We’ve written quite a bit about Hobart’s AirForce 250, and it’s a formidable addition to any shop. But this week Hobart announced its new replacement — the AirForce 250ci — that weighs half as much and includes some exciting new features.
According to Hobart, the new 250ci “allows cutting with an arc up to 3/16″ long” which “improves results when freehand cutting.” Like the old 250, it runs on 115V and includes a built-in air compressor, making it an incredibly portable unit — especially at the new weight of just 27 pounds.
Hobart says the 250ci is targeted at home hobbyists, farming, and auto body applications, and we’d wholeheartedly agree. Plasma cutting — and the 250ci in particular — is a good alternative to oxy acetylene for the home shop and a good addition to it for larger shops.
MSRP is $899, but street pricing starts around $800 (as does Amazon).