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    Buying a new plasma cutter for work and I have it narrowed to either a Cutmaster 82 or 102.

    But I keep seeing Cutmaster model# 81 and 101 on the net. Other than the case what's the difference if any?
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    Ah geez. And here I thought this was a scientific question about the modeling of thermal dynamics, perhaps of global climate and warming. It been so long since we discussed that.
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    • #3
      I've been looking into the same thing Wierd -- I've been lusting after a plasma cutter lately.

      The 80, 81, 82 appear to be the same model (cut capacity) released at different times. In other words, the Cutmaster 80 was released first, followed by the Cutmaster 81 a couple of years later. So the Cutmaster 101 would be the older version of the Cutmaster 102.

      I'm still trying to figure out the difference between the Cutmasters and the Pakmasters. Thermal Dynamics sells both, and the specs look almost identical. Is one a "professional" version and the other is a "consumer" version?

      I think the Cutmaster series is supposed to be "better" -- but I don't know what's better...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Evan
        Ah geez. And here I thought this was a scientific question about the modeling of thermal dynamics, perhaps of global climate and warming. It been so long since we discussed that.
        Two religious topics in the same month? Never, no not here
        I just need one more tool,just one!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lazlo
          I've been looking into the same thing Wierd -- I've been lusting after a plasma cutter lately.

          The 80, 81, 82 appear to be the same model (cut capacity) released at different times. In other words, the Cutmaster 80 was released first, followed by the Cutmaster 81 a couple of years later. So the Cutmaster 101 would be the older version of the Cutmaster 102.

          I'm still trying to figure out the difference between the Cutmasters and the Pakmasters. Thermal Dynamics sells both, and the specs look almost identical. Is one a "professional" version and the other is a "consumer" version?

          I think the Cutmaster series is supposed to be "better" -- but I don't know what's better...
          I dunno,same price between the two,same warranty,guess I will bite and get the 102.

          I found out today that I get to build an XY gantry for later CNC conversion.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            Hmm, dunno. Sometimes I wonder if they create a new model number for marketing purposes, hello software developers.

            I have the pak master and I dont know if one is geared towards a consumer and the other a professional. I know mine wasnt cheap but that was about fifteen years ago.

            Consumables!! I would think both of the cutters mentioned use the same torch and consumables but maybe check into that. Cause after you buy it the only other outlay in money is gonna be electricity and consumables. Im sure they are the same torch though..

            I like my TD plasma but Macona who sounds like he knows his welders and plasma machines doesnt recommend the TD unit.. JR
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            • #7
              Local service and parts leaves a choice of TD or Miller,I have a Miller at work now and it sucks royal.POS won't cut it's recomended 3/8".And the consumables are worse than the TD price wise.
              I just need one more tool,just one!

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              • #8
                I always buy the model with higher numbers- it MUST be better.

                I know macona prefers Hypertherm units, having fixed his share of machines, and seen em from the inside.
                But I would have to rate most TD units as very good as well- I know I see a lot of em in high use professional shops.
                I have been running a Thermal Dynamics Pakmaster 75 (I know, I really should upgrade to a new one, with more numbers) for close to ten years now, running it on my 4x8 foot plasma cutting table, so it often will run continuosly for quite a while- 10 or 20 minutes on a single cut, all day long sometimes- and I have not had a single problem with it in that time- no repairs, no failures.
                I used to have a miller spectrum- their biggest model in the early 90's- and it was a lot fussier, didnt cut as well, and in general just was not as high quality.

                My general advice is to buy either TD or Hypertherm, as they both specialise in plasma, wheras Miller, Lincoln, and ESAB just kinda feel obliged to offer one or two to fill out the line. Every pro I know with a TD or Hypertherm is happy.

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                • #9
                  More numbers and a NASCAR logo make it real good

                  Okay,I finally found it,according to TD the 102 is an updated version of the 101.Only difference I see is a different case.
                  I just need one more tool,just one!

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