Product Overview

Decribed as “a complete package to weld anything” from Esabs product page, this multiprocess welder can perform MIG, TIG and Stick functionality within one impressive machine. What seperates this model from the rest is the 5 handle roll cage, and it’s unibody steel construction meaning this is a durable unit.

Not to be confused with the Rebel EM 215, which is a MIG only machine (MIG/FCAW processes). If you’re here by mistake, you can read our in-depth review.

One feature of this machine that sticks out is their Smart MIG technology, which adapts and learns the operators technique for predictable results. An actively adapting machine isn’t something commonly seen on the market, especially with TIG and Stick processes too. Below we will review this impressive machine, and let you know why we think this is an incredible purchase.

Specification

Height
16 Inches (406mm)
Length
23 Inches (584mm)
Width
9 Inches (229mm)
Input Voltage
120V/240V
Welding Processes
MIG/TIG/Flux-Cored
Product Weight
40Lbs/18.2KG
Frequency
50/60Hz
Voltage Range
10-26V
Wire Feed Speed
1.5-12.1m/min
Max Spool Diameter
100 & 200mm

MIG

120V Duty Cycle
20% @ 130A Output
240V Duty Cycle
25% @ 205A Output

TIG

120V Duty Cycle
40% @ 130A Output
240V Duty Cycle
30% @ 180A Output

Stick

120V Duty Cycle
40% @ 90A Output
240V Duty Cycle
25% @ 230A Output

Overview of Features

Four Welding Processes: With this model you can use MIG, Flux-Cored, DC TIG and DC Stick welding processes. Ideal to have all in one piece of equipment if you need to move between jobs, or don’t have the space for multiple welders.

Lightweight and Portable: Weighing an impressive 40lbs unboxed (18.14kg), this unit is easily portable compared to similar models on the market.

Dual Voltage Inputs: Supporting both 230V and 120V inputs, you can use this welder on a commercial site or on a home power input (at reduced output if input is 120V).

IP23S Protection Class: According to DSMT, IP23S protection means this machine prevents solids as small as fingers from being exposed to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts). It also resists harmful ingress of water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect. Although not water or dust proof, this level of protection is reassuring and shows ESAB has ensured longevity in this machine.

TFT Display: A simple and easy to read interface is featured on this display, giving you feedback when you modify the machines parameters. Is also backlit making it easier to read in sunlight, or low light working conditions.

5 Handle Roll Cage: 5 Handles on this welder allow you to carry it with ease, and it’s durable casing prevents damage if dropped/fallen from a work surface.

3 Year Warranty: ESAB offers a 3 year warranty on their machines, and 6 months on GMAW/GTAW torches. Spare parts also have a 6 month warranty as standard.

Smart MIG: An interesting feature which is meant to make welding easier for novice and expert welders. It adapts to your technique ensuring predictable arc behaviour, therefore increasing productivity and learning time for novice welders.

 

Will this welder suit my needs?

A perfect match for someone who needs a lightweight and portable machine, with multiple welding processes and a protective case. As this welder has 3 processes within one box, and weighs an impressive 40lb (18.2KG), it’s definitely a versatile unit. The max output amperage of 230A is great for thicker metals, but can go as low as 5A for thinner pieces of material.

If you weld a large range of materials, and potenitally need multiple welding processes this model is for you. It’s also well suited to individuals who will frequently move the welder, due to it’s tough design and IP23S certification.

 

What’s in the Box?

  • ESAB MXL 200 MIG torch with euro connector
  • Electrode and return cable kits
  • 200 mm spool OK Aristorod 12.50 0.8 mm wire
  • 4.5 m gas hose with quick connector
  • Contact tips and drive rolls for 0.6 – 1.0 mm wire
  • ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic Manual

 

An in depth unboxing video can be found here:

 

Add-on Products

Gas Cylinder Trolley

ESAB Gas Cylinder Trolley
50-100L ESAB Cylinder Trolley

Tig Torch

Tig Torch
No adapters required to extend TIG functionality

TIG Foot Control

Foot Control
Foot control for granular precision

Conclusion

Overall this is an impressive piece of technology and is hard to beat on price. Not everyone requires a top of the range unit with a large amount of features, however I believe this unit balances nescessary features that make welding easier along with a realistic price point for the mass market.

The warranty offered matches other brands such as Miller, Lincon and Hobart and has a few extras such as the 5 point carry case, and the IP23S certification.