WeldItForwardESAB Welding and Cutting Products recently announced that it will give away two welding systems as part of its 2018 Weld It Forward Giveaway to celebrate National Welding Month in April. One lucky person will win a Rebel EMP 235ic multiprocess welder with cart and a SENTINEL A50 auto-darkening helmet. To “weld it forward,” the contest winner can nominate a high-school or post-secondary school of their choice, and ESAB will award the school a Rebel 235 with welding cart and 10 SENTINEL welding helmets. The approximate retail value of the school award is $3,599, while the value of the individual prize is $2,899. Entries will be accepted online from April 6 to 30 at esab.com/welditforward, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, May 1 on ESAB’s Facebook page.

In addition to the grand prize drawn at the end of the month, ESAB is offering weekly opportunities to win swag. Visit ESAB’s Facebook page each Wednesday during April and participate in the company’s welding trivia contest. Trivia contest and grand prize winners will be announced on ESAB’s Facebook page.

“Our Weld It Forward theme to support technical education has caught fire since we announced it last year and made it the central focus of our student contest,” says Bill Wehrman, North American Marketing Communications, ESAB. “Early this week, we awarded a $20,000 equipment and filler metal package to each of the winning schools from ESAB’s inaugural Weld It Forward student contest. We plan to announce details of the 2018 student contest later this summer, but our focus now is on National Welding Month.”

The winning schools are Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, and Pickens Technical College in Aurora, Col. Students from Maple Mountain High School fabricated three tables that were donated to families in Mexico by team members on a humanitarian trip in December. Students form Pickens Technical College fabricated a wheel chair ramp for fellow welding student Noah Williams, who was paralyzed in a car accident last year but is back in the shop and literally pushing himself to pursue a welding-related career. Learn more about these student contest entries.

Rebel Is Perfect for Schools

At 53 lbs and with a 235-amp rated output at 40 percent duty cycle (maximum output is 250 amps/30 volts), Rebel 235 has the best power-to-weight ratio in its category. Its portability benefits users who need maximum flexibility when moving a welding machine around the shop or working in the field. For further flexibility, Rebel 235 automatically detects the correct single-phase input power from 90 to 270V. Rebel 235 comes wired with a 230V plug; users simply need to attach the supplied power adapter to connect to 120V power. Rebel 235 holds 4-, 8- or 12-in. wire spools, features dual gas ports with solenoid valves and has optional remote amperage controls and spool guns for MIG aluminum.

Benefits of the Sentinel A50 high-performance automatic welding helmet features include an infinitely adjustable 5-point headgear, a 100 x 60mm viewing area, an externally activated Grind Button, a color touch screen control panel and true color technology, which enables operators to obtain a better view of the weld puddle and surrounding area, helping the operator keep the weld puddle centered in the joint. New features include a hardhat adapter and diopter (“cheater”) lenses specifically for Sentinel and an optional heavy-duty polycarbonate cover lens for greater durability in high-heat applications.

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