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  • New 12ft. XT40R torch – designed for increased comfort with an ergonomic trigger safety, extremely flexible cables, more efficient cooling and economical replacement XT series cutting tips for longer life
  • Newly added Pilot Arc Controller feature greatly enhances expanded metal cutting, as the auto re-fire technology keeps the torch arc going even when cutting through spaces in the metal where frequent manual restarting is normally required
  • Wind Tunnel Technology™ prevents abrasive dust and particles from damaging internal components
  • Fan-On-Demand™ Cooling system operates only when needed, reducing power consumption and contaminants drawn into the machine
  • Power factor correction (PFC) circuitry draws up to 30% less amperage for the same cutting range as compared to the competition
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Product Summary

The Hobart Air Force® 40i Plasma Cutter is an economical plasma cutting system for all conductive metals. With new XT series torches, new longer life XT consumables, and the newly added Pilot Arc Controller feature, you'll appreciate the enhanced performance. It can cut mild steel up to 7/8in. This portable unit features a lightweight, powerful inverter design and an ergonomic trigger safety, with more efficient air consumption and economically priced consumables. Plasma cutters cut faster and more precisely with a thinner kerf and less slag than cutting with oxy fuel. A smaller heat-affected zone also causes less warping. And you'll never have gas pressure settings, flame tuning, metal preheating, or gas cylinders or refills to worry about. Features Hobart’s 5/3/1 limited warranty protection.

What's Included
  • (1) AirForce® 40i Plasma cutter
  • (1) 12ft. XT40R hand-held torch
  • (1) 12ft. work cable with clamp
  • (1) 10ft. power cord with plug
  • Extra Consumables (1 electrode, 2 tips, 1 deflector and 1 air fitting)
  • Easy-to-connect, built-in gas/air filter and regulator for extra protection
Versatility is Standard Equipment

Versatility is Standard Equipment

Easily Handle a Variety of Metals and Thicknesses

The AirForce 40i™ Plasma Cutter slices right through a wide variety of materials. Clean-cut 5/8in. steel, sever 7/8in. steel, cut 3/8in. stainless, aluminum or galvanized, or cut 1/4in. brass and even 3/16in. copper. Versatility is its specialty!

Powerful Performance at Half the Weight

The lightweight yet powerful inverter design delivers the exceptional cutting performance of 230V with 40 Amp output, but at just under 32 lbs., it weighs only half of what comparable standard plasma cutter models weigh, resulting in exceptional portability!

Use It Once and You'll Carry a Torch for This Torch

You'll love the ergonomic design of this XT40R torch. It's super comfortable in your hands, cools extra efficiently, is easier to use than oxy fuel cylinders, includes a trigger safety and operates with very economical replacement cutting tips that leave an extra jingle in your pocket.

Compatible with Engine-Driven Welders

Hook this plasma cutter up to an engine-driven welder wih a 240V generator power outlet of 8kW or more and you'll increase your cutting capabilities! With this engine-driven setup mode, you'll now be able to cut 3/8–5/8in. mild steel.

Control Gas and Air Flow

An internal gas/air filter and regulator team up to control the usage and flow of air or gas. As a result, the unit is very smooth and economical to run.

Built for Lasting Performance

Cleaner, Power-Saving Fan

The Fan-On-Demand™ system runs only when needed, reducing the overall power consumption of the unit and also limiting the amount of dust and debris that is pulled into the unit while the fan is operating, saving on the inner works of the plasma cutter.

Cooler Tips and Electrodes = Fewer Replacements

Standard plasma cutters stay hot for quite awhile, even after they're done cutting. But the Post-Flow Cooling feature on the AirForce 40i™ quickly cools the torch after your cut, helping to extend the life of the tips and electrodes that you just finished using.

Keep the Dust Particles Out

Wind Tunnel Technology™ changes the way the unit breathes, drawing internal air flow instead of external air. As a result, the electrical components and PC boards are protected from harmful external dirt, dust and debris, greatly improving the unit's reliability.

Extension Cord-Friendly Operation

Power Factor Correction (PFC) circuitry draws up to 30% less amperage than comparable standard plasma cutter models. As a result, the AirForce 40i™ can be more readily used with an extension cord to give you a wider range of use while minimizing nuisance circuit breaker trips caused by voltage drops.

Easily Handles Power Fluctuations

Let's face it: no mater what the voltage of an outlet says it is, the input isn't always the same. LVC™ line voltage compensation keeps the output of the power source constant regardless of input fluxuations (±15%), resulting in steady performance and cleaner end cuts.

Freedom From High-Frequency Starts

This plasma cutter starts up without requiring the use of high frequency. The result is reduced interference and no damaging effects on controls or computerized parts.

