Everlast Plasma Cutter Review: Top 4 Models Compared Side by Side

Last Updated on April 10, 2020 by Gary Hargrave

Unlike many of its competitors, Everlast brings only a handful of plasma cutters, each with specialty to satisfy users with very specific needs.

The overall performance that a typical Everlast plasma cutter offers is comparable to some contemporary models from other brands, but the prices are nothing like the ones from Hypertherm or Lincoln model. The closest ones can be those from LOTOS.

We’ve carefully chosen four Everlast models considering their cutting abilities, usability, and power efficiency, and provided separate discussions. By the end of each Everlast plasma cutter review, you’ll have a practical understanding with useful insights into all of them for a prudent decision.

Everlast Plasma Cutter Review

Before we start reviewing the units one by one, you might want to check out the specifications of all these models. Look at the comparison table below.

Preview
2017 PowerPlasma 50S 50amps PILOT ARC Plasma Cutter 110/220v
Everlast PowerPlasma 60 IGBT Plasma Cutter 60amp Cutting System
PowerPlasma 80S 80 Amp CNC compatible plasma cutter
Rated Output (Min. & Max.)
14-50A/ 85.6V-100V
110V: 25A/90V-20A/88V; 220V: 50A/100V-20A/88V
20–60A/88–104V
20-80A/88-112V
Voltage Input
120/240 1 Phase
120V/240V; 50/60Hz 1 Phase
220/240V 1 Phase
240V, 50/60Hz 1 Phase
Inrush Amps (Max.)
120V: 47.9A; 240V: 29.9A
220V: 35.8A; 110V: 32.1A
41A
58A
Torch
AG 60
iPT60 12 ft.
iPT60
iPT 80
Duty Cycle
120V: 60% @ 35A/94V; 240V: 60% @ 50A/100V
220V: 100% @ 40A/96V, 60% @ 50A/100V; 110V: 60% @ 25A/90V, 100% @ 20A/88V
60% @ 60A/104V; 100% @ 50A/100V
60% @ 80A
Air Compressor Requirements (Min.)
4.5 to 5 CFM @ 65 psi/ 25 gallon
4.5 to 5 CFM @ 90 psi/25 gallon tank
6CFM @ 90 psi/ 30 gallon tank
6.5 to 7CFM @ 90psi/ 30 gallon tank
Generator Requirement
8,000W
8,500 W
11,000W
15,000W
Weight (lbs.)
22
35
55
55
Dimensions (H x W x L) (Inches)
11 x 7.5 x 20
12.5 x 7.5 x 14
18 x 9.5 x 22
18 x 9.5 x 22
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2019 Everlast SuperCut51P 110v/220v Dual Voltage 50 Amp Pilot Arc Inverter plasma cutter
Rated Output (Min. & Max.)
14-50A/ 85.6V-100V
Voltage Input
120/240 1 Phase
Inrush Amps (Max.)
120V: 47.9A; 240V: 29.9A
Torch
AG 60
Duty Cycle
120V: 60% @ 35A/94V; 240V: 60% @ 50A/100V
Air Compressor Requirements (Min.)
4.5 to 5 CFM @ 65 psi/ 25 gallon
Generator Requirement
8,000W
Weight (lbs.)
22
Dimensions (H x W x L) (Inches)
11 x 7.5 x 20
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Preview
2017 PowerPlasma 50S 50amps PILOT ARC Plasma Cutter 110/220v
Rated Output (Min. & Max.)
110V: 25A/90V-20A/88V; 220V: 50A/100V-20A/88V
Voltage Input
120V/240V; 50/60Hz 1 Phase
Inrush Amps (Max.)
220V: 35.8A; 110V: 32.1A
Torch
iPT60 12 ft.
Duty Cycle
220V: 100% @ 40A/96V, 60% @ 50A/100V; 110V: 60% @ 25A/90V, 100% @ 20A/88V
Air Compressor Requirements (Min.)
4.5 to 5 CFM @ 90 psi/25 gallon tank
Generator Requirement
8,500 W
Weight (lbs.)
35
Dimensions (H x W x L) (Inches)
12.5 x 7.5 x 14
Check Price
Preview
Everlast PowerPlasma 60 IGBT Plasma Cutter 60amp Cutting System
Rated Output (Min. & Max.)
20–60A/88–104V
Voltage Input
220/240V 1 Phase
Inrush Amps (Max.)
41A
Torch
iPT60
Duty Cycle
60% @ 60A/104V; 100% @ 50A/100V
Air Compressor Requirements (Min.)
6CFM @ 90 psi/ 30 gallon tank
Generator Requirement
11,000W
Weight (lbs.)
55
Dimensions (H x W x L) (Inches)
18 x 9.5 x 22
Check Price
Preview
PowerPlasma 80S 80 Amp CNC compatible plasma cutter
Rated Output (Min. & Max.)
20-80A/88-112V
Voltage Input
240V, 50/60Hz 1 Phase
Inrush Amps (Max.)
58A
Torch
iPT 80
Duty Cycle
60% @ 80A
Air Compressor Requirements (Min.)
6.5 to 7CFM @ 90psi/ 30 gallon tank
Generator Requirement
15,000W
Weight (lbs.)
55
Dimensions (H x W x L) (Inches)
18 x 9.5 x 22
Check Price

