Best Plasma Cutters: For Your Budget

Best Plasma Cutters Under 500 Dollars 2018

You want the best plasma cutter under 500 dollars or less? You are tired of cutting metal with angle grinder or oxy-fuel torch? There are list of 6 [best plasma cutters under 500 dollars] from cheapest to most expensive:

1. Simadre 50rx 110v/220v 50a Plasma Cutter

Best plasma cutter under 500 dollars

 

This plasma cutter is really light weight and comes with shoulder strap. It is cheapest plasma cutter under 500 dollars in this list. Simadre 50rx plasma cutter is nice and portable. This is not a pilot arc machine and you need to touch tip to the metal to start. Some people say tips wearing out too fast, but they are not too expensive. Getting consumables will not be a problem. You can get torch tips and electrodes from a lot of sources. It will perform better with 220V, but also it works with 110V. This plasma cutter usually comes without a plug and you need to get it separately and put it on by yourself. It is not a big problem, but you need to be careful with wiring the plug. Before do it you need to check which is which wire, because some people complaint about wire colors. Air hose can be better. In general Simadre 50RX can be great first plasma cutter. It comes with some consumables, but better get extra. If you can get it under 400 dollars, it will be fair price. You also need a air compressor. Manufacturers page here.

Simadre 50RX general specifications:

  • Voltage Power Input: 110V / 220V Dual Voltage,
  • Duty Cycle: 60% at 50 Amps and 100% at 30 Amps,
  • Cutting Thickness: up to 14-16mm (~3/4 inch) under 220v and up to 12-14mm (~1/2inch) under 110v,
  • Rated Ouput Current: 50 Amps under 220V Frequency 50 and 60 Hz with operating air pressure as 75 psi @ 5 cfm,
  • Other features: Certification: CE. EMC, LVD, C-TICK SAFETY STANDARDS, Equipped with a large cooling fan, the PAPST Advanced German Cooling System for a longer life span, Advanced air inverter technology with fuji chip, portable and easy to carry anywhere you need.

2. Lotos LT5000D Plasma Cutter 50Amps Dual Voltage

Best Plasma Cutter Under 500 lotos technology LT5000D

 

Lotos LT5000D is also great plasma cutting machine for beginners. If you want to more advanced plasma cutter with pilot arc, then get next one Lotos LTP5000D, but it costs around $100 more. It is perfect for any home or small repair shop project. Lotos LT5000D is a 50A dual voltage 110 / 220 V plasma cutter. Using this portable plasma cutter is cheaper than Oxyacetylene. Less cleaning, less maintenance, less noxious gases, less fire hazard, simply less overall work and a better, cleaner cut.

Torch head is low profile for tight spaces. The LOTOS LT5000D Plasma Cutter delivers strong cutting performance in a compact package. By employing switch power inverter technology, the dimensions and weight of the main transformer is significantly reduced; while efficiency is increased by 30%. The LT5000D is an excellent choice for home DIY jobs and light duty small business projects. More information here.

Lotos LT5000D general specifications:

  • 50 Amp Digital Inverter Air Plasma Cutter
  • Automatic Dual Voltage / Dual Frequency (110/220V 50/60Hz)
  • PAPST Advanced German Cooling System
  • Suitable for stainless steel, alloy steel, mild steel, copper aluminum, and other metal materials
  • Max Cut Thickness: 1/2″ ; Max Severance Thickness: 3/4″. Kindly refer safety information’s before use.
  • Output Current 10-50 A
  • Duty Cycle @ 40°C (104°F) 60% @ 50A, 110V 60% @ 50A, 220V
  • Dimensions with Handle 15” (381mm) L 6” (152.4mm) W 12” (304.8mm) H
  • Weight 22.5 lbs (10.2 kg)
  • Gas Supply Clean, dry, oil-free air
  • Recommended Gas Inlet Flow Rate / Pressure 3.6 scfm @ 65 psi
  • Input Power Cable Length 6’ (1.8 m)
  • Maximum Severance Cut Thickness 3/4
  • Production cutting thickness are the results of LOTOS’s laboratory testing. Production speeds are approx: 80% of maximum.

3. Lotos LTP5000D 50Amp Non-Touch Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter, Dual Voltage

best plasma cutter under 450 dollars Lotos technology LTP5000D

 

LTP5000D is better plasma cutter than previous mentioned LT5000D, because it have pilot arc. It is Non-Touch Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter. Pilot arc plasma cutters usually have cleaner cut and longer consumable life than non pilot arc plasma cutters. The pilot arc feature is especially useful for continuous cutting on rough surfaces or dirty metal. Optimized design based on state of the art MOSFET transistors provides high power output for thick material cutting, as well as steady output for thin material cutting. This plasma cutter under 500 dollars is an excellent choice for home DIY jobs and light duty small business projects. LOTOS Technology makes other products like welders, plasma cutter welder combo’s 3 in 1, consumables and accessories. Dual voltage capability allows this plasma cutter to run directly on 220 V 50 / 60 Hz power, or on 110 V 50 / 60 Hz with the use of a pigtail (usually it is sold separately). Usually LTP5000D comes with plasma torch, air regulator, air hose, air hose connections and ground clamp with cable. More information here.

