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How to Use Plasma Cutters Safely and Effectively Plasma cutting is a valuable tool for producing fast, tidy cuts in steel, aluminum, or stainless. This is attainable with the use of plasma cutters that merge a high-pressure air or gas flow with an electric arc. The heat could get to a temperature of up to 40,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Below are some things to keep in mind while using a plasma cutter: First, Safety While plasma cutting is not as intense as welding, you have to proceed as though it is. Ensure you wear flame-retardant clothes and hair protection. Put on glasses #5 eye protection and work in a safe location. Know your environment. Keep in mind that the heat and light can be strong, and you have to ensure your safety.
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If you notice that your cuts have lost their sharpness, you may have to get new parts that make up the cutting head. Usually, this could consist of a heat shield, contact tip, insulators, nozzle, and offset tool. It’s wise that you check the availability of the said consumables as you purchase your plasma cutter. Select a current model with a convenient process for ordering parts. The Importance of Moisture Plasma cutters require clean, dry air to operate well. Moisture is the main cause of parts turning bad. There are a few things you can do to stall the effects of moisture, and restrict it to a bare minimum. Give 25 – 30 feet of line going from the air compressor to the moisture trap. The moisture trap is going to work better if the air can cool first. You can get an air drier that utilizes silica gel to attract moisture from the air. In fact, get two – they are affordable. These can be set up at the compressor and at the water trap to extend the life of your consumables. The air driers themselves are going to be easier and cheaper to replace compared to the plasma cutter parts. Cutting Speed You should cut at the effective speed. It may require a few tries to get it dialed in well if you’re new to plasma cutting. One of the surest indicators is the direction of the sparks as you cut. When you cut too fast, the sparks move towards you. You should take it slow. The sparks and dross should go towards the floor. The Angle Usually, you will be holding the plasma cutter at a 90-degree angle to whatever you are cutting. Reaching the end of a cut, pull the angle up a bit to make for a beautifully smooth end of cut. If there’s some dross on your cut’s underside, a small file should take care of that pretty well.