Plasma Cutters: The Necessary Guide

This page will contain a bunch of different plasma cutter topics, that you may or may not be familiar with.

Built in Air Compressor For Sale

If you are looking for a plasma cutter with a built-in air compressor, then this is where we have all those listed for sale, that you could possibly want.

You can also go to a bunch of other pages, where we specifically have those listed that we either consider portable because of their dimensions and how much they weigh, and yet some pages are dedicated to the plasma cutters that specifically have a pilot arc.

With regards to the built-in air compressors, some of the most popular versions include the following from manufacturers such as Hypertherm, Hobart and Miller, as well as others.

  • Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air
  • Hobart Airforce 250ci
  • Hobart AirForce 40i
  • Miller Spectrum 625 X-Treme
  • Hypertherm Powermax 45

Feeling overwhelmed? We get it! There’s so much information for you to consider, why we have created the easy-to-use comparison chart that will allow you to select the features you have been looking for, and see the specs for each machine that has those exact features.

Portable Options

If you’re always on the move, getting a portable plasma cutter is the right move for you. Having a light-weight, hand-held machine just allows you to get more done than having something massive that is just a pain to deal with.

Since you came to this page specifically looking for a portable option, you may also be interested in checking out our comparison chart. It allows you to easily say “okay, this is how much I want it to weigh at the very most, and these are the dimensions I don’t want it to be bigger than.” That saves you a bunch of trouble if you know that you are either mainly comfortable carrying a certain amount, or if you know that you want your plasma cutter to be fitting in a specific space on your truck, where there is just a limited amount of space.

A lot of people are extremely happy with the Hypertherm Powermax 45, which stands at 36 lbs, but the Powermax 30 is an even lighter option at 21.4 lbs. Then it very much comes down to your personal preferences, or if you have some types of metal, or thicknesses that you know you will be dealing with a lot.

There are also a bunch of both HobartEverlastThermal Dynamics and Miller Electric models that the pros are using out there. From Miller Electric, you will find that the Spectrum 625 X-TREME is a strong contender at 21 lbs.

Pilot Arc

There are many different users across the internet that will absolutely swear that getting a plasma cutter with a pilot arc is a necessity – that is why we have listed all the models we have for sale on this page.

You can find a variety of models with this feature like the Lotos models (LTP5000D, for instance), while it is a feature that will be significantly more normal for higher end machines. The Lotos model we mentioned, however, is a good cheap option to consider if you’re a DIY wanting to work on different projects.

You should also know that you probably will not want to go back when you start using a plasma cutter with a pilot arc. That is how much we believe you will love the feature!

The Cut-50 is another option that has a pilot arc on the much cheaper end, but you should also know that you will not want to get that option unless your needs are extremely limited.

If you check the various communities online, you will probably come across more than a handful of people that have mentioned that they ended up being too cheap when they bought a plasma cutter, and now they’re just waiting for someone to buy it off of them.

Lotos

Are Lotos plasma cutters the best cheap options we have for sale here on this site? We think so, and we hope you’ll take the time to review the video where we’re showing you why we think so.

There’s a plasma cutter out there for everyone, and it’s not everyone that needs a shop grade piece of equipment because they are going to be using it every single day. While you’re not getting a machine that comes with the Hobart name, like the AirForce 27i, you’re getting a machine that will handle the absolutely vast amount of different projects you could throw at is your average DIY person.

Got some heavier projects in mind, or are you sure whether or not this will be enough for your various needs? We invite you to study the various specs provided. There are many different cheap versions out there, and even some that are cheaper than this, but if you’re looking for a plasma cutter with a budget under $500, the LTP5000D is the machine we’ll recommend, which is a great pilot arc model.

Are you still considering a more expensive model, then we suggest you visit our LincolnThermal Dynamics or Hobart pages, as they have great models too.

Hobart

Welcome to the page where you’ll find all the Hobart plasma cutters we have for sale, including the 250ci, 40i, airforce 12ci, 27i, 250a, 700i, Airforce 400, 500i. These are the most requested model for that manufacturer.

Hobart Welders is a name you can count on when it comes to plasma cutters, whether you want a cheaper option, or you’re going for a more expensive option.

As we get further along with this site, we are also going to be including video reviews of Hobart’s various plasma cutters in order to give you the comprehensive overview of what the different models are able to do for you and your project needs.

When you choose a Hobart machine, you are not buying some random machine from a company that you don’t know whether will be around tomorrow. Rather, you’re buying something that you know will last you a very long time, with the various features you’re looking for. Among them are many various 110v or 120v plasma cutters, if that’s what you’re looking for, at the price that best fits your budget.

You can also find some with built in air compressors. We also have specific pages for both EverlastThermal Dynamics, Lincoln ElectricLotos, and other plasma cutter manufacturers for you to choose from.

Hypertherm

Hypertherm are some of the most popular plasma cutters that we have for sale here on the site, so we’re not all too surprised that that is the brand you’re considering going with! Hypertherm has a bunch of really great models, including the PowerMax 380, 45, 65 & 800, and we take it upon ourselves to help you make sure you’re not just buying a plasma cutter – you’re buying the right one also.

