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How to Choose the Right Tactical CNC Plasma Cutting System For You


With a market flooded with a variety of CNC plasma cutting systems, with various features at various price points, the options are bound to make your head spin.  There are a variety of factors that should be carefully considered when choosing what CNC plasma cutting system is best for your metal fabrication shop.  In addition to assortment of considerations, we encourage all of our customers to consult us with any questions they might have and allow us to not only extensively explain our different plasma cutters, but tell you about the variety of options that are available for customization and help you take a hands-on, online tutorial of our software so that you can experience it for yourself before making a purchase.

When considering your new CNC plasma system, it is imperative that you ask yourself questions and weigh features carefully so that you end up with a robust system that can accommodate your needs. First, what is the maximum size or sheet you purchase?  This is critical because you need a table that can handle the size of material you tend to work with.  If you purchase a 4′ x 8′ sheet material, there could be savings to be had from your supplier by stepping it up to a 5′ x 10′ sheet.  Fortunately, Tactical CNC offers a wide range of stock sizes from which to choose.  The width of your system cannot change down the road, unlike the length which can be added onto later, so the money you spend now should be spent wisely so that you do not have regrets at a later date.  Next, while there are a variety of machines at different price points and with different features, it is important to consider carefully the fabrication of the system that you are choosing.  What materials are used in construction?  The metal fabrication sector can be a very rough place for equipment so it is important to make sure your purchase is capable of standing the test of time in your work environment.  We use heavy gauge material to ensure that it can be rugged and still be the precision cutting system to meet your demands.  When it all comes down to it, you want precision and accuracy in your system, so look at how the motion pieces of the system are made because these will directly affect precision and accuracy. Further, Tactical CNc mounts the rails and gear track on machined flat surfaces to ensure that the motion is smooth and friction free.  We also use optical proximity sensors for the system to find its table limits so it will operate square and true.  These sensors do not make any contacts or make any mechanical switching, so they will operate trouble free for many years.  Many customers do not know what to expect with software and, in the past, may not have done enough research.  We are here to resassure our customers that they are getting the best, state-of-the-art software available today.  Tactical CNC software is completely made in the USA, containing CAD drawing capabilities and CAM cutting software hosting multiple part grid nesting, pre-loaded cutting parameters of your plasma cutter, kerf compensation, lead ins/lead outs, G-Code tool path generator, image conversion to vector file capability and has remote access capabilities.  We encourage our customers to feel completely comfortable with our software which is why you should give us a call and book a “virtual test drive” of our software where you will be able to design and execute a cut remotely, right form your own computer.  Your plasma cutter selection is one you should carefully review to ensure you select one that meets your maximum material thickness needs.  We are here to help you determine what will best meet your requirements for cutting thickness, determining if it should be a conventional air plasma or a mixed gas system.  Finally, we at Tactical CNC offer on-site training to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your new plasma cutting system and we also offer telephone and e-mail support for the lifetime of the system that you purchased from us because we believe in customer satisfaction.  We encourage you to carefully weigh these factors and consider adding a Tactical CNC plasma cutting system to your metal fabrication shop.


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Tactical CNC introduces a single oxy-fuel station to compliment your plasma cutting system.
With the new Tactical 5 software, oxy-fuel parameters are also loaded for operator convienience.

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