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Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548

Code: 500548

Availability: Usually ships the next business day



Mfg Industrial Price: $1,665.00
Cyberweld Price: $1,192.00




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Hobart AirForce™ 500i Plasma Cutter 500548

Hobart AirForce™ 500i plasma cutter cuts up to 5/8 inch mild steel. The AirForce™ 500i is powered by standard household receptacles (115 or 230 VAC) using the MVP™ (multi-voltage plug) designed to change voltage with no tools. With the MVP plug and lightweight inverter power supply make this plasma cutter the most convenient, portable cutting system available with larger cutting capacity. The AirForce™ 500i excels at cutting sheet metal and 3/8 inch mild steel, and can even sever 5/8 inch steel.



Applications
Sheet Metal
HVAC
Auto Body
Farm/Ranch
Plumbing

Features
  • New Inverter Design - Powerful cutting ability at half the weight of prior model (AirForce 400). Weighs only 27.8 lbs.

  • Capable with Engine-Driven Welders - Complete cutting capability when powered by an engine-driven welder with a 240 V generator power outletof 6 kW or more.
  • New Ergonomic Torch - The new HP-50 torch is designed for increased comfort, more efficient cooling and economical replacement cutting tips.
  • Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) - Allows you to connect to common 120 or 230 V power receptacles without the use of any tools - simply choose the plug that fits the receptacle.



  • Post-flow Air Cooling - Cools the torch and tip after cutting, extending life of replaceable tip and electrode.
  • Fan-On-Demand - Runs only when needed reducing dust/debris pulled into unit.
  • Wind Tunnel Technology - Prevents abrasive dust and particles from damaging internal components.
  • Thermal Overload Protection - Built to withstand tough working environments. Rated for 35% duty cycle at 104° Fahrenheit. Duty cycle will increase as environmental temperature decreases.
  • Cable Management Strap - Secures torch, work cable and power cord to make transporting easy and convenient.
  • Line Voltage Compensation (LVC) - Provides peak performance power under variable input voltage conditions (±15%) for steady and cleaner ending cuts.
  • Power Factor Correction - Expands operator’s work area via extension cords while minimizing nuisance trips caused by voltage drops.

    Specs



    Comes complete with
  • HP-50 torch with 16.5 ft (5 m) lead and consumables
  • 16.5 ft (5 m) heavy duty work clamp
  • 10 ft (3 m) power cord with 115/230 VAC, 20 A MVP plug



    This item ships Free via standard ground shipping within contiguous U.S.

  • Download AirForce 500i Spec Sheet (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Download AirForce 500i Spec Sheet (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

    Hobart AirForce Cover 770771Hobart AirForce Cover 770771Hobart AirForce® Cover is a vinyl laminated polyester fabric cover for your Hobart 250Ci, 500i or 700i plasma cutter.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 770771

    $50.00



    Hobart Safety Glasses - Shade 5 Mirrored Lens 770726Hobart Safety Glasses - Shade 5 Mirrored Lens 770726Hobart Mirrored Shade 5 safety glasses are made from shatterproof polycarbonate and have a scratch resistant coating.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 770726

    Mfg Industrial Price: $12.99Cyberweld Price: $12.35

    Lens: 


    Hobart Plasma Stand Off Guide 233321Hobart Plasma Stand Off Guide 233321Genuine Hobart plasma stand off guide for your Hobart AirForce™ 250Ci, AirForce™ 500i or AirForce™ 700i plasma cutter.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 233321

    $1.27



    Hobart Plasma Tip & Electrode Kit 770496Hobart Plasma Tip & Electrode Kit 770496Kit Consisting of 2 Each - Genuine Hobart plasma tips and plasma electrodes for your HP-25 or HP-50 plasma torch.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 770496

    $13.85



    Hobart Plasma Shield Cup, Swirl Ring & O-ring Kit 770653Hobart Plasma Shield Cup, Swirl Ring & O-ring Kit 770653Kit Consisting of 1 Each - Genuine Hobart plasma shield cup, swirl ring and O-ring for your HP-50 plasma torch.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 770653

    $22.25



    Miller Plasma In-line Air Filter Kit  228926Miller Plasma In-line Air Filter Kit 228926Miller Plasma In-line Air Filter Kit for your Miller or Hobart plasma cutter.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 228926

    Mfg Industrial Price: $90.71Cyberweld Price: $81.65



    Miller No. 30B Economy Running Gear 300511Miller No. 30B Economy Running Gear 300511Economical running gear ideal for all AirForce™ and Spectrum® plasma cutters


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 300511

    $199.00




    By Rick from detroit,MI on July 25, 2012
    DOES THIS UNIT HAVE AN ONBOARD AIR COMPRESSOR ?
    By Customer Service on July 25, 2012

    Answer:
    The AirForce 500i does not have a built-in compressor. The AirForce 250Ci or Miller Spectrum 125C do come with built-in compressors but are only rated to cut 3/16" material.

