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I am considering the purchase of a welder and cutting equipment. As the title suggests I've become intrigued with the Everlast Powerpro 256S and 256D as they are multi-process with Plasma capabilities as well. Here is a link to the product page:

Everlast Powerpro 256S
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The other model available here:
Everlast Powerpro 256D
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As far as I can tell is exactly the same unit but with a computer on board instead of individual dials, the only advantage is memories. I can not justify another $1000.00 for that feature, plus there is some suggestion from reviews that a failed computer board is fairly common.

I'm curious to know if anyone out there has used either of these units, or at least this brand.

I have had experience with Mig, Stick, and Plasma cutting in the past but it has been many years and nothing more than hobby/farm use. Which is still what I am considering it for, modifying the occasional ag implement or worst case scenario building a trailer to haul my green machine around. I love the way plasma cutters work but they are inherently expensive on their own so combining equipment seems novel to me.

I am also considering the purchase of an Oxy-Acetylene Torch but also considering an Oxy-Propane due to the savings in fuel. So I would be interested in thoughts on that as well.

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Oxy-propane is for the under 30 guys,,, with a REAL steady hand,,, :flag_of_truce: (not me,,, LOL!)

No shaking allowed,, the burn stops.

I used oxy-propane on a machine (cnc) torch,, it gives FAR better cuts than acetylene,,,

My plasma cutter cost $3,600 a decade ago,, so I have nothing for you on that machine.

I would never cut anything over 1/4" with any plasma,,, unless all you need is to sever.

The angle of the plasma cut is WAY too much for my use.
 

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Oxy-propane is for the under 30 guys,,, with a REAL steady hand,,, :flag_of_truce: (not me,,, LOL!)

No shaking allowed,, the burn stops.
Do you mean because of distance from torch tip to material? Can you braze with Oxy-Propane?
 

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Do you mean because of distance from torch tip to material? Can you braze with Oxy-Propane?
O-P is far lower temp, so there is far less preheat,,,
It is almost like you are just using the oxygen, after the initial preheat,,
once the cutting starts,, the oxygen has to be exactly at the right place to continue the cut.

I doubt you can braze with propane,, but, they have brought out new alloys since I was trained,,, :dunno:

There are many types of high strength silver solders that can be used with O-P.
Again,, that is not my expertootolage,,:lolol:

I use a BIG band saw for most cuts, O-A for thick steel, plasma for under 5/16" and
some day I will get my CNC torch running again,, using O-P,,, just for fun,,,

Here are some 1" thick parts I have made with O-P,,,





Here is O-P cutting 3/4",,, the plasma torch is just standing fire watch,,, :laugh:
(the ex-Navy guys know what standing fire watch means,,,)

 

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With regard to Everlast welders, I have owned one and was not impressed. While functional, they're made overseas in the same plant as a handful of other import welding machines. When designs change, there is no parts supply for older models. Seems like designs change with every sea container full they send over.

To be fair, mine did function. It came with 3' long leads that might've been 8 gauge wire and the ground clamp was hardly thicker than a tin can. I replaced the leads and the clamp, after that it worked passably.

I understand the appeal, buying from established brands is a lot more expensive especially for multiple machines. I'd just caution you that the imports are throw away welders if they break, unless you like troubleshooting circuit boards.
 

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What model was it you had?

Eric Gildersleeve ~ KD7CAO
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I would love to have a Miller Spectrum Multiprocess and the matching Plasma but the cost is beyond what I can justify for my light work. I am looking at a lot of options but, space is a consideration among with price.

Eric Gildersleeve ~ KD7CAO
Krugerville, TX, USA
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