🥇Hypertherm Powermax30 with air compressor
Finding a plasma cutter that can handle a variety of cutting tasks is not easy. However, the “Hypertherm Powermax 30” seems to be up to the challenge.
It has the power needed for cutting thick metal and the equipment needed for more intricate, detailed cutting.
Hypertherm Powermax30 Overview and Features
Hypertherm manufactures two variations of the Powermax30: the Powermax30 AIR and the Powermax30 XP.
The two versions of the Powermax30 includes a few differences, but also provide several of the same features:
- 10-foot power cord
- 35% duty cycle at 240V (20% at 120V)
- Maximum severance of 16mm (5/8”)
- Maximum recommended cut of 10mm (3/8”)
- Carrying strap
- Basic consumable kit
Hypertherm PowerMax30 AIR
When comparing plasma cutters, I start by looking at what applications they support.
The Powermax 30 AIR comes with a non-shielded torch. The torch is designed with the purpose to conserve air, giving you the ability to insert a smaller air compressor, using less power, if desired.
The non-shielded torch design will result in lower arc voltage. The Powermax 30 AIR is able to sever 5/8” thick material at 240 voltage with a cut speed of 20 ipm. This system will not finish the cut quite as fast as the Powermax 30 XP.
It is important to note that this is the recommended cutting capacity. Although the Powermax 30 AIR will have no problem cutting through 5/8” thick material, the Powermax 30 XP is your best option if you are regularly cutting through material as thick as 5/8”.
Hypertherm PowerMax30 AIR
Hypertherm PowerMax30 XP
For the most part, the Powermax 30 XP is very similar to the Powermax 30 AIR. Unlike the Powermax 30 AIR, this cutting system does not include a built-in compressor.
What is the result of this? Well, without the built-in air compressor, the machine has more power. The machine does not have to share a portion of the power with the internal compressor.
As a result of excess power, the system produces more wattage and voltage, producing a longer arc. A longer arc will allow the operator to cut at faster speeds, as well as through thicker material.
So, with more power and faster cutting speeds, how much more efficient is this cutting system? Well, the Powermax 30 XP will produce almost 50% more output wattage than the Powermax 30 AIR.
Hypertherm PowerMax30 XP
The PowerMax30 XP does not include a built-in compressor. However, it has a unique two-in-one design that allows me to use it for a wider range of applications.
Along with drag cutting, it can be used for fine feature cutting and extended reach cutting or gouging.
As the XP version does not include a built-in compressor, you need an external one. A 30-gallon compressor rated at 5 cubic feet per minute (CFM) should provide adequate air for the Powermax30 XP.
What I Like About the Hypertherm Powermax30
After comparing the Hypertherm Powermax30 to other options in the same price range, the Powermax30 offers several distinct benefits:
- Is convenient and easy to operate
- Offers faster cutting speeds
- Is suitable for heavy-duty applications
- Has durable design for increased service life
The Powermax30 is one of the easiest plasma cutters to use, which should appeal to anyone who is just getting into plasma cutting.
It also delivers fast cutting speeds and the ability to cut through thick metal. I can use it for light-duty or heavy-duty applications without any problem.
The Powermax30 XP and AIR are also lightweight and come with a carrying strap. I can carry it anywhere. It is also one of the most durable options. The Powermax30 is made in the USA and backed by a three-year warranty.
My only complaint is the duty cycle. With a duty cycle of 35% at 240V, I can cut for about three minutes out of every 10 minutes. Several other models offer duty cycles of 50%.
However, the plasma cutters with longer duty cycles are mostly intended for commercial applications and cost significantly more.
Comparison Hypertherm Powermax30 XP/AIR
1. Hypertherm Powermax30 AIRSee more details
2. Hypertherm Powermax30 XPSee more details
- Hypertherm Powermax30 AIR
Powermax 30 AIR plasma cutting system will provide you with an internal air compressor, allowing you to work almost anywhere you desire without having to travel with an external compressor.
It is important to remember that some of the power will be reduced due to the built-in compressor needing some of the power in order to operate.
The Powermax 30 AIR is a fantastic plasma cutting system, so if you are looking for a portable machine that is easy to setup, operate, and use for everyday cutting or welding hobbies, the Powermax 30 AIR is the plasma cutting system for you!
the Powermax 30 AIR is slightly larger and heavier than the Powermax 30 XP. Although it is heavier, this cutting system holds the highest power-to-weight ratio compared to competitive models, meaning it offers the most cutting power in the lightest weight design.
- Hypertherm Powermax30 XP
Powermax 30 XP, how do I know if it is the right plasma cutting system for me? If you are leaning towards a system that packs slightly more power into a smaller package, then this cutting system will suit you well.
If you have access to air on site where you will be working, this machine will provide you with the power needed to complete your everyday cutting tasks in the most efficient manner.
So, if you need a plasma cutting system that produces slightly more power and cutting capacity than the Powermax 30 AIR, the Powermax 30 XP plasma cutting system is the perfect fit for you.