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Shopping for a CNC Plasma Table?
Here is a Guide for what to look for
As I have said before on this website, I just purchased my 3rd CNC plasma table. So I have a little experience when it comes to tables. I have learned a lot over the years and when it came to my 3rd table purchase I was very particular. I knew what I wanted and what I did not want from my time and experience using my other two tables.
There are so many choices when it comes to tables, fully DIY, Kits, Turnkey and blends of all of those. No matter which way you go everyone wants something that is going to work good, be reliable, and turn out a great product, Right? Every table manufacture will tell you there table does this. How do you sort through all of this? Here is what I did when I set out on my quest for my 3rd CNC plasma table.
Start off by making a list of features you want -
Find table Manufactures -
When I did this I narrowed my search down to about 15 tables brands.
If you have any questions about the tables in your narrowed list, start calling or emailing the manufactures. Pay attention to how quick they respond and how well they answer your questions.
Table visits -
I live here in AZ and visited nearly every table manufacture in the state of AZ as well as NV and some in CA. I went and saw tables from manufactures I was not even considering just to get information, opinions and see different designs operate. Since I could not visit every manufacture I sought out shops that had tables I wanted to see and scheduled times to drop in and pick their brains. This can be a touchy thing so be considerate and careful. Calling up a guy down the street and telling him that you want to come see his table because you want to start a Plasma cutting business down the street likely will not be well received so keep this in mind. Over the years I have had many people, fly and drive to my shop to see my operation and learn about the process. If this is something you would like to do EMAIL me.
Trade shows -
Repeat previous steps -
Take all the information that you get with a grain of salt and review it all carefully. This is a huge purchase and one that you do not want to make a mistake on or repeat down the road.
Other things to Consider:
One other thing I would mention is try and get or use a sample version of the software that each manufacture uses and play with it a bit and see if its something that works well for you and has a logical flow. There will obviously be learning curves with any software package and this should not be a make it or break it deal but there are lot of software options and some are much easier to use than others.
Thanks for reading! And happy hunting!
|WHAT IS PLASMA|
|G CODE DEFINED|
|WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED|
|WHAT CAN I DO WITH A CNC PLASMA MACHINE|
|HYPERTHERM PLASMA CUTTERS|
|WATER VS DOWNDRAFT|
|STEPPERS VS SERVOS|
|WESTCOTT PLASMA TABLES|
|PLASMA TABLE SHOPPING GUIDE|
|DESIGN SOFTWARE CAD/ART|
|PRO SERIES TABLE TUTORIALS|
|COREL DRAW TUTORIALS|
|HYPERTHERM POWERMAX TUTORIALS|
|PRICING YOUR WORK|
|MARKETING YOUR PLASMA BUSINESS|
|WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES & CONSUMABLES|
|NAMING & ORGANIZING FILES|
|TURNING YOUR HOBBY INTO A BUSINESS|