    By Bill from Nixa, MO on November 28, 2012
    Does this unit have Pilot Arc capability?
    By Customer Service on November 29, 2012

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 does use a pilot arc or contact start .. It does not use high frequency

    By Mike from PA on July 16, 2013
    What about cutting stainless steel? and how thick of SS can it cut?
    By Customer Service on July 18, 2013

    Answer:
    Cutting stainless with the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 reduces its cutting capabilities by 20%.. So basically the rated cut of 3/8" on steel would be reduced to approx. 5/16" on stainless

    By T from usa on July 17, 2013
    What country is this hobart 500i manufactured in?
    By Customer Service on July 18, 2013

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 is assembled in the USA

    By VIC from Santa Ana, CA on July 29, 2013
    Does this unit have its' own air compressor onboard?
    By Customer Service on July 29, 2013

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 does not have a built in compressor

    By tonyi504@att.net from new orleans la. on August 19, 2013
    can you use compressed air or what kind of air is necessary
    By Customer Service on August 20, 2013

    Answer:
    You can use compressed air from a cylinder or from an air compressor to run a Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548.. The Airforce 500i will require 3 CFM of air to operate.. An air compressor would be the best way to go since the rate that the 500i uses air it will empty a large 300 cubic foot cylinder of air in less than 2 hours

    By JUAN CABRAL from el paso texas on November 18, 2013
    What is the warranty on this item?
    By Customer Service on November 19, 2013

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 was the Hobart 5/3/1 warranty which is a five-year warranty on transformers, stabilizers and generators; three years on electronics
    and one year on plasma torches

    By christopher burke from St.pete, Florida on December 4, 2013
    I don't see it in the specs but will you need to run an outside air compressor?
    By Customer Service on December 5, 2013

    Answer:
    You will need a compressor to operate the :
    Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 .. The compressor must be able to supply a volume of air 3.0 cubic feet per minute at 90 to 125 psi in order for the Airforce to operate properly

    By John from Charleston wv on December 4, 2013
    Why does the owners manual reference miller warenty and www. Millerwelds.com for parts and repair, so is this a miller product with a hobart label? I just purchased this unit and just wanted to know thank you.
    By Customer Service on December 5, 2013

    Answer:
    Miller Electric manufacturers the Hobart equipment.. They use the same serial# system as Miller, the service facilities are the same, the warranty is very similar, and many of the internal components are the same

    By John from Charleston wv on December 10, 2013
    Is their a circle cutter available for this unit and if so what is the part # thank you
    By Customer Service on December 11, 2013

    Answer:
    The Miller Plasma Cutting Guide 253055 can be used with the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548

    By Russ from Minnesota, USA on December 20, 2013
    Hello

    Where is this unit manufactured?
    Is this a "pilot arc" machine?
    Thank you,
    Russ
    By Customer Service on December 20, 2013

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 is made in Appleton Wisconsin USA.. It uses a pilot arc however if you are cutting expanded metal you will need to retrigger in order for the torch to re light

    By Mark from Upton, MA on January 31, 2014
    Will this model operate in the 110 volt mode without drawing more than 20 amps
    By Customer Service on February 3, 2014

    Answer:
    Hobart advises that if you have a 15 amp time delay breaker you "may" be able to operate the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 on 110volt and less than a 20 amp breaker. However you will have to turn the output amperage way down and greatly limit the thickness you will be able to cut.. They do not recommend operating the machine in this manner

    By Tim from fort payne ala. on February 12, 2014
    i have never used a plasma cutter, other then a air compressor what else will i need to use this airforce 500


    By Customer Service on February 12, 2014

    Answer:
    The only thing you will need to make the Hobart Air Force 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 operate is a 120v or 230 volt AC power supply and an air compressor that is capable of providing 3 cfm of air at 90-120 psi.. You may want to consider adding a plasma air line filter. There are several types on our site

    By james from colorado on March 7, 2014
    what is the warranty and return policy on this unit?

    By Customer Service on March 10, 2014

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 is covered by Hobart's 5/3/1 warranty.. 5 years on transformer, 3 years on machine and 1 year on the torch.. 10 day return policy .. Must be new and unused and in original packaging

    By Mike from Seattle on October 6, 2014
    What size generator would be needed to operate this unit?
    By Customer Service on October 6, 2014

    Answer:
    You would need a generator with a minimum of 3500 watts in order to run the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548..
    By Customer Service on October 6, 2014

    Answer:
    You would need a generator with a minimum of 3500 watts in order to run the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548..

