Category Archives: The Metal Mashup

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup December Vol.2

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December 2016: Beware of pistols, razor-blades, 2 Monsters, elves, and videos that’ll knock your Christmas socks off.

READY. AIM. FIRE… UP YOUR WELDER

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It may not be mandated by the 2nd Amendment, but theSteady-Grip Remote Amperage Control puts you in control of your amperage by simply pulling the trigger. Exercise you right to lay down the best welds in ‘Merica and across the globe.

MONSTER-SIZE YOUR KIT!!!

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Sometimes, ya just gotta have Two! We’ve added an option to get 2 Monster nozzles in your kit. Add a second cup of the same size to your kit for $25-$33 (prices vary by cup size). Save 20%. Be ready for anything that comes into the shop today & long after the Holi-daze! Click on any single Nozzle kit & choose the “w/ Two Monster Nozzles” option.

WARNING:  RAZORBLADES AHEAD

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Take a peek at our recap of the #razorbladechallenge, but we’ll warn you it was loads of fun & even a lil’ inspiring. Our friends at CK Worldwide were gracious enough to co-host welding demos and the infamous Razor Blade Challenge, using the a Monster Nozzle, ArcTime & the MT200 Welding Machine.
It’s one thing to complete a Challenge in the comfort of your own shop… it’s entirely different to jump into a “foreign” welding station with 1,000’s of people around & a camera all up in your grill!!! Watch our recap of this fun event!
Thank you to everyone who agreed to participate!

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If you’re like most of us, there’s no time to write-up your Wish List… not mention mail it off to the North Pole. So our lil’ elves have taken their best shot at creating a Welder’s Favorite Gifts List. Share it with Santa & get the perfect gift(s) this Season!

BEST OF 2016 PLAYLIST!!!

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One our favorite sections of The Mashup is the “Just for Fun Video.” Each issue we try to find an entertaining video to shock, entertain, or educate our Mashers. We tabulated the clicks and created a play list of this year’s favorites. Thanks for watching, laughing, and sharing!!! Here comes the Muffin Man…

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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Rush Kane started welding 13-14 years ago and has been professionally welding for 9+ yrs. He’s worked everything from race cars to tiny precision instruments and jewelry. Rush loves the welding community and strives to push the industry in a positive direction, however he can. On Instagram, @kanekid spotlights all that is both fun and cool about welding. He is awed by the impact that our industry has on building everything big & small around our world, and Rush is inspired each day to weld a small part of it. Our hoods come off to Rush and all the men & women who weld hard everyday. Cheers!!!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup December Vol. 1

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December 2016: ‘Tis the Season for Holly Jolly welding tools and gear to warm your head, fingers, hearts, and toes.

GIVE ‘EM THE [TIG] FINGER™

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This Holiday Season, why not show appreciation for the welder in your life by giving ’em the Tig Finger™ Heat Shield? It’s 100% Awesome and hand-made right here in the USA. There’s no shame in protecting your most valuable asset:  Your Hands! At Arc-Zone, we’ve got both the Original Finger and the XL Finger created by Jody at Welding Tips & Tricks.

WELDERS WERE HUNG UPSIDE DOWN WITH CARE

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No matter what position Santa’s helpers are welding in, the Pipeliner’s Helmet has got them covered. The optional auto-darkening lens keeps eyeballs safe too. Protect both your face and your retinas from chimney soot, arcs & sparks.

[SIEGMUND] CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

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It’s not likely that Santa’s sleigh will drop a car onto your table, but if you’re building a chassis or another heavy work piece, the Siegmund table can handle the load – No Problem! Seeing is believing (unless we’re talking about Santa, of course), so be sure to check-out this awesome video.

THE ELF ON THE SHELF IS WATCHING

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If you’re like most of us, there’s no time to write-up your Wish List… not mention mail it off to the North Pole. So our lil’ elves have taken their best shot at creating a Welder’s Favorite Gifts List. Share it with Santa & get the perfect gift(s) this Season!

