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January 2, 2018

ESAB® Welding & Cutting Products announced that it's new Cutmaster 60i handheld air plasma cutting system is now available.

Cutmaster 60i weighs 16.8 kg and provides a rated output of 7.6 kW at 50 percent duty cycle at 60A. It produces a recommended cut of 16 mm, has a maximum sever thickness of 38 mm, and provides the fastest cut speed at any thickness material for its class.

"We have designed the Cutmaster 60i so that it provides the industry's highest power-to-weight ratio in its class," says Michelle Chamberlain, Director - Global Manual Plasma Product Development, ESAB. "Users will immediately notice the over-sized, high-visibility LED display which communicates more information, more clearly, at a glance and from a distance. The display intuitively and instantly provides the necessary feedback to optimise parameter settings and cut quality. It also has a best-in-class ability to hold a longer arc, which especially helps when cutting in awkward positions and for ease-of-use when gouging. Overall, Cutmaster 60i produces the most empowering user experience around, no matter the application."

Cutmaster 60i system includes the new SL60QD™ 1Torch, which offers a quick disconnect feature enabling selective replacement of either the torch handle assembly or torch leads at a lower cost than replacing both together, a necessity with one-piece torch/lead assemblies. As part of the time-tested 1Torch family with patented SureLok® technology, wear parts are readily available. Cost of ownership is reduced by minimizing the number of wear parts required in inventory, as well as the fewest number of wear parts to replace, facilitating quick changeover at a lower cost.

The gas optimizer technology helps ensure premium cut quality and performance by precisely regulating air pressure, yet it also allows users to manually adjust gas delivery pressure to their liking. When users set amperage, mode of operation, torch type, and add torch lengths to extend cutting reach by an additional 7.6, 15.2 or 22.9 m, the machine uses its color display to provide recommended gas pressure settings, which ensures optimum cutting performance.

"Incorrect gas pressure is a common source of poor cutting performance, and the gas optimiser provides users with the guidance to overcome this issue," says Chamberlain. Similarly, a parts end-of-life indicator on the front panel lets users know when it's time to change consumables so that they can maintain productivity and quality of cut. The front panel also communicates other system information, such as failing to fully tighten the shield cup.

"We designed the Cutmaster 60i for users who work in the shop and in the field," says Chamberlain. "The low amperage draw especially benefits small shops and garage users, as they might not have a large breaker like an industrial facility." Typical users range from general manufacturing to mobile fabrication, farm/agricultural, construction, maintenance and repair, automotive bodies and frames, HVAC and training facilities.

Instead of a single handle or a roll cage, Cutmaster 60i boasts an integral four-handle design that makes it easier to lift the unit in and out of storage spaces and carry it around job sites. Passing extensive drop tests on multiple impact points, the handles also add protection, create a slimmer profile for easier storage and give users a way to wrap the work clamp and torch around the unit when moving it. The work cable now uses a standard 50mm connection for fast set-up and removal. Similarly, the air filter and input power cable can be replaced via easy access on the back panel, simplifying and improving operations from a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) perspective.

In addition to the Cutmaster 60i, the Series includes the Cutmaster 80, 100 and 120 and share common features. These include a tubular "roll bar" that protect the front and rear of the power supply for durability, as well as make the unit easier to carry. A trigger latch feature prevents hand fatigue during longer cuts, as it allows the operator to release the trigger while the system keeps cutting. Colour-coded LEDs on the front panel indicate pressure status and setup errors. The Auto Pilot Restart feature instantly reignites the pilot arc while cutting expanded metals such as grates and chain link fences. Each unit comes standard with the industry-leading 1Torch (6.1 or 15.2 m cable options), but they also accept mechanised and automated torches. Primary power options are 50/60 Hz, 400V, 3-ph CE unit.

Product highlights include the following:

  • The ESAB Cutmaster 80 features an 80-amp output, has a genuine cut of 25 mm and severance cut of 38 mm. It also weighs just 19.5 kg.
  • The ESAB Cutmaster 100 features a 100-amp output, has a genuine cut of 35 mm and severance cut of 45 mm and weighs 28.1 kg.
  • The ESAB Cutmaster 120 features a 120-amp output, has a genuine cut of 40 mm and severance cut of 55 mm and weighs 28.1 kg.
Cutmaster 60i
The new Cutmaster 60i provides the industry’s highest power-to-weight ratio in its class and features an over-sized digital interface that communicates more information, helping users optimise cut quality.