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Carlsbad, CA—For the new year® has launched a redesign of their ecommerce site that includes a fresh new look along with improvements to functionality based on customer feedback.  Arc-Zone offers over 10,000 unique products and the new website features simplified fly-out navigation menus and a more accurate search tool to better target the MIG, TIG, and Plasma Arc Welding products customers are shopping for.  The most significant update to the web store is its mobile responsive design. redesigned website’s new mobile responsive design

“We take our customers’ needs very seriously,” says Arc-Zone founder and CEO Jim Watson.  “Like us, our customers are accessing the internet from the desktop computer in the office and from out in the field using tablets, smart phones, and other mobile devices.  The site is now designed to look great and function well no matter how or from where you’re accessing it.”

The Arc-Zone website is a purpose-built store developed from custom code.  Watson says that one of the benefits of using custom code is that the site is less vulnerable to security attacks because it’s not the same code that everyone else is using.  “Besides,” Watson says, “like our customers, we like to build things!”

Other upgrades to the store include an improved checkout process with the shopping cart visible in the header and a “Save for Later” option in case customers don’t have time to complete an order.  Product Reviews are more accessible too, so shoppers will know what other fabricators think of the MIG, TIG, and Plasma Arc Welding accessories in the store.

Watson says some things, however, will always stay the same. “We’re committed to continuing to offer our customers the best service and technical support”

Founded in June 1998, delivers proprietary, brand name and OEM replacement parts and accessories for GMAW, GTAW and Plasma Arc Welding and Cutting applications to customers worldwide.

For more information, visit the web site at, call (800) 944-2243, or email

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The Arc-Zone Ultimate Welding Supplies Showroom

A few months back Arc-Zone officially opened a welding supply store we’ve dubbed  “The Ultimate Showroom” located at 2091 Las Palmas Drive, Suite F, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

Arc-Zone's Ultimate Welding Showroom in Carlsbad, CA

Customers in Arc-Zone’s Ultimate Welding Showroom during our Grand Opening Event in Carlsbad, CA

Welding Supplies in the Coolest Shop You’ve Ever Seen

Arc-Zone has always had the dream to build the best welding supply company in the world, and opening The Ultimate Showroom is one more way in which that dream is coming true.  And our local welding customers often stopped by our office to pick up their orders and meet with our top-notch technical team…  now they have a real reason to stop in!

Not only will you find the top notch welding supplies that we carry in our webstore, you’ll have an experience you won’t soon forget…  check this place out! Continue reading

Joe Welder, American Chopper, and the evolution of the TIG torch

I was watching American Chopper with my wife last night and when they did a close up of Rick Petko TIG welding a custom gas tank together, my wife said, “He is using a Crafter Series TIG torch!”

That brought back memories of 1994 when we were dating and I was the Regional Sales Manager for Weldcraft, the world’s leading TIG torch manufacturer.  I was living in the western suburbs of Chicago, Saint Charles, IL to be exact.  I had a nice 1,000 Sq Ft fab shop behind my ranch house.

That shop is where I tinkered with an idea to solve a major problem with the TIG torches on the market at that time.  There was not a torch on the market that was ready to go right out of the box, with nozzle, tungsten, connectors and all.  I also added a flat side on the handle so that the welder can know which direction the torch is facing without lifting his helmet.  I built the first prototypes of what became the Crafter Series TIG torch, complete with the silicone rubber test molds, handle mock ups, etc.

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Joe WelderWe would like to announce that Joe Welder and Carmen Electrode are back, energized, excited and ready to blog. Due to some staffing changes and record sales at our welding supply store,, we have really lagged over the last few months on updating the blog for all of you readers.

But Joe Welder and Carmen Electrode are back and ready to rock it with a weekly blog post that contains interesting and helpful info for all you welders out there. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:

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How to Become a Master Fabricator

In the Weldshop with Joe WelderOne of the core values of is to focus on Continuous Improvement, a concept I first learned about when I worked for Weldcraft and had the opportunity to take business courses from W. Edwards Deming. If you’re not familiar with Deming, he is the expert in quality control who was instrumental in reviving Japanese manufacturing after World War II and developing the Total Quality Management movement.  I was even fortunate to meet him personally.

Find Ron Covell's DVDs on how to TIG Weld at

I try to apply this ideal of continuous improvement in all aspects of my life and I’m always open to learning new things.  So when the opportunity to take a workshop with master fabricator Ron Covell came along, I jumped on it!

The workshop took place at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, a So Cal hot rod shop in Escondido, California not too far from the headquarters.  They were working on a project dubbed “Mercedes-Bent,” a mashup between a classic 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster and a 2004 Mercedes SL600. The result was showcased at SEMA, and you can check out the pictures here:

Ron is one of the best in the custom automotive industry with expertise in everything from TIG Welding to hammerforming.  He’s worked on some of most bitchin’ hot rods and dragsters, and writes a regular column for Street Rodder magazine.  Needless to say, I picked up quite a few tips for myself.

Now if you can’t get to a Covell workshop, you can learn a lot with his DVDs-they’re some of the best in the industry, and carries them in our store.  We’ve also just added Covell’s newest DVD, Advanced TIG Welding.  I found it has a lot of great information even if you consider yourself an expert in your own right.

Don’t forget,’s warehouse is stocked with the biggest selection of TIG Torch packages and replacement parts from two of the industry leading torch manufacturers:  Weldcraft and CK Worldwide. We also offer an amazing array of tungsten electrode grinders, replacement grinding wheels, and tungsten electrodes–from premium quality tungsten like ArcTime brand Hybrid to made in the USA GTP-Sylvania.

We’re always interested in learning new things, and this year we’ll be profiling more customers on our industry-leading blogs-it’d be awesome if you would share your story, or your best welding tips with us.  And as always, let us know if there’s something you need and don’t find in our webstore. Our top priority is to make sure you get the best product, service and solutions to Weld Like A PRO!
Best Regards,

Jim Watson, Founder & CEO, Inc.

Need A Wheel?

Wheels for Tungsten Grinders
Do you need a new wheel for your tungsten electrode grinder?
Find out how to tell when your tungsten grinding wheel is ready to be replaced over at

And when you’re read to replace your tungsten grinding wheel, check out the top quality replacement diamond grinding wheels over at– whether you have a Sharpie, Triad, Power Point, Turbo Sharp,Turbo-4, a Piranha, Neutra, Ultima TIG, Turbo Ace, Neutrix, DGP, or Sharpshooter tungsten electrode sharpener…  we’ve got your wheel in stock and ready to ship!

LA Times Scooped!

Did you know our editor scooped the LA Times, the New York Times and the Huffington post… you can read a brief article about the passing of Geraldine Doyle, the image of Rosie the Riveter, over at