The misconception that plasma cutting is only suitable for thin materials is well and truly ‘busted’ by Hypertherm’s portable 37lb (15.8 kg) Powermax45.

This power efficient machine uses a proprietary boost conditioner circuit that improves performance on low-line or fluctuating input power, including motor generators. It incorporates numerous features for mobile and job-site applications.

The system uses patented nozzle shielding to enable the operator to place the torch head directly on the work piece and drag cut without holding a standoff. Its features makes it easy to use and the control panel requires few adjustments.

Operators can cut and gouge with a hand or machine torch, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and other metals.

Powermax45’s conical flow consumables deliver high-quality cuts and extend consumable life, driving up productivity and reducing operating costs. The system is recommended for use on metals of varying thickness, from gauge up to 3⁄4” (19 mm) and will sever 1” (25 mm) or thicker.