Best Plasma Cutters – Reviews & Buyers Guide

Plasma cutting technology has had significant improvement in recent years. Previously plasma cutters were known as huge clunky welding machines, but now days there is a category known as portable plasma cutters (which is what we will be covering today). The modern day portable plasma cutter is perfect for professionals who need to be able to transport their tools as well as hobbyists who like to be able to use their tools, and then once the project is complete get the tools out sight and out of mind.

Our comparisons below will be covering details and just about everything you need to know for quality plasma cutter reviews to help in your buying decisions.

Plasma CutterCustomer ReviewsEditor RatingRecommended Usage
Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc
4.8 / 5 Stars DIYer, Light business jobs
Lotos LTP5000D
4.7 / 5 Stars DIYer, Light business jobs
Ramsond CUT
4.6 / 5 Stars DIYer, Light business jobs
Hypotherm Powermax 45
4.39 / 5 Stars DIYer, Light jobs, industrial jobs
Miller Spectrum 375
5 / 5 Stars DIYer, Light business jobs

Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc & Lotos LT5000D: The Cheap Option (Also good for beginners)

lotos-ltp5000d-smlCatching us off guard as the best portable plasma cutter is the Lotos LTP5000D, it’s one of the cheapest if not the cheapest portable plasma cutter on the marketing, and it’s know to be extremely easy to use while producing top of the quality plasma cuts. This feedback tells us not to necessarily equate price to value in this case.

It’s a perfect low cost option for hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers, and it even is well suited for light professional usage, however this is probably not the option you want to use on heavy industrial cuts. It has a severance thickness of 3 /4 inch or 19mm and is works best with an ideal material cut thickness of half inch (this helps put it into perspective as to why we don’t recommend it for heavy duty usage).It has the option to come with or without a pilot arc depending on what you need, a cool and unique feature.

Featuring an input of 110/220 volts with up to 50amp it packs quite a punch in its 22.5 lbs frame. A one year satisfaction warranty keeps your purchase safe, and assures you that if anything fails or goes wrong, Lotos is there to cover their project. In terms of portability options, it’s a light weight machine that you can carry with two hands or you can also use the attached folding handle for one handed carry.

Downsides to this unit are the it does not come with a trigger guard for the torch and it also does not come with a 110v pigtail (which needs to be purchased separate). Other than that it’s a solid pick for your need.

Editor Note: We are particularly fans of this plasma cutter for its affordability and ease of use. It’s great for a variety of small projects, so don’t let the fact that a trigger guard is not included deter you.
Likes
  • Very affordable
  • Designed for DIYers and professionals
Dislikes
  • Only a 1 year satisfaction warranty
  • Does not come with trigger guard

Ramsond CUT 50DX 50  Portable Air Plasma Cutter: Professional Plasma Cutter option 

A budget conscious option plasma cutter, it is capable of cutting stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminum plate, carbon steel, and ramsond-plasma-cutter-150x150even alloy steel. It’s an all around well suited product. Perfect for your at home projects or dads side gigs, it’s also a solid option for the plasma cutting business owner and can fulfill it’s job on heavy duty and industrial jobs just as well as it can the DIYer projects.

A built in air pressure gauge with built in digital display makes it very easy to see the Ramsond CUT 50DY doing it’s job successfully or not. It’s capable of cutting objects up to three quarters inch thick with a severance of up to 1 inch thick.

It’s an advanced unit with a very fair price and power that is incomparable to within its price range for a portable option. It’s a safe buy and something you’re bound to be happy with.

Editor Note: For the budget  conscious this is another great plasma cutter option. A top tier portable plasma cutter and welder that we’re happy to call a safe purchase for side gigs and heavy duty cutting alike!.
Likes
  • Dual voltage
  • 60% duty cycle
Dislikes
  • Hard plastic line to connect air regulator
  • Iffy customer support

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Specifications & Qualities To Look For

Does an inverter exist for plasma cutter?
What are the plasma cutters power specifications?

What is the plasma cutter amperage?
How many volts is the plasma cutter compatible with?
What metal thickness can the plasma cutter cut?
How quick can it cut through certain grades of metal?
What kind of control capabilities does the plasma cutter come with?
What are the plasma cutters duty cycle specs?
What materials are the plasma cutter made of? Will the materials require replacement over time?
How is the cut quality of the plasma cutter?
Does the plasma cutter come with an air compressor or do you need to purchase it separately?
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