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Hobart Plasma Cutters – 3 Models Compared

Whether you’re new to plasma cutters or you’re just looking to replace one of your older models, Hobart has some of the best plasma cutters in the industry. Hobart is a company that’s been around since 1917 and they know what it takes to make a great product.

Plasma Cutters aren’t exactly cheap so it’s very important to do your research. Although Hobart makes the task of picking the right plasma cutter a lot easier, their products always meet the industry standards with highly durable, functional and impressive cutters.

Plasma Cutters Amps Pounds Price Buy Now
Hobart 500564 Airforce 12ci Plasma Cutter 20 Amps 31 Pounds $ Check Prices
Hobart 500576 Airforce 40i Plasma Cutter 40 Amps 21 Pounds $$$ Check Prices
Hobart 500575 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter 27 Amps 19 Pounds $$ Check Prices

For this review we’re going to look at some of the top Hobart Plasma Cutters on the market. Using factors such as cutting ability, portability, price, and functions, we’ll make the process of picking the perfect Plasma Cutter a lot easier for you.

Best Hobart Plasma Cutters

1. Hobart 500564 Airforce 12ci Plasma Cutter Review

Hobart Plasma Cutter 500564

Editor’s Rating =”3.5 out of 5 stars” 

  • 20 Amps
  • 31 Pounds
  • $

Starting off this list and one of my personal favorites is the Airforce 12ci Plasma Cutter with Built-In Air Compressor. With a more budget friendly price, this cutter is a great tool for smaller to medium sized jobs.

This plasma cutter handles 3/8″ steel with no problem, although don’t expect it to speed through like cutting paper. It isn’t powerful enough to do that but taking your time always gets the job done. It mostly excels at cutting sheet metal and 1/8″ mild steel. The Airforce 12ci can also be powered by standard 120V household voltage.

The main reason I love this plasma cutter is how portable it is. With a weight of 21 pounds and a built-in air compressor this cutter is always ready to go.

Hobart Airforce 12ci Features

  • Inverter Design
  • Built-in Air Compressor
  • New High-Performance Ergonomic Torch
  • Powered by 120V, 20 amp Circuit
  • Post-flow Air Cooling
  • Fan-On-Demand
  • Diagnostic Lights
  • Thermal Overload Protection
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2. Hobart 500576 Airforce 40i Plasma Cutter Review

Hobart PLasma cutter Hobart Airforce 40i Plasma model 500576

Editor’s Rating:” alt=”5 out of 5 stars” />

  • 40 Amps
  • 21 Pounds
  • $$$

Next on our list is the Hobart Airforce 40i, with the highest cutting capacity of the Airforce Models. This machine is perfect for any backyard mechanic or anyone looking to upgrade to something a little stronger with a budget.

The Hobart Airforce 40i can handle cuts up to 7/8″ mild steel with a 40 Amp XT40R plasma torch that boasts more flexibility upgraded ergonomics for comfort and longer consumable life than the other Airforce models. The built in cooling system only operates when it is needed, reducing  overall power consumption. Just like it’s predecessors, it’s very portable, weighing only 21 pounds. You can see why the Hobart Airforce 40i is a favorite among hobbyists and workers alike. Just check out this user reviews and see for yourself.

Hobart Airforce 40i Features

  • New 12ft. XT40R torch
  • Fan-On-Demand – reducing power consumption
  • Cuts up to 5/8″ metal
  • Internal gas/air filter and regulator
  • Diagnostic LED lights
  • Postflow cooling circuit
  • LVC line voltage compensation

3. Hobart 500575 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter Review

Editor’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

  • 30 Amps
  • 19 Pounds
  • $$

Finally last, but certainly not least is the Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter. Even with a slightly cheaper price than the Airforce 40i, this model definitely doesn’t lack in quality.

Running 27 Amps and using the new XT30R Plasma Torch with XT tips designer for longer life, you’ll be able to cut 3/8″ mild steel while also being able to sever 5/8″ mild steel.

Just like the other Hobart Airforce models, the Airforce 27i was designed to be highly portable. With a MVP plug, inverter power supply, and weighing only 27.8 lbs, you’ll be able to take this machine with you anywhere.

Hobart Airforce 27i Features

  • Inverter Design
  • Capable with Engine-Driven Welders
  • New High-Performance Ergonomic Torch
  • Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) – Allows you to connect to common 120 or 240 V power receptacles without the use of any tools
  • Post-flow Air Cooling
  • Fan-On-Demand
  • Wind Tunnel Technology
  • Thermal Overload Protection
  • Line Voltage Compensation (LVC)
  • Power Factor Correction

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