Choosing the Right CNC Plasma Cutter

It is no secret that an increasing number of shop owners depend on high end CNC plasma cutting systems to create precise, intricate and complex cuts. Plasma cutters are truly worth the investment since there are so many areas they can be used. So whether you want to create one-off mechanical parts, metal art, or even complex HVAC ductwork, the money making possibilities with CNC plasma cutting systems are endless.

CNC Plasma Cutter

Amperage and Duty Cycle

With so many plasma cutting machine manufacturers to choose from, picking the right one could be formidable task. However, there are several factors to consider that will help you choose the right one. To begin with, determine the number of hours you plan to use the plasma cutter every day. Also important is the electrical service or amperage/voltage where you intend to use the cutter and whether there is any other equipment on the same circuit. Usually, the higher the amperage output the greater the duty cycle. Plasma Cutting Machine Manufacturers always provide details on duty cycle in their instruction manuals.


Portability is another factor to consider especially if you want to use your machine at different sites rather than exclusively at your shop. Is there an option to supply the cutter with compressed air in outdoor and remote areas? Some of the other factors include average thickness of the material, and of course, your budget.

High End Plasma Cutters from XCS Plasma

You ought to consider a machine that cuts the thickest material on which you work. Another important consideration is the type of material being cut, as some materials cut best with different gases.  The experts at XCS Plasma offer a wide range of CNC Plasma Cutting Systems and would be happy to help you pick the right one to suit your needs.


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