tag than some of the other machines we feature on this site.

Powermax 105

With its 32mm thick metal capabilities, this is a machine that works well for tough industrial needs. As with the Powermax65, this machine also offers the Smart Sense technology that helps you by automatically adjusting the gas pressure. Depending on the job you’re doing, there’s the right torch for you, which means there’s one that’s right for hand cutting, one that’s right for portable automation, etc. It’s a great piece of machinery when it comes to those more demanding jobs, but also has a higher price tag than a lot of other machines.

Powermax85

If you are looking for a piece of machinery that does a good job when it comes to those 1″ pieces of metal, the Powermax85 packs a lot of power with its output capability of 85amps This machine also has Smart Sense, helping you automatically adjust the gas pressure, and maximize the uptime. As with the other machines, there are various torches that can help you, whether you are doing robotic cutting, gouging or something else.

This is surely not an extensive list of manufacturers, but they are definitely some of the more prominent names in the industry. At Atlantic Aspiration, it is our belief that you should know what you are doing when you are buying yourself a plasma cutter, which also means you should know the different manufacturers that you might want to look into. We hope this article helped give you a better understanding, in order to ensure you find the right tool for the job, whether it is industrial metal cutting or not.

Want to keep reading? We’ve created a great article that may be a little bit off topic relative to the article that you just read, but we’ll strongly recommend that you also read our article on tub to shower conversion or this one on using an oxy acetylene cutting torch.

Plasma Cutters: The Necessary Guide

This page will contain a bunch of different plasma cutter topics, that you may or may not be familiar with. While it could seem slightly messy put together, it covers some of the various aspects that may be important when you are choosing the right type of machinery for the job that you are trying to get done. We don’t just want you to get any type of plasma cutter, but rather the one that suits your needs and that you will stay excited about for a long time to come. For that very reason, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with all the different elements that go into choosing a type of machinery that is right for your needs.

Built in Air Compressor For Sale

If you are looking for a plasma cutter with a built-in air compressor, then this is where we have all those listed for sale, that you could possibly want.

You can also go to a bunch of other pages, where we specifically have those listed that we either consider portable because of their dimensions and how much they weigh, and yet some pages are dedicated to the plasma cutters that specifically have a pilot arc.

With regards to the built-in air compressors, some of the most popular versions include the following from manufacturers such as Hypertherm, Hobart and Miller, as well as others.

  • Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air
  • Hobart Airforce 250ci
  • Hobart AirForce 40i
  • Miller Spectrum 625 X-Treme
  • Hypertherm Powermax 45

Feeling overwhelmed? We get it! There’s so much information for you to consider, why we have created the easy-to-use comparison chart that will allow you to select the features you have been looking for, and see the specs for each machine that has those exact features.

Portable Options

If you’re always on the move, getting a portable plasma cutter is the right move for you. Having a light-weight, hand-held machine just allows you to get more done than having something massive that is just a pain to deal with.

Since you came to this page specifically looking for a portable option, you may also be interested in checking out our comparison chart. It allows you to easily say “okay, this is how much I want it to weigh at the very most, and these are the dimensions I don’t want it to be bigger than.” That saves you a bunch of trouble if you know that you are either mainly comfortable carrying a certain amount, or if you know that you want your plasma cutter to be fitting in a specific space on your truck, where there is just a limited amount of space.

A lot of people are extremely happy with the Hypertherm Powermax 45, which stands at 36 lbs, but the Powermax 30 is an even lighter option at 21.4 lbs. Then it very much comes down to your personal preferences, or if you have some types of metal, or thicknesses that you know you will be dealing with a lot.

There are also a bunch of both HobartEverlastThermal Dynamics and Miller Electric models that the pros are using out there. From Miller Electric, you will find that the Spectrum 625 X-TREME is a strong contender at 21 lbs.

Pilot Arc

There are many different users across the internet that will absolutely swear that getting a plasma cutter with a pilot arc is a necessity – that is why we have listed all the models we have for sale on this page.

