5 Best Plasma Cutters Under $1000 – Reviews & Buying Guide

Ah, the world of plasma cutters – where precision meets power, and efficiency is key. If you’re anything like me, navigating through the sea of options available can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re on a tight budget. With so many choices out there, each promising the moon and stars within a certain price range, it’s easy to feel lost in the mix.

But fret not, my fellow budget-conscious DIY enthusiasts, for I come bearing good news. After scouring the market high and low, sifting through specs, reviews, and user feedback, I’m thrilled to share with you a curated list of the top 5 plasma cutters that won’t break the bank, yet pack a punch in performance.

Are you ready to embark on this journey with me? Together, we’ll unravel the mysteries of plasma cutting and unveil the perfect companion for your projects, all within the confines of a $1000 budget. So sit back, relax, and let’s delve into the world of affordable yet high-quality plasma cutters – your ultimate tool awaits.

5 Best Plasma Cutters Under $1000 – Reviews

1. Lotos LTPDC2000D Plasma Cutter – Best Overall Pick


So, what makes our overall top pick under $1000 spot fit for the Lotos LTPDC2000D? Well, we are going to go over its many upsides right now!

We do love a multipurpose machine here — and you probably do too.

Luckily, you get two for the price of one with the Lotos.

How? Not only is it a plasma cutter (output cutting range of 10- to 50-amp) but it also has TIG and stick welding capabilities. Talk about a bargain!

‘Okay! Since it has so many abilities, it must be bulky and heavy, yes?’

No, actually!

Surprisingly, the designers have made sure that it is compact and lightweight so you can easily take it with you, wherever you need to work.

Whether you are a hobbyist or are partaking in light industrial jobs, this is a truly top-of-the-range plasma cutter.

However, the standoff design is somewhat lacking in quality BUT the non-touch pilot arc makes up for this because it cuts super easily and ensures consistency regardless of coatings and dirt on the metals.


  • Clean cuts
  • Non-touch pilot arc
  • 13-foot torch lead
  • Compact design
  • One-year warranty
  • Portable
  • Multi-purpose
  • Includes air filter


  • Six-foot ground lead
  • Poor standoff design

2. Hobart Airforce 12ci Plasma Cutter – The Runner-up


Oh, Hobart! While you will like this plasma cutter, it’s worlds apart from the usual quality we see from this company. But, having said that, it isn’t the worst (obviously, otherwise it wouldn’t be in our top 5).

So, the Airforce 12ci can cut up to 3/8 inches, it is really quite slow with its work. Not to mention that the air compressor isn’t as top-notch as we would expect from Hobart! However, the fact that said compressor is built-in should be a brilliant upside for you and your cutting needs.

PLUS, it has a five-year warranty which, considering the price, is amazing! You will have a long, happy, plasma cutting life with this device. Not forgetting to express the fact that all you will need as an electrical power point and nothing else to run it.


  • Five-year warranty
  • Portable
  • Lightweight


  • Not for industrial use
  • No air filter included
  • Poor standoff
  • Only 110- or 120-volt input
  • Slow

3. Weldpro 60A Inverter Contact Plasma Cutter – Best Value


Are you searching for reliability in your plasma cutter? You should be! This Weldpro machine will give you just that with cutting metals up to ½ an inch thick.

If you are after a reasonable price below $1000, then this device is definitely for you. Plus, you won’t feel like you are losing out any time soon because it comes complete with a full two-year warranty!

Can you really ask for more?

Please do bear in mind though that it uses up far more power to make it cut effectively than other cutters we have looked at today. So, if you are all about the environment and economy, this fact may have just put you off.

Having said that, you can choose between 2T or 4T cutting when you want to focus on actually guiding it, rather than using all of your concentration on holding the trigger tightly.


  • Two-year warranty
  • 20 to 60-amp range
  • 110 to 240-volt input


  • Not for industrial use
  • No air filter included
  • Poor standoff
  • Difficult to find consumables

4. Everlast SuperCut51P Inverter Plasma-Cutter


Scared of your money being lost if your cutter breaks in the next couple of years?

You don’t have to be with this since the warranty lasts for three whole years! If anything goes wrong, you will receive wonderful assistance to make sure you are back up and running in no time.

The standoff compared with the Lotos is a whole lot better which is fab!

Not to mention that it has a longer ground lead so it can cut up to 5/8 inches from a 220 or 240 volt — better still than the aforementioned Lotos.

However, even without the extra TIG and stick welding capabilities, it is a little pricier than its above companion which is why we placed this at number two! Don’t worry though, if you aren’t in need of the welding, you will love this small, light little plasma cutter.


  • Non-touch pilot arc
  • Compact design
  • Three-year warranty
  • Includes air filter
  • Nice standoff
  • 15 to 50 amp
  • 12-foot ground lead


  • Not for industrial use
  • Struggles to work with 110/120v

5. Biltek CUT50D 50-Amp Plasma Cutting Machine


Mild steel, aluminum, stainless steel, alloy steel, copper and sheet metal — you can effortlessly cut all of these (yes, regardless of the thickness) with the Biltek 50Amp Air Plasma Cutter. Welcome to the world of new possibilities!

It’s unlikely that you will be working with supremely clean metals, isn’t it? Luckily, the Biltek doesn’t lower its quality when dealing with rusted, rough or painted coatings.

Plus, even with the compressed gas that blows through the nozzle, this under $1000 machine is surprisingly quiet.

Your partner, friends, colleagues and neighbors will never complain to you about destroying their peace while you labor away ever again! After all, happy loved ones make for a happy life.

Not to mention the device’s hardy casing and durable component materials mean it can withstand your work for years to come — you can’t ask for anything else really can you?


  • Non-pilot arc
  • High performing cut torch
  • Extremely easy set up
  • Includes loads of accessories
  • Better duty cycle
  • Longer running time


  • Needs separate air supply from a compressor

Our Top Choice Under $1000

Lotos LTPDC2000D

Are you still stuck? Hopefully you aren’t but, if you are then we would definitely go for the Lotos LTPDC2000D, our overall top pick plasma cutter. Why? Isn’t it obvious?

For starters, you have limitless possibilities thanks to its multi-functional abilities and its light, transportable design! If you can’t make up your mind about whether you want to plasma cut or TIG and stick weld, then you don’t have to with this!

Seriously, you won’t find a better device for both your hobbyist and professional needs under $1000.

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