Thermal Dynamicsâ, an ESAB brand, will showcase its Cutmasterâ 60i handheld air plasma cutting system at FABTECH Canada 2018 in booth 1162 at the Toronto Congress Centre, June 12 – 14. The Cutmaster 60i is now available in 1- or 3-phase primary input power options. The introduction of a dedicated 3-phase plasma cutter meets the needs of fabricators who value the efficiency and lower operating costs of 3-phase power, while the Cutmaster 60i dedicated 1-phase unit appeals to fabricators who like the convenience of 1-phase power.
“Both Cutmaster 60i versions automatically connect with primary power from 208 – 480V, 50 or 60 Hz. The wide voltage range means that Cutmaster 60i works great in locations with dirty power and off generator power,” says John Henderson, North American Product Manager, Adjacencies & Accessories, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products.
Ed Werner, owner of Werner Fabrications, West Bend, Wis., uses the 1-phase version for mechanical contracting and HVAC field work. “Even if a plant has 230V primary power, I usually don’t bother with it,” he says. “I just run an extension cord to my 12 kW generator, and the Cutmaster 60i works fantastic. It's a great combination.”
Other than primary power, both versions of the Cutmaster 60i feature identical performance. They weigh 37 lbs. and provide a rated output of 60 amps (7.6 kW of cutting power) at 50 percent duty cycle, the industry’s highest power-to-weight ratio.
“We have other manual plasma cutters in the shop, but the Cutmaster 60i is about half the size and weight,” says Kyle Kinser, VP of Operations for Structural Strategies, Inc., Aurora, Ill. “For a little unit, it really packs a punch. It will cut 5/8-in. steel like butter and even sever steel up to 1-1/2 inch.” Kinser uses the 3-phase version of the Cutmaster 60i to cut skeletons from an automated plasma cutting table, as well as for general fabrication work such as cutting and coping beams, cutting stringers for staircases and cutting out flanges for structural steel applications.
The Cutmaster 60i provides a best-in-class arc length, which helps when cutting in awkward positions and for ease-of-use when gouging. It also features an oversized digital display to communicate more information, more clearly. This includes:
- A consumables end-of-life indicator — lets users know when it’s time to replace consumables to maintain optimal cut quality.
- A gas optimizer function that precisely regulates air pressure to ensure performance.
- Four modes of operation: cut, gouge, rapid auto restart and latch (trigger lock).
- Cutting output in amps; more is not always better, as reducing output provides greater precision on thinner materials.
The Cutmaster 60i system includes the new SL60QD™ 1Torch. QD stands for quick disconnect, which enables selective replacement of the torch handle assembly or torch leads to save money when replacing parts.
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