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Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup April Vol. 1

April 2017:  Tighten your belt [grinder], unleash the power of the wedge, super-charge your mower, & lay your gun to rest.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!!

With 7 grinding surfaces to choose from, coupled with 5 different wheels and a tilting stand, it’s no wonder your co-workers will actually line-up to use this machine. As if the above wasn’t enough, the Series II accommodates square notching & sharpening from both sides of the belt and has a variable speed option for increased versatility. Beware: Once you check-out the Master, you’ll Have to Have One for Yourself!

LIKE FINDING THE GOLDEN EGG…

We literally can’t say enough about the Wedge collet. Just ask anyone who has compared them to the traditional slotted collets, they outperform and outlast the old school collets & can improve your weld quality. We now build all our Monster nozzle kits with them. Wedges come standard in all Gas Saver kits.
But Why Switch?  Improved arc start, less resistance, runs cooler, eliminates twisting & deformation of collet. Learn more…

FILL YOUR BASKET WITH SIMPLE TOOLS

STOP trying to figure out where to hang your gun, during your starts and stops, or even while your out searching for Easter eggs. The MIG Gun Holder is both a time and space saver. It sits securely on your table and will even hang onto your pliers and dip while you’re up under the hood. It’s all about simplicity -The Right Tools Make your welding life even more enjoyable.

CAN YOU FEEL THE TENSION?

How much tension is optimal on your abrasive belt? This article outlines some really helpful tips for anyone using & trouble-shooting their belt grinder. If you’re open to a few pointers to ensure that your belt fits just right without too much friction, save it to your Favorites to reference later. Skip marks, unusual wear, whining, and air leaks are all signs that your grinder needs a lil’ TLC. Now that’s Tight!

MOWIN’ DOWN MORE THAN THE GRASS

If the annual Easter egg hunt is taking place in your yard this year, don’t wait ’til the last minute to get the grass mowed… It can’t bee too long or too short. If you’re lookin’ for a way to improve your mow-time productivity, why not crank up the horsepower of your mower? What could possibly go Wrong?A lot, but it’s still fun to push the limits and see just how fast you can get that bad boy goin’. “Cause I Can’t Drive 65!” – Hagar

#WELDLIKEAPRO

When Josh (@microarcwelder) was 13, he watched a lot of Jesse James’ show, along with West Coast Choppers & Monster Garage. That experience sealed the deal for him – he knew what he wanted to do as a career. On his 14th birthday, Josh’s dad gave him a small Lincoln MIG welder, but neither of them knew how to use it. Luckily, his Uncle had a welding shop. Once he saw the micro welding process he was fixated on it. Josh has never taken a welding course and since he started welding full time he has gone more into micro TIG welding, mostly using lasers. Cheers to Josh and to all the Tradesmen & Women whose passion for their work inspires each of us.

 

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup March Vol. 2

March 2017:  March Madness means it’s time to upgrade, pick MVPs, draft new PAC favorites, & watch a welding 3 pointer.

NO HACK-A-SHAQ NEEDED!!

The right cutting accessories allow you to sink your fade away cutter with a clean swish, each time down the court. No need to hack away at it! We’ve added a few new HPR and PowerMax replacement parts and leads to our line-up. You’re guaranteed to pick a Winner from our expanded field of Plasma Arc Cutting torches and accessories.

LINCOLN 210 HAS ADVANCED TO TIG

Get named onto the All Conference Team, when you dare to go beyond your machine’s generic accessories. The TIG Upgrade Kit for the Lincoln 210 MP Multi-Process Machine advances your machine with everything, except a 3 point jumper.
Kit Includes:
  • 17V-12R, 150 Amp TIG Torch with Built-In Gas Valve
  • Dinse Connector (Installed)
  • Gas Hose
  • Foot Control
  • Adapter Cord
  • Detailed Hook-Up Instructions

PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR MVP

We’re a small company, so we really appreciate it when our customers take the time to give us feedback. We truly take your words & suggestions to ❤️️. Our Best Sellers section is packed with our Fan’s “Most Valued Products.” If you have a favorite Arc-Zone product or suggestion for how we can improve, we’re always looking for more “assists” so we can earn a triple-double each game day. Check-out this week’s stats!

DRAFTING THE RIGHT FILLER:  HOW TO CHOOSE?

This month’s edition of Practical Welding Today really does a great job of outlining the best way to decide between filler metals for welding 6XXX series aluminum. For example, “Will it be exposed to sustained elevated temperatures? Are strength, ductility, and toughness key requirements?” Answering each question will help you select the TIG Rod that best suits your application. As always, we’re here to help!

WELDING’S VERSION OF A 3 PT PLAY

This is what you call stick welding from downtown! Go ahead, try this at home and see what kind of magic you can create… if you can actually strike an arc from 4 electrodes deep. Too cool! It’s always nice to share something fun and entertaining. Someone even referred to Pierre as the Stephen Curry of welding. Pure, unadulterated awesomeness!!