LTP5000D general specifications:

  • 50 Amp Digital Inverter Air Plasma Cutter
  • Automatic Dual Voltage / Dual Frequency (110/220V 50/60Hz)
  • Max Severance Thickness: 3/4 inch
  • Max Cut Thickness: 1/2 inch
  • Robust Infineon (By Siemens) IGBT Power Drive Matrix with Pilot arc Function integrated
  • PAPST Advanced German Cooling System

4. Primeweld Ct520d 50 Amps Plasma Cutter, 200 Amps Tig Welder and 200 Amps Stick Welder Combo

Best plasma cutter combo under 500 dollars primeweld ct520

 

CT520D is multipurpose unit that 3 in 1  offers a variety of multiple welding and cutting functions. It is able to cut various types of metal up to 1/2″ with the 50A plasma cutting function. In addition, this unit has built in DC TIG welder and DC STICK welder. With a hand carrying weight at 32lbs, this unit is portable and reliable featuring a duty cycle of 60% at max amps on all processes.

CT520D general specifications:

  • 3 in 1
  • TIG, STICK and ARC
  • weight: 32lbs
  • cut up to 1/2″
  • Input power frequency: 50Hz / 60Hz
  • Power efficiency: 85%
  • Built in Air Guage

5.  amp Plasma Cutter Dual Voltage

best plasma cutter under 500 vipercut 30

 

The ViperCut 30 is small an portable plasma cutter. You can find this plasma cutter under 500 dollars or less with no problem. This ViperCut plasma cutting line is developed by Razorweld for the entry level and serious hobbyists for reasonable prices. It’s only 30 amps, but is promises to cut as thick as other budget 50 amp plasma cutters . It is rated for up to 1/4 inch cutting however can slice up to 3/4″ if needed for a short run. Features like a built in pressure regulator, a S45 style torch with blow back start, dual voltage support and pilot arc.

Viper Cut 30 general specifications:

  • 30amp Power Supply
  • Dual Voltage 110v/220v
  • 35% Duty cycle at 30 amps
  • Trafimet Style Torch
  • Ground Clamp
  • built in pressure regulator

6. Klutch 275i plasma cutter 20 Amp 115v

Best plasma cutter for $500 klutch

 

Most expensive plasma cutter under $500 of this list. It has only 20 AMP’s and it cut only up to 5/32 inch (~4 mm) clean cut and 1/4 inch (~6 mm) severe cut, but it’s mentioned for better quality cuts and heavier use and probably will lasts longer. It run from 115 V outlet. It uses better consumables. This Klutch 275i plasma cutter features powerful inverter technology for smooth cuts. It is lightweight and easy to carry around. It cuts faster and more precise than oxy-fuel torch. Smaller heat affected zone cause less warping. It’s easy to operate. It has pilot arc feature for fence and expanded metal cutting. No gas pressure settings, flame tune and metal preheat needed. It’s usually comes with cable, torch lead, ground cable, clamp, some electrodes and nozzles.

Klutch Plasma 275i general specifications:

  • Pilot arc feature
  • 20 AMP
  • up to 5/32 inch (~4 mm) clean cut
  • up to 1/4 inch (~6 mm) severe cut
  • 115V
  • lightweight

Final thoughts

Cheap plasma cutter can deliver 80% performance for half the price of expensive one. Don’t forget to buy some additional consumables with your plasma cutter, because in the box usually they are in small quantities and will run out shortly. Most of cheap plasma cutters under $500 are Chinese made. Cheap plasma cutters sometimes are not gone through quality control and that increases chance them to be faulty. But don’t worry too much if you are on tight budget. Check if plasma cutter, what you choose comes with warranty and if there are problems in most cases they can be solved .

To make cheap plasma cutter  last longer is needed to use good water separator. Some plasma cutters comes with built in water separator or apar in the box, but adding extra one will not be a bad idea and probably will make plasma cutter life longer. Better use straight edge or something like that than cut free-handed to get smoother cuts.

From these cheap plasma cutter don’t expect 1000 dollar plasma cutter quality and performance, but you can get most of the job done by these under 500 dollar cutters. I you not going to cut all the day, but only little bit of stuff, when it needs, you can’t go wrong with this price. It will cut faster than drill or angle grinder. Cheap plasma cutter can be great tool for home use or some hobbyists, but for professional repair shop better get more expensive high quality plasma cutter. Not expect long lifetime for heavy duty tasks.

Pilot arc plasma cutters have greater consumable life and you don’t need to buy them so often than non pilot arc machines. If you are cutting thicker stuff, cut quality go worse than cutting thin metals. Always use safety equipment and be careful when you cut. Generally plasma cutting in dry places are more safe and precise than with oxy-fuel torch. Read the unit manual before use it.

I hope you will get the best plasma cutter for 500 dollars or less, that makes you easier to do your job!!!

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