You can find a variety of models with this feature like the Lotos models (LTP5000D, for instance), while it is a feature that will be significantly more normal for higher end machines. The Lotos model we mentioned, however, is a good cheap option to consider if you’re a DIY wanting to work on different projects.

You should also know that you probably will not want to go back when you start using a plasma cutter with a pilot arc. That is how much we believe you will love the feature!

The Cut-50 is another option that has a pilot arc on the much cheaper end, but you should also know that you will not want to get that option unless your needs are extremely limited.

If you check the various communities online, you will probably come across more than a handful of people that have mentioned that they ended up being too cheap when they bought a plasma cutter, and now they’re just waiting for someone to buy it off of them.

Lotos

Are Lotos plasma cutters the best cheap options we have for sale here on this site? We think so, and we hope you’ll take the time to review the video where we’re showing you why we think so.

There’s a plasma cutter out there for everyone, and it’s not everyone that needs a shop grade piece of equipment because they are going to be using it every single day. While you’re not getting a machine that comes with the Hobart name, like the AirForce 27i, you’re getting a machine that will handle the absolutely vast amount of different projects you could throw at is your average DIY person.

Got some heavier projects in mind, or are you sure whether or not this will be enough for your various needs? We invite you to study the various specs provided. There are many different cheap versions out there, and even some that are cheaper than this, but if you’re looking for a plasma cutter with a budget under $500, the LTP5000D is the machine we’ll recommend, which is a great pilot arc model.

Are you still considering a more expensive model, then we suggest you visit our LincolnThermal Dynamics or Hobart pages, as they have great models too.

Hobart

Welcome to the page where you’ll find all the Hobart plasma cutters we have for sale, including the 250ci, 40i, airforce 12ci, 27i, 250a, 700i, Airforce 400, 500i. These are the most requested model for that manufacturer.

Hobart Welders is a name you can count on when it comes to plasma cutters, whether you want a cheaper option, or you’re going for a more expensive option.

As we get further along with this site, we are also going to be including video reviews of Hobart’s various plasma cutters in order to give you the comprehensive overview of what the different models are able to do for you and your project needs.

When you choose a Hobart machine, you are not buying some random machine from a company that you don’t know whether will be around tomorrow. Rather, you’re buying something that you know will last you a very long time, with the various features you’re looking for. Among them are many various 110v or 120v plasma cutters, if that’s what you’re looking for, at the price that best fits your budget.

You can also find some with built in air compressors. We also have specific pages for both EverlastThermal Dynamics, Lincoln ElectricLotos, and other plasma cutter manufacturers for you to choose from.

Hypertherm

Hypertherm are some of the most popular plasma cutters that we have for sale here on the site, so we’re not all too surprised that that is the brand you’re considering going with! Hypertherm has a bunch of really great models, including the PowerMax 380, 45, 65 & 800, and we take it upon ourselves to help you make sure you’re not just buying a plasma cutter – you’re buying the right one also.

What that means is that we’re not blindly telling you to buy Hypertherm. We also have pages dedicated to Miller Electric & ESAB and other popular options in the industry. Some are cheap, others aren’t and are better suited for those people that have significantly more needs than others.

We’re not trying to say that there is one plasma cutter that is right for everyone, absolutely not, but we’re rather trying to give you the advice you need so that you can end up making the right decisions in your specific case.

CNC Plasma Cutters

This page is dedicated to listing all the various brands of CNC plasma cutters for sale, whether it’s the Lincoln Torchmate 4800 or the crossfire model, but we also have various hobby CNC plasma cutters for you to take a look at.

If you’re rather looking for a handheld plasma cutter, we have a dedicated page to those instead, carrying various different brands including Miller Electric, Hobart & HyperTherm.

Our intention on this page is to create video reviews of the various CNC machines in order for you to get a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various different models. You can easily choose the various sizes you may be interested in, including 4×4, 4×8, 5×10 and more.

