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Thinking about buying a plasma cutter?

Christmas is only a couple of months away—as hard as that is to believe. But if you can’t wait for Santa to bring you some new tools for the farm workshop, now might be a good time to consider upgrading your shop’s metalworking equipment by adding a plasma cutter, if you don’t already have one.
And if you buy one of Thermal Dynamic’s Cutmaster models, you’ll get an additional small stick welder for nothing. Almost as if Santa put it under your tree. “During the 4th quarter of 2012, anyone who purchases a Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52, 82, 102 or 152 plasma cutter can receive a free Thermal Arc 95 S Stick/TIG, a 95-amp welder that weighs less than 10 pounds for extreme portability,” says Chuck Schroeder, marketing rep. for Thermal Dynamics.
“The Cutmaster family offers powerful and portable plasma cutting, so we wanted to thank our customers with a complimentary product and additional processes that also offer portability, a Stick/TIG welder that weighs less than 10 pounds,” says Michelle Chamberlain, brand manager, Victor Technologies. 
There are four models in Thermal Dynamics’ line of plasma cutters. They range from the model 52, which can cut 1/2-inch material at a rate of 25 inches per minute, to the model 152 which can cut material up to 2 inches thick.
If you put down your money on a Cutmaster, here’s how the company describes the free welder it will give you as a bonus for making the purchase. 
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“The Thermal Arc 95S weighs 9.7 pounds, measures about the size of a lunchbox and uses 115V household power to provide 90 amps of Stick welding output at 20% duty cycle. While extremely compact, the 95 S uses inverter technology to provide positive arcs starts and stable arc performance. It can weld with 6011, 6013, 6014 and 7018 electrodes up to 3/32” diameter.”
“The Stick welding package provided as part of the offer includes the 95 S power source, Tweco® style electrode holder and ground clamp with 10ft. leads and 20-amp adapter plug and cable. The 95 S can also Lift TIG weld at 95 amps (20% duty cycle) when paired with Thermal Arc’s 17V TIG torch and argon regulator (each sold separately).”
I bought a plasma cutter last year, and there’s no doubt it’s been a great addition to my shop—and I say that without the hope of getting anything back from this company.
So if you’re planning on buying a plasma cutter and you like what this brand has to offer, now might be a good time to make the deal and get a small welder thrown in with the deal.
Scott

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Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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