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Old 01-28-2017, 01:04 AM
Samcord Samcord is offline
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Default Esab rebel

I'm surprised this doesn't have wifi and Bluetooth.

I've started to make a bit of bright light and loud noise with my HF cheapo. Enough so that it's time to start thinking about a real welder. Should I hold out for a Miller 212, or geek out with one of these?

YouTube has some vids on them.

Seem to be about $1,600, but I'm just shopping for next Christmas at this point.
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Old 01-28-2017, 01:52 AM
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The rebel 235 will be out soon. It's a 250A machine (235A @ 40% DC). Miller 212 is 210A @ 30% DC. One thing I always look for:

Where can I get (and for how much $$$):
  • contact tips
  • nozzles
  • spool gun
  • longer MIG gun

So long as you are satisfied with the availability of such products, then I'd say it's a pretty good machine with it's synergic programming. The 235 is somewhat portable, weighing 53lbs. Obviously it will weigh more with a big spool of wire, but it's pretty compact for what it can do. The Miller 212 weighs almost 200lbs because it's transformer based vs Inverter of the Rebel.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:23 AM
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Used to own an Esab mig machine and an expensive Esab auto-dark.
The mig quit working, and no one knew why, but sometimes it would work.
I ended up giving it to the dump for free.
The helmet worked for another year, and then went dark and stayed that way, new batteries did nothing, those things were not meant to be taken apart.
There was a family reunion with the mig.

That said, they must have improved their product over the years, so I would talk to owners of the present model for feedback and wear a cross as you buy it.
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Old 01-28-2017, 02:51 PM
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If you get the ESAB, make sure you get #1 for multi processes.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:38 PM
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For $1600, if I was looking for a multi voltage, multi process machine I think I'd buy a lincoln 210MP.

Seems to get good reviews. I haven't got to run one, but my neighbor bought one and the size makes it very portable and the interface is pretty neat.

Here's a couple videos from
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