Started in 1904 and a constant innovator since it’s inception of welding and cutting equipment. Interestingly the founder Oscar Kjellberg developing the worlds first coasted welding electrode the same year he founded the company. In 114 years it’s grown from a one man operation into a business employing over 8,700 individuals and manufacturing goods in 4 different continents.
There is also a 3 year warranty on all sold machines including parts and labour, as well as toll free contact numbers if you need to phone for any reason. You do need to get the machine serviced by a certified center, using their find a distributor tool. For different parts of the US and UK there appears to be many different centers, making servicing/repair convenient.
On their website they boast “BACKED BY THE MOST EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF AUTHORISED SERVICE CENTRES IN EUROPE” which is helpful if you live outside of the US. With the mainstream manufacturers such as Miller/Lincoln and Hobart there does appear to be a bias towards the United States. If you live outside of the US ecosystem the support can be further out of reach, so having a large brand have emphasis on Europe is reassuring (Especially considering it’s size!).
ESAB MIG Welder Reviews
Perfect for operators who plan to MIG weld with or without a shielding gas. There are two variations of the model however, the Rebel EMP which is a multi-process machine, and the Rebel EM 215ic which is a pure Shielding Gas and Flux-Cored model. We have tried and tested the EM 215ic, you can read our verdict below.
We also managed to get our hands on the multi-process unit, often confused for the mig only model. The EMP is an ideal purchase which can MIG, Flux-Cored, Stick and TIG. Hear what we have to say in the article below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Welders Manufactured?
According to their website there are manufacturing facilities across four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Asia). Therefore it’s difficult to say where each machine is manufacturered.
Can the Rebel EMP 215ic Weld Aluminum?
With the addition of a spool gun, the multi-process EMP can TIG weld aluminum as it’s a DC machine. Therefore the multi-process may be a better all rounder if you heavily work with aluminum.
What Does ESAB Stand For?
An abbreviation for the Swedish welding company, officially named Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget.