Best Plasma Cutters: For Your Budget

Best Performance Plasma Cutters For $2000 Or Less

There are 5 best plasma cutters under 2000 dollar budget:

1. LONGEVITY Forcecut 62i 60-Amp – Probably Best Single Phase Plasma Cutter Under 2000 Dollars

LONGEVITY FORCECUT 62i great plasma cutter for 2000 or less

 

LONGEVITY Forcecut 62i plasma cutter is capable of cutting 1 and 1 / 4 inch (30 mm) quality cuts and even up to 1 and 3 / 8 inch (35 mm) rough cuts. It seems there are no “recommended cutting capacity” for this machine, it simply cuts. In video below you can see it even cutting 1 and 1 / 2 inch plate welded above. This plasma cutter is powerful and can withstand long cut times. It has impressive duty cycle: 95 % at 60 Amps. Forcecut 62i is great cutting machine for operating on CNC table. Use any air compressor that puts out 45 – 65 psi, and you will be able to cut almost all metals fast, effectively and clean.

General specifications:

  • Cutting capacity:
    Up to  1 and 3 / 8 inch (35 mm) in “severance cutting”,
  • Input: 220v 50 / 60Hz,
  • single phase,
  • IGBT inverter technology,
    duty cycle: 95 % at 60 Amps,
  • “Pilot Arc” technology,
  • “Blow back” Start,
  • CNC dedicated port,
  • Dimensions:
    W: 9 inch x H: 21 inch x D:17 inch
    (approx: 22,86 cm  x 53,34 cm x 43,18 cm),
  • Weight:
    53 lbs (24 KG).

Usually comes with:

  • 20 ft plasma torch,
  • ground clamp,
  • consumables.

 

2. Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Plasma Cutter Under 2000 Dollars

Best plasma cutter under 2000 dollars

 

 

Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Plasma Cutter is really capable plasma cutter. I easy cuts 1 / 2 inch (12 mm) steel plates. The ” Thermal Arc Cutmaster True Series” has been designed with idea that “recommended”  cut capacity should be also  the “true” cut capacity and it is 1 / 2 inch. It means: the Cutmaster 52 plasma cutter can cut 1 / 2 inch material all day and every day.  But is also capable to get through 1 and 1 / 8 inch (30 mm) thick steel in “severance cutting” if you push it. The “True Cut Series” eliminates the concept: you have to buy larger plasma cutter  than you actually need. No exceptions – Cutmaster 52 is powerful and light weight.

General specifications:

  • Cutting capacity:
    Recommended  cutting capacity: 1 / 2 inch,
    Severance cutting capacity: 1 and 1 / 8 inch,
  • Power input:
    230 V, 1 phase, 45 A,
    230 V, 3 phase, 24 A,
    460 V, 3 phase, 16 A,
  • Recommended gas flow:
    402 cfh / 190 l/min,
  • Recommended gas pressure:
    70 psi / 48 bar,
  • Dimensions:
    Height 15 inch (381 mm),
    Length 24 inch (610 mm),
    Width 12 inch (305 mm),
  • Weight: 43 lb (19,5 kg).

Usually comes with:

  • 60 amp SL60 torch with 75 degree head,
  • 20 foot (6,1 m) or 50 ft leads (15,2 m) – you need to check, before you buy.

 

 

 

 

 

Longevity Forecut 62i VS Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Review Part 2 video:

3. Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR Plasma Cutter With BUILT IN AIR COMPRESSOR

Hypertherm 088096 Powermax 30 AIR Hand System with built in air compressor under 2000

 

With this unit you not need to carry around air compressor, because one is built in already. Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR is probably the best plasma cutter with built in air compressor. It offers great performance and portability. This plasma cutter is really easy to use – you not need to carry around air compressor, have no problems with air hoses etc. Simply plug into any 120 V or 240 V power and cut no matter what you need to cut. It comes with new AIR T30 torch that is rugged and designed to withstand the toughest environments. With Hypertherm plasma cutter you can do more in less time. It offers fast cutting speed and superior cut quality result to less secondary operations. Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you are ready to cut.

General specifications:

  • Cutting capacity @ 240 V:
    recommended : 5 / 16 inch (8 mm) 20 ipm (500 mm / min),
    recommended: 3 / 8 inch (10 mm) 10 ipm (250 mm / min),
    severance: 5 / 8 inch (16 mm) 5 ipm (125 mm / min),
  • Cutting capacity @ 120 V (with maximum recommended output of 20 A):
    10 gauge (3 mm) at 30 ipm (762 mm / min),
    1 / 4 inch (6 mm) at 14 ipm (355 mm / min),
    3 / 8 inch (10 mm) at 5 ipm (125 mm / min),
  • single-phase power 120 V or 240V 50 / 60 Hz,
  • integrated air compressor,
  • input voltages 120 – 240 V, 1-PH,
  • output current: 15 – 30 A,
  • Dimensions with handles:
    16,5 inch (420 mm) D,
    7,7 inch (195 mm) W,
    13,1 inch (333 mm) H,
  • Weight 29,8 lbs (13,5 kg),
  • IGBT power supply type inverter ,
  • engine drive requirement: 5,5 kW for full 30 A output.

Usually comes with:

  • 15 Feet Lead,
  • Essential Consumable Kit,
  • Input power cable length 3 m (10′).

