Everlast Powerplasma 50S Plasma Cutter Review
Considering the quality of this Everlast Powerplasma 50S cutter, it’s remarkably inexpensive. But then, that’s Everlast. They’re pushing for market share with inexpensive but high quality products that deliver what you need with no frills or flash, just effective, reliable performance, time and time again.
The Everlast Powerplasma 50S is just that. Reliable, with solid performance across the board and just enough tech thrown in, like the easy to read front control panel, user friendly set up and tear down, pilot arc and post flow adjustment, using it is both simple and surprisingly fun.
What’s really impressive however is the performance. Whilst it might struggle with it, it’s entirely possible for this unit can cut material up to 1 inch thick, and that’s the sort of performance you’d normally expect from a system twice the cost.
Overall, there’s a lot to love, and very few reasons not to consider picking one of these up. Unless you specifically need something bigger, if you’re in the market for a plasma cutter, consider this one very carefully.
Quick Cut Specs
Weight: 35 lbs (15.8 kgs)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 15x14x21″ (381x355x533mm)
Type: IGBT inverterDesign
Power Requirements: Dual Voltage 120/240 1 Phase
Torch: iPT 60 torch with 15ft lead
Compressor required: Yes
Minimum Compressor (CFM): 5.0 CFM @ 72-75PSI
CNC Capable: Yes
Warranty: 5 years warranty parts and labor on unit. Torch not covered
Want to know more? Check out the manual.
For ease of use and design choices, Everlast’s Powerplasma 50s is a really well designed piece of kit. Everything’s front mounted, with a really well laid out set of controls that are simple to adjust and even simpler to read. At a glance, you can check out both the running amps and air pressure, with the huge LED display and large air pressure gauge.
Starting it up is easy. Take a glance at settings, adjust anything that needs to be adjusted, then switch it on and get going. The blow back start and pilot arc mean your torch is going to be running no matter what, despite rust, paint or corroded surfaces.
It runs on dual voltages, both 110V and 220V, with deceptively solid performance on both settings. At max amps it can cut as thick as 1 inch. It’s heavy going, and cuts pretty slow, but you’ve got to agree that cutting that thick for a unit that’s this inexpensive is actually unreal. As well as good performance, you also get some pretty clean cuts with this unit, especially on material that’s below half an inch thick.
Even at lower power, you get good performance, with a regular cutting thickness of 3/16” at 110V. Considering you can run this off of a 8500W generator, that makes it pretty good for farm work or areas where you might not be getting mains power.
Consumables are cheap, are available from most retailers and last a pretty good amount of time. The adjustable post flow helps with this, with a variable setting of up to 60 seconds to everything down after you’re done cutting, and considering you can get up to 100% duty cycle on as high as 40A, 220V, you can use this for a deceptively long time.
Incredibly, it’s also got a CNC port, which on a unit at this price is just crazy. I mean, most guys in my sort of situation won’t have the option for CNC control, but it means that workshops with that sort of capability can consider picking this up, even as a cheaper secondary or backup cutter.
Because it’s powered by an inverter, it’s also deceptively light, coming in at just over 40 lbs for the base unit, and a few more for the torch, cables and accessories. That means it’s pretty simple to pack up and move around, if you need to. And because you can run this at half power on 110V and still get decent performance from it, it’s the ideal mobile system.
One thing I will say though, is that the carrying handle and strap aren’t the best, so if you are planning on moving this about a bunch, keep a close eye on it.
Both the power and torch cords are also a little shorter than I’d like to see. Not short enough to be restricting, but short enough to be noticeable. It’s a minor quibble though, especially compared to what you’re getting in return.
Front mounted digital amp readout and air pressure gauge make seeing your settings as simple as glancing at your machine.
Cuts up to an incredible 1” thickness mild steel, with a regular cutting thickness of 1/4″ at 220V, or 3/16” at 110V
Consumables are really cheap and easy to find.
Built in pilot arc keeps the torch ignited even when you’re hitting paint or rust.
Up to 60s adjustable post flow to keep your torch and consumables running longer.
The Final Cut on the Everlast Powerplasma 50S
Affordable, powerful, efficient. These are the things that the Everlast Powerplasma 50S has going for it.
No matter what you’re going to be using it for, whether you’re just a home user who’s looking to update their toolkit, to a small businessman or tradesman who needs a reasonably priced and effective machine that will handle pretty much everything you throw it at.
Pretty soon, Everlast are going to be up there with Miller and Hobart as titans of the welding and cutting world. Get in there early and grab one of these before they start hiking up the price.