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Lotos LTP5000D 50Amp Non-Touch Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter, Dual Voltage 110V/220V, 1/2 Inch Clean Cut
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|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||736211809278 , 736211808677 , 852661913713 , 856381005024|
|Brand Name||Lotos Technology|
|EAN||0736211808677 , 0856381005024 , 0736211809278 , 0852661913713|
|Is Assembly Required?||false|
|Item Weight||26.0 pounds|
|Style||Plasma Cutter, Dual Voltage 110V/220V, 1/2 Inch Clean Cut|
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Cut It, Weld It, Build It.
Non-touch Pilot ARC
Pilot arc torch efficiently cuts though rough, painted, and rusty surfaces and produces minimal slag.
Pilot arc technology allows you to cut without touching the tip to the metal. Better cutting quality and longer consumable life.
1/2" Clean Cut
-Max Rated Clean Cut Thickness: 1/2".
-Max Severance Thickness: 3/4".
Compact plasma cutter has a handle for portability and uses non-hazardous compressed air to cut stainless steel, alloy steel, mild steel, copper and aluminum.
-Automatic Dual Voltage / Dual Frequency (110 V/220 V 50/60Hz).
Dual voltage capability allows the machine to run directly on 220 V 50/60 Hz power, or on 110 V 50/60 Hz with the use of a pigtail (sold separately).
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, LOTOS Technology supplies quality welding and cutting tools to small businesses and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) buyers.
- Plasma Cutter
- Plasma/TIG/Stick Combo
LOTOS LTP5000D 50 A Non-Touch Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter
By Lotos Technology
The LOTOS LTP5000D Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter delivers strong cutting performance in a compact package. The pilot arc feature is especially useful for continuous cutting on rough surfaces or dirty metal.
An optimized design based on state-of-the-art MOSFET transistors provides high power output for thick metal cutting, as well as steady output for thin metal cutting.
The LTP5000D is an excellent choice for home DIY jobs and light duty small business projects.
|Cutting Clean Metal||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Cutting Rusty / Painted Metal||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Output Current||10-35 A||10-50 A||10-50 A||20-60 A||20-70 A||20-80 A|
|Duty cycle @ 104°F (40°C)||30% @35 A||60% @ 50 A||60% @ 50 A||60% @60 A||60% @70 A||60% @80 A|
|Input Voltage||110 V||110 V/220 V||110 V/220 V||220 V Only||220 V Only||220 V Only|
|Ideal Cut Thickness||2/5"(10mm)||1/2"(12mm)||1/2"(12mm)||3/4"(19mm)||7/8"(22mm)||1"(25mm)|
|Severance Cut Thickness*||3/5"(15mm)||3/4"(19mm)||3/4"(19mm)||1"(25mm)||1 1/4"(32mm)||1 1/2"(38mm)|
Since 2000 Lotos operated by Zion Global LLC introduced Inverter Technology in welding and cutting machines. Lotos Plasma cutters are designed especially for businesses and DIY (do-it-yourself) users, while fully accommodating the demands of professional operators.
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But if you are looking for a small machine, that works, going to use it at home for hobby or small projects, then this is the machine for you, lower cost than others, Plus no gas cost or hose, regulators, ect
Bottom line: test it when you get it, it's a good system for the price, (update)keep a wire brush handy, about every 2nd cut hit the tip with wire brush, I've found out that by doing this,(while tip is still hot) it extends the life of the tip. it seems that slag blown from the metal sticks on the tip, which causes failure on tip and electrodes,going to try a gel mix on the tip to see if it solves the problem.
product has no country of origin stamp, mark, or sticker on it. not going inside until warranty expires, but it is an import.
Problems I have found
1. Ground way to short, ill fix this after warranty is expired.
2. Ground clamp ( to weak) ill fix this after warranty is expired.
3. Air line (replace it) 70 lbs of air on this thing, and in the heat, it doesn't hold up.
4. Buy extra stand off, I free hand a lot of cutting and the original one is now history. (update) stand off is to short, to close to material. looking for replacement that fits the cup size, hyperthem stand off product doesnt work on these tips.
