Hypertherm Powermax 30 Xp: Hand Plasma System (America Edition) Review

Hypertherm 088079 Powermax30 XP Hand Plasma System with Case and 15-Feet Lead
4.94.9 / 5
The Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP is a plasma cutting system that gives you excellent features that separate it from other brands in the same league.

Below is a Hypertherm 30 XP review that will make you consider in investing in one.

Powermax 30 XP FEATURES

1.Easy to use

Whether you are an expert or beginner, you will find the cutter very easy to use.

Because the Hypertherm Powermax 30 plasma cutter uses the drag-cutting technology, which significantly reduces your learning curve and allows you to spend more time working.

2.High Performance

The Hypertherm Powermax 30 plasma cutter is built with performance in mind from the ground up.

Easy setup and controls allow you to get to work quickly thus boosting your overall productivity.

3. Very versatile

Especially relevant, the Powermax 30 offers capabilities for cutting thick metals up to 5/8″ or for delicate and precise cutting of thin metals.

Changing the abilities is just a matter of configuration. You can set it to a high power to cut thick metals.

The FineCut feature will appeal to craftspeople who need precise and delicate cuts.

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4.Cuts a wide range of metals

The Powermax 30 also features a Continuous Pilot Arc feature for cutting expanded, rusted and painted metals.

It can cut any sort of metal including (but not limited to) mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.

It is not affected by metals which are painted or rusted.

5. Can operate in using 120V and 240V A.C sources

The unit can operate on 120 Volts or 240 Volts.

To achieve this, it ships with adapter plugs.

It also comes with the Safe Only Feature and Auto-Voltage technology. Also, the cutter works on compressed air.

6. Very portable

The cutter is very mobile, and you can carry it with you to your job site.

It is relatively light as it tips the scales at 21lbs and it also comes with a hard plastic case.


7. High efficiency

The Powermax 30 XP is very efficient, in fact, it is 170% more efficient as compared to other models.

It operates on fewer consumables than other cutting systems comparable to it.

In the long run, the focus on efficiency offsets the higher retail price.

8. Comes with extra gadgets for quick setup

The cutter comes with all you need to start using it.

All is packed inside a lasting carrying case when you purchase the unit. Some of these items include shaded glasses and gloves.

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9. Made in America

The Powermax 30 XP is an American product.

It is thus designed to perform exceptionally well through years of heavy use.

The cutter is therefore robust, reliable and dependable.

10. Very safe

The Powermax 30 XP operates on nitrogen gas or air as opposed to explosive or dangerous gases, therefore ensuring your safety health wise.

11.Comes with the Duramax LT torch design

Duramax LT torch design provides a comfortable and sure grip made from impact and heat resistant material.


  • Setting it up is easy, and it is very portable.
  • Powerful and affordable.
  • Come with other shaded glasses, rugged case, standard consumables, carry strap and FineCut consumables.
  • Powermax 30 operates on either 240V or 110V currents.


  • You have to acquire an air compressor
  • You will need extensive practice before mastering how to make precision cuts


Miller Spectrum 375
Hypertherm Powermax30 XP
Lotos LT5000D
3.83.8 / 5
4.84.8 / 5
3.73.7 / 5
Cutting Ability3/8” of steel5/8” on 220V and 1/2” on 120V1/2” steel
Voltage Mode120V and 220V120V and 220VNo dual mode
AccessoriesShips with cord adaptersGlasses, gloves and cord adaptersNo


Hypertherm 088079 Powermax30 XP Hand Plasma System with Case and 15-Feet Lead
4.94.9 / 5
The Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP is a plasma cutting system that gives you excellent features that separate it from other brands in the same league.

If you are a novice to plasma cutters then Powermax 30 XP is just the right gadget for you.

You will get started in no time as it easy to learn and use.

However, if you prefer taking your plasma cutter to your job site, then the Powermax makes it easy for you as it is very light (portable).

Artists, craftspeople, and hobbyists will love the cutter due to its ability to produce delicate and thin cuts.

Probably you work in metal artwork, ornamental or sign manufacturing, auto repair e.t.c, you will find the Powermax 30 a very efficient and versatile tool.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Powermax 30 XP is, no doubt, one of the best plasma cutters on the market.

It has compelling features and an appropriate price.

I would recommend it to you if you seek to buy a new cutter or upgrade to a better one. 

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