Why spend extra on a cable cover for your TIG torch?

Protect Your TIG torch Cables From Damage

We know about being budget conscious.  Remember Arc-Zone.com started out in a suburban garage and with a small line of welding accessories.  I wore all the hats:  technical welding consultant, vendor relations coordinator, account rep, customer service rep, bookkeeper, shipping guy…  So I understand the importance of spending money only on things that really matter.

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From an investment standpoint, cable covers matter.

Imagine, in a busy weld shop you’re dragging your TIG torch all over the place to get your job(s) done. Well, you’re also exposing your cables to various shop hazards like sparks.  If you’re using the vinyl (plastic) hoses, they’re especially vulnerable to damage–which is why we generally recommend the braided rubber hoses and why we include a cable cover with our water cooled TIG Torch PRO packages.**  You may think it’s not a big deal, a short gas hose for your TIG torch will only cost about $15 bucks to replace, but do that over and over again and it adds up! And if you have to replace a hose, you’re not welding, you’re out shopping.

**If you’re interested, check out “Rubber vs. Vinyl Plastic Hoses, Which one is Better”

Bundle Cables to Improve Safety And Convenience

Shop safety is important to us here at Arc-Zone, and bundling your cables keeps them all tucked in together and less likely to get caught on something, or trip someone.  Arc-Zone offers two Continue reading

February As Seen On Instagram

Did you know you can find Arc-Zone on Instagram?  Well, once a month we’ll be doing a roundup of all the welding action on Instagram:  industry news, amazing welds, featured products, updates on our PRO Partners activities, and/or a look at what our customers are up to in the weld shop or out in the field.  We hope you’ll join us over there, but if you just want the highlights, you can continue to follow the blog.

Arc-Zone Product Spotlight

CK-230 TIG TorchPRO TIG TORCH PACKAGE PROMO For the month of February only, we’re knocking 10% off CK Worldwide’s Flagship CK-230 300 Amp TIG Torch with our specialized Pro Package Kit included. If you already have a torch but want all the benefits that are included in the complete Torch Package, you can grab our “Pro Upgrade Kit” separately for this month only. The Pro Upgrade Kit includes: ✓ Ballistic Nylon Cable Covers ✓ Gas Saver Front End Parts ✓ Pyrex & Alumina Push-On Cup ✓ Pre-Ground Arctime Tungsten ✓ Shield Gas Flow Tester ✓ TIG/GTAW Calculator #arczone #weldlikeapro#welding #arczoneproductspotlight

Get your CK-230 PRO TIG Torch Package today!

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A lot of welders turn on their machine, open up their argon tanks, set their flowmeters and call it good, right? The reading you’re getting from the flowmeter is the rate of flow from the tank to regulator, and not all the way from the machine to the torch. Many times what your flowmeter indicates and what your torch puts out are two entirely different things. Think about the comparison engine hp to wheel hp. Same thing with your gas flow, the flow at the torch often times is less than what the regulator says. With the gas flow tester from www.arc-zone.com you can be sure the flow coming out of your torch is what you want it to be! #arczoneproductspotlight #weldlikeapro #tigtuesday #welding #arczone #arctime #TIG #GTAW #tigaesthetics

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TIG Torch Spotlight: CK 230 from CK Worldwide

CK-230 TIG torch packageWhy the CK 230 Should be Your Next TIG Torch

If you’re looking for a small but super powerful TIG welding torch, you’ll want to check out this torch from CK Worldwide–engineered for the most demanding TIG welding jobs:

  • Super powerful:  300 amp ACHF or DCSP at 100%
  • Efficient:  water-cooled torch
  • Small and light:  Torch Length:  8-1/4 in (20.9 cm), Torch body weight:  3-3/4 oz (106 gm)
  • Versatile: Great TIG torch for 80% of all general purpose TIG welding applications, including heavy-duty applications where torch control is critical
  • Universal:  the CK-230 uses the “2” Series head components (compatible with 9, 20, 280, & CS310 Parts).

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Business (welding) and the Art of Mountain Bike Racing

63705_10151532687349377_282511402_nAs most of you know if you follow me here or on social media, I’m passionate about metal fabrication, Arc-Zone.com, and about my family.  And I’m also passionate about mountain biking. I started out with a Schwinn Stingray bicycle that I tricked out, like a chopper then by the time I’d turned 11 I’d stepped up to racing dirt bikes– building and tweaking my bike with my Dad’s help. From there I went on to racing motorcycles as an amateur, then moved on to build and wrench Sprint Cars…  but my first love was always bicycles.

Through the years I’ve continued cycling, including the occasional weekend mountain bike run with my buddies, but last year I decided to get back into serious shape and took on a coach to improve my technical skills.  Next thing I knew I was racing again!

Since I’m still at the helm of Arc-Zone, a lot of my training now happens at five in the morning. It’s not easy, but if you want to compete you gotta train!  And the funny thing is that as I train, I am reminded how the lessons I’ve learned in racing apply to business and how mountain biking has helped me grow the business. Continue reading

FABTECH Welding Show Recap

One of the things I like about attending the annual Fabtech show is the opportunity to find out about the latest and greatest welding products. This past show was no exception.  One of the most exciting developments in the welding industry in recent years has been the wireless foot pedal, and soon it will be available not just for Lincoln and Miller machines, but for all popular welding machines—and it’s a product that is made in the U.S.A.  Currently, the foot pedals run around $700, but we’re working on delivering a quality pedal, for a much friendlier price. We’ve got some great foot pedals for welding at Arc-Zone and other remote amperage controls, but just think–with wireless, no more dragging your a foot pedal and cable around the shop!  Be sure you’re on the Arc-Zone newsletter, “The Metal Mashup”, and be the first to know when they’re available.

Here’s some info on Miller’s wireless foot pedal:

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Welding Junk (into Funk!)

Joanie and Maureen welding something good

Joanie, cuttin’ it up (or maybe welding something up) with our operations manager Maureen

This past September Arc-Zone, with our PRO Partners initiated a “Junk to Funk” welding contest on Instagram. Each PRO Partner was given a collection of scrap metal parts (each package was identical) and they were each tasked with welding the pieces into something. Over three weeks, the PRO Partners shared pictures of their welded works in progress with the hashtag #junktofunk on Instagram… then, when their creations were completed we gave them away.

The Arc-Zone team had so much fun with the #junktofunk welding project we decided to do our own in-house holiday edition. Thanks to Joanie Butler (our in-house PRO Partner) she’s got the whole team cuttin’ metal and burnin’ rod! And everyone, from our warehouse staff to the customer care team, and even our accountant are participating. In fact we even got my daughter welding!

If you want to get involved, join us on Instagram (@arc_zone), weld something out of scrap, take a photo, and upload it to Instagram with the #junktofunk hashtag and maybe we’ll showcase your welding masterpiece to our 10,000 plus followers!

And if you need to upgrade your welding tool box, or add some top quality welding accessories, check out our webstore.