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!
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 Arc-Zone.com webstore. These welding tables are modular, which means you can add what you need, when you Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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
We love to meet with our customers to learn about what they are doing, and see how we can help them improve their welding operations and lower costs with the right welding accessories for their welding application. Sometimes it’s as simple as improving the set up of the front end of a TIG / GTAW torch with a Monster(TM) Nozzle for TIG Welding to improve gas coverage and sometimes it’s about introducing a customer to some of the “newer” products on the market like the ArcTime(tm) Hybrid tungsten electrodes made with rare earth additives to improve ignition rate and tip longevity.