Hypertherm Powermax 30 xp Plasma Cutter Review

Hypertherm Powermax 30

The Upgraded and Versatile Plasma Cutter From Hypertherm

Designed For - industrial and home use

The Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP Building America Edition Hand Plasma System makes the cutting job faster, easier and reliable. It provides high-power cutting capacity and Fine Cut Consumables to cut thick or thin metal. The tool runs on both 110V and 240V making it workable to any job site. Featuring with the auto-voltage technology, the tool automatically adapts to 110V- 240V input power. The tool comes with a Duramax LT torch that is made from heat and impact resistant material.

Its user-friendly design provides a sure and comfortable grip to the user. Hypertherm 30 XP provides a surprisingly faster and deeper cut. In addition, Powermax 30 is a super lightweight plasma cutter that comes with everything you need to get started right out of the box.

  • Two-In-One Design - 120v or 240v means you can cut think metal with ease or FineCut® thin metal with accuracy.
  • 50% increase in cutting power - improves cut speeds so you can get the job done faster and more reliably.
  • Torch Design - New DuramaxTM LT torch is designed to withstand impact and heat. While providing comfort during long use.
  • Storage Cage And ConsumablesComes with a durable carry case and 70% longer lasting patented consumables, reducing operating costs

Hypertherm Powermax 30


  • FineCut® technology 
  • Very light and portable
  • Easy to use One Knob Interface
  • 50% more power over the previous model
  • Longer lasting
  • Higher heat and impact tolerance


  • A little pricey
  • Cuts will be slow at 1/2 inch thickness

Who should buy the Powermax 30?

This plasma cutter is designed for high performance. It is suitable for both professionals and for the home. The system is perfect for cuts of 1/4 inch and you will notice that it breezes through metal of that thickness cleanly with very minimal or no clean up (depending on your skill of course).

It will cut up to 1/2 inch metal as well. You will just need to drag the torch a little slower. If you regularly need to cut around 1/2 inch then it may be worth while going for the larger more powerful Powermax 45 instead.

Product Specifications

Product Dimensions

14 x 5.5 x 11.5 inches (H x W x D)

Product Weight (with torch)

42.3 lbs

Cutting Capacity (max.)

up to 16 mm (5/8")

Torch Lead

4.5 m (15')

Input Voltages

120-240 V, 1-PH, 50/60 Hz

Input current @ 3.8 kW

120-240 V, 1-PH, 25-18.8 A

Output current

30 A

Rated output voltage

125 VDC

35%, 240 V

Duty cycle @ 40° C (104° F)

20%, 120 V

Open circuit voltage (0CV)

256 VDC

Gas supply / Recommended gas

Clean, dry, oil-free air or nitrogen

Inlet flow rate / pressure

4 scfm @ 80 psi

Input power cable length


Power supply type

Inverter - 1GBT

Engine drive requirement

5.5 kW for full 30 A output




CSA-certified for use in the Americas and Asia,
except China

What's Included When You Buy The Powermax 30?

The Hypertherm Powermax 30 come with everything you need to get started, minus the air compressor that is a separate piece of hardware. Here is what you will find out of the box:

  • 15' Duramax LT hand torch w/ standard consumables
  • 240V/20A Plug w/ adapters for 120V/15A and 240V/20A circuits
  • 1 standard nozzle
  • 1 electrode
  • 1 FineCut nozzle
  • 1 FineCut deflector
  • 15' Work Clamp
  • Plastic Carrying Case w/ Strap
  • Welding Gloves
  • Cutting Glasses
  • Operators Manual
  • Safety Manuals


Q. Will the device work at a reduced capacity off available amps/ voltage?

A.  At reduced voltage it will work, but not very well.

Q. Is the device USA origin?

A.  USA assembled, with some Chinese parts inside.

Q. Is the torch changeable?

A. No. The hose is attached to the unit and you can’t change out anything.

Q. Does the device run from an appropriately sized generator?

A. Yes. It works fine.

Q. Does the Powermax 30 XP need an air compressor?

A. Yes, you need a separate air compressor.


This small tool will not only cut metal, but also cut your cost. This device will save your time as well as money. You won’t regret buying this high-performing, versatile, durable plasma cutter. The Hypertherm 088079 Powermax 30 XP is a superior tool for the hobbyist as well as professional.

For other great cutter systems in this category, check out our reviews on the best plasma cutters.

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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