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All the information up here lets you have a quick idea about each model and their performance, and now we’ll be discussing them in details.

1. Everlast Supercut 51P Review

Product Features
21 Reviews
Product Features
  • HF start is quick and reliable
  • Great "starter" unit for Hobbyist or part time shop
  • Low Current draw
  • 3 Year (Parts and Labor) and 30 days money back
  • Improved MOSFET design over older SuperCut 50P

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The Supercut 51P is a solid plasma system for home-based shops, small farms, and garages where a variety of metal thicknesses is to be dealt with but the need for plasma cutting isn’t very regular or frequent.

It provides you a certain level of ease depending on the metal type, frequency of uses, and the intended thickness. Rated cuts can be 1/2 inch through the common metals and slightly lower for expanded or painted material.

If you want to do it almost daily and you choose something like 24-gauge metal, the thickness shouldn’t exceed 7/16 inch. The maximum can be 5/8 inch steel at 10-12 inches per minute. Severance cuts can be up to 3/4 inch at 3 inches per minute.

Pros

  • An extremely lightweight plasma cutter with a strap for easy portability
  • Supports for a wide variety of metals
  • Ideal cut thickness for non-commercial uses (home or personal workshops)
  • Pilot arc with HF start for enhanced control over the arc and plasma cutting operations
  • V-MOSFETs for an economical machine with reduced size and power requirements
  • Post-Flow function to protect the metal and electrode from contamination
  • Extended duty cycle with dual voltage capability

Cons

  • No adjustable timer for the Post-Flow system
  • Not recommended for users with an aversion to adjust the cutting pressure too often
  • Slow speed for thicker materials

Attention!

You should avoid cutting with low air pressure because you don’t want to let the consumable wear out quickly. The unit doesn’t include a safety cutout system to prevent the action.

2. Everlast PowerPlasma 50S Review

Product Features
15 Reviews
Product Features
  • Redesigned new PowerPlasma 50S model with NEW upgraded IPT-60 torch
  • 50 Amps of professional cutting power
  • Blow-back start technology, Pilot Arc / 110/220v Dual Voltage
  • CNC port for light gauge CNC use / T2/T4 / TIP SAVER OPTION
  • Adjustable Post Flow timer of up to 60 seconds exends consumable and torch life

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It’s better to pick this model up for a change than to call it an upgrade of the 51P. From the start type and core design to the cut thickness and Post-Flow features, you’ll look at some serious changes.

Being both a hand-held and a CNC plasma system, it offers variable outputs. For regular uses of a hand torch, 1/2-inch metals are good, and the maximum thickness for CNC cutting can be 1/4 inch. Don’t try and cut steel thicker than 3/4 inch. You’ll have 10-12 inches per minute.

Should you go for severance cuts through steel or similar hard material, don’t choose anything over 1 inch. The pressure has to be set to 75 psi with the ‘continuous flow’ activated. If you’re accustomed to HF start, get some patience because the blowback start may cause the actions to go a little slower.

Pros

  • A compact unit allowing for single-handed carry
  • IGBT inverter design for efficient management of high current and voltage
  • Excellent cut thickness and duty cycle for regular cuts and CNC applications with less idle time
  • Adjustable air post-flow system for operational flexibility
  • A high-velocity cooling system with tunnel design for keeping the components in order

Cons

  • Difficulty getting clean cuts from aluminum or stainless steel without frequent adjustments of cutting pressures

Attention!