 

 

4. Miller Plasma Cutter 625 X-TREME – SMALL BUT POWERFUL (can cost little more than 2000)

Miller plasma cutter around 2000 dollars

 

Miller Plasma Cutter 625 X-TREME is smallest and lightest plasma cutter of this list but it’s really powerful for that small size. It weights only 21 lbs (9,53 kg) and it’s really portable. You can carry around it with ease using shoulder strap. It needs external air compressor, but you can use long hose. Rated cut capacity of Miller 625 X-TREME plasma cutter is based on traveling approx. 15 inches per minute to get a steady and precise cut. It has ergonomic handle with unique “no slip” grip. It usually comes with flexible “Quick Connect” work lead and small heavy duty work clamp.  Miller 625 X-TREME has “Auto-Line” and “MVP” (multi-voltage plug) adapters that provides flexibility to connect with 120 – 240 V, 50 / 60 HZ single phase current  without removing the covers to relink the power source. It has “Auto-Refire” technology that automatically controls “pilot arc” when cutting expanded metals or multiple pieces of metal. “Pilot ARC” will switch in and out as fast as it needs when cutting expanded metals and provide the maximum power for cutting thicker metals automatically. Miller Plasma Cutter 625 X-TREME automatically compensates for input pressure variation to provide constant recommended torch pressure for optimum cutting or gouging performance.

General specifications:

  • Cutting capacity:
    mild steel: 5 / 8 inch (15,9 mm) – 15 ipm,
    stainless steel: 1 / 2 inch (12,7 mm) – 15 ipm,
    aluminum: 3 / 8 inch (9,5 mm)  – 15 ipm,
  • input voltage:
    110 V / 115 V / 120 V or
    220 V / 230 V / 240 V,
  • 1 phase, 60 HZ,
  • CNC and automation cutting capable,
  • dimensions:
    width: 5,5 inch (14 cm),
    height: 9 inch (23 cm),
    length: 13,25 inch (33,6 cm) ,
    weight: 21 lbs (9,53 kg).

Usually comes with:

  • XT40 hand held torch with 12 ft  (3,7 m) cable,
  • “heavy duty” work clamp and flexible cable with “quick connect”,
  • 12 ft (3,7 m) power cord with 240 V (L6 – 30P) twist lock plug for MVP adapters,
  • MVP adapters with 240 V, 50 A (6 – 50P) plug and 120 V, 15 A (5 – 15P) plug,
  • “X-CASE” (provides protection during transport and storage),
  • shoulder strap,
  • some consumables.

 

5. Hypertherm Powermax 45 XP Hand System – probably best heavy duty plasma cutter around 2000 dollars (Can cost more)

best plasma cutter under 2000

 

Hypertherm Powermax 45 XP plasma cutter is member of  Hypertherm’s best selling line of “Powermax” portable plasma cutters. Powermax45 XP delivers great cutting capacity and speed up to 5 / 8 inch (16 mm). It has automatic gas adjustment for quick, simple setup and operation. “Duramax” lock torches support hand-held and mechanized (like CNC) cutting of a wider range of metal thicknesses, along with precision gouging such as spot weld removal, and marking capabilities. Hypertherm Powermax 45 XP plasma cutter is great for cutting applications like bevel cutting, drag cutting, extended reach cutting, fine feature cutting, gouging, hole cutting, marking, max control gouging and precision gouging. It is really capable for many cutting jobs and can save you thousands of dollars in labor costs.

General specifications:

  • Cutting capacity:
    Recommended: 5 / 8 inch (16 mm) 20 ipm (500 mm / min),
    Recommended:7/8 inch (22 mm) 10 ipm (250 mm / min),
    Severance (hand cutting) 1 and 1 / 8 inch (29 mm) 5 ipm (125 mm / min),
  • Input voltages (± 10%):
    CSA 200 – 240 V, 1 phase, 50-60 HZ or 480 V, 3 phase, 50 – 60 HZ,
    CE / CCC 230 V, 1 phase, 50-60 HZ  ur 400 V, 3 phase, 50 – 60 HZ,
    Input current @ 6.5 KW:
    CSA 200 – 240 V, 1 phase, 39 / 32 A or 480 V, 3 phase, 9.4 A1,
    CE / CCC 230 V, 1 phase, 33 A or 400 V, 3 phase, 10 A,
  • Engine drive requirement 12,5 KVA (10 KW) for full 45 A output,
  • Output current 10 – 45 A,
  • Dimensions with handles:
    17.4″ (442 mm)D,
    6.8″ (173 mm) W,
    14.1″ (357 mm) H,
  • Weight with 6,1 m (20 ft) torch:
    CSA 31 lbs (14 kg),
    CE/CCC 33 lbs (15 kg),
  • Gas supply:
    cutting: air (clean, dry, oil-free), nitrogen, F5,
    gouging: air (clean, dry, oil-free), nitrogen, F5,
    marking: air (clean dry, oil-free) argon,
  • Recommended gas inlet flow rate and pressure: 400 scfh (188 l/min) @ 90 psi (5,9 bar),
  • IGBT  power supply type inverter,.

Usually comes with:

  • Torch,
  • cables,
  • consumebles,
  • (all that can be in different completions – you need to check before buy).

 

Note: Protect your investment: choose genuine torches and consumables to keep your plasma cutter running at peak performance.

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