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Reasons to Choose a Hypertherm Powermax 45

Reasons to Choose a Hypertherm Powermax 45

In the month of May, Baker’s Gas and Welding is featuring Hypertherm plasma cutters and offering a free consumable kit with select purchases. When you ask welders, fabricators, and other metal workers which plasma cutter is the best, they’ll often mention Hypertherm as one of the industry leaders. While Hypertherm provides a wide range of light to heavy duty machines for a variety of applications, we’re going to talk about the Hypertherm Powermax 45 today because it provides a lot of power and versatility for home welders and small shops who need a reliable plasma cutter that can handle any job you throw at it.

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The Hypertherm Powermax 45 Maxes Out Consumable Life

Hypertherm promotion is far more valuable than a kit from any off-name brands. One of the features in a Hypertherm plasma cutter that receives the most praise is the cutting edge torch technology that prolongs consumable life. Reviewers frequently mention that a Hypertherm plasma cutter can be used all day without needing to replace a consumable. That kind of longevity is the exception and not the rule for other plasma cutters!

If you take the value of the free consumable kit and then multiply that by the longevity of those consumables over time with Hypertherm, Baker’s promotion provides a tremendous value both with this promotion and with the ongoing expenses over time for a plasma cutter.

Take the Hypertherm Powermax 45 Anywhere

Though the Powermax 45 packs a lot of power, that power is quite light and easy to take with you with a weight of only 38 lbs.  The connecting cables and case are designed to take a lot of impact and tension if they’re stepped on or knocked over, making this unit ideal for a variety of work sites and mobile projects.

The HyperTherm Powermax 45 Makes Cutting Simple

Some users estimate that the Powermax 45 cuts about 20% faster than other cutting units, while others rave about the value of the drag tip that saves you from worrying about standoff. From saving time on switching consumables to providing a faster cutting speed at 20 ipm on 1/2” metal, the Powermax 45 is ideal for handheld cutting projects. The conical flow of the torch is also a key design element that concentrates the heat, improves cutting speed, and minimizes the amount of dross by keeping the kerf as small as possible.

Cut Thick Metal with a Powermax 45

All estimates of cutting thickness are based on maintaining a steady cutting speed, and therefore have even rumored that the Powermax 45 can cut up to 2 inch thick material if the operator keeps a steady hand and travels slow enough. While production workers won’t want to do that on a regular basis, home users will be pleased to learn that a Powermax 45 can handle a wide variety of thicknesses, even if they need to cut metal beyond the half inch to one inch range that is far more typical for this machine.

Here’s a spec sheet and chart of thicknesses that the Powermax 45 can handle based on Hypertherm’s laboratory tests: Powermax 45 specs.

Easily Service a Hypertherm Powermax 45

The longevity of a plasma cutter is a critical aspect of investing in a new machine, and Hypertherm designs machines that minimize dust intake and are easily serviced. Hypertherm manufactures their machines in New Hampshire, so it’s easy to find a support technician to handle any problems that come up, but since their machines are designed to be user-friendly and to minimize maintenance issues, that’s a support system you may not even need to use.

One of Hypertherm’s sales engineers adds, “These units have a CNC interface that includes plasma start input, arc transferred output as well as arc voltage outputs for torch height control systems. The torch has a new technology quick disconnect that allows you to switch (from hand torch to machine torch) in seconds without tools.” In other words, Hypertherm has managed to simplify the use of the Powermax 45 while making it more durable and light.

Better yet, since the Powermax is designed to last for the long haul, Hypertherm produces replacement parts for their older machines, ensuring that you can keep using it until it’s time to buy a new machine.


Is the Hypertherm Powermax 45 for you? Check out this list of possible applications, and you’ll see that it’s a very versatile plasma cutter that packs a lot of power in a very efficient, light, and durable machine. Manufacturers who regularly cut metal that is thicker than 1/2” may want to invest in a larger unit, but for most home, farm, and small shop projects, the Hypertherm Powermax 45 is an ideal machine that has been proven capable of handling a wide range of projects.

Learn more about the Hypertherm Powermax 45 at Baker’s Gas and Welding today.

Ed C.


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