STEADY AT THE HELM

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For a limited time, 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 top notch customer service, and you’re sure to be on the Nice List this year. Santa’s reindeer are a lil’ overloaded, so we’ll even ship it for Free within the contiguous USA.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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The holidays are a great time to count your blessings. Cody @quarter_tilt_kreations has been one of our blessings at Arc- Zone for many years. He started Quarter Tilt Kreations, in Petaluma, Ca. Cody recently told us, “My welding practice began simply as a way to glue things together. Now it’s far more than that… The best thing about my business as a welder / fabricator is dialing in my skill set.” We take our yalmulkas and helmets off to Cody, and all the tradesmen & women who Arc Hard Everyday to bring metal creations to life.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup November Vol. 2

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November 2016:  Gobble up the savings, new products, live welding demos, & videos.

[NEW] HAVE YOUR TORCH & MONSTER TOO

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We’re dedicated to developing new tools and solutions, so that you can turn out the best quality welds everyday. We believe that the right tools in talented fabricators’ hands = metal magic.
So, what’s NEW?
MonsterTM Pro packages outfitted with: CK torch, MonsterTMnozzle, pre-sharpened ArcTimeTM & loads more goodies.

[LIVE DEMOS]  PIT STOP @ BOOTH N4520

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At Fabtech this week, Arc-Zone is partnering w/ CK Worldwide and some talented fabricators (like you… if you dare) to demo the MT200 machine, outfitted with a Monster nozzle. We’re hosting live welding challenges at CK’s Booth, and you’re invited to join the fun. Share your challenge pics on Instagram!
No need to actually be in Vegas; we’re streaming the demos on Facebook Live, so tune-in and join the fab-venture from the comfort of your own home [or phone].
We’re breakin’ all the rules! What happens in Vegas… is gonna be LIVE on the Internet. Live dangerously!!!

[10% OFF] YOUR TABLE & ALL THE TRIMMINGS*

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Make 2016 Your Year to invest in a new Table!
Year-end Specials (Use Promo Code @ Check-out):
Save 10% on BuildPro welding tables & accessories
If nothing but The Best is good enough:
Save 10% on Siegmund System 16 tables & accessories
Save 5% on Siegmund System 28 tables & accessories
(*min purchase req’d for accessory discount; most tables ship FREE in contiguous U.S.
If you have questions or need helping choosing the right table, give us a call.)

[NEW] GUARD YOUR SHORT STICKS TOO

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The response to the colored 36″ Rod Guard canisters was overwhelming, so we’ve added the 14″ & 18″ versions. Safely store your flux and stick electrodes in a moisture-free container. There’s a few high temp options to choose from as well.

HAVE NOZZLE. NEED [NEW] SCREEN???

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Don’t let an arc-out blow your whole spark out. If you’ve damaged, lost, burnt, or buried the screen stack for your MonsterTM nozzle [or Toxic Cup], a solution is here…
We’ve engineered replacement screen stacks in 1/16″ and 3/32″ diameter, along with a pretty trick tool for properly inserting the screens into the nozzle. So it’s time to let loose and burn some rod! Weld Something Great Today!!!

#TOURDEARC

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By “passing the torch” and sharing tools and tips amongst fabricators across disciplines and the globe, we hope to spark a#TourDeArc that inspires fabricators, both green & seasoned, to try out new tools and pass on practical techniques and discoveries.
Coming soon!  Join the Tour:  Try out a new tool and pass on both the tool and your insights to the next guy or gal. With your help, we aim to unite welding junkies who are dedicated to pushing themselves to be better each day.

WILD TURKEY ATTACKS MEDIA

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If you live in an area where wild turkeys roam free… you’ve probably come across a few scary gobblers in your day. This video cracked us up & we thought you’d enjoy it too.
Be Thankful. Enjoy your Holidays. And Beware of Turkeys… they tend to get pretty unruly this time of year.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup November Vol. 1

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November 2016: Since many of us wish we were at SEMA, we’ve got fabrication products, pics & videos to tempt even the non-auto enthusiast.