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Although Bruno Kochan (@kochan_welder) is early in his career, his skills & his welds foreshadow a long and successful career. He started off, like most, by honing his Stick Electrode skills. He now spends his days TIG welding pipe. He practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys participating in competitions, which we suspect keeps him connected to his Brazilian heritage. Cheers to Bruno and to all the Tradesmen & Women who know, all too well, that the devil is in the details!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup March Vol. 1

March 2017:  May your pockets be heavy and your torch be light. May good welds pursue you each morning & night.

WELDER’S POT O’ ☘️ GOLD ☘️

We’re always looking for the pot o’gold at the end of the arc. This month, we uncovered a pot of gold, green & lucky tools and accessories. Let us know if we hit the mark or if we’re full o’Blarney. Get Your Jig on!

DON’T FILL IT WITH GUINNESS

But once you’ve got your water cooler set-up, you can weld your own brewing tanks. These Abicor Binzel coolers run quieter, have a built in flow switch, simple-to-use tank, and a “no wear” impellar pump. A great investment that will improve productivity for years to come. Eliminate the unnecessary Stops & Starts – Keep your torch Cool and your welds Hot!

LAST CHANCE TO GET A FREE STEADY GRIP

Until 3/31, we‘re offering a FREE Steady Grip remote amperage control with the purchase of a CK-MT200 welding machine. Invest in a dependable power source, backed by a top notch warranty & customer service. The Leprechaun will send that rainbow and package to you for free too, within the contiguous USA.

TRUE CALLING. WHAT’S YOURS?

A highlight into the day and career path of an apprentice welder / ship builder. This video is one segment of a series entitled, True Calling. It’s a great story and wonderful resource to share with anyone looking to find his or her career path in the trades.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain & kidnapped by Irish raiders… This edition of our “fun video” offers a quick lesson on the History of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, when you got out celebrating you can impress your friends and fellow pub crawlers with some notable Fun Facts! Maybe you can even win a trivia contest for a Free Beer.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Lisa (aka Elizabeth @I_am_girlwelder) is a talented fabricactor from Yekaterinburg, Russia. She works for Etun Fabrication, a custom fab shop that makes exhaust systems, inter-cooler kits and other high-end car accessories. Her work is an expression of her passion, and the quality of her welds speak for themselves. She loves working on her 1989 BMW e30, so if she’s not under her welding hood, Lisa’s likely wrenching under her German hood.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup February Vol. 2

February 2017:  3 Cheers for our Founding Fathers & Mothers who laid the root pass for our opportunities & success.

PLASMA [SALE]

If your high production, precision, or small part welding projects call for plasma arc welding, you already know that maintaining ample stock and replacing your torches and consumables can require a lot of juggling. Stick with a trusted supplier who can take the guesswork out of keeping the right parts in stock. We’ve slashed prices on 100’s of PAW items. If you don’t see what you need online, give us a call – we promise that if it exists somewhere, we’ll make every effort to deliver it to you.

STAND-UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

These rugged foot controls allow you to comfortably operate your machine, regardless of whether you know the two-step or not. If you’re tired of kicking around a crappy plastic pedal, opt for a Hot Foot or SSC pedal that’s performance tested to stand up to the job. We the People, in order to form a more perfect weld, do establish that The Right Tools Make All the Difference.

SHARPEN YOUR BLADE

Unfortunately, the saying that a diamond is forever, doesn’t hold true for the diamonds on your tungsten grinding wheel. With a hardness classification of ~9.0 on Mohs scale, as compared to a 10.0 for diamonds, Tungsten is hard enough to wear diamond wheels out; the frequency depends of the diameter of the tungsten & the # of grinds per day on the wheel. Having a high quality diamond wheel in your tool kit will ensure that you get the best quality weld, every time!

PURSUING YOUR DREAMS [WHAT A FEELING]

Arc-Zone has had a long history of promoting and supporting women in the welding industry (i.e. CarmenElectrode.com). So when we came across this article from the Fabricator, that outlines women’s role in filling the gap in skilled labor jobs, we were pretty stoked. Check it out to learn how women are influencing the trades; apprentice training programs and skilled manufacturing jobs are benefiting from this ArcFlash revival of female workers who can turn an arc into a dance… all the way to the bank!

NO NEED FOR A JIG…

This woman could take out-of-position welding to a whole new level. Perhaps, you could save some coin and limbo under your car, instead of jigging it up to get your repair work done. This might be one of the most useful skills they forgot to teach you in auto-body class. Don’t try this at home… unless you want to make All your friends laugh for weeks. Literally, too crazy-funny not to share. Grab an Umbrella Cocktail & Get Your Limbo on. How Low can You Go?

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Austin is both an inspired and inspiring 20 year old. He humbly claims that he’s making his way up the ladder, weld after weld. Austin credits his high school vocational teacher for setting him on the right path. At Stonewell Bodies in Genoa, NY, Austin builds the custom vehicles that First Responders, Veterinarians, & Farriers rely upon to get their jobs done. Check-out his work (@thatwelderaustin607), and that of all the Tradesmen & Women who weld straight from the heart!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup February Vol. 1

February 2017:  It’s time to share exotic arcs and multi-sparks, along with a couple of extra-ordinary water-based stories.

