– Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 – WMR Rating: 9.5

The Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 is surely to be a top contender in the world of plasma cutters. This plasma machine performed better than advertised on most tests I put it through. Let’s get into some of the details.

In recent years, Thermal Dynamics has built a solid reputation in the metal fabrication industry, and for good reason. Their plasma machines offer high performance while still keeping the costs down. I’ve had the Cutmaster 52 for a while now, and have put it in some difficult positions. Whether it was cutting metal plate that was much thicker than what it’s rated to cut, or used in conjunction with a cnc plasma table like the Torchmate 2×2, the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 performed far above whats it’s very reasonable price point might have you think.

One example of the Cutmaster going above and beyond, is the fact that it was able to cut through a plate that was 1.5 inches thick. While it wasn’t exactly pretty, the fact that it could cut that kind of thickness at all is rather impressive. I will say that is probably the thickest I think it could cut, and you certainly couldn’t use it for metal of thickness very often. But if your in a bind and just have to have something that size cut, it’s good to know that the Cutmaster has your back.

    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52    WMR Rating: 9.5

When using the plasma with The Torchmate cnc robotic arm, it was a match made in heaven. The combination really showed just what the Cutmaster is capable of. Producing flawless, quick, and smooth cuts. Watch the video here.

One of the great features of this cutting machine is the 1 torch 60 amp drag cutting tip. No other plasma cutter has this feature, and it really makes the Cutmaster stand out from the competition. The 60 amp tip gives the machine the ability to drag cut up to 6mm. This will definitely come in handy around my shop. There is only one set of consumables across the entire range of machines, so if you have multiple machines or torches, there is no need to spend money on additional, different sets of consumables. In my case, when changing torches to use the Cutmaster with the Torchmate, there was no need for extra consumables. Small details like this, can go a long way in making your workday just a bit easier.

Many plasma putters have claimed to be portable, but were usually too  heavy for easy portability. Anything can be called portable, it’s just a question of how easily can it be transported. The Cutmaster lives up to the claim though, with one of the lightest machines yet. The amount of power packed in to the small, lightweight machine is very impressive. Plasma technology has come a long way  recent years.

Don’t be fooled by it’s portable exterior, Thermal Dynamics packed the Cutmaster 52 full of features.

  • 60 amps of metal shredding power.
  • The detailed front panel led indicators make it easy to know exactly what your settings are.
  • It comes equipped with a roll bar, similar to one you might see on a Jeep, for extra protection from the elements.
  • The only 60 amp drag cutting tip on the market.
  • One of the best warranties available with a 4 year manufacturers warranty
Summary:

 

With the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 being available for under $1500.00, you really can’t find a better deal out there. If your looking for a plasma cutter than won’t be used for industrial jobs, but still want enough power and durability to handle some serious metal fabrication.. the Cutmaster is your ticket. First Thermal Arc, Thermal Dynamics sister company, releases the new Fabricator 181 welding machine, and now we have the just as impressive Cutmaster 52.. the competition needs to step up their game if they want to compete with Thermal Dynamics in the plasma industry. Great performance for the money. Not to mention, the price for consumables is cheaper than most alternatives I’ve seen, and if you’ve ever owned a plasma cutter before, then you already know how those expenses can add up quick. All in all, I was more than pleased with the way the plasma performed, and it has found a permanent place in my shop.

 

WMR Rating: 9.5

 

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About Jonathon Perry

Jonathon Perry is lead editor at WMR. He has 10 years experience in the editorial and welding industries,