Plasma Cutting System has compact, portable design.

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Powermax30 manual 30 A plasma cutting tool features tapered torch for arc visibility and flexibility in hard-to-reach locations. Able to cut mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum up to 3/8 in. thick, and sever metals up to ½ in. thick, 20 lb, 12 x 6.6 x 14 in. unit is suited for on-the-spot metal working. Unit features small-angled retaining cap, deflector, post-flow cooling feature, safety interlocks, and built-in parts compartment.

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Hypertherm's New Powermax30 Provides Powerful, Fast and Portable Plasma Cutting

o Light weight 20 lbs. tool with easy-to-carry dimensions

o Cutting speed up to ten times faster than traditional methods

o New torch design enhances manoeuvrability and visibility

Atlanta, Georgia (November 1, 2006) - Hypertherm® has unveiled its new compact plasma cutting system, the Powermax30, at the Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors to Booth #22006 the first live public demonstrations of the latest highly portable addition to the Powermax® family, combining a compact size, low weight, minimal energy usage, and superior cutting power and quality. Mr. Bruce Altobelli, Hypertherm's manual team business team leader, performed the very first cut with the Powermax30 on the show floor.

The Powermax30 is designed for true on-the-job use with an array of operator friendly features. These include a tapered torch engineered to provide improved arc visibility and flexibility in hard-to-reach locations. The 20 lbs. Powermax30 is compact and portable, yet powerful, capable of cutting up to 3/8-inch (10 mm) and severing up to ½ inch (12 mm) metals.

The new system is designed for tough environments and ideal for applications in the automotive, aviation, steel construction, farming, site maintenance, HVAC fabrication/installation, plumbing, and any other job requiring flexible, on-the-spot metal working. It is available with a carrying case that includes a circle-cutting guide, gloves, system shoulder strap, and additional consumables.

Optimal mix of cut quality, productivity, and operating costs

The plasma technology behind the Powermax30 provides an optimal mix of cut quality, productivity, and operating cost efficiency. It is ideal for manual cutting of mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum across a wide range of thicknesses. The Powermax30 has excellent cut quality, small heat-affected zone, and excellent fine feature cutting. The simple user interface and rapid set-up further add to productivity.

The long consumable life, high productivity, and excellent cut quality combine to make the Powermax30 an overall low cost maintenance tool. The power supply design ensures that it is highly reliable due to the reduced number of components.

Small dimensions for high speed cutting applications

Compared to earlier generations of portable plasma systems, the new manual 30 Amp plasma cutting tool is smaller, lighter, and more powerful. An operator can easily carry the 12 x 6.6 x 14 inches (305mm x 168mm x 355mm) wide tool, while efficiently cutting through a maximum 3/8 inch (10 mm) metal, with a speed up to ten times higher than the oxyfuel or other traditional methods using nibblers, snips and cutting wheels. Advanced software design delivers increased re-firing capability on expanded metal, up to 3 times.

The Powermax30 also has a superior versatility and performance, delivering superior cut speed and quality. With its auto-voltage (115/230 V), the Powermax30 combines the convenience of 115 V operation, with the added capacity supported by 230 V input.

Enhanced torch design provides better visibility and durability

The Powermax30 is equipped with a new torch design, delivering maximum performance and durability. The small-angled retaining cap enhances the visibility of the cut and the ability to access corners. Compared to earlier cap designs, the new one is seven times more resistant to heat and physical abuse. A deflector snaps onto the retaining cap for added protection. It eliminates any chance of nozzle arcing when edge starting. No special care is required, as there are no breakable ceramic torch parts while Hypertherm's patented safety trigger protects against accidental starts.

The post-flow cooling feature provides longer torch life and greater flexibility in consumable handling. An interrupt feature automatically stops the post-flow cooling for rapid re-firing. Safety interlocks deactivate the torch when consumables are removed. A built-in parts compartment keeps consumables close at hand.

For more information on the Powermax30 call 800-643-3441 extension 1218 or email

About Hypertherm
Hypertherm has been the industry leader in plasma arc cutting equipment and service since 1968. The company serves a wide range of industrial metal cutting needs from its headquarters in Hanover, New Hampshire, with subsidiaries, sales offices and partner representation worldwide. The company has over 700 Associates worldwide. By continually delivering breakthrough advances in metal-cutting productivity and precision - first in plasma, now also in laser - Hypertherm reaffirms and extends its position as the world's leading supplier of advanced high temperature metal cutting technology.

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