How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter – Kevin Caron

(Text on screen): How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter, Kevin Caron, The Voice: Hey, Kevin. Is it Christmas? Kevin Caron: Hey! Yeah, man. Santa dressed up like a FedEx guy showed up, and, boy, look at what I got. This is Longevity Welding’s new; it’s a force cut 60i plasma cutter. Oooh, baby! Real nice, clean design on the front of it. Power; your amp meter, power light. This is your warning light to show you your low air pressure, your tip has gone bad, if you’ve got a little problem there somewhere. Air pressure gauge to show you how much your working pressure is. Regulator to adjust your air pressure coming from your air compressor coming in. Cutting amperage, which shows up here. This is your post flow adjustment. Now, post flow, that’s how long the air runs after you let go of the trigger to cool the torch. So, if you’re cutting with lots of amps, you might turn that up. If you’re cutting with very low amps, you can turn that down. Manual setting or CNC. This puppy is big enough to run a pattern table. And they’ve even got the torch to go with it. Timed or constant on the air flow. I can tell you that’s your pressure regulator and your hookups for your ground and for the torch. Let me swing it around and I’ll show you the back of it and show you how to hook up what’s back there. Of course, your power cable. It’s a standard 220-volt single phase, so there’s just three wires in there: a black, a white, and a green. Standard hookup. You know; whatever works in your shop. You get this air connection hose that goes into the machine with a little press-in fitting. You get this little water separator and the little bracket for it with the screws. Air hose slides in on this side. Your hose from your air compressor clips on the other side. So, that’s it. You hook this up. You’re good to go. Get to work. If you look over here, see you’ve got some extra cups, another slider (that helps keep your gun off your work as you’re moving along so you don’t ground out the nozzle), extra nozzles, some extra tips, and some extra fuses for the machine in case you ever need them. It even comes with a CNC connector and that goes on the back of the machine and just screws in, your computer hooks up, your torch hooks up, and you’re ready to go. You can put this to work and go get a cup of coffee while it does all the cutting. Let me show you how to hook the torches up. Nice, long torch. Nice, long lead on it. You line it up with the little plastic boss at the top. That’s it. The torch is ready. Let me get the ground. Again, the notch goes at the top, into the hole, three-quarter twist, your ground is on. So, now you’ve got your torch on, you’ve got your ground on, got power at the back. All I’ve got to do is bring the air hose over, plug it in, plug it in to electric, ground out a piece of metal, we’re good to go. Let’s make some sparks. Grab your helmet and I’ll show you how this thing works. So, I’ve got power on, I’ve got air on, I’ve got my pressure set at 80 psi. Flip the magic button. 58 amps worth of cutting. The Voice: What’s it rated to, Kev? Kevin Caron: Well, it’s rated to cut an inch and a quarter. Huh? My old Hypertherm, it was only rated to half-inch. Oh, my gosh. It’s like a lightning bolt when you hold it. The switch is right on the top. The machine is on. Push that button, you’ve got flame coming out the other end. Be careful! This is a piece of half-inch plate. I’m sorry; a piece of one-inch plate. (cutting) (Text on screen): Real time: 35 seconds to cut 1″ plate. Kevin Caron: So, this is the post flow; that air running. You can adjust that on the machine, but because I had it turned up so high, let this run for a second or two. Now it’s off. Let me strangle the machine. Not bad for one-inch. And I was kind of speeding a little bit, I think, through there. It does a nice job. I am impressed. Now, they sent this to me to look at; to check out. Use it if I like it. Use it in some videos. They’re not paying me for it. I’m doing this because I wanted to learn about the machines. I think I’ll keep it. See you next time. (Text on screen): Subscribe to See More Videos! See and hear more at

39 thoughts on “How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter – Kevin Caron

  1. Very nice. I have a miller 625 and to be honest my cut would not be as good as yours. I wonder if these chinese machines will last the long term. I have had my miller for 10 years and never had a problem. Keep us updated on how this unit works out.