    By Larry from Pekin, IL on October 20, 2014
    Will the consumables from one of the Miller plasma cutters fit the 500i?
    By Customer Service on October 21, 2014

    Answer:
    No.. the consumable parts used on the Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 are specific to that model

    By Michael Weaver from Fort Worth, TX on October 28, 2014
    I just ordered a Hobart 500 plasma cutter for $1192. Does the unit come with 120 and 230 plugs, addition shield and plasma tip, electrode, and o-ring kit? Please reply prior to shipping order.
    By Customer Service on October 29, 2014

    Answer:
    The Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548 comes with both the 230v and the 120v MVP plugs. it also comes with 2 extra electrodes and 2 tips..it does not come with extra shield cups or o rings


    Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter 500548
    $1,192.00
    5 Stars based on 14 Review(s)
    michelle
    sc
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    plasma
    November 8, 2014
    Great my husband loves it
    Pros:
    People were great
    Cons:
    ked

    Matt
    United States
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    hobart plasma cutter
    April 9, 2014
    I haven't used the plasma very much but the times I did it worked great.I cut through 3/16 inch plate steel like butter.

    Kp92z
    H Tx
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Airforce 500i
    March 26, 2014
    Great price, Fast shipping. Thanks Cyberweld.
    Pros:
    Best all-around price and availability. Dual voltage capable compact footprint

    Patrick
    Livonia, MI.
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great product
    March 12, 2014
    I have found this tool lived up to, and exceeded my Expectations. I was able to cut 1/2 inch flat stock Using the 120 volt set up with no problem! I recommend this to all who desire quality and convenience.

    Peter
    United States
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Good overall cutter
    January 3, 2014
    Cuts like butter
    Pros:
    Excellent cutting ability
    Cons:
    price point a bit high

    John
    Charleston wv.
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Nice new addition to my toy collection
    December 17, 2013
    Easy set up works great ! Don't know why I didn't buy sooner makes cutting projects so much easier and neater than the old torch.
    Pros:
    Worth the money
    Cons:
    Request a different shipping company mine came fedex after being hauled around on their truck for a week it finally showed up

    Charles
    Grass Valley, CA
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great price for great equipment
    June 26, 2013
    So far so great! I was cutting within minutes of taking it out of the box. Cut 4x8 20ga sheets so fast I was amazing. Cut some larger (3/8) plate and was very impressed. Very light weight.
    Pros:
    Light weight. Not much set up needed. Nice long cords on the ground and torch.
    Cons:
    Didn't buy it weeks ago....

    Steve
    Pittsburgh, PA
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great unit, easy setup
    May 28, 2013
    I'm not a metalworking expert but I know enough and this unit is easy to use right out of the box. Like the option of 220V or 110V. Cuts like a hot knife through butter!

    barkbuster
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Hobart 500i plasma cutter
    March 27, 2013
    The order process through cyberweld was easy and it came on time. It is a very compact unit. I have only cut a few pieces so far but 14ga SS was no problem. The only issues is the safety latch on the handle takes a little getting used to and the stand off ring falls off easy.
    Pros:
    Cost Compact size
    Cons:
    saftey switch on handle stand off wire ring

    Dan
    Spokane, WA
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Nice toy!
    September 10, 2012
    I made use of this thing the moment I got it. I can't picture how I would have cut up a 4'x4' piece of 14-gauge steel by hand. This thing sliced it up like butter. There's zero learning curve. Already owning a Handler 187 MIG and an EZ-TIG 165, I was surprised at how small and light this unit is. Cute, even! That, along with the dual-voltage option, makes it a joy to carry around. Plus the power cord and wand cord are each 10 feet long, so this thing is very mobile.
    Pros:
    Small, light, powerful, easy to use.
    Cons:
    Nothing so far with the performance. I haven't tried it at its maximum rating yet, but it's been great on everything else so far. Cord management is challenging, but this has nothing to do with the unit itself.

    Dick
    Sunnyvale, CA
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    I like it
    June 6, 2012
    The cutter came without the 110v adapter and wrong manual. An email to Cyberweld got action from the manufacturer (Miller) in 36 hours. Adapter showed up in five days, manual in ten. Only used it for about four days so far and only on steel, but it's doing everything I want with ease. Takes a little skill, but my first cut was near-perfect. A call to the manufacturer warned about using the 110v plug saying it will draw 27amps, much more than regular 20 amp breakers, so haven't even tried the 110v option. Perhaps that's why they didn't ship the adapter in the first place?? Only tried on 1/4 inch to date, but suspect 3/8 will be OK, just pretty slow. Without the shipping errors and the apparent 110v misinformation, would have given it five stars.

    Louis
    Laredo, Texas
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great Plasma Cutter
    March 14, 2012
    This plasma cutter is great and easy to use. The prices at Cyber Weld are unbeatable. I will buy again from them.
    Pros:
    easy to use and set up
    Cons:
    wish instructions were a little better

    Robert
    Spring Lake, NC
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great Cutter
    March 10, 2012
    This is my first plasma cutter and it is awesome. Very user friendly and powerful. Will definitely recommend to friends that likes to work with various metals.
    Pros:
    Value and price. Ease of use even for first time user.
    Cons:
    None

    Noble
    Houston, Texas
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Purchasing Manager
    March 7, 2012
    Excellent !! Prompt delivery and price was best I could find. Will use Cyberweld for future purchases. Thanks
    Pros:
    Great performance as manufacturer had presented at their corportate web site.




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