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#7537 - 02/28/12 07:05 PM Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter
fritz Offline
New in town
Registered: 08/24/11
Posts: 9
Loc: Michigan
Just picked up one of these last night and got it up and running this evening. Anybody that does metalworking should have one of these! Sure is easier than getting out the torches.
I will use this a lot.
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#7543 - 02/29/12 07:09 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: fritz]
mdlawnguy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 878
Loc: maryland *****
come on now show us at least the product number.. please keep us informed how it works over time.. thumbs up!
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#7650 - 03/09/12 07:16 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: mdlawnguy]
danielo Offline
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Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 1
Yeah it would be good to know which one it is?
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#7652 - 03/09/12 10:25 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: danielo]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
This is the one that I have. I've had it for about 5 years now. it works great. I used it to cut out all the parts for my back hoe.
http://www.harborfreight.com/230-volt-inverter-plasma-cutter-with-digital-display-95136.html
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#7655 - 03/09/12 10:41 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
WOW just noticed it's on sale damn good price too.
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#7662 - 03/10/12 05:21 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
mdlawnguy Offline
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Loc: maryland *****
yep but only if you have the 650..
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#7663 - 03/10/12 05:57 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: mdlawnguy]
bunkclimber Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 1101
Loc: Maryland *****
wonder if the folks cutting up the 'The Love Boat' are using a couple of these
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#7671 - 03/11/12 07:12 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: bunkclimber]
kcshawman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/10
Posts: 265
Loc: Kansas, Olathe
Been bidding for a few years on those units sold on eBay. 3in1 tig, smaw, oh and the torch. I never go over about $250 so have not got one yet. Have not been bidding for a while afraid I might get one at $250 and I don't have the money at this time.

I go to this sight once in a while just to dream.
http://www.longevity-inc.com/
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#7672 - 03/11/12 08:35 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: kcshawman]
mdlawnguy Offline
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which one are you looking at? some thing sounds real stinky if it's the 1500.00 machine. i was bidding and won a deal. gas cutoff saw.. normally 900 plus bucks.. got it 300. new paid through paypal etc... good thing i did. got part of my money back. guy never shipped etc.. big scam. took several months to get the money back.. only 200.. so i lost 100. .

but if there is a brick and motor store... you have better luck.
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#7673 - 03/11/12 08:38 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: mdlawnguy]
mdlawnguy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
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Loc: maryland *****
jim have you been able to keep track of the money you spent on consumables.. tips nozzels.. etc..
i have been told the "cheaper" machines use more then the pricey machines..
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#7674 - 03/11/12 06:02 PM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: mdlawnguy]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
1 each pack of electrodes & tips still have a couple each left. burned a couple up from cutting up scrap cause I was out of gas for my torch. other than that, they hold up well
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#7675 - 03/11/12 06:12 PM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
mdlawnguy Offline
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so over 5 years of use you still have the origional pack of supplies? how often are you using it.
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#7676 - 03/11/12 06:51 PM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: mdlawnguy]
Randolph Ruckus Offline
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 44
I would be interested in knowing who makes the machines for Chicago Electric ... or if they build their own and others. A similar Hypertherm is 1500 plus. Question is how much better is it?
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#7681 - 03/12/12 07:28 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: Randolph Ruckus]
kcshawman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/10
Posts: 265
Loc: Kansas, Olathe
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-3in1-50A-PLA...=item43adde9c8c

I have heard people talk about just not sending the item they sold because it did not bring what they wanted. I was thinking that could happen if you got one of these 3 in 1 plasma cutters on ebay. I got the hydraulic flow controls I wanted real cheap a while back but since I had ordered several items from the same company they just did not pack the flow control valves. I got my 2 or 3 dollars back but did not get the $50 control valves.

I still think if one wanted a plasma cutter the ones on eBay are a better deal then the ones at Harbor Frieght. You can get the 3 in 1 for less even if you paid full price then you can get just the plasma cutter at HF.

I have not bought anything from Longevity-inc yet.
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#7692 - 03/13/12 06:02 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: kcshawman]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
I use it a couple times a month a minimum. I use it mostly for cutting stainless steel sheets. I do a lot of work in restaurants and every thing is stainless. that helps because it's cleaner. I also have one of their little tig inverters. It's small and is 230 Vac, so it's convenient to tote into the stores. Only pain there is the little 20 cft Bottle of argon doesn't last, but for a portable unit it's great. I've had that longer than the plasma cutter.
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#7693 - 03/13/12 06:18 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
Too many tools crammed in one box for me. I've learned that the Multi function machines don't perform as well. I would love to test one out though. I have TWO harbor freight stores in driving distance here, so I can always return any thing that doesn't perform well enough with out any hassle. on the more expensive stuff, I buy the extended ANY reason warranty. I have only ever had to take any thing back for replacement Once. It was a remote control winch for my trailer. No problems with the replacement. If you have to order all your stuff and have it it shipped, then it's a different story. I have the luxury of being able to check it out in the store before I buy it. I buy A LOT of stuff at Harbor Freight because they are cheap & convenient.


Edited by JimC (03/13/12 06:20 AM)
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#7695 - 03/13/12 07:35 AM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
kcshawman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/10
Posts: 265
Loc: Kansas, Olathe
I have a HF that is between me and work. Not always a good thing. I do love my horizontal band saw I bought. The price was a little higher then the sale add I had seen and they just looked up on the computer and picked the lowest sale price they had in the last year or so and sold it to me for that price. I had 20% off coupon. With the extra warranty and sales tax it was less then $140. I agree also with multi-function tool except for I don't have room for several seperate tools. Some of those name brand inverter welders and plasma torches are nice if you travel around doing welding jobs. Very pricey but compact and easy to travel with. At the present time I would go with the multi-function tool and throw in the GMAW as well with a 30# spool. TIG, SMAW, GMAW, and plasma torch all in one.

Too many different voltage requirements needed however so not as practical as the TIG, SMAW (stick), and Plasma combo.
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#7715 - 03/15/12 06:06 PM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: kcshawman]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
Always print the add.., they will honor it. I spend way too much time there. Actually became a track club member.
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#7716 - 03/15/12 08:10 PM Re: Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Plasma cutter [Re: JimC]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 609
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
Here's a video of my Chicago electric in action cutting the hole for the stack pipe in my neighbors old parlor stove. the barrel was all rusted out and I just happened to have a piece of sheet Stainless from the floor out of a walk in cooler I tore out of an old BK a few years ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_gj0dQdd...s1c2ifUkn6o7UA=
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