PrimeWeld CUT60 — plasma torch with CNC connector.
Per Tripod’s Garage uses a Husky 20 Gal. Vertical Electric-Powered Silent Air Compressor that delivers 4 CFM at 90 PSI.
Per a post on the Langmuir Systems Forum regarding an air compressor for the PrimeWeld CUT60, you’d want at least a 30 gallon tank, but a 60 gallon tank with be preferable. You need a minimum of 6 CFM at 90 PSI.
Twitter conversation with Tripod’s Garage and others regarding CNC port on PrimeWeld CUT60.
Candidates for the 60 gallon are:
- Husky 60 Gal. 3.7 HP 1-Phase 175 PSI Oil Lubed Belt Drive Stationary Electric Air Compressor
- CRAFTSMAN 60-Gallon Single Stage Electric Vertical Air Compressor with Accessories
A Handyman’s World article states that the difference between Husky (Home Depot’s brand) and Craftsman (Sears’ brand) is:
The decision here is really quite simple. If you need hand tools or mechanic’s tools, Husky is the way to go. However, if you need power tools and outdoor lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman is the only option out of these two.
Tripod’s Garage reminded to get a water/oil separator for the air compressor. Additional parts (including separator):
- Husky 3-Piece Vertical Air Shut-Off Kit — shut off air on output
- Husky 3/8 in. Standard Poly Bowl Filter — max psi is 150 so I need to find something else or use a regulator if I use the Craftsman 60 gallon that’s 175 psi
- Porter-Cable 1/4 in. Air Line Filter, PXCM019-0350 — same problem, max psi is 150.
FRL (Filter-Regulator-Lubricator) being used with Rapid Air distribution system — overkill for the time being. FRL is something to keep in mind for pneumatic tools but not for Plasma torch.
Additional suggestions from friends:
- INGERSOLL RAND Electric Air Compressor: 3 hp, 1 Stage, Vertical, 60 gal Tank, 10.3 cfm, 240V AC — suggested by James
- This one is expensive but continuous duty cycle and something to consider for large CNC runs.
- Kobalt Quiet Tech 26-Gallon Single Stage Portable Corded Electric Vertical Air Compressor — suggested by Carlos