5. Cut is to large, wide, I can cut finer lines with a gas torch and 000 tip.
6. Buy extra consumables, this thing eats them, I purchased the 40 pcs from amazon I Have used 2 full sets over last month. 2 cups, 2 tips and 2 inter electrodes , Be sure to purchase the correct ones for the system you purchased. LT vs LTD
Ground cable - short. Fortunately, the machine itself is easy to carry, making it easy to bring to your work.
Torch/torch cable - this is of a decent usable length, but it is not nearly as stout as what you will find on a commercial grade cutter. However, for the average user, who won't tug too hard on it when it snags on something, and takes a little care to keep it away from sharp edges and hot surfaces, it should hold up fine. Remember, this is a machine meant for hours of use per week, not per day. It quickly and easily connects to the cutter, so replacing it if it does cause problems should be quick and easy. You can also remove it if you aren't going to use the cutter for a while, to reduce the risk of damage.
No hose connections. It does come with a little air filter/dryer, and a bracket to mount it on the back of the machine. It even comes with a length of air hose, but there are no hose barbs to connect it. There is one lone barb, that screws into the air inlet of the welder. To use the filter/dryer, you need to get your own barbs. I highly recommend you use the one they included, even if you already have a filter/dryer, because it also has a regulator built in, which is a great feature. I set the regulator for the pressure I want, and put a quick-coupler barb on the inlet side, and whenever I want to use the cutter, I just hook it so my shop air, no need to turn it down at the compressor.
Instructions, or rather, a major lack of instructions. Fortunately, the cutter is built so that everything has a different connector, so the only way things can be hooked up, is the right way. However, before you actually try to USE the machine, please go on Youtube or somewhere, and watch a couple instructional videos. They give a couple pictures and tips for assembly, but nothing in terms of how to use it. No tips on air pressure, heat setting, etc. FWIW, I found that 20PSI works well with the lower part of fhe amp range for thin metal, gradually increasing pressure up to about 40 (working) by the time you get to the highest setting.
Now, to the good,
It WORKS, and works well, In anything under 3/16 inch, if you get the heat and air settings right, there is almost no slag. In sheet metal, it cuts like a hot knife through butter, if you will pardon the pun. Above 1/8 inch, you need to slow down a little, to avoid slag, and above 1/4 inch, it will almost always produce a little, but it doesn't seem to be any worse than a regular torch, and cuts faster. I have cut 1/2 inch, creeping along, and that is about the practical limit in steel. You probably could go a little thicker if you had to, but you are getting into the 'cuts it if it has to' instead of 'cuts it like it wants to'. A couple years ago I considered getting a plasma cutter, and the welding shop let me try one out, that seemed to have about the same capacity as this one does, and it cost right at $1500. I know they came down in price, but it still seems like a real bargain. I looked online, and this was listed as the 'best Plasma cutter under $500',
After you end your cut, air will flow through the tip for a few seconds, this is normal, it cools the tip for longer life. Also, if you have a wire brush handy, a quick swipe over the cutting tip while it is still hot removes some of the spatter from it, making the tip last longer.
It seems well made, all the controls work smoothly and precisely, and the cooling fan has a nice smooth hum to it. Light enough to carry in one hand, with a handle on top.
I understand it comes wired for 240V, but can be run at 120V at reduced capacity. If all I had were 120V outlets, I think it would be well worth it to wire in a 240V socket for this cutter. Even doing thinner materials, it will cut much faster if you can use it to capacity.
Lastly, if you are considering a plasma cutter, spend the extra $50 (or less) and get the one with the pilot arc feature (the 'P' in the LTP). Cutters without the pilot arc require you to start the cutting arc, much the same way you strike an arc with a stick welder. With the pilot arc, it 'sparks' to start the arc for you, so you never have to worry about touching the tip to your work, so the tips should last longer, while at the same time being much easier to use. Also, there is a little guide included, that you install on the gun, that holds the tip at the proper distance from the work, and preventing touching the tip. Works great on most any flat surface, and makes it that much easier to use.
You absolutely can not beat the value. Price vs quality is just amazing. Again, this is not a professional unit, so you can't treat it like one. But for the non-production user, this little thing will do any and everything you would like it to do. I was skeptical before purchasing, but super glad i took the chance on it. Very impressed. Very happy.
I use this in my personal garage alongside my aluminum welder, mig welder, and stick welder for automotive, tractor, and hobby use.