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How to Get a 'Beast' of a Plasma Cutter Running Quickly



Kevin is opening some boxes, the first of which has two pieces of metal - one is 5/8" thick and the other is 1-1/2". It also has some nozzles, swirl rings and tips.

The other box holds ESAB's Cutmaster 60i and a lot of accessories. It has a quick start guide, a video and operator's manual. It has a built in water separator, but they also include an inline water separator, which can come in handy if you live in a humid place. It also came with some gouging tips and a new body for the torch head itself. And then there is a shield to go on the end of the torch as a nozzle cover to help protect the tip.

Also included is a decent ground cable, and a really cool torch. Instead of having to screw, screw, screw to get the torch attached, it has what looks like a quick disconnect. You can just plug it right into the plasma cutter. So if something happened to the torch body - if you step on it, drop a piece of steel on it or otherwise break it - you can just replace the body itself. You don't have to replace the whole cable. Not a bad idea!

He runs through the quick start guide, so he can fire up this plasma cutter and put it to work! First, he hooks up the ground. That's easy. Then he hooks up the torch. There's a nice little flat spot on the connector that lines up where it's supposed to go.

Now the plasma cutter wants some air and 220 power. We can do that! Kevin did have to put a fitting in the back of the machine for his air connection. You'll have to get one of those separately. He plugs the plasma cutter into a 220 and flips the switch. The Cutmaster 60i suddenly hisses with a little air. Kevin says it must have its own little air test. It just came on all by itself, bled a little air through and helped clean out the line. Then Kevin adjusts the amperage on the plasma cutter from 10 on the bottom all the way up to 60 amps at the top.

Next he pushes the automatic-manual button and points out on the screen the closely spaced dash lines. That's for regular plasma cutting. Push the button again, and you see a little lock. Push it again, and you have a widely spaced dashed line. Kevin says that must be for perforated or expanded metal. Push it again, and you see the little solid bar with a notch cut out of it - that's the gouge setting. Finally, there is an air test.

Below that area on the display is a picture of the torch head with one bar sticking off of it. If you push on this button you see another bar, and you can keep pushing it to add more bars. This adjusts the air pressure for the length of the cable. Once you set your length, you then just turn the knob to adjust the air pressure into the green zone. Kevin sets the plasma cutter back to the original setting, because this machine came with a 20 foot cable, which is really helpful.

Now all that's missing is something to cut. Kevin Caron puts on his safety gear, clamps a piece of half-inch plate steel to the workbench, and cuts it with no hesitation whatsoever. It is a little jiggly which is Kevin Caron says is his fault.

A couple other little things: This is an autosensing dual voltage machine, either 220 or 440. On the display panel there is also an end of life indicator to show you when the consumables need to be changed.

Kevin is going to do a couple more videos with this beast of a plasma cutter. He's going to get into that piece inch and a half plate, and at the end of this series he'll have a discount coupon. Make sure you watch it!

Kevin is going to go back to work, so you have time to learn more about the Cutmaster 60i. Well, you might want to stick around for another moment to see what ELSE he got in this package ....


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