Rebel™ Takes a Licking, Keeps on TIGging

For Dan Henson, a full-time welder and Certified Welding Inspector by day, the ESAB Rebel™ EMP 215ic multi-process welder comes in awfully handy - and undeniably tough - for handling side jobs on nights and weekends. While the bulk of his work, using the TIG process for metal art, does not present harsh conditions, field repair work can … especially the day Dan forgot to close the tailgate on his pickup truck.

Henson, who lives in Winder, Georgia, had finished some repairs on a friend's truck that was damaged backing into a loading dock. While his Rebel rode in the cab on the way to the jobsite, he loaded it in the bed for the ride home. After closing the tonneau cover, he got distracted saying goodbye to his friend and didn't put up the tailgate.

"I pulled out of the facility, taking a quick turn because I got a go-ahead signal from an approaching vehicle," says Henson. "I thought for sure my Rebel was done for when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the yellow box bouncing across the highway. Cars were swerving all over the road to avoid it."

After he saw his Rebel hit the pavement, "I was sure it wasn't going to work," says Henson. "I was anxious to get home and try it, and sure enough, it ran just fine, smooth as ever."

If you view the quick video Henson made and sent to us, you'll see that the welder sustained major damage to the housing, but the internal components were protected. Anticipating incidents such as these, ESAB designed Rebel with a five-handle roll cage that provides much more than convenient lifting points. Rebel also features a unibody steel construction and XX gauge sheet metal. While a case this thick adds a touch more weight, it also increases durability.

Henson was one of the early Rebel adopters, pre-ordering the unit when it came out last year. A friend of Henson's told him about Rebel, and after he reviewed the specs, he gave it a try.

"It's compact, mobile, I can hook it up to 120V or 230V primary, it performs all processes well and you can't beat the price," says Henson.

Little did he know that he would put Rebel to an extreme durability test. "There's no denying that it's a tough little machine," says Henson. "I'm telling you, it took a hit."

Rebel's reliability bodes well for Henson's metal art side business, which has been picking up as of late. Henson's fisherman sculptures, made out of spoons and forks, are selling especially well. "The owner of an art gallery in Virginia has been ordering 20 at a time," he says.

Fisherman sculpture