Look at the “OK to Cut” indicator before starting. If it signals positive, you’re good. In case you don’t see the NO indication, you should avoid starting because the air pressure is too low or zero and hence needs to be adjusted first.

3. Everlast PowerPlasma 60S Review

Product Features
6 Reviews
Product Features
  • Adjustable Post Flow (power plasma only) control up to 60 seconds to improve consumable and torch life. Front air pressure adjustment makes adjusting pressure easy and painless. (PowerPlasma only)
  • Front air pressure gauge allows quick verification of air pressure. Over Current and Air Pressure light indicators keep you updated on your units operating condition. Suitable for use with 11,000 W "clean power" generators
  • 60AMP 120/220Volt 50/60HZ Plasma Cutter. Cuts 3/8-Inch to 1-1/4-Inch

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Considering the performance and price, the 60S sits in the middle of the way when you want to create a contrasting look between the entry-level units and heavy-duty plasma systems.

It doesn’t cut as fast as the 80S but its cut quality is better than that of others if you don’t try the maximum. Rated thickness is 3/8 inch and the maximum can be 1 1/4 inch. Speaking of its ability to cut aluminum, you’ll have a wonderful experience. Below is the list of all good things and downsides to the unit.

Pros

  • Good cutting performance (thickness, speed, and material variety) with duty cycle
  • Digital meter with Step-less adjustment for precise amp settings
  • Thermal overload protection with indicators for warning and safe cooling
  • Adjustable Post Flow system for flexible settings to improve consumable life
  • Low air pressure management system for protecting the components
  • Torch-TIP saver for preventing quick wear of the consumables
  • Torch trigger lock for helping improve plasma functionality

Cons

  • Too heavy for single-handed portability
  • Poor performance reported as the maximum thickness is tried
  • Unusual frequent fluctuation of the duty cycle (subject to the surroundings)

4. Everlast PowerPlasma 80S Review

Product Features
20 Reviews
Product Features
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER / COMES WITH BLOW BACK IPT-80 plasma torch
  • IGBT Infineon Modules / Inverter technology
  • 80AMP Inverter Type cutter @ 60% duty cycle -- 5 Year (Parts and Labor)
  • IDEAL FOR REGULARLY CUTTING_A_MAXIMUM 1"
  • MAXIMUM CUT FOR QUALITY @ 10-12 IPM (STEEL) 1 1/4"

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All you can think about the 80S is that it’s more powerful and reliable, and all comes at a higher price and of course for considerable power requirements. Here, we got something of a comparable upgrade if that’s what you’re interested in.

Let’s start with the cut thickness which can be 1 1/4 inch for clean cuts through steel. For more frequent or regular uses, it can be 1 inch. One amazing benefit of using the machine comes obvious when you do severance cuts up to 1 7/16-inch material. Another plus is its ability to pierce metals that are up to 5/8-inch thick.

Apart from the digital readout, analog input, and several other safety features, the machine uses an improved torch for letting the user enjoy cutting rather than being burdened.

Pros

  • A feature-rich unit at a justifiable (reasonable) price
  • Impressive cut thickness, duty cycle, and consistency
  • Pilot arc fuse for damage prevention in case of misuse
  • Digital meter to help the user with accurate amp settings
  • Step-less adjustment for amp controls as required
  • Thermal overload protection for displaying warning and interrupting cutting for safe cooling
  • Conveniently located air pressure gauge for an easy check on the pressure
  • Adjustable Post-Flow system for flexible settings with semi-automated systems
  • Warning for low and required air pressure
  • Torch trigger lock for continuous cutting without requiring the torch to be held

Cons

  • So much for a strap to carry such a sturdy unit
  • Not much luck when cutting anything thinner than 24 gauge

It looks like you’re very close to what we call our takes on the machines. Well, here’s our verdict on each of these plasma cutters.

Final Verdict

Both 51P and 50S are designed with nearly similar projects including hand cutting and CNC operations where the requirements don’t vary wildly although the latter comes with some important improvements as described above.

The 60S model stays relevant if you’re looking for cutting clean and smooth pieces using a plasma torch. Whether it’s steel or aluminum, you won’t regret on most occasions.

The 80S stands out among all these, but you might not like to attribute the word ‘affordability’ to this model which costs a way higher than a thousand bucks. Despite this, all its features and cutting capacities make up for the price.

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