If you’re only now just starting to research plasma cutters, you’re probably wondering how much you should realistically be spending to find the one that best suits both your needs and your budget.
There are, however, a few things that you should be aware of. Yes, you may not need to buy a model from Thermal Dynamics, but it could all end up being both better for you and cheaper in the long run – it all depends on your needs.
There are very valid options on the lower end of the spectrum if you have very limited needs, such as those offered by Lotos – in fact our recommendation here on the site. Got limited needs, then go ahead and check out the LTP5000D that you can get for less than $500.
Thickness of the metal that you’re working with
Plasma cutters have different thickness they’re rated to be able to deal with, whether it is a clean cut or a severed cut. The issue about choosing a machine that is severance rated to be able to deal with the metal thickness you’ll most often be working with is that you will be spending a lot of time cleaning up the cut. It may just be a better idea to choose a better plasma cutter in the first place.
The price might be misleading
While it may be tempting to look at the price of the plasma cutter and say “oh, this is the one I think I need”, you should know that some machines will go through comsumables at a significantly more rapid pace than is the case for other machines.
Choosing a plasma cutter does not need to be hard, but those are just some of the things to keep in mind.