What that means is that we’re not blindly telling you to buy Hypertherm. We also have pages dedicated to Miller Electric & ESAB and other popular options in the industry. Some are cheap, others aren’t and are better suited for those people that have significantly more needs than others.

We’re not trying to say that there is one plasma cutter that is right for everyone, absolutely not, but we’re rather trying to give you the advice you need so that you can end up making the right decisions in your specific case.

CNC Plasma Cutters

This page is dedicated to listing all the various brands of CNC plasma cutters for sale, whether it’s the Lincoln Torchmate 4800 or the crossfire model, but we also have various hobby CNC plasma cutters for you to take a look at.

If you’re rather looking for a handheld plasma cutter, we have a dedicated page to those instead, carrying various different brands including Miller Electric, Hobart & HyperTherm.

Our intention on this page is to create video reviews of the various CNC machines in order for you to get a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various different models. You can easily choose the various sizes you may be interested in, including 4×4, 4×8, 5×10 and more.

Got any questions regarding the Lincoln Torchmate 4400, it’s cost or anything else? Our support is here, ready to help you out. Our mission is to make sure you get the best option for your needs.

Reviews & Comparison Chart

Finding the right plasma cutter for your project may not necessarily be easy. There are so many different models to go with, and it can often be very difficult to figure out whether you want a MillerHobart or Lincoln Electric machine for your home or shop.

This is probably the place you always wanted to find because it makes it so much easier for you to do all the work. All you have to do is figure out what your requirements are, what is important to you, and we’ll stack the different models against each other in a way that makes your decision making easy. You’re no longer having to scour the internet for days and days to figure out what the right plasma cutter is for your needs.

We have combined cheap models, expensive models, and everything in between. It’s our way to give back to the community, and hopefully we would love if you chose to make your next purchase through us – we do appreciate your business!

Hobart AirForce 40i

The Hobart AirForce 40i plasma cutter is a really great plasma cutter from the renowned manufacturer, Hobart. In addition, it is also just one step above the AirForce 27i, that we also offer on this site for you.

At a 50% duty cycle, this is a strong machine able to cut 7/8 mild steel, and doing so a lot faster than with the use of oxy fuel, and without the headache of using oxy fuel which requires you to manage all the various settings.

It also has a fan that will only run as needed, which keeps your machine from getting excess dust and other things running through it, while being powered with 120 or 240 volt.

Make sure to watch our review of the machine to see what you can expect if this is the machine you decide to go with. At 21 pounds, it is not the most portable plasma cutter you can find, but it can run up to 40 amps and provide the necessary power to cut 5/8 clean, or sever 7/8 steel. These are the reasons why it’s a go-to choice for the person who cannot afford to have to deal with the issues of a cheap machine, and do some industrial work. The previous version was 31 lbs, so this marks a significant improvement with the new design.

Miller Millermatic 252 For Sale

The Miller Millermatic 252 is the upgrade if you have previously been using the Millermatic 211 or the 251. It’s a welder where Miller has really stepped up their game!

This is the next step up allowing you to weld anything from 22 gauge to 1/2inch with just one single pass. Being armed with self-calibrating digital meters with infinite voltage control makes the the Miller Millermatic 252 one of the better welders we have for sale on this site.

When you’re paying more, you can also expect to get significantly better performance from it, and the 252 does not disappoint.

At 28 VDC, this beast can run 250 A at a 40% duty cycle, allowing you probably the highest output in its class. With an amperage range from 30-300 A, your options are many, and at 200 A at 28 VDC, its duty cycle is an impressive 60%.

While it may be slightly less portable than some of the other welders available on this site, it still has 4 wheels to easily let you push it back and forth.

While the welding gun comes with a 90 day warranty, the welder itself has a warranty of 3 years for parts and labor.

You will also be sure to fall in love with its built-in digital timers menu where you can preset voltage and wire feed speed, on a big, digital display. On the display you can also adjust other settings such as the spot/delay timer, burnback, pre/postflow and run-in.

Is this not what you are looking for? We have an entire section dedicated to all the MIG welders on the website that we additionally encourage you to explore. On the market for a new plasma cutter? No worries, there’s a page for that!

If you have any welding related questions, be sure to reach out and if we are unable to answer your question straight away, we’ll make sure the right expert gets back to you.

Monarch Lathes For Sale

If you’re looking for a piece of quality equipment that can help you with your metal cutting needs, one of the Monarch lathes we have for sale on this page may just be what you are looking for. If you’re looking for something portable, we have a section on plasma cutters, too.

Monarch is a trusted name when it comes to metal lathes, having been around the block since 1909.

There is a range of different models available including the Monarch 10ee, the Trens SBL700, SBL 500 and SBL 300, each of them having their own advantages, often compared to the South Bend Heavy 10 in terms of their functionality.

Monarch lathes have a reputation and performance that will probably outlast your need for the machine, why you’ll find both new and used machines for sale, some of them having been in use for a significant amount of years, still going strong. These machines are proudly made in the US, so you know you’ll be supporting the American economy with your purchase also.

