Made in the USA Tungsten Grinders

At Arc-Zone we’ve been celebrating Made in the USA during July. Over on the JoeWelder.com blog, you’ll find information about CK Worldwide TIG welding torches and LENCO connectors, and our most exciting news, the announcement of our Arc-Zone PRO Partner program.  So far we’ve met Wes Michler, and Jason Moser, two fantastic Made in the USA fabricators.  As PRO Partners, they’ll share their insights on some of the top quality welding and cutting accessories in the Arc-Zone.com webstore and tips on how to Weld Like A PRO!  (We’d love to see one of our New Rosies join the Arc-Zone PRO Partner Program.)

And so, over here, in the spirit of celebrating welding products Made in the USA, we’re featuring a couple of our tungsten electrode grinders here: Continue reading

Welding Safety Can Be Stylish!

Arc-Zone’s Joanie rockin’ the VelvetArc jacket and looking pretty stylish in that respirator!

June is National Safety Month and I heard a story the other day about a young (wet behind the ears) man who showed up for his summer job at a construction site wearing those super baggy, hang-below-your-behind pants.  You know, the kind of pants you have hold up with one hand to keep ‘em from falling down…  Well, this young man was advised that he needed to wear pants that fit, and I’m sure the young man thought his boss was a jerk, that he didn’t understand just how cool it is to wear the baggy pants.  After the 3rd day of not complying, the boss told him that if he continued to show up with those baggy pants, he’d have to pay him half his wage, since he was only using one hand to do his job and everyone else was using both hands.

Now you’re wondering what that story has to do with welding safety, right?  It’s all about fit!  Baggy pants can drag on the floor, rolled up sleeves can come undone, gloves too big make it hard to work.  As a woman welder the ill-fitting welding apparel is all too familiar.  Fortunately there are some better fitting options available for us. Continue reading

It’s Never too Late to be a Welder Chic

Danelle Dibari-Starustka, Welder Chic

Danelle Dibari-Starustka

Danelle Dibari-Starustka was 37 years old working as a Team Leader at a utility company when she took her first FCAW welding class for fun.  That was about nine years ago. “I instantly fell in love as soon as I struck my first arc!” she says. “It really felt natural to me.”

She enjoyed the class so much she started taking other classes to continue learning about different processes. As my skill level increased, I started buying my own tools and equipment to take on small-scale side jobs like gates, planter boxes, and carts. “I absolutely loved building things that would pretty much last a lifetime,” Danelle says. Continue reading

From Nanny to US Navy Welder

Jim Watson and Alexandra Pollard at Arc-Zone

Alexandra Pollard with Jim Watson

Alexandra Pollard serves as an E-2 Hull technician (Welder and a plumber) in the U.S. Navy. She recently stopped by Arc-Zone to pick up some welding  supplies.

Alexandra has been welding since she was 8 years old. “I got started because my dad couldn’t fit under our 1965 Chevy Impala. He put the auto-darkening helmet on my head, handed me the MIG torch, and told me to fill a hole in the under body,” she says. Continue reading

Save with Blanket POs for your welding accessories

April is all about savings at Arc-Zone and we have tons of ways to save you money.  One often overlooked way will not only save you money but time.  Blanket purchase orders for your welding accessory needs.

Pre-ground Tungsten ElectrodesThis may not be a big deal if you are a small fab shop and you don’t need to buy welding accessories in bulk, but for those of our customers who run high volume or automated welding operations, having the accessories on hand for their welding application is imperative.  When you’re standing around waiting for parts to arrive, you’re not making money! Continue reading

TIG Torch (March) Madness!

In honor of March TIG Torch Madness Month, I thought I’d do a roundup of our best posts about TIG Torches.

 

Selecting the Right TIG Torch. Do you need an air-cooled or water-cooled TIG Torch?  How many amps?  Should you go all out and get the most amperage, the biggest TIG Torch?  This article will get you started in the right direction.  Of course you can always call the folks at Arc-Zone.com for guidance based in your welding application. Continue reading