Making any purchase is a challenge, but when you are seeking out the best plasma cutter on the market it is doubly difficult as there is such a wide variety available in the market place. Ensuring that you make a fair comparison of all the different brands and models on offer is critical to making the right choice when you purchase. If you are not already familiar with the concept of a plasma cutting device, I will briefly explain. A good quality plasma cutting machine is one that channels gas at extremely high speeds through a small nozzle on the end of the gun or tool. As the gas is traveling at such a high speed the plasma cutter is able to cut through pretty much any metal and at varying levels of thickness, depending on the power and the quality of the product of course.
There are many different models and brands that you can buy either online or in stores. You will find the best prices are online, but it is advisable to research and review products fully before you purchase as these are not small investments. Finding the best performing plasma cutter for industrial or even personal use can be assisted by reading on through our concise plasma cutter reviews and product advice. It is very important to weigh up the pros and cons of each model and brand before you actually decide which one you wish to purchase.
As with any buying decision there are a number of factors that you will need to take into consideration before you buy your plasma cutting model. First and foremost of course, as with anything, is your budget. As I mentioned earlier, this is not the cheapest power tool and thus you will need a decent budget to get the highest quality cutting device. Secondly, you will need to consider the metals and the thickness of these metals you will need to be cutting. Not all cutters using plasma can cut through all metals, so be careful with this one and do your research. Finally, you will need to decide what brand you prefer. There is a large number of good quality brands out there but some of the best and advisable ones to choose are Lotos, Hypertherm, ESAB, Lincoln Electric, Eastwood and Miller. If you opt for one of these you can’t really go wrong. Please take a look at the comparison table below to get an idea of specifications and cutting ability.
Most popular plasma cutters compared for review
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Hypertherm Powermax 45
Of the many plasma cutters available in stores today the Hypertherm Powermax 45 plasma cutter certainly stands out from the crowd. Although, it is not the cheapest plasma cutter available, it is undoubtedly very well built and best of all it is all American made. If you are simply looking for a plasma cutter for the odd job around the house this is not the product for you. However, if you are cutting a lot of metal and need the job to be done well time and time again then the Hypertherm Powermax 45 is ideal. As with all Hypertherm products, the Powermax 45 is built to last. The handled, cutting cord and powercord are all much better quality and more robust than some other brands out there, meaning you will get many years of use before having to replace them. The other great feature of the Hypertherm Powermax 45 is the efficiency using consumables, it is 186% more efficient than other brands; this will save you lots of cash, especially if you are a heavy user.
Torch handle is really comfortable and simple to use. If you are wearing welding gloves (which we recommend you do) when cutting you will have no problem accessing/using the trigger. This is better than most other brands we’ve reviewed where the trigger can sometimes be difficult to use with gloves on.
The Hypertherm Powermax 45 has an excellent 20 foot long cutting cord. This is a great help if you are trying to distance yourself from other work areas or from falling metal/objects.
The cutting cord also has a really quick disconnecting function
Ergonomically designed handle, this is placed on the top of the unit for ease when moving
Power settings are really easy to adjust to the perfect level
The cuts are extremely precise, better than any other cutters we have reviewed within the half inch category
It is a little more expensive than other plasma cutters within this range. However, if you have the extra cash you really do get very good quality fixtures and fittings.
The overall weight of the Hypertherm Powermax 45 is a little heavy at 40 pounds. The main reason for this is the lengthy cutting cord (we feel this is well worth it as the long cable adds value to the product)
If you are looking to buy a general use plasma cutter then the Lotos LT5000D is a great option. Lotus technology are well known in the industry for creating good quality and versatile products and the Lotos LT5000D is no different. You should be looking to buy the LT5000D whether you need to use on a construction site or if you are looking to carry out a number of metal cutting job around the home. Either way this plasma cutter will have no problems whatsoever. One of the best things about the Lotos LT5000D is the lack of maintenance required to keep it in good shape, it is also very easy to keep clean and emits far fewer dangerous gases than other plasma cutters on today’s market. Overall, it is a solid buy for anyone wanting to get a good all round plasma cutter.
