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  • Plasma Cutter for my farm?

    I'm looking to purchase a plasma cutter that I use on the farm. I have steel pipe for the fence building and now need to finish one corral and start another. I find a few good suggestions here- https://www.auditpowertools.com/best-plasma-cutters/.
    So I was hoping for advice/info on what you have used, good or bad.
    Thanks
    Last edited by mjadson; 02-21-2021, 10:27 AM.

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    I have the Hobart
    Airforce 500i and it has performed like a champ. I use it extensively, so much so that I no longer have O-A bottles. It has done everything I have asked it to do. I have a 5000 running watt portable generator that powers it easily.. 5/16th, 3/8, goes thru them like a knife thru hot butter. Raw steel, oil field pipe, rust. I give it my highest recommendation.
    Last edited by Hunter55; 02-16-2021, 01:44 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hunter55 View Post
      I have the Hobart
      Airforce 500i and it has performed like a champ. I use it extensively, so much so that I no longer have O-A bottles. It has done everything I have asked it to do. I have a 5000 running watt portable generator that powers it easily.. 5/16th, 3/8, goes thru them like a knife thru hot butter. Raw steel, oil field pipe, rust. I give it my highest recommendation.
      what air filter or water separator do you use?

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      • #4
        It has a built in system of some kind, but I did install an exterior pressure gauge with a pressure regulator dial. I failed to mentioned that a very clean ground is of the utmost importance on a portable plasma cutter.

        Go here for a review

        https://plasmacutterexpert.com/hobar...e-500i-review/

        UPDATE: I just did a search and it appears that this model has been replaced by another model, the 27i it appears has the same specs. Perhaps our resident expert will chime in and clear the air. I purchased mine thru NORTHERN TOOL, and their prices and service is very good.
        Last edited by Hunter55; 02-24-2021, 03:43 PM.

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