Eastwood Plasma Cutter 40 Amp Versa-Cut

Eastwood Plasma Cutter 40 Amp Versa-Cut

Product Review (submitted on June 27, 2012):

I'm very pleased with the Versa-Cut plasma cutter.
I'm an artist. When I first used a plasma cutter, at The Maine College of Art, I found a completely new world of art open up to me. In short order, I knew I had to have a plasma cutter in my studio. When it came time to purchase one I read every review of every plasma cutter that cost up to $1,200. I was prepared to spend about $700 on a cutter. ( My theory is, it's good to read about the more expensive models to know if you need to step up to that level or not. And they often include information about less expensive and less powerful models.)
I work primarily with 1/8" and 3/16" steel. I basically use the plasma cutter to etch and cut through steel. I needed a plasma cutter that would be able to cut rather quickly and fluidly. I am so pleased to say that the Versa-Cut is wonderful in that regard. I first opened it and used it with 110 VAC. It cut thin stuff really well, but even 1/8" took some patience. Oh, it would cut it, but not cleanly, nor in one pass. I didn't have 220VAC in my garage yet, so I took it to a friend's house and tried it out, enough to know, YES! This is a great machine. It moved through 3/16" easy, even 1/4". I have since put 220VAC to my garage and am cutting like a mad man.
Why did I decide on an Eastwood Versa-Cut, especially since it wasn't one of the ones I initially looked at. I'm not certain if I should mention other brands here, so I won't, but after reading reviews, calling dealers, comparing features, price, and warranties, the Eastwood came out in front. One feature that was very important to me was that the plasma cutter have a pilot arc, as I often cut through rusty metal.

I found that the more I looked, the more difficult it came to make a decision on which cutter to purchase. Reviews varied on the lower end models. I'd feel strongly about a model, then read some negative reviews and I'd be back to square one. I finally called dealers around the country about any model I was considering purchasing. They were very helpful in steering me away from several models and companies. A few dealers told me not to purchase the models they'd been dealers for, as they'd had nothing but problems with those models or the companies that made them. (They'd cut their ties with those companies, but the manufacturers websites still showed them as dealers.)
The only 2 draw backs to this amazing machine are: 1) I needed to purchase an air compressor that could deliver 5-7 CFM @85PSI. That turned out to cost about as much as the plasma cutter. I ended up purchasing the Makita MAC5200. It's oil lubricated, relatively quiet, and it works really well with this machine.
2) I wish the ground cord was as long as the cord for the cutting gun.

Still, I'm happy as can be with this great piece of equipment.