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Hobart 500548 Airforce 500i 115/230 Volt Plasma Cutter

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  • Inverter-based design and reliable technology pack a lot of performance into a very portable package.
  • An economical plasma cutting system for all conductive metals.
  • This power source adapts to your work site by operating from either 115 or 230 VAC power through standard household outlet using the Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP).
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Product Description

Hobart 500548 Airforce 500i 115/230 Volt Plasma Cutter

AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter With MVP (Multi-Voltage Plug)

The AirForce 500i is an economical plasma cutting system for all conductive metals. The inverter-based design and reliable technology pack a lot of performance into a very portable package. It excels at cutting thin sheet metal to 3/8-inch mild steel plate, and can even sever cut 5/8-inch mild steel.

Cutting Sheet Metal with the AirForce 500i
Multi-Voltage Plug - Runs on 115V or 230V

This power source adapts to your work site by operating from either 115 or 230 VAC power through standard household outlet using the Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP). Changing the plug requires no tools - easily install the plug that fits the receptacle.

Easy to Set-up and Use

The AirForce 500i is easy to setup and use. Just plug-in the unit, connect the compressed air supply, ground the workpiece, pull the trigger and cut.

Benefits of Plasma Cutting vs. Oxy/Fuel

Cuts any conductive metal. Cuts faster than oxy fuel. More precise cut, thinner kerf, less slag to clean up. Smaller heat-affected zone for less warping. No gas pressure settings or flame tuning needed. No preheating of metal prior to cutting.

What's Included in the Box?

AirForce 500i with MVP, HP-50 torch with 16.5 ft (5 m) lead and consumables, 16.5 ft (5 m) heavy duty work clamp, Extra consumables (2 electrodes, 2 tips), 1 airline fitting, 10-ft. (3 m) power cord with 5-15P (115 V, 15 A) and 6-50P (230 V, 50 A) MVP plugs, standoff guide, and owners manual.

MVP Cord Shown w/ 115V and 230V Plugs
Skill Level:

Low


AirForce 500i Features:
  • New Inverter Design - Weighs only 27.8 lbs.
  • Capable with Engine-Driven Welders - Complete cutting capability when powered by an engine-driven welder with a 240 V generator power outletof 6 kW or more.
  • New Ergonomic Torch
  • Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) - Allows you to connect to common 120 or 230 V power receptacles
  • Post-flow Air Cooling - Cools the torch and tip after cutting, extending life of replaceable tip and electrode.
  • Fan-On-Demand - Runs only when needed reducing dust/debris pulled into unit.
  • Wind Tunnel Technology - Prevents abrasive dust and particles from damaging internal components.
  • Thermal Overload Protection - Built to withstand tough working environments. Rated for 35% duty cycle at 104° Fahrenheit. Duty cycle will increase as environmental temperature decreases.
  • Cable Management Strap - Secures torch, work cable and power cord to make transporting easy and convenient.

From the Manufacturer

The AirForce 500i is an economical plasma cutting system for all conductive metals. Inverter-based design and reliable technology pack a lot of performance into a very portable package. This power source adapts to your work site by operating from either 115 or 230 VAC power through standard household outlet using the Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP).

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 500548
Item Weight32.4 pounds
Product Dimensions14.2 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
Item model number500548
Size16
Voltage151 volts
Installation Methodplasma-cutting
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002EOZGPO
Best Sellers Rank #76,962 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight32.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableJune 24, 2009
  
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Important Information

Bulb Voltage
151.00 Volts

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By moznyati on April 8, 2011
I Bought this machine to use on my ranch. Just cut a 3/8" hardened steel shredder blade. Didn't think I could do it in a single pass, but it cut it like butter. Had to pierce it to cut bolt holes & had no problems. The dual voltage plug is the main reason I bought this model, & I couldn't be more pleased. I use a Harbor Freight inline disposable drier cartridge. For about $6 & lasts at least an hour of cutting. I also use 1/4" MDF for making templates. This is a "Cool Tool".
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David K. Banker on March 4, 2011
Very prompt delivery, and it works well. We tried cutting some 1/2 inch stock with it, and it did just fine. Has two cord ends, connect one and it works on 110, or change to the other for 220. Very convenient!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bl on December 14, 2012
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Easy to use and move around as it's light weight. cuts 1/2" steel like a warm knife thru butter. The price was right too
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan Tappan on February 23, 2013
Wow! This puppy makes cutting fun. It goes through sheet metal like nothing, as fast as you can drag the wand. I made precision cuts in 14-gauge mild steel on the very first try. It also sliced through 3/8" steel with no effort.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By STEVE on October 24, 2013
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WHAT A GREAT TOOL. THIS IS MY FIRST PLASMA CUTTER. AFTER USING ONLY TORCH AND TOOTHED/ABRASIVE TOOLS FOR CUTTING METAL THIS THING IS LIKE WOW!!!!!!!! HAVE CUT 16GA SHEET 20GA STAINLESS 1/4'' COLD ROLLED.WORKS PERFECT. USING IT ON 120 V. CANT WAIT TO TRY IT OUT ON HIGHER VOLTAGE. HAVE NOT TRIED ON RUSTY METAL BUT THATS COMING NEXT. GOT A TRAILER THAT NEEDS THE AXLE CUT OUT AND REPOSITIONED. FOR THE PRICE AND FLEXIBILITY VERY MUCH WORTH EVERY PENNY. OOOOOH HAVE TO TRY CUTTING ONE OF THEM NEXT. LOL.WILL UPDATE AS I USE MORE.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Belmeade on September 25, 2013
We already own a Hobart MIG welder that we use to assemble metal frames that support our custom signs. The cutting of the different pieces used to be done with a metal saw which is labor intensive. We decided to purchase the plasma cutter to speed up the process and also to open up other artistic venues. From the great reviews on the unit and also from being happy with the welder.
we bought it. We connected the air via a regulator and fired up the cutter trying on a piece of 16 gauge steel... It cuts like butter. We are excited about all the new creative projects we will put the unit through.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Evans on March 2, 2015
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With only 10 reviews I worried about this product's reliability. I've learned that some manufacturers skew reviews by having employees, friends, family (whomever) give good reviews where they're not warranted.

I bought this Hobart anyway out of desperation.

Now I'm back to add my 5 stars in support of this worthy product and I hope others will do the same to help remove the stigma of too few positive reviews. A product needs dozens of positive reviews, in my opinion, before it qualifies for authentic 5 stars.

This Hobart met and exceeded my expectations. My Hobart plasma cutter liberated me from the drudgery and expense of deconstructing a cargo container, and in short order. I say, "short order" because gas torch cutting and steel saw blades were slow and expensive.
The Hobart simply went to work cutting through steel, creating little slag, creating a sure way to handle a very difficult and DANGEROUS task.

If ever you must cut metal from a cargo container, use a plasma cutter.
I recommend this Hobart plasma cutter.
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