Hypertherm Powermax 30 xp Plasma Cutter Review

- Best On Quality -

High Performing, Reliable And Versatile Plasma Cutter

Brand Name - Hypertherm

Designed For - Home use/ Light and Moderate cuts work

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.

The Great Features That Make Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP Best

Two-In-One Design

If you choose the adjustability of operating on both 110V and 240V, and want a cutter with more power, Hypertherm powermax 30XP is for you. This device comes with increased cutting power (50% more over the previous model) and faster cutting speeds. Featuring easy-to-use Two-In-One design, the tool provides high-power cutting capacity for thick metals and with the use of Hypertherm’s FineCut® consumables, the tool is able to cut thin metal

Super and Faster Cutting Capacity

The 30XP is rated at 30amps and able to cut stainless steel, mild steel or aluminium. The smaller tool can cut 5/8 inch steel (at 20IPM) and the cutting process is noticeably faster. Hypertherm focuses on the cutting. So, whether you’re cutting precision parts, constructing a pipeline, fabricating agricultural machinery, or gouging out welds in the mines, you can rely on Hypertherm plasma cutter.

Torch Design

One of the components of the 30XP is its Duramax LT torch. This is a shielded torch. You can hang-up it on the plate. The torch has a better consumables life. Its ergonomic design is impact and heat resistance. You won’t get tired after working a long time with it as it provides a comfortable grip.

Storage Cage And Consumables

The hypertherm 30XP plasma cutter comes with a durable carrying case to organize and maintain the system and gear. You will receive all the consumables needed to operate the device. The patented consumables lower the cutting costs by providing average 70% more efficiency and last twice as long. You will get superior cutting quality with these patented consumables that will also save your time.

Dust Cover

The Powermax 30XP features a dust cover that is designed to keep the operator comfortable and safe.

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

  • 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


  • Superior cut quality
  • Very light and portable
  • Automatically adapts to 110 V - 240 V input power
  • No explosive and expensive gases needed
  • Easy to use One Knob Interface
  • Even in the most demanding environments the tool ensures its highest performance


  • A little pricey

Why Best Of The Best

Some of its special features make the unit best of the best-

  • Adaptable to work in any environment
  • Superior cut quality for less edge preparation.
  • Torch design withstands heat and impact
  • Its certified reliability delivers top performance in even the most demanding environments.
  • Incredible consumable life


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, some Chinese insides.

Q. Is the torch changeable?

A. No………..not at all. 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 Powermax 30 XP need an air compressor?

A. Yes, you need a separate air compressor.

User’s Feedback

A stream of pleased users have expressed their opinion that this device works as advertised. The users love its easy-to-use, simple and quick cutting performances. They are also happy with the hard case it comes with and commented that it is very well made and holds everything tight and neatly.

Users call the Powermax 30 XP -

  • Best cutter in its class
  • An easy-handling plasma cutter
  • High-quality and durable
  • Best investment

Users like the quality build and solid performance given the price point, which together make it a top pick.

Concluding Decision

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. Hypertherm 088079 Powermax30 XP is a superior tool for the hobbyist as well as professional.

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Ronald Wilson

I’m Ronald, Specialist engaged in the manufacture of fabricated metal product. 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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