  2. Oh yeah, Now this is what the holidays are all about Kevin…sparks a flying, the ringing of heavy metal in the air and new toys on the table! =)

    You just Keep on Rock*N my friend…we're gonna get us one of them bad boyz soon enough, thanks for sharing.

  3. Id like to see the set up and running of the machine in CNC mode , i like the idea of a machine working for me while i am working on another part of a project . Thanks for the video 🙂

  4. i bought one of their 200dx tig welders and i am extremely happy and impressed with it.i think longevity has got some of the best cheaper stuff out there.thanks for the vids kevin,we do appreciate them.GOD bless!

  5. @Bonfield2002 I most certainly will. But with the way it has handled everything I have throw at it so far, all I can say is WOW!!

  6. @huerdon I think you will be very happy with this machine. I am looking forward to giving it a long and busy home.

  7. @MrMldillman You are going to need one the way your work is going. I am really happy for you. Keep up the great work..

  8. @mustie1 Don't go overboard on the amp setting. Just enough for the job at hand and make sure the air is DRY. Can't have any water getting in there. Makes for a very unhappy machine.

  9. @kneedown4GOD Thanks for stopping by.

    If you get the chance please stop by my site and check out the rest of my work. Lots to see over there also.

  10. @AugendesAbgrunds Going to be a long wait on Santa. You should pop over to the Longevity site and see what deals they have going. You can even make them an offer on a new machine. Look for the "Make us a reasonable offer" button…

  11. If I had a real need, rather than want for one of those, I'd be green with envy. Happy for you and the videos it will make possible.

  12. @kevincaron Yeah I was thinking about that today, that it may be a 200DX or Tigweld 250. Are you going to make a set up vid for the 250?

  13. @huerdon Totally blows my old machine!!!!

    Cuts smoother and Much faster. Just waiting on my training wheels for those long straight cuts and I will be set for a long time.

  14. Thanks, been a learning experience like a lot of thing I do.

    Having fun doing them and sharing what I have learned along the way…

  15. Hey Kevin. I'm looking for a plasma for my home shop. I have a small 30 gallon compressor. I'd like to know as a hobbiest would you recommend this machine & are the consumables hard to get or more expensive than usa made units? Thanks in advance.

  16. I would say this machine is a little big for a home hobbyist. It is rated to 1-1/4 inch!

    The newer 42I is an outstanding machine and better suited to hobbyist use in my opinion. The consumables are all from Longevity unless you want to get a different torch. Then all bets are off on that point. They are not that expensive in my opinion if you just order in bulk. I get a bag at at time and they last me for a few months. Waiting on an aftermarket torch now to see how they compare..

  17. Yeah your right & come to think of it I don't even own a welder capable of welding 1 1/4" lol. I only have a 187 & I build bbq smokers & mess around with sheet metal. I think I will look into the 42i or the 40i. The 40i is a few hundred bucks cheaper than the 42i & I don't see myself working on anything over 3/8 ". Thanks for the reply & input. Your one of the few people on you tube that reply & give great advice via your experience. Thanks again.

  18. Kevin, thePT-60 torch on the 42i is a winner. HTP also uses that torch, and they carry consumables. Trafamet S45 consumables work, but they are not the exact size of the Longevity. I highly recommend the 42i. 40 amps on 220V and 30 on 110V.

  19. Thanks, I have one in the box in my tool room. If I ever need a second one or my 60I dies it is ready to get to work…..

  20. I have another Plasma with the same torch as the 60i. Button on top is hard to use with gloves on, but the consumables are cheap.

  21. I finally got a Trafimet A-140 for mine. Works like a champ and has a really good trigger and safety…

    Just had to switch the euro connector over..

  22. Thank you!! I like to treat folk the way I want to be treated…

    We are all in this together so we might as well get along and help one another….

  23. Total newbie here-so plasma cutters don't require any type of pressurized gas for the cutting flame? How does it produce the cutting flame?

  24. That plug is like a dryer plug and not typical welding plug. I'd have to change it to match my outlets, don't like that. I also wish these other companies would make drag tips like Hypertherm.

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