Hypertherm Plasma Cutter Consumable Parts
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Hypertherm Plasma Cutter Consumables
Hypertherm plasma cutting machines are well known by professionals and hobbyists for their portability, reliability, and ease of use. Even the most durable plasma cutting machines and torches will need consumable parts replaced after thorough use, however. Consumable parts are found in the cutting torch of your plasma machine and include swirl rings, electrodes, nozzles retaining caps and shield caps.
How long do Hypertherm plasma cutter consumables last?
Because the nozzle and electrode are responsible for creating and directing the cutting arc, you can expect these parts to wear out the quickest. When the quality of your cuts begins to deteriorate, check the condition of your torch's nozzle. The hole in the tip gets larger with wear, reducing the precision of your cutting. Electrodes function by focusing the electric current from your torch, which can wear the hafnium within, creating a pit. Although this is normal, you'll want to replace your electrode when the pit gets around 1-1.6 mm deep.
Swirl rings, retaining caps and shield caps require less maintenance because they don't wear as quickly. It's a good idea to check these components regularly for cracks and imperfections and replace any damaged consumable parts. Replacing your Hypertherm consumables at the right time is essential for machine maintenance and for maintaining cut quality.