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Is Your TIG Welding Torch Subpar?

Practical Welding Today coverA quality weld starts with a quality TIG Welding Torch, which means quality materials manufactured by reputable companies who value craftsmanship.

In our latest article, “What’s inside your GTAW torch?:  What you don’t know about torch components could hurt your weld”  for Practical Welding Today‘s March/April 2016 issue, we give you the run-down on what to look for in a quality torch, and what to look for in your torch before you lay your first bead.

And check out the cover of Practical Welding Today!  That’s  Nick Mishler from Mishler Made Fabrication in Michigan–one of the AZ Pro Partners!

Here’s some highlights from the article:

“Even if you have a top-quality GTAW torch, you’ll want to make sure you do a preweld check before embarking on any high-purity welding.”

TIG Welding Torch Cutaway View

This TIG torch is from a sales kit that Arc-Zone’s Jim Watson used to carry around back when he worked for Weldcraft

Check Your TIG Welding Torch

Regular inspection of your TIG torch will ensure a quality weld and minimize the opportunity for atmosphere contamination, inconsistent gas flow, gas and water leaks,  This is especially important in high-purity welding applications.

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Everything You Need In ONE Welding Pro Kit

You know that getting the job done right, and on time requires that you have all the right components parts for your welding application. Here’s a look at our #1 Selling Pro Kit, the Gas Saver Pro Kit™ – It saves you up to 40% on Argon gas, delivers better puddle visibility, and reduces gas turbulence over the weld zone resulting in a more consistent weld every time.

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The New 3M Speedglas 9100XXi Helmet

Is Your Helmet Up to Speed?

The new 3M Speedglas 9100XXi welding helmet was designed to let welders spend more time concentrating on the job, and spend less time adjusting their ADFs. It’s your window to a new world of more realistic color and detail — to help you weld, grind and see your finish.

When you can’t make out all the details or distinguish colors through the auto-darkening filter of your welding shield, it can make welding more challenging. Now, a new auto-darkening filter (ADF) from 3M – incorporating next-generation optics and simplified controls – gives welders a more detailed and realistic view of the workpiece, with less of the greenish “night vision” look associated with conventional ADFs.

The 9100XXi ADF is compatible with all welding helmets in the 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet Series 9100. However, access to its grinding and memory modes requires the silver front panel included with the 9100XXi ADF kit. This panel can only be used with Speedglas helmets 9100, 9100-Air and 9100-QR.


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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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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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As Seen On Instagram February 2015

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 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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