Lotos LT5000D 50A Air Inverter – Reviews
The LT5000D is packed with many useful features like the ones mentioned below.
Automatic Dual voltage device
The LT5000D is a 50 Amps digital inverter that can be used in two voltage settings. If you are working on thin pieces of metal such as aluminum sheet, then the device can be operated at 110V. But if you intend to use the device for heavier work then 220V is required. Apart from being a dual voltage device it is also a dual frequency device (50/60 Hz).
Advanced cooling system
For any plasma cutter, the cooling system installed in the device is of great importance. This is primarily due to the fact that enormous amount of heat is produced while the device is in operation and the cooling system is responsible for blowing off the steam in a matter seconds.
The LT5000D is installed with highly efficient PAPST advanced German cooling system. This makes the machine highly reliable and trustworthy.
The cooling system comprises of air hose couplers, air hole and air regulator. These components ensure that the machine does not damage itself due to overheating, thus allowing users to use it continuously.
The LT5000D is designed using the switch power inverter technology. As a result, the weight and dimensions of the transformer is drastically reduced. Also the efficiency of the machine has gone up by 30%.
The machine is fitted with state of the art MOSFET transistors. Due to this the LT5000D is optimized to provide high power output which is required for cutting thick metals and also provides stable output while cutting thin metal.
It employs the Pulse-Width-Modulation (PWM) technology. Due to this powerful DC welding currents can be generated using the inverter power supply.
Severance and cut thickness
The LT5000D has a maximum cutting thickness of ½ inches and maximum severance thickness of ¾ inches. The machine has a pilot arc that permits cutting of any kind of metal. It efficiently cuts through any rough, painted or rusted surface while producing minimum slag.
The compact size of the LT5000D can make people wonder about its efficiency. But there is no doubt that it is very powerful plasma cutter.
The LT5000D measures 15inches in length, 6 inches in width and 12 inches in height. The machine is lightweight compared to other plasma cutters and weighs 10.2 Kgs.
Affordable and environment friendly
The LT5000D, even with the extra accessories that users have to purchase to improve its efficiency, is cheaper than its competitors. This provides an opportunity for people to own a powerful plasma cutter without burning deep holes in their pockets.
The LT5000D does not harm the environment as it uses clean non hazardous compressed air for cutting.
Below is an in depth review of the LT5000D. The information provided in the below section will help you make an informed buying decision.
The exterior of the LT5000D is constructed using high quality metal. The machine has been given a good red color finishing.
A handle made from plastic has been provided to move the unit according to the user’s convenience. The machine is extremely durable and can endure continuous use in harsh work environment.
Ease of Use
Like all plasma cutters manufactured by Lotos, the LT5000D is fairly easy to use. A user manual has been included in the kit. Users can follow the installation guidelines and begin to use the machine without any difficulties.
The LT5000D is a tig welding mount type plasma cutter and hence does not require any major assembly. In order to start cutting, the user has to position the metal that has to be cut and ground the unit. The torch is fitted with a button that has to be pressed to start cutting.
The LT5000D is ready to use once the power plug is connected to the input wires and the cutter is connected to the pressure regulator. It is important to note that the compressed air must be supplied to the plasma torch at the rate of 65 PSI.
The LT5000D has been built keeping in mind the safety of the users. Some plasma cutters emit toxic fumes that have an adverse effect on the health of the user.
But in the LT5000D, the compressed air used for cutting is purified so that it does not harm the user in any way. The LT5000D is much better than Oxyacetylene as it is does not leave behind oily residue.
The unique shape of the plasma arc cutter of the machine minimizes the risk of fire mishaps. The internal parts of the machine are protected by a metal casing. Due to this, the machine can be used even in a dusty environment without any fear of damage.
The LT5000D can also be operated using a DC power source. The machine can be run at a frequency of 50Hz with 110V or at a frequency of 60Hz with 220V. The dual voltage feature works automatically and the user does not have to modify the settings.
The machine is capable of producing 10Amp-50Amp of current. The duty cycle of the device operating at 40 degree Celsius is 60% at 50A. This has been tested to be true for 110V as well as 220V. The LT5000D is backed with a one year warranty.
The LT5000D is capable of producing clean cuts due to the presence of many features that make it possible to deliver good performance.
It is equipped with MOSFET transistor which is responsible for producing high power output. This is required to cut through the thick metals.
The pilot arc torch of the LT5000D does not touch the work metal and hence the device can be used for cutting rough, rusted or any painted material. The torch size is relatively small compared to other plasma cutters. This makes it very useful for cutting metals in tight spaces.
The LT5000D is very versatile equipment. It can be used make precise cuts on different kinds of metals. The LT5000D is able to cut through metals easily as it has the best thermal conductivity.
This feature is extremely beneficial for people who do metal artwork or make ornamental metal fittings. It is also useful for people who work in construction and plumbing work, automotive repair or pipe fitting.
The LT5000D starter kit comes with all the basic accessories required to get the machine started.
- Input power cable is included in the kit. The 6 feet 8 inches long cable is sufficient to set up the equipment.
- The 3 prong torch cable is 9 feet 9 inches long and provides enough room to move freely around in the work space.
- Along with these, air filter and air regulator has also been provided in the kit. The air regulator has specification of 0 to 150 pounds/sq inch.
- An air hose along with 2 couplers and 4 clamps are also included in the kit.
How does it compare?
Below is a look at some of the competitors of the LT5000D:
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If you are looking for a superior quality plasma cutter, then the Hypertherm PowerMax 45 is a good choice. Unlike the LT5000D, this plasma cutter is better suited for professionals. It also weighs more than the LT5000D.
The Hypertherm PowerMax 45 is a good investment as it is durable and has great resale value. Due to the conical flow shape of the torch, the energy density of the arc is increased. As a result, the cuts are sharper and cleaner. It is equipped with an advanced cooling system and also has automatic shut off feature.
As it packed with a number of powerful features such as patented drag-cutting technology and superior gouge and cut quality, it is more expensive compared to the LT5000D.
For people who are willing to pay a premium price for a high quality plasma cutter with good design, power and convenience, the Hypertherm PowerMax 45 is highly recommended.
If you are looking for a plasma cutter loaded with a number of smart features, then the Miller Spectrum 375 is a great pick. But unlike the LT5000D, this plasma cutter is suitable for light cutting jobs.
It is equipped with an automatic re-fire system. This feature helps to save time and energy while making long cuts. The machine automatically adjusts the power and air input in order to maintain optimum operating conditions.
The main drawback of this machine is that it is not as powerful as the LT5000D. While the LT5000D has current rating of 50Amp, the Miller Spectrum 375 has current rating of 30Amp. Also there is a wide difference in the price of the two plasma cutters.
Hence it is suitable for professionals who are looking for a portable and light weight plasma cutter for light cutting jobs.
If you are looking for a plasma cutter that is more powerful and has more features than the LT5000D, then the AHP Alpha Cut is the plasma cutter for you. The machine has current rating of 60Amp. At 47.4 pounds it is much heavier than the LT5000D.
It can be used on rough surfaces such as rusted painted or corroded metals. It has a continuous pilot arc which is responsible for producing smooth cuts. The AHP Alpha Cut costs at least twice as much the LT5000D.
But unlike the LT5000D, the AHP Alpha Cut comes with the adapter that makes it possible to use dual voltage capability.
If you are looking for a good plasma cutter on a tight budget the LT5000D may be a great option for you to consider. Though it may not be the most powerful plasma cutter, it is versatile, reliable and packed with many useful features.