Author Archives: Joe Welder

Scary Things in your Weld Shop

mm-blogsafetyHaunted Houses, ghosts & goblins, headless horsemen, and creepy clowns make October a scary month, but there’s all kinds of scary things lurking in your weld shop year-round.

Protecting yourself from flames, sparks, and miscellaneous flying objects doesn’t have to be a scary thing!  Here’s a rundown of the basics:

Welding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A welding helmet is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of welding PPE. Other than a torch, a helmet (like the one worn by Arc-Zone PRO Partner, Nick Mishler -pictured left) is the accessory most associated with welding.

From passive to professional auto-darkening welding helmets, we’ve got what you need to protect your vision. If you need help selecting the proper PPE, start with this handy guide, “Choosing Welding Helmets and Goggles.” And make sure you and everyone in your weld shop are keeping an eye on safety with our “Eye Care for Welders” (pdf) guide.  Arc-Zone also has safety goggles, helmet bags for welders on the go, cheater lenses for welders of a certain age, and replacement parts for your helmet. Continue reading

Brewery Equipment:  When a Quality Weld Matters


Tractor Brewery in Albuquerque, NM

The welds in brewing equipment don’t just need to look good, they need to be perfect. Weld quality affects the brewer’s ability to keep the equipment sanitary: The welds need to be free from corrosion, pits, or crevices where bacteria can flourish.

Whether you’re fabricating stainless steel fermenting tanks or welding stainless
pipe that needs repair, it takes the best equipment to get the job done right.

Start with a top quality TIG/GTAW welding torch engineered by a reputable manufacturer (like CK Worldwide or Weldcraft/Miller) with attention to craftsmanship. The best torches are made with the best materials to avoid problems associated with weld quality, such as gas leakage that can draw atmosphere into the weld zone. Continue reading

Heat Up before you Flex your TIG Torch

Flex Head TIG Torches

About the Flex Head TIG Torch

The flex-head TIG torch allows you to personalize your TIG torch for your welding application, your workstation, and your welding style. You’ll want to follow some simple steps so your torch doesn’t fail prematurely.

Using Your Flex Head Torch

We know it’s tempting to check out your new flex TIG torch the minute your box arrives from Arc-Zone, but don’t do it without following these instructions. Continue reading

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 their 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.

Miller Diversion Upgrade for Water-Cooled TIG Torches

Add a water-cooled TIG torch to your Miller Diversion welding machine

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