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Hobart AirForce 12ci Plasma Cutter with Built-In Air Compressor, 500564

SKU: 380888999
Hobart AirForce 12ci Plasma Cutter with Built-In Air Compressor, 500564
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TSC of meraux #2258
2505 archbishop hannan blvd
meraux, LA 70075
(504) 277-4242
TSC of meraux #2258
2505 archbishop hannan blvd
meraux, LA 70075
(504) 277-4242
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Item Information

AirForce® 12ci - The AirForce® 12ci with built-in air compressor runs on 120V input power. Clean cuts 1/8 in. steel.

  • Built-in air compressor - No need for you to purchase or transport additional compressor. The internal piston-driven air compressor allows high system portability.
  • Inverter design - A compact 26.7 lb. allows you to transport easily but offer you powerful cutting ability.
  • XT12R torch - Increases your comfort with an ergonomic safety trigger. Less of your time and money spent with more efficient cooling and economical replacement cutting tips.
  • Powered by 120 V, 20 A circuit - Runs on your household power. No need for you to waste time hooking up to a 240 volt by a utility company.
  • Fan-On-Demand - The fan only runs when needed, reducing the dust and debris that is pulled into your machine.
  • Pilot arc start - Ensures you a consistent arc start prior to each cut and minimizes tip burnout.
  • Diagnostic lights - LED lights let you know when the system indicates power, temperature, and torch readiness — eliminate unnecessary downtime.
  • Thermal overload protection - No matter what environment you are in, it will withstand tough working conditions. Rated for 35% duty cycle at 104° Fahrenheit. Duty cycle will increase as environmental temperature decreases.

Specification Description
CountryofOrigin: Made in USA
Airflow Volume: 2.5 CFM
Compatible Metal: Mild Steel
Input Voltage: 110/115/120 V
Power Cord Length: 7 ft.
Product Weight: 25.1 lb.
Torch Length: 12 ft.
Product Width: 13 in.
Duty Cycle: 100 ipm
Application/Use: Sheet Metal l HVAC l Auto Body l Farm/Ranch l Plumbing
Brand: Hobart
Product Length: 8.25 in.
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage: 375 V
Amperage Input at Rated Output (60 Hz) - KVA: 12 A @ 35% duty cycle
Work Cable Length: 12 ft.
Amperage Input at Rated Output (60 Hz) - 120V: 12 A @ 35% duty cycle
Product Height: 10 in.
Amperage Input at Rated Output (60 Hz) - KW: 12 A at 110 VDC, 35% duty cycle
Part Number: 500564
Minimum Generator Power Required: 110 V
Ground Clamp Length: 12 ft.
Special Feature(s): What's more, the Airforce 12ci has a built-in air compressor making it ready to cut out of the box. With preset pressure, the Airforce 12ci is easy to use. You just pull the trigger and begin cutting.
Additional Item(s) Included: 12-ft. (3.7 m) XT12R hand-held torch l 12-ft. (3.7 m) work cable with clamp l 7-ft. (2.1 m) power cord with plug l Extra consumables (2 tips, standoff guide, electrode)
Cutting Thickness Range: 1/4 in.
Manufacturer Part Number 500564
Hobart AirForce 12ci Plasma Cutter with Built-In Air Compressor, 500564 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and portable Purchased for small projects around home. Works as advertised and I like the built in air compressor. It is very light to carry and portable. Uses 110v and works well with good extension cords. It will cut through 1/4” mild steel working it slow and 1/8” mild steel with no problems. No gas to have to buy or rental on cylinders. Overall it was a good decision to purchase.
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big little giant Bought for small projects and exceeded my expectations by 1,000%
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Handy ittle cutter Nice little cutter, works excellent on up to 1/4 inch wall pipe. Bought it to build cattle corral, was hoping it would work on our Miller generator welder which it did, but not as well as when plugged in to a wall plug. Overall I liked it portability and built in air compressor. I gave it 4 stars because a small issue with a sensor for the shield cup. It would not tighten down enough to press the sensor. I stuck a piece of hay in and tightened it down and fixed the problem. I will call the company to get a proper fix when I have time and remeber!
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hobart 12ci plasma cutter Decent but overheats a lot. Works well on really thin metal, anything 1/8” or thicker it struggles.
Date published: 2019-04-17
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Will this work well for cutting 2 inch pipe fencing. My wife's horses have left me with plenty of repairs to make and a plasma cutter would seriously reduce the work time, if it will cut well. I don't want it if it means lots of grinding after

Asked by: redneck44
The machine is rated at 1/4 inch max. Anything bigger than that will have to be an industrial grade cutter.
Answered by: CBeard
Date published: 2016-08-22


Asked by: MATTSKAT
Yes, up to 1/16".
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-04-16

Will this cut 1/4" stainless steel

Asked by: Baker022890
It will only consistently cut 1/8". If you are looking to cut 1/4" you may want to look at the Hobart 27i.
Answered by: DanielB
Date published: 2017-05-22

Does it have a pilot arc?  Will it cut rusty steel?

Asked by: Louie ck
The unit has a starting pilot arc, no need to touch to start. The unit will cut rusty or painted material as long as the work clamp is connected to bare metal for a good ground.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2019-02-10

Do they make drag cups for this cutter? Or is the cup it comes with a drag cup?

Asked by: Anthony yo
This item has a stand of shield, not a drag shield or drag cup.
Answered by: WillR
Date published: 2017-04-18
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