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Hobart 500548 Airforce 500i 115/230 Volt Plasma Cutter

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4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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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

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).

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Technical Details

Part Number 500548
Item Weight 32.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.2 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
Item model number 500548
Size L
Voltage 151 volts
Installation Method plasma-cutting
Item Package Quantity 1

Additional Information

ASIN B002EOZGPO
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #244,116 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#166 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Welding Equipment > Welding Equipment & Accessories > Plasma Cutting Equipment
Shipping Weight 32.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available June 24, 2009

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Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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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I am SO glad I bought this plasma cutter. It does take a little practice to use but, once you understand how it cuts it is worth every penny. You will need an air compressor than can keep up with the cutter. A small pancake compressor (at least mine) did not provide sufficient air to blow the molten steel out of the cut. I got a 200 PSI compressor, 1.5 hp I think...not sure, and that works well. Also, the strong recommendation is that the air be very dry so a dessicator was suggested. I got one that removes oil and water from the compressed air. It did cost me $500 or so for that but it works well. So, once you have a strong enough compressor and a dessicator, the cutter moves through steel easily. You will never get a straight cut just holding it on your own, you will need to use a straight edge to run the tip stand off attachment next to. If you make templates of any shape, you can slide the cutter along that shape's edge and cut it in minutes. There is no way I could make the cuts I do with a grinder with a cut off wheel. The plasma cutter is faster, more versatile, and opens up a huge number of possibilities for cutting steel in any shape I want. Just completed a project in which about 100 small bolt holes were needed in steel 3/16" angle iron. Drilling those would have take me at least 4 hours or more, more than a dozen drill bits, lots of oil, frustration, etc. Cutter cut each small hole in about 2-3 seconds. I cut them all in minutes. That, alone, made the cutter worth it to me. Someone said the cutter "cuts off" alot. That is because there is a high heat cut off mechanism designed to shut off the cutter for a few seconds when too high a heat is detected in the molten steel. Too high heat is due to keeping the tip cutting in on spot too long. Solution: keep the tip moving and come back to that spot in a minute or so if it needs more cutting.
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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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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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User friendly, wear an old coat to avoid burns, and use a dust mask. Light speed faster than other cutting methods.
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