Plasma Cutter Articles from The Tool Report

At The Tool Report we dive deep into helping our customers find the right tools for their home or business. 

We have covered plasma cutters in depth and continue to offer up to date information on these powerful home and industrial tools.

What is a Plasma Cutter?

Plasma cutting the process by which a jet of super-heated plasma is used to cut through electrically conductive metals. 

The plasma torch directs this jet onto the metal to create a clean cut allowing the metal to be used in a variety of applications.  This can include industrials uses, home, shop, hobby, and even artwork.

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Who Manufactures Plasma Cutting Tools?

Some of the biggest manufacturers of plasma equipment are Hypertherm, Miller, and Hobart.  They make what is consider the best performing equipment using tried and tested components.

Professional Grade Plasma Cutters

Those looking for the absolute best should go with pro grade equipment.  They offer the best power, control, and duty cycle. 

Here are our favorite professional grade plasma cutters.  For the most part these units require a separate air compressor.  

If you’re looking for something more portable, check out these plasma cutters with built-in air compressors.

Our favorite models include the Hypertherm Powermax 45, the Hypertherm Powermax 65, and the Longevity Forcecut 62.

For the ultimate in portability we recommend the Hypertherm Powermax 30AIR.  With it’s built-in air compressor you can cut up to 1/2″ steel anywhere you can find power.

Consumer Grade Plasma Cutters

In recent years there have been a number of smaller companies making less expensive plasma cutters.  They offer impressive power and features, though may not be as reliable in terms of industrial production capabilities.  These include companies like Lotos, Ramsond, and PrimeWeld.

What Are Their Uses?

Plasma cutting tools are typically used on the following metals: stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, copper, and even brass.

In Which Industries Are They Used?

The most common industries in which plasma cutters are used are: welding, metal fabricating, car repair or restoration, scrapyards or salvaging businesses, shipyards, and more.

The speed and precision of the cuts allow for dozens of different applications of plasma cutting technology.  This includes large scale CNC operations to repairing home or farm equipment.

The Tool Report’s Plasma Cutter Reviews

Below you will find all of our articles in which we review plasma cutting tools and torches.  We dig into details such as product specifications (cutting speed, auto-refire capability, gouging, piercing, etc), consumable use, and more.