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How to Use Plasma Cutters Safely and Effectively Plasma cutting is a precious tool for getting quick, precise cuts in steel, aluminum, or stainless. This is possible through the use of plasma cutters that fuse 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. These are a few things to keep in mind as you’re using a plasma cutter: Safety is Priority Even as plasma cutting is not as intense as welding, you must proceed as if it is. Make it a point to wear flame-retardant clothes and hair covering. Put on glasses #5 eye protection and work in a secure area. Know your surroundings. Remember that the heat and light can be great, and you should 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 biggest cause of parts going bad. There are some things you can do to decelerate the effects of moisture, and control it to a bare minimum. Give 25 – 30 feet of line going from the air compressor to the moisture trap. The moisture trap will work more efficiently if the air has an opportunity to cool first. Buy an air drier that makes use of silica gel to bring out moisture from the air. In fact, get two – they are affordable. These may be installed at the compressor, as well as at the water trap to prolong the life of your consumables. The air driers themselves would be easier and less pricey to replace in comparison to the plasma cutter parts. Cutting Speed You should cut at the effective speed. If you’re new to plasma cutting, it might take you a number of tries to dialed it in properly. Among the surest signs is the direction of the sparks as you’re cutting. When you cut too fast, the sparks move towards you. You have to slow it down. The sparks and dross have to head towards the floor. The Angle In most cases, you would be holding the plasma cutter at a 90-degree angle to whatever metal you are cutting. Reaching the end of a cut, pull the angle up a bit to make for a beautifully smooth end of cut. Dross on the underside of your cut can be addressed with a small file.