WELDERS ♥ THE STRANGEST THINGS

Whether you’re looking for something Red, Pink, or a [LOT] less traditional this Valentine’s Day… our compilation of Large Diameter, Stubby, Magnetic, Long, EZ, Cryogenic, & Micro Gifts for You or the Welder You Love,… is sure to inspire.

SPARKS WERE FLYIN’ WHEN WE MET

The Multi-Tool – A sure fire way to get the sparks flying in your fab-tastic relationship. And don’t worry, cuz even after the sparks die out, you can polish up your look to make sure that the Love of Metal burns strong for years to come. They say a diamond is forever, but those peeps never laid their gloves on this lil beauty.

ASK AN EXOTIC BEAUTY TO DANCE

With our extensive collection of Exotic Rod, sold in 1 lb. packs, you can dip that exotic beauty, create a lil’ magic, and not even break the bank. Whether your looking for a darling Nickel Alloy, the elusive Alloy X, or a Titanium blend with ultra high tensile strength, we’ve got your Rod and the sturdy Guards to keep your precious beauties safe.

DARE TO DREAM BIG & [WELD] A DIFFERENCE

Inspired by Black History Month, we’ve shared a video and story designed to give you pause to reflect on how you can use your own 2 hands, like Nestor the Togolese Welder has, to shape your business and community into something to be proud of today and for generations to come.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

This video depicts one Epic Fail after another. Holy Cow! There’s more than a few ship yards out there in need of some repair work. The great thing about welding is that whether someone’s building a brand new boat or in need of repairs on the vessel they’ve just wrecked… there’s a good paying job for a skilled welder. This one kinda dropped our jaws. Enjoy!!!

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James (@Narcissisticwrench) grew up in the rural Northern Territory & in Victoria, Australia. He moved to the U.S. in 2002, and his first welding job was building titanium bicycle frames. Since then, he’s contracted with the military and NASA. James enjoys working at Cruising Kitchens in TX, building crazy-awesome food trucks and shipping container projects. James has an 11 year old son, who pretty much schools him every day, and he rescues “troublesome” dogs that desperately need a home. Check James out on IG, enjoy his work, and that of all the Tradesmen & Women who weld straight from the heart!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup January Vol. 2

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January 2017:  Super Deals, Tools, and News that will Bowl you over. Get under the Hood & Make Your 2017 Great!!!

GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT

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It’s that time of year when we bring in the new, and offer you great prices on the old, discontinued & available only in limited quantities. Check ’em out! Perhaps you’ll find something you can’t live without.

PERFECT TOOLS FOR YOUR [CABINET]

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Never underestimate the importance of selecting the right tools to help you get the job done. We looked through our offering to highlight a few tools you might not have yet… Wide Mouth, Panel & 3-Axis Clamps, Mag-levels, Expand-O Pliers & more. Check ’em out to see if you think they’ll serve you well.

PLUGS PROTECT THE ZONE

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Our nylon, aluminum & silicon Tube & Pipe Plugs make the job of purging easier and less expensive by saving shielding gas & time. Plugs deliver an air-tight seal for high-purity purging to keep unwanted atmosphere out of the weld zone. during prep or transit. Most importantly, they help you lay down the best quality welds.

A HERD OF [RHINOS] SAVES THE DAY

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The Rhinos are in stock & ready for a new home. If you’re looking for the best all-in-one solution for your shop, the Rhino Mobile Welding Cart is the perfect choice. It can be rolled wherever you need it, comes with a 66 piece fixturing kit, and offers a 4′ x 2.5′ tabletop with a 1500 lb load capacity.

IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

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At this historic changing of the guard, many are wondering… What does this mean for me? Where are the opportunities for my business and our industry? Regardless of how you feel, adapting to a changing landscape is the key to success. The time is ripe with innovation, a renewed focus on the trades, and nationalistic pride. How will you make this new business landscape your huckleberry? We found this article in MetalForming magazine to be a good read & hope you will too.

SUPER BOWL OF SILLY S#!%

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Welders say [& do] the strangest things… We were in the mood for a light-hearted video that recounts a few of funniest welder-isms. Check it out, if you’re in the mood for an entertaining rendition of what is uniquely you. No need to share with mom, she probably won’t get it.

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When you cut your teeth on earth moving equipment in gold and copper mines, anything that follows has gotta seem routine. After his stint in the mines, Bret moved on to pipe and fabrication, and we think he’s pretty well rounded in all welding processes. Bret’s passion is precision GTAW. He’s inspired by the talent he sees growing in the younger crowd on IG. He’s always willing to help someone get better and enjoys the challenge of honing his skills daily. Check-out Bret’s work (@focusonthearc) and that of all the talented tradesmen & women who come together virtually (& visually) each day.