Hobart Plasma Cutter Reviews

Searching for an industrial quality plasma cutter?

Since 1917, for over 9 decades, Hobart has been working to help make welding and cutting task easy and fun. They are dedicated in designing, testing and manufacturing bursting welding and cutting products. Hobart brand Plasma cutters are industrial quality and easy to use. You can depend on Hobart, as all Hobart units have to pass rigorous reliability standards and are backed by an industry leading warranty (5/3/1 Industrial Warranty).

Whether you’re in farming, production, auto repair, maintenance or a DIY, Hobart plasma cutters fit your needs.



Ideal Cutting Thickness



Weight (pounds)


Hobart Airforce 27i

Hobart AirForce 27i

20 A



x 8.2

x 14.2


hobart airforce 40i plasma cutter

Hobart AirForce 40i

40 A

5/8" - 7/8" (15.9 - 22.2 mm)


x 18.2

x 11.6


hobart airforce 12ci plasma cutter

Hobart Airforce 12ci

20 A


(6.4 mm)


x 18.5

x 11.2


Among the various models of plasma cutters, we’ve picked here Hobart 500565 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter to review.

Hobart Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter Review

The Most Convenient, Larger Cutting Capacity

Brand Name - Hobart

Designed For - Home / Business Use



User Review


Facing a slow and rough cutting results with your plasma cutter?

Things seem difficult to you to operate a plasma cutter?

Then, what can be an excellent choice for you except Hobart 500565 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter?

Yes, if you desire a quick as well as precise cutting, Airforce 27i is the best plasma cutter for you.

It's new ergonomically design makes it a great tool for cutting all conductive metals. Integrated with a simple cutting technology, Airforce 27i enables you to cut sheet, aluminum or other metals precisely. It uses compressed air and an electrical arc to its cutting technology that enables you to cut any metal very quickly and efficiently. The AirForce 27i features multi-voltage plug (MVP) technology that lets you run off standard household voltage (120V or 240V). Voltage change requires no tool and is very simple. The device is adaptable and suits every work site. Hobart 27i plasma cutter features the inverter design that makes it lightweight as well as portable.

And what about its cutting capacity?

27i beats it cutting capacity for cutting sheet metals, 3/8 “ mild steel and able to cut even sever 5/8” mild steel.

You don’t need any special skill or knowledge to set up the device. 

Let’s have a look at all of its great features.

Hobart Airforce 27i Features

Inverter Technology

This technology makes Hobart 27i one of the most economical, and convenient cutting machine. If you compare the input current that it draws with the output it produces, you will find this machine very effective. It offers the most powerful cutting capacity at half the weight of other models.

Ergonomic Design

It features a new ergonomic design with the XT30R torch. The user will feel increased comfort while working with the torch. Its comfortable design allows the user to work with it for a long time without being hand-fatigue. It comes with economical replacement cutting tips and more efficient cooling.

Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP)

27i comes with a Multi-voltage plug that lets you to use it with any standard household power circuit. Whether 120V or 240 V power holders, connect it without using any tools.


Hobart 27i comes with a fan-on-demand that help the plasma cutter to reduce the dust, debris or airborne particle pulled into the unit. Thus, it keeps the internal part of the unit work well for a long time. The fan works only when needed. Hence, it saves the power consumption and prolongs the life of internal parts.

Wind Tunnel Technology

The wind tunnel technology is an excellent feature of this unit that prevents the erosive particles and dust from destroying the internal components.

Post-Flow Air Cooling System

As this is a heavy-duty unit and deals with a great amount of heat inside and on the workpiece, air cooling system plays an important role to make the machine calm down in seconds after an operation. The post- flow air cooling system cools the torch and tip immediately after cutting and thus it makes the unit secured and extend the life of consumables.

Product Specifications

Product Dimensions

17 x 18.2 x 11.6 inches

Product Weight

32.1 pounds


Air plasma cutting

Cut Performance

Max Cut Thickness: 3/8” (steel)

Max Severance Thickness: 5/8” (steel)

Stainless 1/4" 

Aluminum 1/4" 

Galvanized 1/4" 

1/8" Brass​

1/8" Copper​

Cutting Torch

12ft XT30R

Duty Cycle

240 V - 35% @ 27 A, 92 VDC

120 V (20 A) - 20% @ 27 A, 92 VDC

120 V (15 A) - 35% @ 20 A, 88 VDC

Input Voltage

120 or 240 VAC

Output Amperage

27 A



What's Included

  • Torch (1) - XT30R torch, 12 ft lead and consumables
  • Working clamp (1) - Heavy-duty clamp with cable
  • Power Cord (1) - 10 feet (3 m) long
  • Plug - 20A MVP


  • Economical plasma cutter
  • Suitable for all conductive metals
  • Dual voltage capacity
  • Inverter-based technology
  • Easy voltage change
  • Thinner kerf
  • More precise cut
  • Less slag to clean up
  • Prior to cutting no preheating of metal is needed
  • No flame tuning or gas pressure settings needed
  • Runs through standard household outlet either 120v or 240v power
  • Faster cutting mechanism than oxyfuel
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Highest cutting capacity for roughly half the price of other units
  • Consumables readily available
  • Reasonably priced


  • Doesn’t come with a built-in air compressor
  • Doesn’t feature Auto-Refire Technology
  • Leads are shorter compared to Hobart other models

27i Applications

  • HVAC
  • Sheet metal
  • Auto Body
  • Prototyping
  • Maintenance
  • Plumbing ( Or even custom shower drains )
  • Farm/ Ranch
  • Light construction


Q. What else will need to buy?

A: Air compressor and electricity.

Q. What is the recommended air compressor size?

A. 3 CFM at 90-120 PSI.

Q.  Does the unit need an air regulator?

A. Yes, as the unit isn’t self-regulate, you’ve to use a regulator for incoming air from the compressor.

User’s Feedback

Owners call the Hobart 500565 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter a powerful little box. The feature that most of the users like is that it needs no preheating of metal or no flame tuning or gas pressure settings before cutting. The stream of happy users has found it as a great portable unit, easy to carry, easy to set up and user-friendly. Overall, the users are satisfied using Hobart 27i.


Among the different models of Hobart Plasma cutters, Hobart 500565 Airforce 27i Plasma Cutter is a go for a plasma cutter that is easy to set up and easy to operate. It is a very good performer and best plasma cutter for the money.

Overall, this is a wonderful little cutter with the larger cutting capacity.

With its powerful cutting ability see how it does the bigger jobs.
Ronald Wilson

I’m Ronald, Specialist engaged in the manufacture of fabricated metal products. I’ve been involved in the fabrication industry since 1998. To continue my love in welding and to share my experience I've formed a research team and have created this website for our valuable customers.

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