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Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566

Code: 500566
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Cyberweld Price: $1,424.00
Mfg Industrial Price: $1,937.00
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Hobart® AirForce™ 40i Plasma Cutter 500566

Hobart® AirForce™ 40i plasma cutter features the new ergonomically designed, 40 amp, XT40R plasma torch and cuts up to 7/8 inch mild steel. The AirForce 40i features an inverter design that is both lightweight and powerful. The XT40R plasma torch boasts more flexible cables and longer plasma consumable life than previous models. The 40i requires 230 V/50 A input power and compressed air delivery of at least 4.8 scfm @ 90 to 120 psi. Maximum cutting of mild steel is 7/8 inch at 50% duty cycle for heavy duty production requirements. Unit is compatible with engine-driven welders and at least 8 kW of generator power with a 240 volt receptacle.

The Hobart AirForce 40i is the same base plasma cutter as the AirForce 700i, but with the new XR40R plasma torch.

  • Air Plasma Cutting

    Sheet Metal
    Auto Body

  • 40 Amps Output
  • 50% Duty Cycle
  • Auto-Refire™ Technology - Pilot Arc Controller for Expanded Metal Cutting Applications
  • Lightweight and Powerful Inverter Power System
  • On-Board Diagnostic System with LED Indicators
  • Comfortable 12 XT40R Cutting Torch
  • Lightweight and Flexible Cutting Torch Cable
  • Ground Cable with Improved Clamp
  • 10 Power Cord with 240V 50A Plug
  • Cuts All Conductive Metals
  • Cuts Faster Than Oxy/Fuel with Smaller Heat-Affected Zone
  • No Special Gas Required
  • Clean Cuts 5/8 Mild Steel
  • Sever Cuts 7/8" Mild Steel
  • Fan-On-Demand
  • Thermal Overload Protection


    Comes complete with
  • AirForce™ 40i plasma cutter
  • XT40R plasma torch with 12ft (4m) lead and consumables
  • Ground cable with heavy duty work clamp
  • 10 ft. (3 m) power cord with 230 VAC, 50 A plug

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

  • Download AirForce 40i Spec Sheet (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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    Hobart AirForce Cover 770771
    Code: 770771
    Hobart AirForce® Cover is a vinyl laminated polyester fabric cover for your Hobart 250Ci, 500i or 700i plasma cutter.

    7 Reviews

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    Hobart Safety Glasses - Shade 5 Mirrored Lens 770726
    Code: 770726
    Hobart® Mirrored Shade 5 safety glasses are made from shatterproof polycarbonate and have a scratch resistant coating.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $13.86Cyberweld Price: $12.00

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    Miller Plasma Standoff Roller Guide 253054
    Code: 253054
    Genuine Miller® Plasma Standoff Roller Guide suitable for use with all Miller ICE and new XT30, XT30C, XT40, XT60 plasma torches and Hobart XT12R, XT30R, XT40R plasma torches.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $81.83Cyberweld Price: $71.60

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    Miller Plasma Cutting Guide 253055
    Code: 253055
    Genuine Miller® Plasma Cutting Guide. Suitable for use with all Miller ICE and Miller XT30, XT30C, XT40, XT60 plasma torches; Hobart ICE, XT12R, XT30R and XT40R plasma torches.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $184.37Cyberweld Price: $161.35

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    Miller Plasma In-line Air Filter Kit  228926
    Code: 228926
    Miller® Plasma In-line Air Filter Kit for your Miller or Hobart plasma cutter.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $123.17Cyberweld Price: $107.80

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    Hobart Plasma Electrode 770791
    Code: 770791
    Package of 2 - Genuine Hobart plasma electrodes for your Hobart® XT12R, XT30R or XT40R plasma torch.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $15.10Cyberweld Price: $12.30

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    Hobart Plasma Torch Parts Kit 770793
    Code: 770793
    Kit Consisting of One Each - Genuine Hobart® plasma retaining cup, deflector, swirl ring and O-ring for your Hobart XT30R or XT40R plasma torch.
    Mfg Industrial Price: $59.05Cyberweld Price: $40.15

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    Hobart Plasma Cutting Tip 770797
    Code: 770797
    Package of 2 - Genuine Hobart® 40 amp plasma cutting tips for your Hobart XT40R plasma torch.

