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MMA Welding Machines

Most MMA capable welding machines are actually multi process devices that can be switched to Manual Metal Arc welding settings.  One of the best we'd recommend is the ESAB Caddy Arc 251i A32 MMA/TIG Welder which doubles as a capable TIG welding unit too. We have a range of SWP stealth machines too that handle any MMA requirement you might have.

What is MMA Welding?

Manual Metal Arc welding - also known as also known as stick welding, flux shielded arc welding or shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), is a refinement of the original arc welding process. When the arc is struck, both the rod and the surface of the work piece melt to create a weld. This technique was first recorded in Russia in 1888. In those early experiments with cumbersome equipment, a metal electrode was simply touched against the workpieces to create the weld pool and join the two components.

Back at the turn of the 20th Century, nobody understood the effect of air encroaching on the weld pool. It was still early days for MMA! As experience of this new technique grew, it became apparent that there were issues with the welds formed with the basic rigs of the time.

In the early 1900s it became apparent that the weld needed to be protected from the air and this led to the Quasi-arc method in the UK, while Sweden saw the Kjellberg process brought into use. These two innovations were the result of experiments to coat the original bare metal rod electrode with some kind of flux that would melt or vaporise and keep the air away from the weld. These coated electrodes met resistance at first as they were significantly more expensive than the the old bare metal welding electrodes.

The modern version of stick welding has partly been improved through improvements in the make up of the consumable welding rods, and flux coatings. There are several factors that keeps this original method alive. It can be used to weld heavier duty materials, and it is seemingly a bit more forgiving of imperfectly clean weld surfaces, which is often the case if the job is maintenance related. The welding machines themselves have become much lighter and more portable since the development of electronic based inverter power sources. 

There's a useful summary here at the Open University.

A Detailed MMA Welding Tutorial From ESAB at FABTECH 2019


ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic Multi-Process Inverter Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0700 300 985
The ESAB Rebel series welding machine offers 120/230V flexibility and some of the most innovative welding technology available. A breakthrough design inspired by professional welders, the Rebel is a complete package to weld anything - mild steel, aluminium, stainless steel.True multi-process perform..
£2,100.00
Ex Tax:£1,750.00
ESAB Rebel EMP 235ic Multi-Process Inverter Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0700300989
The ESAB Rebel EMP 235ic package comes complete:It includes  the power source with 3m mains cable and plug, an MXL 270 3m torch, 3m welding and return cable kit, 4.5m gas hose with quick connector, drive rolls and contact tips.The ESAB Rebel 235ic is the latest of ESAB's Rebel welding machines. It o..
£2,640.00
Ex Tax:£2,200.00
ESAB Rebel EMP 255ic Multi-Process Inverter Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0700300992
Package Includes - Power source with 3m mains cable and plug, return cable and clamp 4.5m, gas hose with quick connector 4.5m, drive rolls for 0.8, 1.0 and 1.2mm wire, guide tubes for 0.8, 1.0 and 1.2mm wire, thickness gauge tool.The industrial true multi-process machines that combine power and mobi..
£2,520.00
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ESAB Rebel EMP 320ic Multi-Process Inverter Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0700300991
Package Includes - Power source with 3m mains cable and plug, return cable and clamp 4.5m, gas hose with quick connector 4.5m, drive rolls for 0.8, 1.0 and 1.2mm wire, guide tubes for 0.8, 1.0 and 1.2mm wire, thickness gauge tool.The industrial true multi-process machines that combine power and mobi..
£2,640.00
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ESAB Renegade ET 300i TIG Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0445100900
Usually despatched within 3-5 working daysRenegade ET 300i Incl - 3m mains cable and plug, 5m return cable and clamp, 2m gas hose w.clips.The Renegade TIG are inverter based high frequency TIG (HF) and MMA/Stick machines with extreme power to weight ratio. The compact format makes it easy to carry a..
£3,060.00
Ex Tax:£2,550.00
ESAB Renegade ET 300iP Pulse TIG Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0445100920
Usually despatched within 3-5 working daysRenegade ET 300iP Incl - 3m mains cable and plug, 5m return cable and clamp, 2m gas hose w.clips.The Renegade TIG are inverter based high frequency TIG (HF) and MMA/Stick machines with extreme power to weight ratio. The compact format makes it easy to carry ..
£3,600.00
Ex Tax:£3,000.00
Brand: IFL Model: 151MA
Features:High quality, portable 110v, 150 Amp MMA welder for heavy duty welding on sites where higher voltage machines are not permitted.Up to 100% duty cycle for continuous welding.Welds all types of electrode, including cellulosic, up to 4mm.powered by planar technology for superior performances a..
£666.00
Ex Tax:£555.00
Brand: IFL Model: 160MA
Features:Easy to use, operator friendly 160 amp MMA welder for light duty welding and maintenance.Ideal for hobby/DIY and semi professional use.Up to 100% duty cycle for continuous welding.Single control knob for quick and easy adjustment of the weld current.Electronically controlled automatic arc f..
£359.00
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Brand: IFL Model: 180MA
Features:Excellent 180 amp MMA welder for heavy duty welding.Up to 100% duty cycle for continuous welding with all types of electrode, including cellulosic, up to 4.0mm.Powered by planar technology for superior performance and unrivalled reliability.Specially developed MSD automatic arc force and di..
£546.00
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ESAB Caddy Arc 151i A33 MMA/TIG Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0460445883
Usually despatched within 3-5 daysThe ESAB Caddy 151i is now the 5th generation ESAB's portable inverter welding equipment, with over 30 years of inverter technology built in. The Caddy Arc 151i is a compact and portable inverter for MMA and scratch start Tig welding. The more advanced Caddy A33 pan..
£960.00
Ex Tax:£800.00
ESAB Caddy Arc 201i A33 MMA/TIG Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0460445884
Usually despatched within 3-5 daysThe ESAB Caddy 201i is now the 5th generation ESAB's portable inverter welding equipment, with over 30 years of inverter technology built in. The Caddy Arc 201i is a compact and portable inverter for MMA and scratch start Tig welding. The more advanced Caddy® A33 pa..
£1,044.00
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ESAB Caddy Arc 251i A34 MMA/TIG Welder
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Brand: ESAB Model: 0460300881
Compact and portable three phase inverter for MMA and TIG welding with electronically controlled LiveTig start.The Caddy® name has always been synonymous with robust and durable welding tools designed for the professional welder. Introducing the fifth generation of portable welding equipment from ES..
£1,680.00
Ex Tax:£1,400.00
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