Quick Troubleshooting Indicators

Diagnostic LED lights are built right in to aid in the troubleshooting of pressure, power and cup situations. The lights make it easy to quickly spot a problem.

Protection from Overloads

Thermal Overload Protection allows the plasma cutter to withstand tough work environments and shuts the unit down to help prevent machine damage if the duty cycle is exceeded or the airflow is blocked.

Built for Lasting Performance
Cut with Quality and Confidence That's Made in the U.S.A.

Cut with Quality and Confidence That's Made in the U.S.A.

The Hobart Advantage

The Hobart AirForce 40i™ Plasma Cutter is made in the U.S.A. and backed by Hobart's industry-leading 5–3–1 industrial warranty. You get a 5-year warranty on transformers, stabilizers, reactors, rectifiers, rotors, stators and brushes; 3-year on drive systems, PC boards, solenoid valves, switches and controls; 1-year on plasma torches, MIG guns, relays, contactor, triggers, regulator, accessories, spoolguns, battery, field options and running gear. (90-day limited warranty for industrial use). Normal wear items such as drive rolls, contact tips, nozzles, gas diffusers, plasma torch tips, electrodes and weld cables are not covered under this warranty.

Guaranteed Satisfaction

Shop in complete confidence, knowing that Northern Tool + Equipment protects your investment and is ready to provide you with the assistance and helpful resources you need.

Features + Benefits

Features for FREE SHIPPING — Hobart AirForce 40i Plasma Cutter — 230V, 40 Amp, Model #500566
  • New 12ft. XT40R torch – designed for increased comfort with an ergonomic trigger safety, extremely flexible cables, more efficient cooling and economical replacement XT series cutting tips for longer life
  • Newly added Pilot Arc Controller feature greatly enhances expanded metal cutting, as the auto re-fire technology keeps the torch arc going even when cutting through spaces in the metal where frequent manual restarting is normally required
  • Wind Tunnel Technology™ prevents abrasive dust and particles from damaging internal components
  • Fan-On-Demand™ Cooling system operates only when needed, reducing power consumption and contaminants drawn into the machine
  • Power factor correction (PFC) circuitry draws up to 30% less amperage for the same cutting range as compared to the competition
  • PFC expands operator's work area via extension cord, while minimizing nuisance circuit breaker trips caused by voltage drops
  •  LVC™ line voltage compensation provides peak performance power under variable input voltage conditions (±15%) for steady and cleaner-ending cuts
  • Internal gas/air filter and regulator controls amount of usage and flow of air or gas
  • Starts without high frequency, protecting the unit by not interfering with or damaging controls or computers
  • Diagnostic LED lights for quick troubleshooting of pressure, power and cup situations
  • Postflow cooling circuit extends life of consumables and torch by cooling them with postflow air after trigger is released
  • Compatible with engine-driven welders capable of cutting 3/8–5/8 in. mild steel when powered by an engine-driven welder with a 240 V generator power outlet of 8 kW or more
Key Specs
Item# 48643
Brand Hobart
Manufacturer's Warranty 5 year limited warranty
Ship Weight 36.0 lbs
Volts 230
Compressor Included No
Pilot Arc Yes
Amps 40
Cutting Thickness (in.) 5/8 (mild steel, clean cut)
Sever Thickness (in.) 7/8
Duty Cycle 50% at 40A
Plasma Gas Flow/Pressure 4.8 CFM at 90–120 PSI recommended
Clamp Cable Length (ft.) 12
Power Cord (ft.) 10
Cart No
Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 14 x 8 x 11

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Volts
230 115 230 115/230 230
Compressor Included No Yes - No No
Pilot Arc Yes No Yes No Yes
Amps
15–40 (25A max. on 230V) 12 42 27 40
Cutting Thickness (in.) 3/8 mild steel, 1/4 stainless steel, aluminum, 1/8 copper, brass 1/8 (mild steel) 9/16 clean; 7/8 sever 3/8 (mild steel, clean cut) 5/8 (mild steel, clean cut)
Sever Thickness (in.)
- 1/4 7/8 5/8 7/8
Duty Cycle
35% at 40A 35% at 12A 30% at 60A 35% at 27A (140V); 20% at 27A (120V) 50% at 40A
Plasma Gas Flow/Pressure 4.5 CFM at 60 PSI required Preset w/built-in compressor Yes 3.0 CFM at 90–120 PSI recommended 4.8 CFM at 90–120 PSI recommended
Clamp Cable Length (ft.) 10 ground cable, 18 1/2 torch/torch cable 12 10 12 12
Power Cord (ft.) 6 1/2 6 6 1/2 10 10
Cart No No - No No
Dimensions L x W x H (in.)
17 x 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 8 x 13 x 10 20 11/16 x 11 1/32 x 15 5/32 14 x 8 x 11 14 x 8 x 11