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CK Worldwide TIG Torch Madness

Regular readers of this blog know that I was the Director of Manufacturing, and later Sales Manager at Weldcraft so it was natural for Arc-Zone to sell Weldcraft TIG Welding torches.

It was also natural for us to sell torches from CK Worldwide–another top quality manufacturer.

CK has a long history of developing TIG welding torches for the aerospace industry in the Pacific Northwest. They manufacture a wide variety of torches and over the years they’ve developed some really innovative products, including some torches to solve some common problems.

The CK Flex-Loc Series TIG Torch

CK Worldwide Flex Loc TIG TorchThe Flex-Loc gives you the versatility of a flexible head torch without the downside—you can only bend them so many times before they break. And there’s no fix; you have to buy a whole new torch when it does. The Flex-Loc, however, is a modular design with an  indestructible hard plastic molded torch body and rubber molded torch heads. The real beauty is that the head rotates into different positions and you can lock it into place after selected your desired head angle/location.  We offer CK’s air-cooled 150-amp Flex-Loc TIG torch and the water-cooled 230-amp and 250-amp water cooled Flex-Loc torch.

The CK Contractor Series TIG Torch

CK Contractor Series TIG TorchThe Contractor Series is a rugged torch great for pipe work, oil and gas work, or any welding in the shop, or in the field. This torch is engineered for working in a tough environments. It has a stainless steel (rather than the traditional copper) head that you can’t strip out. The Contractor Series torch also has a built-in twist (left to right) gas valve instead of a screw-in valve stem. The gas valve is integrated—built in so there are no parts to lose. And if you lose a gas valve stem or strip out the threads out of your TIG torch head– you’re not making money while your search for replacements parts!

The Contractor Series TIG torch is available as 150-amp air-cooled torch.

The CK Trimline Series TIG Torch

CK Trimline TIG TorchWhile the Trimline Series only has two options, a 200 amp air-cooled torch and a 350 amp water-cooled torch, they are both great for heavy-duty applications, but without the heft and the bulky handles of similar amperage torches.

The Trimline is more compact, about 30% smaller and lighter so it’s more comfortable to use, but has all the power you’ll need.

In addition to these specialty torches, Arc-Zone carries the world’s most complete line of CK Worldwide TIG Torches and replacement parts, CK TurboSharp Tungsten Grinder, and CK’s tungsten electrodes. We also stock the GasSaver and wedge collets engineered to optimize your TIG torch set up and help you do better quality welds, while putting some cash in your pocket!

A Welding Table That Grows!

When I was building my first weld shop, I needed a heavy-duty welding table and I was able to buy one at an auction at Northrup Aircraft in Burbank Califiornia.  It was perfect, built with a 2” thick cast iron table top and five tubular legs with adjustable foot pads so you could level it.  That thing was so beefy, I needed a forklift to get it in and out of my one-ton Chevy Silverado truck (that’s another story).  And once it was in place in my shop, it stayed there.  It was not long ago, if you were a fabricator and wanted a welding table, you had to build your own, usually from a heavy-duty tube base with a piece of plate steel that you had blanchard—ground to make it perfectly flat—or you got lucky and found one already built that you could afford.  I considered myself lucky.

Strong Hand Tools BuildPro Welding Table

When I saw the Strong Hand Tools BuildPro welding table, I was amazed, I felt even better about them after I bought one and set it up in my latest welding shop at Arc-Zone!

BuildPro Welding Table

Here’s Joanie at Arc-Zone getting some work done on the BuildPro welding table

And now I’m very excited to offer the complete line of welding tables and fabrication accessories in the webstore.  These welding tables are modular, which means you can add what you need, when you Continue reading

Welding (DVDs) With Ron Covell

Ron Covell Welding DVDOne 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….

Oxy-Acetylene Welding DVD
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.

Thankful for: Weldcraft and the Crafter Series TIG Torch

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

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.

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TIG Torch Gas Hose Emergency

It was after 5 p.m. in the 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!

WP20 Weldcraft TIG TorchDov 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.

25' Rubber gas hose for WP-20 TIG torchI 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.


Scalable Welding Automation

One of the great things about my job at Arc-Zone is that I can take the time to visit customers to learn about what new and interesting things they are doing, and see how we can help them improve their welding operations and lower costs. Recently I visited one of our large manufacturing customers who is looking into some kind of welding automation system.

Nice welds!

With the exception of a couple of components, they build everything in house, and ship around the world.  And business is good.

Why a scalable welding automation solution?

In order for them to keep up with demand, and keep their costs under control I suggested Improvements to their manual or hand-held TIG welding operations. Bottom line is they were using off the shelf generic parts from a local gas supplier.

To help them improve weld-quality and consistency, we are converting them over to our new Pro Series TIG and Plasma Arc Welding products. The Arc-Zone Pro Series™ line is engineered to be a purpose built torch for the Continue reading