The Confusion around Plasma Cutting Consumables
A cheaper plasma cutting table could save you money today, but an efficient plasma cutting table could save you money every day.
Equipment as Investments
When making an investment you want to make sure that you will see a return. It is important to remember that every purchase you make is an investment, especially the things your business relies on.
So, something as simple and mundane as buying a printer is an investment. If a £30 printer prints 1000 pages for the same price a £50 printer can print 2000, it may have been worth investing a little more to begin with. This is the same for any appliance with consumable components especially machinery that is vital for your business to run smoothly.
Getting it wrong costs!
The difficulty with bigger investments in machinery is getting it wrong costs a lot of money, and can continue to cost a lot of money if you’re not in a position to replace it.
Something that we at Escco always tell customers is to pay attention to the details. The details we’ll be discussing in this blog are the consumables on a plasma cutting torch.
Plasma cutting torches have components that wear and need replacing. No avoiding it, it’s just the way it is. On some torches and cutting tables, however, the number of consumables is higher than others, but is this a good thing?
Initially it seems that less consumables means less components to replace and therefore less money to spend. However, you have to factor the nature of your work and whether the type of plasma torch with less consumables is right for you.
Replace or Repair
Another, more pressing argument, is that the more things you can replace relatively cheaply the longer your plasma torch should last. It’s no good having a torch with minimal consumables if you just have to replace the whole thing sooner. When you compare manufacturers do make sure that your comparing the same data form, some manufacturers offer the consumable lifetimes in number of cuts of number of start-ups.
There are ways to way all of this up, so don’t worry. If you book to see one of our plasma cutting tables in action we can talk you through the specifics of each machine and what the reality is for replacing their components. We’ll make sure to take the confusion around consumables away.