As mentioned on some of the previous pages we have been getting better than expected consumable life from our Hypertherm Powermax 65 that we got from Baker Gas and welding.
Talking with the reps from Hypertherm the likely reason our consumables are doing so well is a result of a few things.
1. we have extremely dry air
2. We are following the Hypertherm Cut charts for “best quality Cuts”
3. We are using the HyT Connect kit from CandCNC to talk to the Powermax 65
4. We match the material to the correct consumable at the correct amperage.
When we first purchased our system we ordered both a Hand torch Kit and a Mechanized kit. We did this for a couple of reasons. We got extra “hand torch” leads and grounding clamp so that we can use our Powermax 65 for both the table cnc cutting and hand cutting in the shop by simply disconnecting the Duramax mechanized torch and attaching the hand torch. The plasma cutter can stay in its cart and does not have to be moved.
The Kits provided us with an initial supply of all the components we would need for the mechanized and the hand cutting. The electrodes and the 45 and 65 amp nozzles can be used either for mechanized or hand cutting but there are a few components that are intended for specific applications and the kits provided for that.
After a period of time based on the type of material we were cutting most we could see which consumables we used the most.
There a quite a few places that sell consumables for Hypertherm. From eBay to welding shops and everything in between.
We have found that there are numerous places selling cheap Hypertherm knock offs and you have to be careful where you buy from.
The price and customer service we have received from Baker Gas and welding has kept us coming back. No that's not a paid advertisement I can show you my invoice from the last purchase.
Here are pictures of the Handheld and Mechanized “Kits”
Here is an inside view of the kits, note that the con tense has changed from what ships in the kits.
Hypertherm produces a standard electrode which is part number: 220842 which works for both the mechanized and the handheld applications.
They also produce an electrode which is ideally suited for use with the finecut consumables and cutting thin gauge material. The part number for these is 220777 which is pictured to the left.
These electrodes have given us much better life than the standard electrode when cutting 20g material which we cut a lot of.
We ordered a little of everything to replenish our stock.
Normally you do not not need to replace the Caps or retainers but we had a couple of them get damaged when we were not watching the machine and some of the dropouts flipped up and caused some problems.
Its rare but it happens.
So we wanted to have a few extra on hand.
So far we have not had to replace any of he swirl rings.
We just clean them when we change out consumables.