The Lotos LT5000D is extremely easy to set up and use. The instructions are very easy to follow and as with all Lotos products the gauges and dials are very easy to read and follow, meaning you can operate this plasma cutter with ease.
It is very portable, the built in handle makes it simple to pick up and move to wherever you are wanting to cut some metal
The cooling system has PAPST technology built in and is great for keeping your plasma cutter cool during long cutting sessions or if you are using the cutter all day. The cooling system also helps to maintain the finish and quality of the Lotos LT5000D, meaning you get a much longer usage out of it.
It is a versatile plasma cutter. It can be used for cutting many different kinds of metals either in the workplace or at home
Offers great value compared to some higher priced models
Emits a lower amount of harmful gases than other plasma cutters that you can buy today
It is very easy to keep clean and maintain, a big plus!
Includes MOSFET for high power output, meaning the plasma cutter can cut thin metals very well and also thick metals
The ground cable and the power cable are a little short on this plasma cutter but can be extended easily
Handle construction not quite as robust as more expensive models
Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc
The Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc is undoubtedly one of best portable plasma cutters available to buy in stores at the minute. This model requires an air compressor that you will need to buy separately and it will give you the ability to cut through a number of different metals such as mild steel, aluminium, alloy steel, stainless steel and copper. As with most plasma cutters the Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc is able to cut through metals without having to actually make contact with them. This means the Lotos LTP5000D is ideal for cutting through old or damaged metals, especially if they have been painted or treated in the past. The MOSFET transistor means the output from the Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc is completely uniform and thus has no problem cutting through thick or thin metals. The product has dual voltage and can operate on 110 or 220 V, 50/60 Hz.
When you buy the Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc you will receive a number of great items within the purchase price: Lotos LTP5000D plasma-cutter, electrode with installed, a cup-plasma torch including one nozzle, regulator for air pressure, ground clamp with cable, the air pressure regulator also has wall bracket, air hose including 2 couplers and 2 clamps.
You get great value for money with the Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc, it’s lower priced than most of the similar cutters in this class
This product includes a 1 year warranty, this is longer than most brands/products offer
Dual voltage option, 100v or 220v
Extremely easy to move around / very portable
The carrying handle is really strong and sturdy
Very easy to use / operate
The various gauges are simple and easy to understand
The cutting through thin materials is extremely accurate and precise.
You can make use of the free tutorials online offered by Lotos
The pigtail to 110v is not included but you can buy this separately
The air hoses that are included are a little hard to seal
The torch trigger does not come with a guard / protector
Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme
Many feel (and we agree) the Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme plasma cutter is not only the best value cutter on the marker today but also the best performing. Unlike many plasma cutters available today, the Miller Spectrum 375 is extremely easy to use and best of all it is much lighter than other brands and models, making it easy to carry around and even cut while holding it (using the comfortable shoulder strap). Whether you are looking to buy a plasma cutter for the odd job around the house or you will be using it daily for work the Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme really is the perfect machine. The dual-voltage usage, thermal protector and air regulator that automatically adjusts make the Miller Spectrum 375 one of the easiest plasma cutters to use. Another good feature of the Spectrum 375 is that it does not require a high frequency to operate, thus no need to unplug other electrical devices when cutting.
The dual voltage plug feature means you can connect to 110V or 220V by just changing the end of the plug you use
Comes with a really useful and durable carry case. There is plenty of room in the carry case for you to put your eye goggles, welding gloves, MVP plugs, consumables and anything else you may need while cutting.
Extremely lightweight when compared to other brands/plasm cutters, weighing in at just 18 pounds
Comes with LVC or line voltage compensation. This is designed to allow for any fluctuation in power from your mains voltage. It will allo perfect performance even if your power supply fluctuates by 15% in either direction +/-
The LED display makes it really easy to check on pressure levels, power, cup and of course the temperature to ensure the cutter is operating safely and effectively.
The torch is ergonomically designed for ultimate comfort. You also get an improved cup and swirl ring, along with a safety trigger for protection
Air connection is located on the back panel for ease of connection, this is a simple process, and even the most novice metal cutter should have no problem
Miller will set the air pressure levels when bulding this plasma cutter so no need for the user to worry about air pressure levels. The Miller Spectrum 375 will automatically set the pressure levels through to the torch for you.
