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ESAB REBEL™ EMP 285ic 1- and 3-Phase Welders Offer Unbeatable Combination of Power, Portability and Performance

November 6, 2017

Florence, S.C. - Today at the FABTECH 2017 Expo in Chicago, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products unveiled its Rebel™ EMP 285ic multi-process welder for MIG, Flux-Cored and DC Stick and TIG welding. This 70-lb. unit will be available in two versions starting next year. The 1-phase model, which accepts 90 - 270V primary power, provides a rated output of 285 amps at 40% duty cycle and maximum output of 300 amps/36 volts. It will be available in late January. The 3-phase model, which accepts 380 - 575V primary, provides a rated output of 285 amps at 50% duty cycle and maximum output of 350 amps/36 volts. It will be available at the end of the first quarter. Anticipated $MSRP for both units is $2,899.

"Rebel 285ic is the most industrial Rebel yet. Rebel 285's strong output enables users to gain the productivity benefits of spray transfer welding with .045-in. solid wires and .047-in. aluminum wires, as well as weld with the full range of .045- and .052-in. Flux-Cored wires," says Doug Smith, Product Business Manager - Light/Industrial Arc Equipment, ESAB. In addition, the multiprocess Rebel EMP 235ic handles the larger diameter Stick electrodes and TIG rods.

Smith notes that rather than label Rebel EMP welders with outputs around an arbitrary number such as 250, ESAB designs them around the filler metals most commonly used by the intended audiences. He says that, "ESAB focused Rebel 285 on welding the full range .045-in diameter wires, Rebel 235 on .035-in. wires and Rebel 215 on .030-in. wires. This allows fabricators to maximize performance and productivity with a full system approach." He notes traditional welders with similar outputs category are typically single-process MIG machines that weigh about 200 lbs. and lack the capabilities of wire performance potential. Rebel 285 offers fabricators a machine with true industrial performance for shop work and the power, portability and multi-process flexibility contractors need for structural steel erection.

Rebel DNA

The Rebel 285 single-phase version, the unit available for visitor demonstrations at FABTECH, maintains all the benefits of other Rebel EMP welders. The machine automatically detects the correct single-phase input power from 90 to 270V. Rebel 285 comes wired with a 230V plug; users simply need to attach the supplied power adapter to connect to 120V power. It holds 4-, 8- or 12-in. wire spools, features dual gas ports with solenoid valves and has optional single- and dual-cylinder carts, remote amperage controls and spool guns for MIG aluminum.

Rebel 285 looks identical to Rebel 235 (it uses the same tough case) and features the same TFT LCD color display, Basic and Advanced Mode operation and sMIG ("smart MIG") technology for quick and easy results when short circuit MIG welding. The sMIG function monitors the operator's technique and continuously adapts to provide a stable arc and superior, repeatable welds.

"You can actually hear sMIG fine tune the arc after a few seconds of welding, dialing in that perfect 'sizzling bacon' sound that signifies proper welding parameters," says Smith. "This technology reduces downtime when changing parameters, helps train new operators and can improve consistency between welding stations."

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is a recognized leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honored processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanized cutting and automation, ESAB's filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe. For more information, visit or call 1-800-ESAB-123.

REBEL™ EMP 285ic
Rebel 285 enables users to gain the productivity benefits of spray transfer welding
with .045-in. solid wires and .047-in. aluminum wires, as well as weld with the full
range of .045- and .052-in. Flux-Cored wires.

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