A plasma cutter is a tool used for cutting steel and other heavy metals that are good conductors of electricity. Used plasma cutters are a better option for people who are on a tight budget.
Here are some tips for buying a second hand plasma cutters:
Before purchasing any used cutter, it is necessary to confirm that it is in a good working condition. You must also ensure that the cutter is simple to use. Do not compromise on quality or performance to save a few dollars. Buying a low quality used plasma cutter is indeed a waste of money.
The power requirements of the tool should also match the power source at your work location. Many times, people buy this tool at an auction with power needs that are not met at the work location. So, you need to determine whether the tool that is being purchased satisfies your needs.
Most light and large used cutters operate on 110 or 220 volts. They normally run with generators and provide an output of at least 8000 W. Many of the second hand cutters have the ability to handle power fluctuations. So voltage fluctuations that vary from 20 V and 30 V won't affect the performance of the tool.
Cutting capacity is another major issue of these used machine tools. If the tool is not able to cut thick metal sheets, then the cutting performance is considered to be significantly low. So when you consider buying a second hand cutter, determine the thickness of the metal that it will cut easily.
Quality and precise cuts are a must for the work to be done. Also determine, if the cutting speed is a factor at your work place. In construction and industrial environment, these tools are used extensively. In such circumstances, higher capacity cutters are a better option as they have a faster cutting speed.
The duty cycle of the second hand cutter is also an important aspect that should not be overlooked. The term 'duty cycle' gives an idea about how long the equipment will continuously run before it gets overheated. The internal components of these tools should also be given due consideration before buying. In case they are not in proper condition, then probably the owner has not taken good care of the tool.
Cables of a second hand cutter is another factor that needs to be considered. Check whether the cables are cracked or damaged. Worn out cable insulation is likely to cause a malfunction. Exposed cables may also put you in a hazardous situation.
Also find out what consumables (used components of the product), that you will get along with the cutter, at no extra cost. You should also assess the cutter controls and confirm that they are working efficiently.
Online auctions are a great way to purchase used plasma cutters. But make sure that the product is performing well and is not just a piece of junk.