Plasmacam Price

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Plasmacam is becoming a more popular term you read about on off-road forums and fabrication forums. It seems a lot of people are wanting to get into CNC Plasma Cutting. Most but not all of these people do not really fully understand the final price of the plasmacam machine and all the other requirements it has.

The single mot expensive item will be the plasmacam unit itself. The cost will vary depending on if you purchase new, need it shipped, etc. For this plasmacam price article we will say you paid between 5,000 and 10,000 USD for the plasmcam table.

The next most expensive item REQUIRED for using the plasmacam is the actual plasma cutter itself. For this article we will assume you want a good unit, and since hypertherm is a quality unit we will say you go with them. Now a hypertherm 600 will work fine and run you about $1600 + Tax/Shipping or around $2000 if you buy local. Or, if you want to cut thicker material you can spend up to around $4000 for the Hypertherm 1650. Keep in mind these are for standard hand torch plasma cutters not machine torch (which you can adapt to your plasmacam table). If you want a machine torch hypertherm add another 500-1200 depending where you buy it at.

Another large item in both cost and size is the air compressor and tank. For a CNC plasma cutting system such as the plasmacam you are going to need something larger than the 10 gallon craftsmen you got last year ;) I would suggest an 80 gallon or 120 gallon tank with a TRUE 5hp motor and pump capable of at least 14cfm. Sure the plasma cutter (hypertherm) running at full power/pressure wont use more than ~8cfm but you don’t want to run your compressor the entire time and you want it to be able to build up pressure and to shut-off. So, lets say you buy your average low-end 80g air compressor for your plasma cutter from Lowes or Home Depot and that runs you about $800 out the door. No sense in ordering online unless you go with a much larger and nicer unit, maybe an IR that you get free shipping on or a Dayton on ebay. Either way the bare minimum a compressor will run you new will be right around 800 big ones. This can go up to 5,000 for an entry level screw compressor or around 1200-1500 for a high-quality 5hp 80gallon.

Next on the list of required items to run your plasmacam will be an air dryer, hose and all the fittings. The harbor freight air dryer for $300 is a great buy, cools the air, and is actually a quality item. After tax and shipping you are probably going to be in to it for around $325 this could vary if you get it on sale or not too. I would also suggest adding a MotorGurad M60 filter right before the plasma to make sure all particles and moisture have been removed. It cost more in the end to replace consumables than a filter in the M60. You also can’t forget the basic particle filters to remove the larger particles BEFORE going into the air dryer these two will run you $30 to $100 total depending on size and quality. Also, don’t forget those brass fittings for your air compressor, dryer, motorguard, hypertherm cutter, and any other place. I would budget $100 into the price of your plasmacam for small air fittings, adapters and hoses. I personally have more because I have a desiccant dryer as well as the evaporative harbor freight air dryer and a few other filters in there.

Now you have to decide how you plan to vent the plasmacam unit… you didn’t think you could breathe that dust now did you? Wow it’s nasty and can send you to the hospital! A water table will catch the large particles but WILL NOT stop the dust unless you make it so that the bottom of the plasmacam is sealed and the water can be almost directly under the steel. I suggest a water table at the bottom of the grates to catch large particles, and then an exhaust system to SUCK DOWN the rest of the fumes. It’s a bad idea to have the fume extraction at the top because then all the magnetized dust passes through, over and around the moving (read: expensive) plasmacam parts.

So, for your water table, and side skirts for the plasmatable (to make it sealed) you are going to need some steel. You can use 18ga or 20ga I used 20ga and it was cheaper and is working fine. Depending where you live this steel could run 40, 50, 60, 70 a sheet (5’x’10). So, lets say you need 4 pieces and go with 60$ each that puts you at $240 in steel. We wont go into making these items here but we will assume you have the tools to do this and wont add those into the price of running a plasmacam. Add some casters to your water table so you can slide it out for clean-up, patching, etc w/out moving entire plasmacam unit. Casters will run about $5-$30/each depending on size and quality. We will go with $10/each so $40 for the casters, and about $10 for 2 cans of truck bed liner spray. The bed liner spray is great to seal your welds for the water table.. oh yeah I hope you can weld :)

Next on the list is the exhaust system itself for the plasmacam. You will want to make sure you use at least 3500 CFM so that all the nasty dust from the plasmacam will be gone. When checking out fans be sure to read the rating with ducting and not just free-air. The cheap way to go would be to buy a squirrel cage fan or a Flow Pro from Northern or a knock-off from Harbor Freight and just cut out two holes and shoot the dust into your front yard, side yard or whever the opening is. The more expensive and nice way would be to build a duct system and vent it outside to a designated spot. The cost of the cheapest fans will set you back $500 and for a duct system around $200 (very basic). If you go with high quality exhaust you could spend around $2500 for fans, filters, etc. Some systems cost upwards of $5,000 to really CLEAN the air before putting it back out. This can get expensive and will depend where you live and what YOU want to do wtih the air. No matter what though you HAVE TO vent the plasmacam. If you have a 50,000sq.ft shop VENT or 700sq.ft garage VENT!

Now that you have the hardware setup for the plasmacam it’s time to buy a computer! Wait, what? A computer ??? YEP! You need a separate computer left in the garage/shop that you don’t care if it gets broken, fried, or randomly catches on fire! The computer will live much longer if you take care of your exhaust system! So, a cheap, basic computer with monitor will run you about $500. Make sure it has a CD burner or USB so you can back-up your drawings regularly.

