Hobart Airforce 250ci – Plasma Cutter Review

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The Hobart Airforce 250ci won our editor’s choice award this year as it’s one of the most compact self reliant machines that we tested. By self reliant we mean that the Airforce 250ci need only a single power outlet to cut metal. This plasma cutter by Hobart features an on board air compressor that provides pressure to the plasma cutter. This drastically reduces the amount of tools you need to bring to a simple job.

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What We Like

  • Cuts Great – Will cut up to 1/4 inch steel without a problem as long as you take it slow (About 3 inches per minute on 1/4 steel). Had a great smooth cut as well
  • Easy Power – Can be powered by any household outlet
  • Long Power Cord – Features a 7 foot power cord (most other units we used only featured a 4 foot cord)
  • Cord Management Strap – Strap on the back of the unit to hold cords in place while moving the unit
  • Large Torch Button – The large button on the torch allows you to easily cut even while wearing welding gloves (units without this will often cause your hands to cramp up on longer cuts)
  • Protected Torch Cord – The cord of the torch is protected by a rubber sleeve keeping it safe from sparks and dropping metal

What We Don’t Like

  • No Option For Longer Torch Cord – We would have liked the unit to have a longer torch cord as it allows us to keep the unit away from our work area and out of our way.
  • Limited Cutting Power – We wish this unit could cut steel up to 1 inch as it would be one beast of a machine. However, we realize this would require a lot bigger unit.

Overall Grade: A

This unit is incredibly convenient and great for individuals who are cutting 1/4 inch steel or less. If your tool are limited and you don’t have an air compressor this unit also is an easy solution for your workspace. The overall quality of Hobart is amazing and this unit is no exception. With Hobart you’re going to get a quality machine with quality customer service. This machine fits your workspace we highly recommend it!


Useful Accessories For The Hobart 250ci

The links of the following items will take you to Amazon.com where I found the lowest price.

Plasma Helmet
Antra Wide Auto Darkening Helmet 

Hobart Premium Form Fitted Welding Gloves

replacement tips
Hobart Tips and Electrodes (Fits both the Hobart 250ci and 500i)

plasma cutter cart
Hot Max WC100 Welder/Plasma Cutter Cart

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