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    Hobart Plasma Drag Shield 770798
    Code: 770798
    Package of 1 - Genuine Hobart® plasma drag shield for your Hobart XT40R plasma torch.

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    6 Questions & 6 Answers
    John S
    from Mobile Alabama asked:
    April 10, 2018
    Does the Hobart 40i perform the gouging process?
    1 Answer
    Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566 will not gouge.
    Submitted by: Cyberweld on April 10, 2018

    from Cleveland,Ohio asked:
    January 10, 2017
    Does the unit come with a drag tip?
    1 Answer
    Hobart advises that the Airforce 40i Plasma cutter will come with: 1 Drag Tip (already installed) 2 Additional Tips 1 Swirl Ring 2 Electrodes
    Submitted by: Customer Service on January 11, 2017

    Willie Everketchum
    from Texas, By the grace of god. asked:
    August 7, 2016
    Can you adapt the longer (20')miller xt40 torch to this machine or are you stuck with the short one that comes with it?
    1 Answer
    Hobart advises that you cannot put a 20ft Miller XT-40 on a Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566.
    Submitted by: Customer Service on August 8, 2016

    david r
    from longview tx asked:
    May 10, 2016
    does this cutter have the pilot arc for cutting painted and rusty metals
    1 Answer
    The Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566 does have a starting pilot arc.
    Submitted by: Customer Service on May 11, 2016

    from colorado asked:
    April 17, 2016
    what is the thinnest metal this can cut? 3/8"?
    1 Answer
    The Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566 can can cut up to 5/8" thick. it can cut any thickness of material less than 5/8". Just dial the amperage control knob down
    Submitted by: Customer Service on April 18, 2016

    from susanville ca asked:
    December 10, 2015
    what is the difference between the hobart 40i 50056 and the hobart 700i plasma cutter
    1 Answer
    The Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter 500566 and the 700i are basically the same model. The main difference is the torch. The 40i has the new XT40R plasma torch.
    Submitted by: Customer Service on December 11, 2015

    13 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (13 of 13 responses)
    By Andrew
    Circle pines, MN
    May 5, 2019
    Favorite tool in the garage
    I';m not sure why I didn't buy this tool many years ago. Extremely versatile, easy to use and cuts steel like butter!! I find myself using the plasma cutter for more tasks than I thought I ever would. The thickest material I've cut so far was only 5/16 and it made quick work of that. Cyberweld had the best price and delivery was quick. Would highly recommend anyone to check them out before you buy from somewhere else.
    ProsCuts just about anything Very easy to use Ready to go out of the box
    ConsGround cable is kinda on the cheap side.
    By Garry
    Clay City, Illinois
    March 8, 2018
    Amazing right out of box.
    Thanks again for the amazing piece of equipment. Right out of the box it ran perfect. I will buy again.
    ConsThere is none,don't change anything.
    By Michael
    May 14, 2017
    First time plasma cutter user
    Was in the market for a heavier duty cycle plasma cutter and kept looking at the Hobart 27ci available at tractor supply. I've been cutting with oxy fuel torches for years and finally decided to buy this unit. So far I have not been let down. It comes with enough extra parts to keep you going for a while. This is a great value if you're looking to buy a machine and are undecided.

    Not to mention, the day I placed my order, these guys shipped the unit, and I received it the very next morning. I already started using it to cut and build other tools for my home shop.
    Pros-It says this machine can sever 7/8" mild steel, I used to sever 1" steel and it's a decent cut -Cuts steel like a hot knife through warm butter. All plasma cutters should, but this machine will do it with repeated high performance -Simple to set up and use, came ready out of the box, all leads hooked up, etc -Great price -Fast shipping
    Cons-Though I just purchased mine, I'm looking for other accessories, such as gouging tips, to expand the uses of this machine and can not find them yet, awaiting answers from the professionals if there are manufacturer parts compatibility between hobart and miller, since miller does offer these.
    By Sal
    Lockhart, TX.
    April 22, 2017
    Hobart AirForce 40i PlasmaCutter 500566
    Very pleased with my recent plasma cutter, I'm starting metal art and so far I'm getting more confident with it I use a Miller 625 at my job, but I already like my Hobart better at my home shop.
    By Scotty
    Decatur, Mississippi
    January 9, 2017
    Excellent Plasma Cutter
    Shipped quickly, removed from box installed air fitting for my compressor to hookup and started cutting. Thanks Cyberweld and Hobart.
    By Josh
    January 1, 2017
    I usually work with with 1/4 or 3/16 and this machine handles that at the 30 amp setting or less.

