Recently, Hypertherm’s Duramax retrofit torches were approved for use on Hypertherm’s Powermax1650®, Powermax1000®, and Powermax1250® plasma cutting systems. It also introduced a new straight torch (HRTs) to its 75-degree, ergonomic hand torch (HRT) and convertible machine torch (MRT) designs.

Hypertherm designs and manufactures metal cutting systems for numerous industrial applications, including handheld and mechanized plasma and laser systems, consumables, CNC motion and height controls, and cutting software. It claims to be the only plasma manufacturer to offer a straight, handheld plasma torch, and recently the Hanover, N.H., company was selected as the 2011 Business of the Year by Business New Hampshire magazine for its business and civic contributions.

The new straight torch is designed for handheld cutting, so it’s easy to cut and gouge in hard-to-reach areas. It is the first handheld, straight torch available for Hypertherm’s Powermax1000, Powermax1250, and Powermax1650 systems.

“The angle of the torch is perfect for gouging, it keeps the molten metal and heat away from my hand and the Duramax consumables last two times as long,” according to Fran Prokop of Aggregate Industries.

“The availability of three different torch styles designed for 40- through 100-Amp cutting and gouging with both 25 foot and 50 foot torch lead options gives owners of the Powermax1000, Powermax1250, and Powermax1650 access to the most versatile family of torches on the market today,” explained Hypertherm product marketing manager Clayton Gould.

In addition to versatility, the developer listed durability, reliability, and consumable life among the Duramax retrofit torches’ design attributes.

All of the Duramax retrofit torches (the HRT, HRTs, and MRT) are provided with an Easy Torch Removal (ETR) connection as the standard Powermax1000, Powermax1250, and Powermax1650 torches, making it possible to upgrade in seconds.