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Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup May Vol. 1

May 2017:  Introducing Low Rider TIG kits, fixturing solutions, and a celebration of Mothers & Fab Females!!!

INTRODUCING… THE LOW RIDER

You might be surprised by How Low Your Torch Can Go!
After talking to customers, who were struggling to get a clean, quality weld in tight spaces, we came up with an innovative solution for reducing the footprint of the torch’s front end. The Low Rider kit can get under, over, and in between with style & finesse. Hit them corners with your Low-Low…

FIT FOR A QUEEN

As a tribute to all the female fabricators and mothers out there, we’re showcasing a collection of apparel and safety gear for women. Pick something out for yourself or grab a gift for the woman in your life… if she isn’t already doing so, maybe she’d love a lil’ time under the hood!!! And if you’re not careful, she’ll be schooling you on your dime-stacking technique in no time.

ONE TUNGSTEN = MORE TIME & MONEY

What does it mean to run a lean shop? At most businesses, there’s a crazy amount of CA$H tied up in inventory & tools. And these things are only valuable if you use them to make $$$ or if you sell them. So, if you can use just one, high quality tungsten for most applications, you’ll have less “stuff.” Hang onto your CA$H and stock only what you need. You’re the Pro, and we’re here to help you run lean and clean.

ADAPT YOUR TOOLS TO [ANY] JOB

How much do you get paid to set-up and tear down? No one wants to spend hours “getting ready.” Dedicated fixtures are perfect… if you only do one thing. But for most of us, variety is the spice of life, and each project has different requirements. This article reads like a case study of how your shop can benefit from the modular fixturing tables & tools from Strong Hand Tools. Check it out, and let us know how we can get you “Imagineering” your best build yet!

EVER SEEN A CAR BOUNCE???

It’s all about the hydraulics… How do those Lowriders get their cars to ride that low? or bounce 8 ft in the air? Enjoy the video and pics that bring this car culture to life. If the lowrider scene has been around since the 50’s, there must be something to it. Its community spans the globe and brings people of all cultures together. Enjoy the creativity and ingenuity!

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Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup April Vol. 2

April 2017:  We’ve got Spring Fever, Scorpions, Rhinos, High Purity Welding & Crazy Coworkers on the brain.

FLY LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A… SCORPION?

Yep, it’s true the Scorpion EZ-CUT takes the sting right out of makin’ straight, clean cuts by using a pre-set mechanized controller and a stainless steel rail. Once you find the optimal speed, dial it in to reduce grinding and rework. You can even take this bad boy vertical by using the magnet mounts. No additional electricity req’d. Mount your torch & it’s Go-Time!

EVERYONE’S GETTING SPRING [FINGER]

Keep your Cool this Spring and Get the Tig Finger™ Heat Shield. It’s 100% Awesome and hand-made right here in the USA. Protect your favorite pair gloves and your hands from the heat. At Arc-Zone, we’ve got both the Original Finger and the XL Finger created by Jody at Welding Tips & Tricks.

FORGET THE STOCK MARKET: INVEST IN A RHINO!

Enjoy all the fixturing options of a BuildPro table, the portability & storage of a cart, and if that wasn’t enough, a 66 piece fixturing kit is included. This newly released welding cart & table from Strong Hand Tools is the perfect investment & our analysts guarantee it’ll pay dividends for years to come.
Plus, it Ships Free within the contiguous U.S.A.!

LESS THAN PERFECT = 100% UNACCEPTABLE

How do you get a perfect weld, inside & out? High purity welding or sanitary welding requires the right tools, repeatable processes, and a skilled operator. If any one of those criteria are left out or are sub par, an outbreak of food poisoning is easily the result. We’ve authored a resource for anyone looking for more information on the complexities of achieving the perfect weld. Check it out & let us know what you think!

COWORKERS DO THE STRANGEST THINGS…

Have you ever [thought] you communicated exactly what you wanted done… only to see the your coworker completely misunderstand what you were asking for? Sometimes it’s Very comical to see how people can take the literal interpretation of what you asked for. This one’s kinda short & silly. Enjoy!

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Ryan (@ryancj55) started welding full time when he was 18 years old and after 14 years, he has never looked back. Ryan does mostly mobile stick welding, from pipe welding to repair and alteration of pressure vessels and occasionally does some TIG. In his spare time, Ryan spends time with family, off-roads in his 4×4, and heads out camping. Kudos to Ryan and to all the men & women who weld hard everyday!

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

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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.

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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?

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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!