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Powermax85 SYNC plasma cutter Hypertherm

The Powermax85 SYNC™ is a next-generation professional grade air plasma cutter that dramatically simplifies system operation for cutting and gouging up to 25 mm (1″). Features automated system process set-up via advanced RFID-enabled SmartSYNC™ torches and a revolutionary single-piece cartridge consumable that provides trackable utilization data. The Powermax85 SYNC maximizes productivity through reductions in downtime, optimized cut quality performance and streamlined consumable inventory management.


Easy to use
  • Cartridges are easy to identify by process with clear laser marking and color coding to eliminate part mix-ups.
  • RFID-enabled SmartSYNC™ torches and cartridges automatically set the correct amperage and operating mode, eliminating setup errors.
  • End-of-life consumable detection eliminates the uncertainty of knowing when to change the cartridge.
  • Less operator fatigue when using hand torches with our new flexible lead. The lead has the same robustness of our previous lead jacket material and will also be used on robotic torches.
Cartridge reader and RFID

Minimize operation costs

  • Simplified system operation minimizes the time and costs spent on training and troubleshooting.
  • Reductions to downtime during consumable change-outs and elimination of costs associated with premature disposal of consumable parts.
  • Cartridge usage data provides valuable insights for improving cutting operations and consumable inventory management.
3 color cartridges

Maximize performance

  • Tackle a wide range of jobs with easily interchangeable torch styles and application specific cartridges for various types of cutting and gouging.
  • Optimized cartridge consumable design provides up to twice the life for handheld cutting and improved quality over life in mechanized setups compared to standard consumables.
  • Time-saving hand torch controls allow the operator to adjust the amperage on the fly, change cartridges and applications without returning to the power supply.
Powermax SYNC mechanized cut samples

Industry-leading reliability

  • SmartSYNC™ torches are engineered for rugged, industrial environments.
  • SpringStart™ technology ensures consistent starting and a more reliable torch.
  • Industry-leading reliability reduces production downtime.


Cut capacity

CapacityThicknessCut speed
Recommended25 mm (1″)500 mm/min (20 ipm)
32 mm (1-1/4″)250 mm/min (10 ipm)
Severance (hand cutting)38 mm (1-1/2″)125 mm/min (5 ipm)
Pierce*20 mm (3/4″)

*Pierce rating for handheld cutting, or mechanized cutting with programmable torch height control.

Maximum removal gouging

CapacityMetal removal rateGouge profile
Typical gouge8,2 kg (18.2 lbs.) per hour3,5 mm D x 6,6 mm W (0.14″ D x 0.26″ W)

General specifications

Input voltages200–480 V, 1-PH, 50/60 Hz

200–600 V, 3-PH, 50/60 Hz

Kilowatt output12.2 kW
Input current200/208/240/480,

1-PH 70/68/58/29 A @ 12.2 kW

200/208/240/480/600 V,

3-PH 42/40/35/18/17 A @ 12.2 KW

Output current25–85 A
Rated output voltage143 VDC
Duty cycle @ 104° F60% @ 85 A, 230–600 V, 3-PH

60% @ 85 A, 480 V, 1-PH

50% @ 85 A 240 V, 1-PH

50% @ 85 A, 200–208 V, 3-PH

40% @ 85 A, 200–208 V, 1-PH

100% @ 66 A, 230–600 V, 1/3-PH

Open circuit voltage (OCV)305 VDC
Dimensions with handles483 mm D; 233 mm W; 430 mm H (19″ D; 9.2″ W; 17″ H)
Weight w/7.6 m (25′) torch32 kg (67 lbs.)
Gas supplyClean, dry, oil-free air or nitrogen
Optimum inlet gas pressure7.6–8.3 bar (110–120 psi)
Minimum inlet gas pressure5.2 bar (75 psi)
Recommended inlet gas flow rateCutting: 210 I/min @ 5.9 bar (450 scfh, 7.5 scfm @ 85 psi)

Gouging: 210 I/min @ 4.8 bar (450 scfh, 7.5 scfm @ 70 psi)

Input power cable length3 m (10′)
Power supply typeInverter–IGBT
Engine drive requirement20 kW for full 85 A output
CertificationsCSA-certified for use in the Americas and Asia, except China
WarrantyPower supplies have a 3-year warranty and torches a 1-year warranty


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