The gas, air filter and regulator are all located in the power source, this means you have extra protection while transporting the Spectrum 375
You can operate the Miller Spectrum 375 without the need for high-frequency, this means all other electrical items within close proximity are safe and no need to turn them off.
Little more expensive than some models available, but in our opinion, worth every cent!
The Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme can be difficult to track down, many suppliers struggle with availability
Ramsond CUT 50DX
Of all the plasma cutters available in stores today the Ramsond CUT 50DX is one of the bestselling. It is an extremely versatile product and best of all it is very easy to use. Even users that are new to plasma cutting should have no problem getting to grips with the Ramsond CUT 50DX. The amp gauge is really easy to read, this is a great help if you are not that familiar with plasma cutters. If you buy the Ramsond CUT 50DX plasma cutter you will see that it is a 50Amp cutter with not only dual voltage function (100V and 220V) but also has a dual frequency function (50Hz and 60Hz) as well for ultimate convenience. The Ramsond CUT 50DX also comes with a number of other great built in features such as a superb cooling system, an easy to read pressure gauge and a robust handle for when you need to move the cutter from one work spot to another.
When you buy the Ramsond CUT 50DX Plasma Cutter you get a great package of inclusions: Plasma Torch that has push button controls, a 10 foot hose, a bunch of plasma consumables (10 nozzles, 10 electrodes, 5 swirl rings and 5 shield, ground claim including 8 ½ feet of wire, air regulator/filter and hardware to allow wall mounting, inlet hose including clap and nozzles, Teflon tap and of course a comprehensive instruction manual (that is surprisingly easy to follow
The pressure display and gauge is conveniently located at the front of the plasma cutter, making it easily viewable while working/cutting.
Includes a very powerful 50Amp digital inverter for great performance
Has dual voltage function for 100V or 220V depending on where you are using the plasma cutter, this is a great help.
The Rasmond CUT 50DX also has dual frequency functionality (50 or 60HZ)
Clean cuts through metal up to ¼ of an inch but can also perform severance cuts on metals up to 1 inch thick
You must buy a decent quality air filter for the Ramsond CUT 50DX to work at fully
Price tag can be a little high for the novice user or someone who simply needs to buy a plasma cutter than can be used at home
Not quite as easy to master as other plasma cutters out there, will take some practice
When it comes to versatile and compact cutters, this model is definitely one of the best options. While being rather small (only 42.3 pounds and 14’’ x 5.5’’ x 11.5’’), it’s designed to do virtually any cutting task you can come up with. Whether you need to cut through thick metal or require some fine cutting, this unit can do both while providing you an enjoyable and fast cutting experience.
While the price of this model might seem too high at first, it’s actually a money saver since it comes with various accessories you won’t need to buy separately. Besides offering the buyer eye shields, gloves, and a shoulder strap for easy holding and transportation of the unit, the manufacturer provides plug adapters. You won’t have to worry about finding the right plug for this cutter to work. The plug adapters allow you to operate the unit at 120V – 240V. The cutter also comes with a hard carry case, which makes it easy to transport the unit to the construction site or wherever else you need to use it.
The standard and fine cut consumables are also included into the package. This plasma cutter allows you to cut metal as thick as 5/8’’ while the finest cuts are precise and easy to make. This plasma cutter gets the best reviews from the consumers due to its lightweight and compact design, precision cutting, and versatility.
This plasma cutter is a good choice for both experienced and amateur users. There aren’t any complicated knobs to turn or 5-page long instructions to read. The operation of this unit is straightforward and enjoyable. The Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP does an impressive job dealing with virtually any type of metal.
The plasma cutter is highly versatile. It can deal with both thick and thin metals without losing the precision.
The light weight and small size make this plasma cutter portable. It’s easy to carry from one site to another.
The plasma cutter comes with all the accessories required to start cutting immediately.
The cutter is easy to set up and operate. It can be a good choice for newbies, who are just starting their work with plasma cutters.
