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HYPERTHERM CONSUMABLE TIPS & TRICKS
This page is a work in progress and I will be updating it from time to time. You can also check out the Cut Quality Page which is closely related to this one.
My second table had a Hypertherm Powermax65 and my newest table has a Hypertherm Powermax85. Over the years I have learned a few ticks that helped me along the way. Just to make sure we are on the same page use this picture for referencing the names to the parts of the torch and consumables.
In mechanized plasma your electrode, and swirl ring will stay the same on most applications. The retaining cap can have a clip coming off it if your table uses Ohmic sensing. The nozzle is specific to the Amps your using and the Shield can vary from standard for 65 and 85 cutting or Fine cut for fine cut specific cutting.
On my machine I keep 4 sets like you see above. One set for Finecut, One for 45 amp cutting, one for 65 amp cutting and one for 85 amp cutting. I switch out this entire package when I switch to a different amp class. Why? Yes its more expensive to have duplicates off all of these parts, and its not necessary to switch all of the components each time but, having duplicates ensures I will always have parts should I need them. This method also allows me to spread the work load across the packages instead of one retaining cap and swirl ring doing all the work parts last longer. When swapping out the package it also allows me to inspect and clean the components. Keeping these components clean is important to archive quality results.
I had some problems with my shield for lack of a better term welding itself to the retaining cap. I never pin pointed an exact cause but I believe it was due to water / debris getting into the threads on the retaining cap. To solve this problem I put an o-
I have seen postings on forums before where the retaining cap becomes damaged from the arc punching through the side instead of going out the nozzle like its supposed to. This most commonly is caused by dirty components. Cleaning and wiping them down on a regular basis will help prevent this. Also in my case I believe the o-
Switching out consumables -
I never throw away any of my old consumables, unless there is obvious damage or failure. I have a hand torch for my system that I can quickly hook up and use to cut off remnant pieces or sever a large plate or just use if for general fab work. The old consumables that are not fit for the fine detail I want for mechanized plasma still work great for cutting off a bolt or chopping up a remnant piece of steel.
|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