GRAB A 9100XXi. GET A BUNDLE MORE.

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3M’s 9100XXi Speedglas™ is one of the best helmets on the market, and for a limited time we are including a complete PPE bundle with each helmet (a $32 value). If you’ve been looking for a reason to upgrade, why not grab your helmet a few safety essentials this Fall?

WE FELT THIS MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

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Strong Hand Tools has a wide assortment of Magnetic tools, squares, rests & more to help you zoom thru your set-up and fixturing. Click here to check-out a few of our favorites, or simply search for “Magnet” on Arc-Zone.com… there’s over 60 products to choose from.

WHY DO CAR GUYS [& GALS] ❤️ THE MONSTER?

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Anyone welding exotic materials (i.e. Titanium, Stainless Steel, Inconel, Hastelloy, Monel, Chromoly, Docol R8) can benefit from the Monster’s:
    –Improved Gas Coverage
    –Better Arc Stability
    –Longer Tungsten Stick-out (better joint access & visibility)
    –Light, Compact Feel that Won’t Weigh Down your Torch
“COOL” IS BUILT RIGHT INTO THIS HOT ROD KIT
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Why a Cool Kit?  Simply because you can weld longer, your tools last longer, and The Right Tools Make All the Difference, when it comes to Weld Quality. Improved efficiency &  clean-lookin’ outcomes are always a factor when the judges make their selection for the Hottest Cars at the Show!
SEMA:  CARS, CARS, CARS & VEGAS, BABY!

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Just because you’re not there, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy The SEMA Show. Here’s a lil teaser of what you can find at the premier automotive specialty products trade show in Vegas.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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At Arc-Zone, it’s an honor to recognize our customers for the hard work they put in each day. Chris @unobtaniumwelding is MORE than a special customer. He’s been with us longer than many of our employees, he’s used ArcTime tungsten since the dark ages, and he first laid his hands on a Monster nozzle in 2014. His work is literally awe-inspiring, and we’re thrilled that Instagram has provided a forum for professionals like Chris to receive the recognition they deserve. Check him out because there were way too many amazing examples of his work to choose from.

HOW TO FAB TO WIN THE BAJA 500?

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In 2015, the first 4 finishers at the Baja were Geiser Bros trucks. Get a peak behind the scenes of what it takes to hand-build winning trucks for decades. Just the chassis takes 2 weeks of solid fab work to build it for strength and safety. Time, dedication & patience all pay-off at the finish line.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup October Vol. 2

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October 2016 Spooky treats for Welders… a Fierce Rhino, PPE, 3rd Hand, killer machine, Home-fab Halloween Decor.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR RHINO [CART]

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The only thing this bad boy doesn’t do is fly… yet!
Enjoy all the fixturing options of a BuildPro table, the portability & storage of a cart, plus a 66 piece fixturing kit included. This newly released welding cart & table from Strong Hand Tools is our favorite new Treat for October, plus it Ships for Free within the contiguous U.S.

BEWARE: MT200-AC/DC HAS DUAL MODES & VOLTAGE

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The MT200 TIG and Stick welding machine adapts to dynamic welding jobs (TIG & Stick). It has a dual voltage inverter for 115V & 220V. It’s dependable arc start and simple interface allow for on-the-fly adjustments. The compact design and square wave technology uphold the standard of quality you have come to expect from CK Worldwide.

ISN’T IT TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF?

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We’re highlighting a few of our favorite treats, including:
–TIG Finger (Made Famous on Welding, Tips & Tricks)
Bundle: 9100XXi helmet, respirator, goggles & ear plugs
–Heavy Duty Monster15 Kit
–Nozzle Dip to protect your MIG gun nozzles & tips

SPOOK THE NEIGHBORS WITH YOUR 3RD HAND

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So maybe the Third Hand Clamp isn’t intended for holding a bloody hand… but pretty much you can have this economical lil’ helper give you a hand any time you need it. For under $40, it might pay for itself before you even say, “Boo!”

