We opted to get our table from Precision Plasma in a kit form. They have a few versions of tables and gantry's. We opted for the iplasma series 4x8 table. They have a few options that you can opt for to suit your taste and budget.
We opted for the stainless steel cable trays and the igus cable carriers. We would definitely recommend getting these options. The trays and the cable carriers keep everything in order and make for a neat and clean install and operation.
We also opted for the machine torch holder instead of the hand torch holder. The kit includes a mount that will hold a Porter Cable trim router. This is a nice option to have. While this machine is not designed to be a full time routing table it has the ability to do double duty and do some light router work.
We picked a new home for this plasma table we opted to place it close to our roll up door this time to make it easier to load and transfer full sheets of steel plate.
Precision Plasma makes assembly a breeze. This is all we needed to assembly the table:
Two magnetic levels
¾ open end wrenches
7/16 open end wrenches
9/16 open end wrenches
½ open end wrenches
3/8 open end wrenches
½ socket with extension
3mm / 5/32 / 3/16 Allen
Precision Plasma includes step by step assembly instructions with pictures which can be downloaded before hand from their website.
The entire table came very well packed in a truck ship crate. It weighed in at 315 lbs. Every component was wrapped and padded. Despite traveling across the country there were no scratches or damage. The powder coat looked perfect.
The instructions do not call for the thread locker and it may not be necessary but we opted to use it since we dont plan on moving this table for a very long time and like things to stay were we put them.
So how long does it take to put this table together and how many people does it take to set up.
If we had not been shooting photos every couple of minutes and documenting things I bet we could have had everything set up in under two hours. Maybe less.
While one person could assembly this by themselves I would recommend 2-3 people.
The structure is made of 1/8 plate that has been precision cut and bent just like their name.
Having the ability to go from no table to a fully assembled, tested, engineered, powder coated table in just a couple of hours is awesome.
Precision Plasma has done all of the major work for you.
Here are some photos of the build process….
Leave everything loose until the very end. Once everything is assembled to the point of the long side rails, then level, check plumb and square and then tighten everything up.
The trolleys are precision pieces with smooth running bearings. The parts are all precision cut and tig welded. I found the trolleys were very stable and smooth on the stainless steel rails.