Tools/EMP235ic

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ESAB Rebel EMP235ic

This tool requires induction
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Owing to it's dangerous nature, delicate nature, or expense, this tool requires that you be inducted on it's proper handling before use.

Introduction

ESAB Rebel EMP235ic

The ESAB Rebel EMP235ic is a 235A MIG welder that uses 15Kg wire spools and Albee gas bottles that's used to join metal (mostly steel) together. It should normally be left loaded with 0.8mm mild steel wire and Argon/CO2 gas blend. Owing to the hazards of electrical arcs, UV radiation and molten metals, Induction is required before using the MIG welder. There are 2 levels of induction, for level 1 induction you can use the welder in it's "SmartMIG" self-learning mode where it provides a lot of help. After level 2 induction it's possible to switch the welder into manual mode for more complex tasks. We ask for a donation of approximately £10 per linear meter of weld to cover the cost of gas and wire. The ESAB unit replaces the previous Clarke 150A Mig welder which has been donated to another hackspace

The user manual for the welder can be found here. There is also a spare parts list here.

Current Status

Date Status Comment
11th August 2019 Fully Functional New welder!

Capabilities

The MIG Welder lives on a custom made cart between the woodworking and metalworking tables, the routine-use accessories for it are on the shelf that's suspended below the rear stairs and the specialized accessories for unusual welding jobs are kept in the grey lockers to the left of that shelf. It's used to join metals (usually steel) together. It operates by striking an electrical arc between the workpiece and a steel wire that's fed continuously from the torch which melts the wire and deposits the molten metal into a gap in the workpiece, when the metal cools and solidifies the workpieces are permanently joined. In it's normal set-up the machine is loaded with 0.8mm mild steel wire and Argon/CO2 gas blend and can be used to weld steel thicknesses ranging from just under 1mm up to something in the region of 6mm. For thicker materials then a multi-pass welding approach is possible, or it might be better to switch to using the welder in stick-welding mode if you've also been inducted on that. For materials thinner than 1mm then MIG welding is possible with care, but TIG welding may be more effective. If you're not sure of the best welding process for your job Steve's written a short guide that's here

The MIG welder can be loaded with aluminium wire in order to weld aluminium, level 2 induction is recommended for this, and that will allow the MIG welder to join reasonably thick aluminium sections together. For thinner aluminium or where surface finish is important, TIG welding is likely to give better results. We do not currently have any stainless steel wire and for now TIG is the only process we have that can weld stainless reliably.

MIG Welder Caretakers

Inductions

The following people are able to provide inductions on the MIG Welder

Name/Contact Induction levels provided Notes
Steve-R 1,2 In Reading about 50% of the time

Maintainers

These are the people who look after and repair the MIG welder, they're the ones to contact if there's any problems with it

Name Notes
Steve-R In reading around 50% of the time, fast response if in reading

Recent Changes

If you make any non-trivial changes to lathe or perform maintenance please note it here, delete records older than 1 yr