Trade (welding) School Enrollment Rises in Indiana

Train Depot or Welding School?


What’s an old train depot have to do with welding school?

For so long we’ve been focusing on getting kids into college–but the trend may be shifting.  Trade school attendance won’t leave you crippled with six-figure student loans and you’ll graduate with skills (like welding!) that are in demand.   In Indiana, enrollment in trade schools is on the rise and in fact, the Porter County Career and Technical Education center (which includes a welding school) has found a creative way to increase they’re classroom space–by using this old train depot–which they moved from its original location in Valparaiso, Indiana. Continue reading

Can a Wedge Collet Improve Your TIG Torch Performance?


Why would you want to use a Wedge Collet?

The purpose of the collet is to hold the electrode firmly in place – day in and day out. The solid design of the Wedge Collet makes it more durable than the slotted, traditional version. In addition, the wedge collet fits all the standard TIG torch brands. So, if you use a Miller®/ Weldcraft, Esab®, Lincoln®, Linde®, Tweco®, Weldtec, or other Weldcraft-style torch, you can enjoy the benefits of a wedge collet:

  • Lasts 10 times longer than standard split collets
  • Improves arc starts and arc stability
  • Requires less pressure from the backcap which improves thread life on torch head
  • Tungsten is in direct contact with collet body creating less resistance
  • Runs cooler minimizing the down time of replacing collets
  • Eliminates twisting and deformation of collet

You can purchase the wedge collet separately for your TIG torch or you can get it as an essential part of your Kits at

Gas Saver Kit at Arc-Zone

One of our favorite products from CK Worldwide is the Gas Saver Kit, which provides a large inert atmosphere with consistent gas flow over your weld zone. It’s great for welding reactive metals like titanium, molybdenum, nickel-based and aluminum based alloys, as well as non-reactive metals like stainless steel.

IStandard Gas Saver Kitf you rig up your TIG torch with the Standard Gas Saver™ kit, with its ½” Pyrex® glass nozzle you can save up to 40% of shield gas consumption. You’ll also experience better gas flow patterns and you can allow your electrode to extend up to six (6) times your electrode diameter. Gas Saver™ kits are easy to install and add very little extra to your torch—you’ll still experience the comfort and control you’re accustomed to.

The Large Diameter Gas Saver™ nozzle has a 1-1/8” (28.5mm) orifice and is used to provide the ultimate shield gas coverage for your weld.

With either the Large or Standard Gas Saver kit you’ll see better than ever:  the weld puddle and tungsten electrode, inside corners, inside pipe and around tubing. Gas Saver™ kits are available in tungsten electrode sizes from .040″ (1.0mm) to 1/8″ (3.2mm).

The CK Gas Saver Kit includes the cup, along with the collet body, the wedge collet, and the heat shield for the CK Series 2 TIG torches (9/20 . For the Series 3 (17/18/26) torches the kit includes a collet adapter to properly fit the gas saver onto your TIG torch.

Welding Fix Of The Day Monster TIG Nozzle Madness

Here’s a sneak peek at the latest additions to our Monster™ TIG Nozzle lineup:  the Monster 12, 14, 16 & 24!

We are adding these gas cups to Arc-Zone’s world-leading selection of TIG welding cups. We offer the  Ceramic (pink), High-temp Ceramic (grey), Lava (light brown), Pyrex (glass), Metal (aluminum and  copper), nozzles AND  Flooding & Trail-Shields… in other words, we’ve got you covered!

These new Monster™ TIG Nozzles address a wide range of welding challenges and are dropping soon in our secure webstore.

Pre-Order your Monster by direct messaging us:  or give us a call:  800-944-2243 (toll free) or 760-931-1500 (worldwide).  You’ll be the first to know when these Big Monster TIG Nozzle are ready to roll out.

Already using the original  Monster™ TIG nozzle? or the Monster™ 15?

The Original Monster TIG Nozzle

Monster TIG Nozzle

Look for an upgrade offer soon and get ready to ditch the Scotchbrite diffusers!

We make each nozzle to our exacting specifications and with the highest-quality grade “A” ceramic. Our technicians precision machine the screen stacks the skillfully assemble them.  And we don’t use dissimilar metals!

With the right setup, you can get the best quality weld every time. All at a Fair Price!!!

If you’re using the Toxic style nozzle you’re in luck:  The Monster 12 & 14 are direct replacements. You can order complete Monster cup kits, or just the ceramic nozzle, or screen stack. Choose from 1/16″ (1.6mm) & 3/32″ (2.4mm) tungsten guide sizes! Best of all, there’re available when you need them along with the most complete line of TIG welding products for simple, one stop shopping! has been delivering quality welding equipment for over 15 years. Our business is based on helping you build yours👊🏻 #tigwelding #welding #monsternozzle #weldlikeapro #tigasthetics #tig #arczone #metalfab #weld via Instagram

Welding Fix Of The Day: Amp Control for TIG Welding

CK Worldwide TIG Welding Torches

We’ve gotten great feedback on the CK Worldwide products we offer like the Turbo Sharp X tungsten grinder, the inflatable purge chamber for high purity TIG welding, and a wide selection of CK Worldwide TIG welding torches.  And the latest, the MasterTIG™ welding machine.  Now we’re taking a look at this remote amperage control to add to our line up.

Anybody try one of these CK “Steady-Grip ” AMP controls? I prefer not to jump into selling new stuff until it is proven. . . Any feedback would be appreciated👍🏻 #welding #tigwelding #arczone #weldlikeapro via Instagram

Miller Diversion Upgrade for Water-Cooled TIG Torches

Air or Water-Cooled TIG Torch: Have it Your Way!

At Arc-Zone we’re all about improving your welding performance. Our team of skilled technicians has been working hard on developing a line of innovative Welding Machine Upgrade kits—the JW Signature Series (JWS Series) of welding solutions.

Last week we wrote about our JWS Air-Cooled TIG Torch Upgrade kit for the Miller Diversion® power supplies. This is a basic upgrade kit that allows you to switch out your factory-installed WP-17 (A-150) series 12.5 (3.8m), a general-purpose TIG torch, for a more modern 12.5’ (3.8m), 25’ (7.6m) or 50’ (15.2m) torch in a rigid or flexible head design.

You can greatly improve your welding versatility with the Air-Cooled Upgrade Kit, but when you’re ready to amp up your TIG welding even more you’ll want to get the JWS Air/Water-Cooled TIG Torch Upgrade Kit.

Water Cooled Upgrade Kit for Miller Diversion

With the Air/Water-Cooled Upgrade Kit not only will you improve your machine’s performance even more, you’ll improve your ability to do a wider variety of welding jobs, and have the ability to accessorize your torch and work lead to achieve high-quality TIG welding on a variety of material types and thicknesses. 

When you’re ready to go to the next level and add air and water-cooled TIG Torches to your tool kit, the JWS Air/Water-Cooled TIG Torch Upgrade Kit is for you!
Kit Includes: Continue reading