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160PI vs PI which one ?

05-13-2010, 07:12 AM
Looking for advice for picking between the 160PI and 200PI. I did read the differences in the plasma cutter 40 vs 50 amps and the difference in the stick of 160 vs 200. Any thing else important or things to consider for real world use?

05-13-2010, 08:18 AM
I would go with the 200PI I had a 160P(not the PI) and when TIG welding some AL, I had the machine maxed out to geet some welding speed. I have not yet had to max out to 200PI that I now have. The 160 worked very well, but I did not like maxing out the machine.

05-13-2010, 09:06 AM
Thanks I appreciate the help.

05-13-2010, 09:57 AM
Hi hyghlndr and welcome to the forum. The 200PI has a max of 70 amps plasma 180 stick and the 160 has max of 50 plasma and 160 stick. The TIG is 200 and 160 as indicated. Either machine will work well but if you are going to weld aluminum over 3/16th's you probably will need the 200 amps.

05-14-2010, 12:45 PM
I agree with the earlier posts that if at all possible go with the 200PI which gives you the greater flexibility. A reason to go with the 160 would be if you are consistently doing lighter grade fab work, don't really ever need to get into heavier stock and have no reason to overspend or over design a production line. If your needs vary, have some heavier projects on occasion, then go with a machine that will meet your max requirements. It's sort of like if you're pumping water from a lake, and need a 2 hp motor; get a 2 hp motor for constant use; but if you go from one place to another and have varying requirements get the 5 hp that will do a wide variety of work and pump for all applications.

I do a variety of work so opt for the max for what I need and suggest you do the same. The Longevity brand will take care of you regardless of your choice.