Time to install all the big items together now :)

Computer->Plasmcam
Plasma Cutter->PlasmaCam(You will need to splice into the wires or use the CNC port on the more expensive hypertherms)
Compressor->Plasma Cutter

Now that you are set up and running it’s time to buy some steel in the thicknesses you plan to cut out and learn how to use the machine by waisting the over priced steel ;) with cut-outs of circles, squares, and random shapes so that you can understand how the machine works! So, add about 250 to 500$ for steel to cut up learning and testing. This could be less if you only do thin gauge or more if you are only doing 3/8″+.

Start cutting, learn the plasmacam machine and realize now that the plasmacam price is a LOT more than the original machine.  It’s probably safe to say by the time you are finished properly setting up your plasmacam you will have more money into OTHER things than the plasmacam itself.  So, if you look at it that way the plasmacam price is actually pretty good :)

Realize you need some type of clamps to hold down the material when it gets light, buy vise grips and modify to make custom clamps (Tutorial coming soon! thanks plasmapig). Then realize you need material handling tools to load that 4’x4′ piece of 1/4″ across the 4′ table by yourself.

It may seem like a lot of work, a lot of money but in the end you have an awesome machine that can cut anything your mind can come up with and you can put into the computer.

(This was written at 3:30AM and I may/probably forgot a few things!)

21 Comments »

  1. I just wanted to chime in and let everyone know that I love my plasmacam and it was worth every penny to get it up and going.

    Comment by Robert — December 9, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  2. thanks for the great tips!

    Comment by simon — January 6, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  3. I have a Plasmacam DHC2 for sale. Table, computer and software. Call me so it can leave and I can use the space. Asking $5990, thats half of a new one.

    Blaine
    843-997-4271

    Comment by BG — January 6, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  4. hi im jani from india hw can i buy this plasmacam and hw much will it cost to ship to india u guys do shipping too….. im trying to start a business or is there any sellers in india for ur products pls reply me…………….thanking you..jani

    Comment by jani — March 10, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  5. Blaine, I was wondering if you still have your plasmaCAM for sale, and where are you located I am located just north of Louisville, KY.

    Thanks
    Jacob K.
    502-655-0171

    Comment by Jacob Kephart — April 16, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  6. we have the plasmacam at our shop,and i must tell you that if you are thinking of buying one,do it..we made so many neat things to sell at the market and private individuals.we have already paid for the machine 10 fold.the possibilities are endless.make a dinosaur,gates,tables,and so so much more..

    Comment by ron powells — April 25, 2011 @ 7:51 am

  7. Looking for used DHC2 Plasmacam. Please call Leroy @ 828-884-5651

    Comment by Leroy Richter — July 29, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  8. Great article,,, if anyone has a used plasma cam they want to sell, please contact me,, phxbeach at hotmail.

    Comment by Jack — September 7, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

  9. Getting ready to retire and would like some extra income. Would like to find a used Plasma Cam system all set up. Please give me a shout if you have one or know anyone who might be selling there’s.

    Thanks Barry

    Comment by Barry Taylor — November 22, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  10. Looking for a used DHC2 PlasmaCam gantry, computer, and cutter(handheld or machanical). Call Mike 985-750-6969

    Comment by Rusty Buzard — November 22, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  11. Looking for used plasma cam cutting table to use with a router
    580.695.8282

    Comment by Max Sasseen — November 28, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  12. I just bought my Plasmcam (still in the crate :-) Good reading about the water table.
    For the people looking for a used one
    – NOTICE:
    They are on sale right now! 4×4 plasmacam =$6980
    add a hypertherm 45 amp plasma cutter =$2090
    shipping across the usa =$ 470

    still just a shade over $9500 and the 45 amp cutter will cut up to 7/16 steel

    Comment by Lonnie Landreth — January 9, 2012 @ 7:02 am

  13. I am looking for a complete table with plasma cutter, computer, and software for under 8K. If interested email me with details at greymountain@gmail.com. Thanks

    Comment by Jason — February 22, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  14. I am from Ethiopia,
    I want to buy the plasmaCAM DHC2 machine. Please contact me and send me the details,

    Girma

    Comment by Girma — July 1, 2012 @ 2:25 am

  15. @lease any one send me the detail of a plasma cam and how can I buy this is there any dealer in india and wat is the cost of a good plasma cam

    Comment by saurav — September 12, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  16. PlasmaCam Model DHC computer controlled plasma cutting machine for sale. Purchased in December of 2004, we have never taken this machine and table out of the crate. We have all software, including upgrades to V.3.11 (2009). In October of 2005, PlasmaCam sent out a replacement Controller module, which was installed and then crate sealed back up. All you need to do is add your plasma cutting torch and go to work.

    We paid a little under $10,000 for this machine originally, and have never gotten things set up to be able to put it into work. Asking $7500 or bring best offer; shipping to your location is additional.
    email kate underscore triplett at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Kate Triplett — January 3, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  17. I would to get a dvd on the plasmacam machine and send it to my address which is p.o.box 95 city is taberg,ny 13471 and my phone number is (315)225-3409. thanks again

    Comment by david J hardy — January 22, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  18. Hi,
    I’m interested in buying a new set of PlasmaCam, to whom should i inquire?
    Ed

    Comment by Ed Ladores — March 4, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

  19. Where can I buy a new set of this PlasmaCam?

    Comment by Ed Ladores — March 4, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  20. looking for a plasmacam unit all set up . ready to retire and need extra income. please contact me at 337-802-7806 or 337-802-7810 or email at cararogers@ymail.com

    Comment by jamie rogers — August 18, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  21. I’m looking for a plasmacam dhc2 if anyone has one, please contact me at frecobos at Yahoo dot com.

    Comment by Fernando — June 18, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

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