PPE:  MORE THAN A GREAT COSTUME

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Be Safe this Halloween! It may sound like a creepy message recording, but there’s all kinds of scary stuff lurking in your weld shop year-round. Protecting yourself from flames, sparks, and miscellaneous flying objects doesn’t have to be a scary thing! Check-out this rundown of the basics, and pass the link on to your fellow goblins in the industry.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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#KillAllFiller is the motto when you equip a talented fabricator with a smooth running machine, add excellent arc start, and a Monster-sized kit full of TIG accessories. Check-out Wes of @Wicked_Welding as he puts CK’s MT200-AC/DC thru its paces. Join the [visual] conversation on Instagram. Check-out his work and that of all the ghosts & ghouls who weld hard everyday to elevate and celebrate the Trades!

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SCARY CHALLENGE

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Start a new family tradition. Design, cut, and weld your own Halloween decorations. We love the fun designs that Mitchell Dillman comes up with in this video. Hope it inspires your creative venom to get scary as well.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup October Vol. 1

Metal Mashup Welding News from Arc-Zone

October 2016 – It’s Weld-toberfest, and we’ve got Monsters, MFG Day, Multitools & Beer on the Brain!!!

THE NEW MONSTER LINE-UP IS HERE

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Pick YOUR lucky number:  #12, #14, #16, or #24. Regardless of which one you choose, Arc-Zone has a Monster TIG nozzle to help you Weld [exotic alloys] Like a Pro. We’re now offering single size kits and Monster Pro kits chock full of high quality cups & accessories to lay the perfect bead, right out of the box.

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO, I CAN DO BETTER…

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…with this trusty Multitool in my shop. Metal prep and finishing are key to a quality job. And a solid, multi-purpose grinder is a must-have for any serious metal shop. With 5 grinding functions in one, this powerhouse can grind, sand, & polish anything you send its way. Upgrade your shop’s belt grinder with a belt/disc add-on or get a new machine and pedestal. Priced from $220-$685, you can afford to get exactly what your shop needs.
The Right Tools Make All the Difference!!!

HAVE BOTTLE [CADDY]. WILL TRAVEL.

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Ratchet it down & Get ‘er done! Take your weld game on the road, down the driveway, or across the shop. With the Bottle Caddy, you can safely move your gas cylinder wherever You need it. The Caddy even makes it simple to load your cylinder into the truck to get it re-filled.

SUPPORT MANUFACTURING DAY IN YOUR TOWN

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Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. MFG Day officially occurs on the 1st Friday in October (this year is Oct 7, 2016). Check-out the MFGDAY.com website for events near you & do your part to celebrate our community of American manufacturers and inspire the future of our industry.

A QUALITY WELD = A TASTY PINT

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The proof is in the pint. While most people don’t think of welding, when they think of beer. We don’t have to tell you how important it is to have a perfect weld with zero inclusions, when you’re working on a brew tank or on any food & beverage related project. Check-out our recent story about welding & the tools needed to brew up a tasty vat of craft brew

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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We’re super excited to launch our new Monster nozzles kits and even more stoked to see the purdy welds that fabricators, like Jason Moser, are layin’ down with them. Visit our Instagram page or search for #monsternozzle to see for yourself. Join the [visual] conversation, check-out Jason’s work, and that of all the men & women who weld hard everyday to elevate and celebrate the Trades!

TURN A SHOP TOOL INTO A BOTTLE OPENER

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We’ve all got spare or old tools around the shop. So, why not breathe new life into our old stuff (especially if the re-purposed tool can open your beer bottle)?  It’s almost that time of the year when we’ve got to buy [or make] gifts for family & friends… so why not Cheers, Be Merry & Get Inspired by these 10 DIY essential Oktoberfest tools.