Medium Range Plasma Cutter

The Powermax65® plasma system is a versatile tool for heavy-duty cutting and gouging in demanding environments. Designed to maximize uptime and productivity, the system offers the latest technological innovations, such as Smart Sense™ technology to automatically adjust the gas pressure. With a variety of Duramax™ torch styles, operators can easily select exactly the right tool for the job: hand cutting or gouging, portable automation, X-Y table, and robotic cutting or gouging.

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Maximum productivity

  • Finish jobs faster with cut speeds one and a half times greater than oxyfuel on 12 mm (1/2”) mild steel
  • Superior cut and gouge quality let you spend less time on grinding and edge preparation
  • Multiple, easy-to-use torch styles let you tackle a wide variety of jobs using the same system

Easy-to-use for cutting and gouging

  • No need to change the air pressure – Smart Sense™ technology ensures that it is always correctly set
  • SpringStart™ technology ensures consistent starting and a more reliable torch
  • Drag cut at full output with a patented shield that reduces dross buildup for smoother cutting

Rugged and reliable

  • Hypertherm Certified™ reliability ensures peak performance even in the harshest environments
  • Duramax™ torches are designed for high-impact and heat resistance

Typical applications

The Powermax30 XP outperforms any air-plasma cutting system in the 30-amp class

  • Automotive repair and restoration
  • Farm equipment maintenance
  • Light metal manufacturing and fabrication
  • Metal building construction
  • HVAC
  • Metal art fabrication
  • Plant and facility maintenance
  • and many more!


Input voltagesCSA200 – 480 V, 1-PH, 50/60 Hz
200 – 600 V, 3-PH, 50/60 Hz
CE380/400 V, 3-PH, 50/60 Hz
Input Current @ 9 kWCSA200/208/240/480 V, 1-PH, 52/50/44/22 A
200/208/240/480/600 V, 3-PH, 32/31/27/13/13 A
CE380/400 V, 3-PH, 15.5/15 A
Output current20 – 65 A
Rated output voltage139 VDC
Duty cycle @ 40°C (104°F)CSA50% @ 65 A, 230 – 600 V, 1/3-PH
40% @ 65 A, 200 – 208 V, 1/3-PH
100% @ 46 A, 230 – 600 V, 1/3-PH
CE50% @ 65 A, 380/400 V, 3-PH
100% @ 46 A, 380/400 V, 3-PH
Open circuit voltage (OCV)CSA295 VDC
Dimensions with handles500 mm (19.7″) D; 234 mm (9.2″) W;
455 mm (17.9″) H
Weight with 7.6 m (25′) torchCSA29 kg (64 lbs)
CE26 kg (57 lbs)
Gas SupplyClean, dry, oil-free air or nitrogen
Recommended gas inlet
flow rate / pressure
Cutting: 189 l/min (400 scfh; 6.7 scfm) @ 85 psi (5.9 bar)
Gouging: 450 scfh; 212 l/min (7.5 scfm) @ 70 psi (4.8 bar)
Input power cable length3 m (10′)
Power supply typeInverter – IGBT
Engine drive ratingSystem output currentPerformance (arc stretch)
15 kW65 AFull
12 kW65 ALimited
12 kW40 AFull
8 kW40 ALimited
8 kW30 AFull
CapacityThicknessCut speed
Recommended20 mm (3/4″)500 mm/min (20 ipm)
25 mm (1″)250 mm/min (10 ipm)
Severance (hand cutting)32 mm (1-1/4″)125 mm/min (5 ipm)
Pierce *16 mm (5/8″)


Pierce rating for handheld use or with automatic torch height control

CapacityMetal removal rateGroove profile
Typical gouge4,8 kg/hr
(10.7 lbs/hr)
3,5 mm D x 6,6 mm W
(0.14″ D x 0.26″ W)
MaterialThicknessCurrentProduction cut speed *
Mild steel10 GA3652246100
Stainless steel10GA3652968260


*Production cut speeds are the result of Hypertherm’s laboratory testing.

Production speeds are approximately 80% of maximum.
For optimum cut quality, cutting speeds may vary based on different cutting applications.
Refer to the operator manual for more details.


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