This cutter can operate with 110V and 240V current thanks to the adapters that come in the package.
The plasma cutter is suitable for smaller jobs. Industrial work should better be left for the units that are more powerful.
Doesn’t include an air compressor.
This small yet powerful plasma cutter is a great choice for people who need to do small cutting jobs. When you purchase this cutter, you get virtually everything you need to make the cutting task fast and easy. A complete set of 40 A consumables allow you to cut through metals of different thickness. The shoulder strap and a patented hard case make the transportation of the unit easy and convenient. The cutter is extremely lightweight for such a powerful machine. It weighs just under 40 pounds.
Once you open the consumables box, you’ll find 2 tips (40A), 1 tip (30A), a deflector, and an air fitting. The XT40 torch deserves some extra attention. The ergonomic handle with anti-slip properties allows for easy cutter handling and even more precise cutting while keeping your hands and fingers fatigue-free. The cutter comes with a long power cord which adds the unit extra flexibility and allows you to make complicated cutting maneuvers.
The plasma cutter has a power correction feature that allows you to use the power more efficiently and save money on energy intake. Meanwhile, you don’t have to worry about finding the right plug since the unit comes with 120V and 240V adapters. The Auto-Refire technology makes the cutting process much simpler since it automatically controls the pilot arc when working with multiple pieces or expanded metal. This feature allows the cutter to generate maximum power when cutting thicker metal layers. Everything is done automatically so you don’t have to waste your time and energy on manual retriggering.
The unit is equipped with a special fan system that keeps foreign particles from getting inside the plasma cutter and damaging it. The “Fan-on-Demand” cooling system works only when the torch trigger is engaged.
This plasma cutter is very lightweight, compact, and easy to move around. A convenient shoulder strap makes the transportation even simpler.
The unit comes with a 3-year warranty, which is an indication of good quality.
The cutter is equipped with a patented hard case, which doesn’t just make the transportation easy, it allows you to carry all the necessary things with you, such as gloves, shield, consumables and etc.
The AutoFire technology makes the cutter operation more precise and less tiring.
The LED indicators make the operation and troubleshooting easier.
The unit comes at a slightly higher price than similar models on the market.
Can be used for light to moderate tasks only.
Hobart 500546 air-force 700i is a powerful machine that makes all your light to moderate tasks seem like a piece of cake. While this unit is lightweight and compact, it operates at 230V input power and can easily cut through 7/8’’ – thick metal. If you need to cut thicker pieces (up to 1 inch), this model can be suitable as well, however, the precision might suffer.
Even though it’s not suitable for industrial work, it’s a very durable unit that can withstand extremely high heat. This model is portable and easy to carry around. It weighs about 35 pounds. The dimensions are 14.2’’ x 8.2” x 11.2”.
The handle held torch is ergonomically designed to help you avoid the hand fatigue when doing time-consuming cutting projects. The cutting tips are enjoyable to use while the replacement tips come with a pleasantly moderate price tag. Compared to other compact plasma cutters on the market today, this one is a nicely priced model.
The fan-on-demand technology allows the fan to switch on only when foreign particles get into the unit. While keeping the cutter clean, this technology makes the unit more energy efficient. The air-cooling technology cools down the tip after cutting is done, which substantially extends its lifespan.
The box contains all the necessary equipment and parts to start the cutting immediately. You won’t have to purchase anything extra. It also comes with extra consumables (2 tips, 2 electrodes, and 1 air fitting).
This cutter is easy to set up and operate. It’s a wonderful addition to small shops, households, and other places where you need some moderate cutting done. While offering powerful cutting, it’s easy to handle and suitable for amateur workers.
The ergonomic handheld torch makes the unit easy and less tiring to operate.
The plasma cutter is powerful enough to cut through 1 inch of metal.
The compact design and low weight allows you to carry the unit around from one site to another.
The moderate price tag is appealing to the consumers who need to stick to a tight budget.
An efficient post-flow cooling system keeps the tip intact for a long time.
This unit is not suitable for heavy-duty industrial work.
No gloves and eye protection included.