Lotos LTP5000D Plasma Cutter Review

Lotos plasma cuttersCompactness, portability, efficiency in cutting, versatility and durability are the main features that shoppers of plasma cutter are looking out for. If you need a good plasma cutter, definitely, you will go for a product that embodies all these features. Lotos LTP5000D is a product that meets all these requirements. It can be used to cut different types of conductive metals such as steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, aluminum and copper. You will learn about the features, pros and cons of this Lotos plasma cutter in this review.

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Technical details

  • Weight: 19.4 pounds
  • Dimension: 18.8 x 16 x 11 inches
  • Power source type: AC/DC
  • Mount type: TIG-welding
  • Color: Red
  • Assembling required: No
  • Type: Digital inverter air plasma cutter
  • Voltage capacity: 110v and 220v
  • Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • Cutting thickness: 3/4 inches and 1/2 inches
  • Gas supply; clean, dry, oil-free air
  • Recommended gas inlet flow rate/pressure: 3.6 scfm at 65 psi

Key features

  • Pilot arc torch
  • PAPST advanced German cooling system
  • Automatic dual voltage
  • MOSFET transistor
  • Air hose
  • Cable
  • Ground clamp
  • Air hose connection
  • Robust infineon (By Siemens) IGBT Power Drive Matrix with pilot arc function

Build quality and design

LTP5000D is available in a very portable and compact design. It has impressive durability thanks to the strong metal material used in creating its exterior. The metal exterior is given a good finishing in red color. The unit is very portable and flexible. With a weight of 19.4 pounds, you will not have much problem moving the unit from one place to another or working with the machine. Despite the lightweight, the product comes with a handle made from plastic material to enable users to easily move it from one place to another during the work.

Ease of Use

This cutter is very easy and safe to use as well as all Lotos plasma cutters. In the first instance, it does not require much assembling before you will be able to use the machine for cutting. The installation guideline in the user manual is quite easy to understand. Just follow it and you will be able to set up the machine. To start cutting, you only need to set up the work and ground the machine. The torch has a button that you should press in order to start cutting.

The product is a 50 amp digital inverter air plasma cutter meaning that it utilizes electrical inverter to generate direct current good enough for efficient cutting. It comes with automatic dual voltage and dual frequency capability. It can be operated with 110v at 50Hz frequency or 220v at 60Hz frequency. However, you have to purchase a pigtail in order to be able to utilize the 110 voltage. The dual voltage capability works automatically meaning that you have nothing to do; no altering of the electrical environment. Just plug in at the right plug, the machine will automatically choose the right voltage.

The hose of the plasma torch which comes with a three-pin end connection is 9-ft.5 inch long. This hose is moderately long and this makes for impressive extended reach reducing the number of times that you have to shift the machine during the cutting to move it closer to material. Other features that come with the torch are a nozzle, cup and electrode.

The air hose is very easy to fix. Two air hose couplers as well as two air-hose clamps are included in the package for the proper connection to the unit.

Cutting efficiency

This cutter has impressive cutting efficiency thanks to several cutting features it comes with. Firstly, it features a MOSFET transistor which is capable of generating high power output for cutting thick metal as well as uniform output to help users cut thin metal.

This Lotos plasma cutter is a versatile unit. It can be used to cut different types of metal which includes aluminum, copper, mild steel, stainless steel, alloy steel and the likes using a non-hazardous compressed air oozing out from an air compressor. The pilot arc torch of the machine does not have any contact with the material that is being cut and this makes the unit suitable for cutting of rusty, rough and painted materials.

Safety and durability

This product is safe for cutting. The compressed air used for cutting does not have any effect on health. So, using the machine for cutting does not expose you or people around where you are doing the cutting to any danger.  LTP5000D is very strong because of the metal materials used in creating it. The metal casing protects important parts of the machine from damage. Even if it gets exposed to the harsh and dusty environment, the internal parts are protected. Children will not be able to break the metal housing and damage the important parts of the product.

Pros

  • It is lightweight, portable and compact in size
  • The product is highly durable thanks to its metal construction
  • It comes with features made for efficient, clean and quicker cutting
  • The product is safer and comfortable
  • It is versatile in terms of the number of metals that can cut with it
  • The tip does not damage as you fire up the cutter because there is no need to strike it against the metal
  • The consumables for this product are very affordable

Cons

  • The stand off is very short to easily get to the material. So, you may need to buy additional stand off

Conclusion

Lotos LTP5000D is a good product strongly created to meet the cutting needs of the users and also last for a longer time. It is efficient and safe to use. So, if you buy it, you will get value for money. However, while cutting with this cutter, it is important to wear protective gears because it is a pilot arc cutter and so the sparks will begin to fly as soon as you start cutting. Though, this is a quality plasma cutter, it is also advisable that you buy quality consumables also.

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