Got any questions regarding the Lincoln Torchmate 4400, it’s cost or anything else? Our support is here, ready to help you out. Our mission is to make sure you get the best option for your needs.

Reviews & Comparison Chart

Finding the right plasma cutter for your project may not necessarily be easy. There are so many different models to go with, and it can often be very difficult to figure out whether you want a MillerHobart or Lincoln Electric machine for your home or shop.

This is probably the place you always wanted to find because it makes it so much easier for you to do all the work. All you have to do is figure out what your requirements are, what is important to you, and we’ll stack the different models against each other in a way that makes your decision making easy. You’re no longer having to scour the internet for days and days to figure out what the right plasma cutter is for your needs.

We have combined cheap models, expensive models, and everything in between. It’s our way to give back to the community, and hopefully we would love if you chose to make your next purchase through us – we do appreciate your business!

Hobart AirForce 40i

The Hobart AirForce 40i plasma cutter is a really great plasma cutter from the renowned manufacturer, Hobart. In addition, it is also just one step above the AirForce 27i, that we also offer on this site for you.

At a 50% duty cycle, this is a strong machine able to cut 7/8 mild steel, and doing so a lot faster than with the use of oxy fuel, and without the headache of using oxy fuel which requires you to manage all the various settings.

It also has a fan that will only run as needed, which keeps your machine from getting excess dust and other things running through it, while being powered with 120 or 240 volt.

Make sure to watch our review of the machine to see what you can expect if this is the machine you decide to go with. At 21 pounds, it is not the most portable plasma cutter you can find, but it can run up to 40 amps and provide the necessary power to cut 5/8 clean, or sever 7/8 steel. These are the reasons why it’s a go-to choice for the person who cannot afford to have to deal with the issues of a cheap machine, and do some industrial work. The previous version was 31 lbs, so this marks a significant improvement with the new design.

Make sure that the type of machine you are looking at can do what it is you want it to do

While there are machines that may suffice if you are simply cutting some metal at home on occasion, that would be very different from the situation where you have significantly more demanding needs, that might for instance require that you cut metal up to 25 mm, or the equivalent of one inch. In those more demanding circumstances, it’s important you get a machine that is up to the task and can handle those industrial needs.

Besides the thickness of the metal that it should be able to cut, you will also need to figure out the type of cutting technique you intend on using whether you are talking about mechanized cutting or drag cutting, and whether those individual machines are great for their intended purpose.

On a different topic, if you want to keep reading, we also encourage you to read our articles on ozone layer depletion and air pollution.

Miller Millermatic 252 For Sale

The Miller Millermatic 252 is the upgrade if you have previously been using the Millermatic 211 or the 251. It’s a welder where Miller has really stepped up their game!

This is the next step up allowing you to weld anything from 22 gauge to 1/2inch with just one single pass. Being armed with self-calibrating digital meters with infinite voltage control makes the the Miller Millermatic 252 one of the better welders we have for sale on this site.

When you’re paying more, you can also expect to get significantly better performance from it, and the 252 does not disappoint.

At 28 VDC, this beast can run 250 A at a 40% duty cycle, allowing you probably the highest output in its class. With an amperage range from 30-300 A, your options are many, and at 200 A at 28 VDC, its duty cycle is an impressive 60%.

While it may be slightly less portable than some of the other welders available on this site, it still has 4 wheels to easily let you push it back and forth.

While the welding gun comes with a 90 day warranty, the welder itself has a warranty of 3 years for parts and labor.

You will also be sure to fall in love with its built-in digital timers menu where you can preset voltage and wire feed speed, on a big, digital display. On the display you can also adjust other settings such as the spot/delay timer, burnback, pre/postflow and run-in.

Is this not what you are looking for? We have an entire section dedicated to all the MIG welders on the website that we additionally encourage you to explore. On the market for a new plasma cutter? No worries, there’s a page for that!

If you have any welding related questions, be sure to reach out and if we are unable to answer your question straight away, we’ll make sure the right expert gets back to you.