Powermax30 AIR plasma system

Despite its small size, the Powermax30® AIR delivers big performance. The smallest, lightest handheld plasma cutting system in its class, it includes its own built-in air compressor, so you can use the Powermax30 AIR anywhere there’s single-phase power. Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut.


System information


Drag cutting

For dragging the torch directly across the work piece

Drag cutting

Unsupported applications

Extended reach cutting

For improved visibility & accessibility when cutting in confined spaces

Try Powermax30 XP
Extended reach cutting

Extended reach gouging

For improved visibility & accessibility when gouging in confined spaces

Try Powermax30 XP
Extended reach gouging

Fine feature cutting

For narrow kerf width with minimal dross and heat affected zone

Try Powermax30 XP
Fine feature cutting

Flush cutting

For cutting closer to base materials using a 45 degree

Try Powermax45 XP
Flush cutting


For scoring, indicating part identification, hole or weld locations

Try Powermax45 XP

Max control gouging

For precise metal removal, shallower gouge profiles and light metal washing

Try Powermax45 XP
Max control gouging

Max removal gouging

For aggressive metal removal, deep gouge profiles and extreme metal washing

Try Powermax65
Max removal gouging

Mechanized cutting

For portable automation and table cutting

Try Powermax45 XP
Mechanized cutting

Precision gouging

For spot and tack weld removal at very low output current (<25 A)

Try Powermax45 XP
Precision gouging


Easy to set up and operate

  • Internal compressor eliminates the need for an external air compressor and filter
  • Plug into any 120 or 240 V power (convenient Auto-Voltage™ technology and plug adapters included)

Superior performance in a compact package

  • Patent-pending consumable design enables consistent cutting by optimizing the airflow from the compact, internal compressor
  • Quickly cut metal grate or rusted metal without retriggering with the continuous pilot arc feature
  • Fast cutting speeds and superior cut quality let you finish jobs quicker, with fewer secondary operations

Relative cut performance on mild steel (chart)

Exceptional versatility

  • Just one tool is all you need to cut a variety of metal types and thicknesses
  • Small size and light weight let you take the Powermax30 AIR to the work, rather than bringing the work to the system – an ideal solution for a wide range of cutting applications
  • Built to withstand heavy-duty use in the most demanding environments


Input voltages 120-240 V, 1-PH, 50/60 Hz
Input current @ 2.5 kW 120-240 V, 1-PH, 29-15 A
Output current 15-30 A
Rated output voltage 83 VDC
Duty cycle @ 40°C (104°F) 35%, 240 V
20%, 120 V
Open circuit voltage (OCV) 256 VDC
Dimensions with handles 420 mm (16.5") D; 195 mm (7.7") W; 333 mm (13.1") H
Weight w/ 4,5 m (15') torch 13.5 kg (29.8 lbs)
Input power cable length 3 m (10')
Power supply type Inverter - IGBT
Engine drive requirement 5.5 kW for full 30 A output
Certifications CSA-certified for use in the Americas and Asia, except China CE, C-Tick, CU/GOST, Ukr, and Serbian — for use in Europe, Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and other countries where accepted.
Warranty Power supplies have a 3-year warranty and torches a 1-year warranty.

Cut capacity

Capacity Thickness Cut speed


Recommended 8 mm (5/16") 500 mm/min (20 ipm)
  10 mm (3/8") 250 mm/min (10 ipm)
Severance 16 mm (5/8") 125 mm/min (5 ipm)

Cutting with 120 V input power

The maximum recommended output of 20 A, the cut capacities are:

  • 3 mm (10 gauge) at 762 mm/min (30 ipm)
  • 6 mm (1/4") at 355 mm/min (14 ipm)
  • 10 mm (3/8") at 125 mm/min (5 ipm)

Environmental stewardship is a core value of Hypertherm. Our Powermax products are engineered to meet and exceed global environmental regulations including the RoHS directive.

Buying information

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Power supplySystem part number with 4,5 m (15') AIR T30 torch
120-240 V CSA with Building America decal 088096
120-240 V CSA 088097

System includes:

  • Power supply, AIR T30 hand torch with 4,5 m (15') lead and work clamp with 4,5 m (15') lead
  • 240 V/20 A plug with adapters for 120 V/15 A and 240 V/20 A circuits (CSA model)
  • Operator and safety manuals
  • 1 nozzle and 1 electrode
  • Carrying strap


Manuals and documents

Torches and consumables

Media gallery

  • Powermax30 AIR Overview

    See a Powermax30 AIR overview


  • Powermax30 AIR setup video

    Watch a Powermax30 AIR setup video


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