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Hobart AirForce 40i 230V Portable Air Plasma Cutter 500566

SKU: 15244181  |

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Hobart AirForce 40i 230V Portable Air Plasma Cutter 500566

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Need to cut steel? Thinking about an oxy acetylene cutting torch to do the job? Consider a plasma cutter. This simple technology uses an electrical arc and compressed air to cut steel, aluminum, and other conductive metals.

The AirForce 40i plasma cutter features an inverter design that is both lightweight and powerful. The product also features an ergonomic trigger safety, more efficient air consumption, and economically priced XT40R torch consumables. The 40i requires 230 V, 50 A input power and compressed air delivery of at least 4.8 scfm @ 90-120 psi. Maximum cutting of mild steel is 7/8 inch at 50% duty cycle for heavy-duty production requirements.

Compared to the complexities of an oxy fuel cutting torch system, plasma cutting is easy.

  • Cuts faster than oxy fuel
  • More precise cut, thinner kerf, less slag to clean up
  • Smaller heat-affected zone for less warping
  • No gas pressure settings or flame tuning needed
  • No preheating of metal prior to cutting


  • XT40R Torch - Designed for increased comfort with an ergonomic trigger safety, more efficient cooling and economical replacement cutting tips.
  • Pilot Arc Controller - Allows you to cut expanded/perforated metals, as well as painted or coated surfaces, without retriggering the torch.
  • Wind Tunnel Technology - Prevents abrasive dust and particles from damaging internal components.
  • Fan-On-Demand - Cooling system operates only when needed reducing power consumption and contaminants drawn into the machine.
  • Power Factor Correction (PFC) Circuitry - Draws up to 30% less amperage for the same cutting range as compared to the competition. PFC expands operators work area via extension cord, while minimizing nuisance circuit breaker trips caused by voltage drops.
  • LVC Line Voltage Compensation - Provides peak performance power under variable input voltage conditions (±15%) for steady and cleaner-ending cuts.
  • Internal Gas/Air Filter and Regulator - Controls amount of usage and flow of air or gas.
  • Starts Without High Frequency - Protects unit by not interfering with or damaging controls or computers.
  • Diagnostic Lights - LED lights for quick troubleshooting of pressure, power and cup situations.
  • Cable Management Strap - Secures torch, work cable and power cord to make transporting easy and convenient.
  • Postflow Cooling Circuit - Extends life of consumables and torch by cooling them with postflow air after trigger is released.
  • Compatible with Engine-Driven Welders - Capable of cutting 3/8–5/8 in. mild steel when powered by an engine-driven welder with a 240 V generator power outlet of 8 kW or more.
  • Hobart's 5/3/1 Industrial Warranty - Five-year manufacturer warranty on transformers, stabilizers and generators; three years on electronics (drive motors, rectifiers); and one year on guns (MIG and plasma torches).

Comes with:

  • 12-ft. (3.7 m) XT40R hand-held torch
  • 12-ft. (3.7 m) work cable with clamp
  • Extra consumables
  • 10-ft. (3 m) power cord with plug
  • Easy-to-connect, built-in gas/air filter and regulator for extra protection


  • Maintenance
  • Light Construction
  • Prototyping
  • Body Shops/Fabrication


  • Rated Output at 50% Duty Cycle: 40 A, at 140 VDC
  • Max. Open-Circuit Voltage: 400 V
  • Amps Input at Rated Output, 60 Hz: 208 V -33, 230 V 30
  • kVA: 6.8
  • kW: 6.6
  • Plasma Gas Flow/Pressure: 4.8 CFM (136 L/min) at 90 –120 PSI (621–827 kPA) Recommended
  • Dimensions:
    • H: 11-1/4 in. (286 mm)
    • W: 8-1/4 in. (210 mm)
    • D: 14-1/4 in. (362 mm)
  • Net Weight: 40i w/torch: 31.4 lb (14.2 kg)
  • Ship weight: 35.8 lb (16.2 kg)
SKU 15244181
Model 500566
Weight 40.0000
Color No
Size No
Width No
In Store Only No
Price $1,489.99
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