    I cranked it up to 35 amps and played with 3/8. This machine is perfect for the backyard mechanic!
    ProsCuts 1/4 to 1/2 with ease
    ConsShould have bought this machine first.
    By Randy
    New Castle, IN
    June 24, 2016
    Power Power Power
    This little package has a punch! After having a little trouble getting my air compressor set up for the correct regulation, it cuts very well!
    ProsLightweight, powerful, simple, high quality
    By Josh C.
    Birmingham, Alabama
    June 11, 2016
    So far so good.
    I needed a plasma to finish a stainless pipe job that needed saddle cuts and I also couldn't get it in my bandsaw because it had been rolled. I thought I would buy a smaller unit. Maybe even one with an on board compressor but I've been following the rule of buy more machine than you need and I'm always glad I did. This was several hundred dollars cheaper than the Miller and uses the same consumables which is nice. It's light and powerful. I was able to cut through some large welds on a junction that was out of center. Very nice machine and priced correctly.
    ProsLight. Powerful. My trailblazer can run it.
    By Dick P.
    New Mexico
    February 27, 2016
    Works like a charm.
    Opened, assembled, attached compressor, started cutting. No Problems.
    By Brent M.
    January 24, 2016
    One stop shop
    Have made many purchases from cyberweld,
    Great to work with. Fast in shipping and have always had plenty of stock. Thank you Cyberweld.
    By fast e.
    susanville ca
    December 17, 2015
    Cyberweld is awesome
    This is the second order I have made with cyberweld. I have to say this company is my go to company. I have not used my new plasma cutter yet because it is a Christmas gift. My order was processed and shipped to my house in a matter of days. They are the best deal on the web . They have awesome customer service thanks again cyberweld.
    By Tom
    Nucla, Co.
    December 9, 2015
    Great cutter
    Easy fast
    ProsEasy fast
    By dj
    Homosassa FL
    December 5, 2015
    Typical Hobart. Luv it!!
    I just pulled this out of the box and attached the air inlet nipple and an air cleaner/oil&moisture remover to the air supply, and plugged it in. SUPER EASY set up out of the box. I took a piece of 1/4 inch steel to see what the capabilities are of this machine. Amazing! On 30 amps, it cut through it like butter, turned it up to 40, more of a test on my outlet than the machine, regardless, it worked perfectly. I hate to use the cliche' "hot knife through butter" but it's the best way to describe it. My only other plasma cutter was a Chinese Colossal CUT 50, which boasted "50 AMPS" but even at full throttle, it would not have kept up with this Hobart on 30 Amps. Also, I spent $300+ on the Chinese cutter and didn't even get 2 hours out of it. $150 per hour to use a machine is a terrible investment!!! Looking forward to using this thing on 1/8 a lot but it's good to know that I have the power to EASILY cut stock that's 3,4 times as thick. Was going to get the 30 AMP Hobart but I think the extra $200 was well worth it. It's nice knowing that if you need it, you have it and also, knowing that the machine is working well below duty cycle is nice too.
    ProsPlenty of power, easy set up right out of the box, simplicity in general. Dealing with the staff at Cyberweld, they handled my order very well, even though there was an out of stock item that was holding up the order. Would have been nice if the website kept that kind of thing updated, as I needed the equipment right away, regardless, the awesome staff took great care of me. Thanx Amber and everyone else that tended to my order!! you guys are great, hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
    ConsOnly con was that an accessory I ordered was out of stock and the web site did not mention this, so I had an insignificant $2.00 part holding up a $1500+ order. I called the people at Cyberweld and they took GREAT care of me, sorted out my order and shipped it promptly. I contacted them by phone and by email, they always responded promptly and courteously.

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