Which compressor for plasma cutter?
What type of compressor is needed for plasma cutter?
Ideally, you should choose an air compressor with a CFM rating that is 1.5 to 2 times higher than your plasma cutter.
What size air compressor does it take to run a plasma cutter?
These requirements differ between systems, but as an example, an air compressor for a plasma cutter like the Hypertherm Powermax45® requires 6 cubic feet per minute (cfm) at 90 psi. It is important to keep in mind that these are MINIMUM requirements.
Do you need an air compressor to run a plasma cutter?
One of the most important requirements for a quality cut when using a plasma cutter is sufficient air pressure to blast the plasma out of the cut. That means you need a quality air compressor as well as a quality plasma cutter, both inside the same cabinet.
How many amps does it take to run a plasma cutter?
For 3/8” cut, 40 amps works out well for most brands of plasma cutters. For ½” cut, 50 amps works out well, etc.
How much PSI does a plasma cutter need?
To be precise, the air pressure required for a plasma cutter is about 4-8 SCFM at 90-120 PSI. This plasma cutter air pressure is a generalization for cutting steel between 3/8″ and 7/8″ thick.
What is SCFM vs CFM?
SCFM and CFM are both essential values that indicate the airflow rate in a compressor. SCFM measures this value based on ‘ideal’ temperature and pressure conditions, while CFM measures the ‘actual’ air flow rate. CFM is the recognized value for measuring the airflow rate in the United States.
What is needed to run a plasma cutter?
Gas is needed for a plasma cutter in order for it to work and create the plasma. As mentioned, the most popular gases to use are oxygen, nitrogen or argon. Some plasma cutter systems include multi-gas features so a variety of gases can be used for different applications.
Why must a filter dryer be used on the air supply to a plasma torch?
What purpose is use air moisture filter dryer for plasma cutting? Air dryer can separate the moisture, oil, and particulates from the air coming from the compressor before into plasma cutter. These contaminates will cause plasma cutters to run out torch consumables sooner, and reduce its efficiency.