In fact, the 10EE was such a powerful machine and way ahead of any of its competitors when it was introduced that it kept being made up until the 1990s. Just because one of their machines may have been in use for 20 years, it does not mean it is ready to be retired yet, why these wonders are still cutting metal across the nation.

While they do carry a different price tag compared to some of the cheap metal lathes, you won’t find nearly of the same performance with those, so the question is – do you want something that will keep working, or are you looking for something you will have to replace?

Besides creating sturdy pieces of art, they also have impressive troubleshooting and otherwise field service to help you should you experience any problems with their products.

Miller Millermatic 211 907614 Auto Set For Sale

With this beautiful machine that not only provides a lot of power but also at an affordable price tag, you’re sure to get a MIG welder that won’t disappoint.

It’s a great single-phase option that auto-sets 110/220 volt with excellent value. If you had the previous model, the Millermatic 211 907614 with auto set may just be the natural upgrade for you, why we have it for sale here on the site at a very affordable rate.

Five different wire and gas combinations allows this machine to present you with unmatched functionality while still being very portable at just 38 lbs, being good at those jobs that require you move around a lot, which can be hugely beneficial no matter if you’re buying a welder or a plasma cutter. Being not only lighter than the previous model, this model is also 3 inches less tall.

Miller has also stepped up their game when it comes to the fan by providing its Fan-on-Demand technology. By limiting the use of the fan to when it is actually needed, you’re using less electricity and less debris gets into the machine unintended.

Are you still relatively new to welding, then you will find the auto-set function extremely useful where you won’t even know how to set the proper parameters. Initiating the process is as easy as simply choosing what diameter wire you’re using and the material and its thickness – you’re now ready to go!

Does your situation require manual settings, like when you’re welding aluminum, mild steel or stainless steel? The machine is also able to accommodate that.

Its smooth starts will let you weld with almost no spatter, thereby saving you a bunch of time you would otherwise have spent cleaning up your weld.

It also has a feature whereby it shuts down if the tip is shorted, thereby extending the tip life and allowing your machine to last you longer.

No matter if you’re looking for a DIY or hobby welder, using aluminum or mild steel for your creations, this Millermatic 211 is a great choice to consider.

Miller Welders For Sale

Miller, like Lincoln, is one of those companies where you know you will be able to rely on the welder you get from them. They not only make TIG and MIG welders, both of these companies additionally make plasma cutters and all the various welding equipment you could possibly want, whether you’re a DIY or a pro.

Some of the most popular models from Miller include the Millermatic 211, 252, 210, 140, 130, 200, 250, 135, 255, 141, 212, 350p, 175, 180, 251, 130xp, 35, 185, 220, 215, 190, 172 and 250x. Yes, Miller Electric is a company that has been around for a long time, since 1929 specifically, why they have a bunch of different machines, loved by people all over the world.

This page is dedicated to listing all the Miller welding machines for sale on our website. Whether you need a welding machine for marine applications, education, agriculture or something else, there is one for everyone.

While being more expensive than some of the less reputable companies in the field, you’re not just buying a machine, you’re buying the insurance that the company that built it will in fact be around tomorrow, too, and that you won’t simply be stuck with a worthless metal box if any problems should arise.

Besides welders, Miller Electric also makes an array of other different products like welding tables, workbenches, helmets, torches and more. If you want those professional welding joints, these machines have the power and accuracy that you’re looking for, and we’ll even help you navigate the landscape to make sure you’re getting the one that fits your budget and needs.

While we would love to sell you the more expensive Millermatic 350P mig welder, we are also well aware that it might be way too much machine for a lot of people, and since we’re hoping you’ll shop from us again, it’s important to match needs and budget.

Miller Millermatic 252 For Sale

The Miller Millermatic 252 is the upgrade if you have previously been using the Millermatic 211 or the 251. It’s a welder where Miller has really stepped up their game!

This is the next step up allowing you to weld anything from 22 gauge to 1/2inch with just one single pass. Being armed with self-calibrating digital meters with infinite voltage control makes the the Miller Millermatic 252 one of the better welders we have for sale on this site.

When you’re paying more, you can also expect to get significantly better performance from it, and the 252 does not disappoint.

At 28 VDC, this beast can run 250 A at a 40% duty cycle, allowing you probably the highest output in its class. With an amperage range from 30-300 A, your options are many, and at 200 A at 28 VDC, its duty cycle is an impressive 60%.

While it may be slightly less portable than some of the other welders available on this site, it still has 4 wheels to easily let you push it back and forth.

While the welding gun comes with a 90 day warranty, the welder itself has a warranty of 3 years for parts and labor.

You will also be sure to fall in love with its built-in digital timers menu where you can preset voltage and wire feed speed, on a big, digital display. On the display you can also adjust other settings such as the spot/delay timer, burnback, pre/postflow and run-in.

Is this not what you are looking for? We have an entire section dedicated to all the MIG welders on the website that we additionally encourage you to explore. On the market for a new plasma cutter? No worries, there’s a page for that!

If you have any welding related questions, be sure to reach out and if we are unable to answer your question straight away, we’ll make sure the right expert gets back to you.