One of our favorite fabricators is Ron Covell. Not only is he a master at his craft his How To Welding DVDs are some of the most popular in the industry–they are easy to follow and Ron knows his stuff.
Even if you’re already TIGing, check out the Advanced TIG welding DVD for some great tips on how to up your game.
Other Ron Covell Welding DVD titles include everything from MIG welding to working with tube and steel:
- MIG Welding made Easy DVD
- TIG Welding Basics DVD
- Basic Techniques for Working with Steel DVD
- Beading Machine Basics DVD
- Building a Chopper Chassis – DVD
- Building a Roadster Body – Part 1 – DVD
- Building a Roadster Body – Part 2 – DVD
- Chopping and Sectioning DVD
- English Wheel Techniques DVD
- Hammerforming Techniques DVD
- High-Power Metalshaping Workshop (with Craig Naff)
- Making Motorcycle Gas Tanks – DVD
- Planishing Hammer Basics DVD
- Scratch-Building a Fender DVD
- Shaping Aluminum with Hand Tools DVD
- Slicing and Dicing DVD
- Working with Tubing DVD
- Dozens of Ways to Work with Tubing 95 Minutes….
Another great Welding DVD Arc-Zone has in the store– the new Steve Bleile Oxy-Acetylene welding and cutting DVDs. Steve covers equipment set-up, adjusting the regulators, lighting the torch, adjusting the flame and much more:
- Oxy-Acetylene Welding DVD
- Oxy-Acetylene Cutting DVD
Nothing can beat time on the torch to really Weld Like a Pro, but watching these DVDs can sure get you going in the right direction and with some advice from some really good fabricators.
My TIG Welding Machine
When I think about some of the great innovations in the welding industry, one of the most important was the introduction of the inverter welding machine and the digital interface. You can fine tune the machine for particular welding applications; you can control the amps and the up and down slope. It’s like setting up a race car—it’s infinitely adjustable.
You can also record and repeat the set up for consistency, especially important for any kind of production welding.
Another benefit is that the inverter machines are much lighter than their predecessors. A basic TIG welder like mine weighs only about 50 lbs. I keep it on a nice cart complete with wheels, water cooler, and tank so I can easily roll it around the shop. Continue reading
I started with Weldcraft when it was a small manufacturing company in Burbank, Calif. making welding accessories. When the company was sold in 1985, I had the opportunity to work my way up to Director of Manufacturing and I even became a top performing sales manager. I was able to travel around the world representing a quality manufacturer in an industry I enjoyed. I met with international distributors, system integrators, and end users and began to really understand what our customers needed.
CS-300 Crafter Series Air-Cooled TIG Torch
It was out of this experience that I developed the Crafter Series TIG Torch and earned a patent for both the design and the improvements to functionality.
It was after 5 p.m. in the Arc-Zone.com offices when a call came in from Dov, a new customer from an innovative start-up energy company in the Bay Area. They are building a revolutionary energy device — but the cool thing is you still need a machine shop and welder!
Dov had just placed an order and when he read the email confirmation–that orders would ship in 1-2 days– he was concerned. He needed a replacement gas hose for his Weldcraft WP-20 TIG Torch right away!
Note: the WP-20 is the best selling water-cooled TIG torch (pictured here) It is lightweight but powerful for a wide range of general welding applications.
I checked on his order and noted that he had ordered a water hose for a TIG Torch, which I confirmed over the phone… thankfully. He had ordered the wrong part! He needed a gas hose.
This is why we check and confirm every order. If you ever have any questions about your confirmation or concerns about your order, give us a call!
Arc-Zone stocks more replacement parts than most welding supply stores for your Weldcraft TIG torches and CK Worldwide TIG torches. Our awesome customer care team members will make sure you get the right part for your torch and for your welding application.
If you follow Miller Electric’s news, you’ll know they regularly feature success stories from some of their welding customers. This one caught my eye: Pure Vision, a street machine fabrication shop out of Simi Valley. And not just because of that nice looking “redhead” Weldcraft TIG welding torch they’re using!
A couple of things stood out. First, check out the cars they build! Those are some sweet rides! Second, I think it’s inspiring that Steve is following his dream and worked hard to get where he is. From the Miller article:
The evolution from a kid who had no garage of his own to the operation that stands today took a lot of hard work and dedication. When Strope opened his first shop (down the street from his current facility), he had no money to speak of. Strope had to choose between a place to live and a place to work.
He slept on a bed next to the lift in a space he rented and joined a local gym for use of the showers. Mornings were spent eating Cheerios while ordering parts, and work on cars went into the early morning hours…. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE–>
When I started Arc-Zone I didn’t sleep in the garage… instead I used my garage as office space to run the company! This is the great part of working in this industry– the opportunity to work with fellow fabricators who are not just talking, they are DOING and welding, and are passionate about their work. Continue reading
A racing associate of mine developed these amazing Vortex™ nozzles for TIG Welding. He works as a General Manager for a large corporation based in The Midwest. He builds a variety of open wheel racing chassis for everything from Sprint Cars, to midgets to Micro Midgets.
Necessity is the mother of TIG Welding invention
The Vortex™ Nozzle was designed to solve a gas coverage problem when doing production welding of tube race car chassis that are made from 4130 (Chromoly) Annealed Alloy Steel. The race car fabricators wanted to get the best possible welds so their chassis looked better, and were built stronger than the crop of new Continue reading