As Seen On Instagram – June 2015

Here’s a roundup of all the welding action on Instagram: Amazing welds, industry news, product launches, updates on Arc-Zone Pro Partner activities, and a look at what our customers are up to in the weld shop or out in the field.

Product Spotlight: Ultima AutoGrindarc-zone-ultima-autogrind

The AutoGrind module is a game changing upgrade that attaches to any Ultima-Tig or Ultima-Tig-Cut Tungsten Electrode Grinder. It’s a simple, precise, semi-automated solution that will deliver consistent precision ground tips with a near polished finish. Take your welding operation to a whole new level of weld-quality, productivity, and safety. See more details on #arczone #weldlikeapro

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As Seen On Instagram May 2015

Here’s a roundup of all the welding action on Instagram: Amazing welds, industry news, product launches, updates on Arc-Zone Pro Partner activities, and a look at what our customers are up to in the weld shop or out in the field.

Product Spotlight:   the Popular Sharpie Tungsten Grinder

Sharpie Hand-Held Tungsten Electrode Grinder for TIG WeldingIntroduced 15 years ago, the Sharpie Tungsten Grinder remains one of our most popular welding accessories (along with our comprehensive line up of TIG Torches from top manufacturers like CK Worldwide and Weldcraft).  If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, portable and reliable hand-held tungsten grinder then set your sights on the Sharpie PRO Kit to make sure you’ve got all the accessories you’ll need in one sturdy kit box. The Sharpie™ Weld Like a Pro Kit Includes our most popular accessory items:  the .040″ (1.0mm) collet and a replacement double-sided diamond grinding wheel, for just $50.00–saving 25% over the price you’d pay if you purchased each of these extras separately.  You also get the industry leading technical guides  “How-to-Select Tungsten Electrodes” and “How-to-Grind Tungsten Electrodes” along with the complete operations guide with all replacement parts listed for your convenience.

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Amazing Weld for # WeaveWednesday on Instagram

Check out this stellar weld from Aaron, @kingpita_fab, a fabricator out of Minnesota. He’s got some mad skilz! This photo he shared with us for #WeaveWednesday received 1,560 Likes!

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This was also the post that brought out the most comments!  clocking in at 169 comments! Lots of admirers out there. Continue reading

Sharpie Tungsten Grinder PRO Kit

Sharpie Tungsten GrinderSince we introduced the Sharpie™ tungsten electrode sharpener back in 2000 (that’s 15 years ago!)  it has remained one of our most popular products.

Not only is it a cool tool to have in your shop, with a dedicated tungsten grinder you can improve the quality of your TIG welds and lower your tungsten usage.

The Sharpie™ tungsten grinder is a hand-held tool that preps tungsten electrode sizes .040″, 1/16″, 3/32″ and 1/8″ (1.0mm, 1.6mm, 2.4mm  and 3.2mm) quickly, easily and consistently. You can sharpen an electrode, and with the Deluxe model you can set the angle of the point, and repeat it over and  over again. The standard model has a pre-set grind angle that is good for most welding applications.

The Sharpie ships with a long-life double-sided diamond grinding wheel and produces  longitudinal grinds for consistent welds, deeper penetration and less re-work. You can also use it to to produce a tip flat–tungsten electrodes ground to a pointed tip can burn off and contaminate your weld puddle.   Continue reading

As Seen On Instagram April 2015

Arc-Zone April Product Spotlight

We did a write up on the EZ Wipes earlier this month. These are one of our favorite products in our Ultimate Weld Shop. They are easy to use, convenient, environmentally friendly, safe–they won’t put dangerous fumes into the air, and you can re-use them!

EZ Wipes--clean your base metal
After being off the market for a very long time, Aquasol’s EZ Wipes are finally back due to high demand and we just started carrying them! EZ Wipes make weld prep a whole lot easier, but more importantly, they remove contaminants without acetone or other harmful solvents to achieve pure welds. Its simple, yet effective design incorporates a two-sided saturated cleaning sheet. One side is tough and abrasive for loosening and removing dried contaminants on the surface while the other, smoother side, completes the process by removing remaining particles to reveal a clean and polished surface. For 10 Bucks you get 10 EZ Wipe packs, an Arc-Zone sticker pack, a re-sealable plastic bag to preserve your open EZ wipe packet, and last but not least, shipping’s included! Check out the promo link on our profile page for more details. #weldlikeapro #arczone #arczoneproductspotlight

PROMO runs through the end of April 2015.

Most Liked Post (about welding)

Actually the post about the Razor Blade challenge from last month is still our Most Liked Post… but this one showcasing this most excellent weave is second most liked post.

TIG Welding at its finestIt’s called #WeaveWednesday for a reason. Guys like @tool_and_die_welder are the epitome of this. You might wanna look at this now and come back later just to look again at how awesome this #weave is. #killallfiller #weldlikeapro #tigaesthetics #TIG #GTAW #arczone #arctime #weldporn #welding


Now I’m not sure but I’m going to guess that this welder uses a quality TIG torch and makes sure his base metal is clean and his set up is dialed in to Weld Like a PRO.  If you want to Weld Like a PRO check out the Arc-Zone Learning Center’s articles about TIG Welding.

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Again, the Razor Blade Challenge was the actual most commented post, but here’s the second most commented post….  and I bet you can just imagine the kind of comments!  Training wheels for your TIG Torch! I guess if you’re what we used to call a “Shaky Jake” this could come in Continue reading

Arc-Zone’s PRO Series TIG Welding Torch Packages

Crafter Series DecalBack in 1997 when I was working for Weldcraft, I developed the Crafter Series TIG Welding Torch.  In addition to some innovations in design, including modifications to the handle and improvements in cooling, the Crafter Series torch came “Weld Ready” meaning it was more than just a torch body. The Crafter Series included gas and water hoses, power cable, and 3/32” front end parts. If you are interested in the whole backstory, check out this post from 2013, “Thankful for: Weldcraft and the Crafter Series TIG Torch.”

TIG Welding Torch Packages

Most TIG Torch packages sold today only include the torch body along with its cables and hoses. As a company, we recognized that there was a need to offer a more complete package for metal fabricators. We jumped on the opportunity too add more value for our customers and Arc-Zone began offering upgraded TIG Torch packages.

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Prep Your Base Welding Metal with EZ Wipes™

Aquasol EZ WipesWhen EZ Wipes™  came on the market a few years back, Arc-Zone became a big fan. They were easy to use, and convenient, but unfortunately as packaged—in a plastic canister—they dried out before you could use them all and the manufacturer of EZ Wipes discontinued production.

We were disappointed, but it was the right decision at the time.

And we are excited to tell you that EZ Wipes™  are back on the market!

Whether you’re welding a specialty alloy, or a metal like titanium, or you just want to get the best weld possible, proper preparation of your base metal is essential. With EZ Wipes™ you can loosen dried contaminants with the abrasive side of the pre-saturated lint-free fabric, and you can clean away contaminants like oil, ink, tar and wax as well as heavy grease and paint, revealing a ready-to-weld surface with the smooth side.

These acetone-free wipes now come in individual packets. They are a great addition to any professional weld shop whether you’re working on motorcycles, jet engine parts, or yacht towers or if you’re a weekend welders working with specialty metals like stainless steel and titanium where eliminating contamination is critical. Continue reading