Category Archives: The Metal Mashup

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup July Vol.1

July 2017: Featuring crimping tools, Rhino Welding Carts, the Carmen Electrode story, and a welder named Blackburn.

CUT IT. CRIMP IT. CONNECT IT.

We’ve added new work lead tools; Repair and maintain your own cables, lugs and connectors. Don’t get caught without the proper tools to keep your crew on task and meet project deadlines. The Right Tools Make All the Difference (and cure headaches too)!

WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN…

Well… maybe not gold, but StrongHand Tools’ Rhino Mobile Welding Carts are the perfect all-in-one solution for shops of all sizes. Enjoy the fixturing options of a BuildPro table, the portability & storage of a cart, and a 66 piece fixturing kit is included. It offers a 4’x 2.5′ table top with a 1500 lb load capacity; roll it wherever you need it.

ROD GUARD

Show off your true colors and save your Rod. Whether you choose colors based on a favorite team, type of filler metal, or your welding machine – with Rod Guard colored canisters, you can organize your shop any way you choose. It’s kinda like pimpin’ your ride… but a LOT cheaper!

WATSON, WELDING & WOMEN: 

The Story of How Arc-Zone & Carmen Electrode Came to Be

Maybe it’s a trip down memory lane, sprinkled with the prominent role women have played in shaping both Jim’s journey and Arc-Zone’s history. Regardless, we think it’s a story worth telling, and reading (we hope). Grab your favorite beverage, read our tale, and please leave a comment to let us know what you think or what more you’d like to know. We really value your opinion; without subscribers, customers, friends, and partners… there would be no Arc-Zone.com, so Thank You for the role you’ve played in our story too!

GRINDING WHEELS ARE PRETTY SIMPLE, RIGHT?

No, not really. Even if you thought that you knew a lot about grinding wheels, you’ll probably learn a thing or twelve from this “How It’s Made” video. We’re all familiar with the finished products & what they do, but how are they produced? Click to see the end-to-end process of manufacturing each type of wheel, starting from the specific mixture of chemicals and minerals to placing the final labels on the wheels.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

We love to showcase talented welders, great welds, and every so often we have the opportunity to meet these folks face to face. Our goal is to foster a community of great peeps. Dave (@blackburnfabrication) is no exception. He stepped up to the booth & completely Wowed the Crowds, when he made the #RazorBladeChallenge at Fabtech happen. Dave’s stepdad and uncle taught him to weld when he was a kid… so he could fix his dirt bike. He enjoys all processes, as each has its own challenges. Dave does a lot of TIG repair jobs, and he’s building his own kickbutt mobile welding rig, so if anyone has an upcoming project in Central CA, Blackburn’s your guy!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup June Vol. 2

June 2017: Protect yourself this summer from evil vapors, poor visibility & gnarly pipe joints with the best tools on the planet!

[SAVE] YOURSELF FROM NOXIOUS VILLAINS!

Seriously, those noxious fumes & vapor are evil villains trying to enter and blacken your lungs. Don’t pass-up our breath-saving Offers, exclusively for Metal Mashup subscribers:
  • Use Code @ Check-out:  BREATHE25 (expires July 1st)
  • 15% savings on a 3M PPE Bundle (Savings built into bundle price)

LET’S GO TUBIN’ THIS SUMMER

Lucky #15 Monster nozzle is like a photgrapher’s wide angle lens (just a lil’ more rugged) that captures the entire scene. These bad boys use a large diameter gas lens to diffuse heat & maximize shield gas coverage. If you’re planning to go tubin’ down the river or walkin’ the cup across a pipe, invest in a Heavy Duty Monster15.
The Right Tools Make All the Difference!

The Clear Choice

The 1/2″ Orifice Pyrex glass nozzle provides excellent visibility of the weld puddle and tungsten electrode; it’s ideal for inside corners, inside pipe & around tubing. Gas Saver™ kits are available in tungsten electrode sizes from .040″ (1.0mm) to 5/32″ (4.0mm). Arc-Zone is dedicated to setting you up for success with the best accessories on the planet.

The Next Big Sport!

In this edition of ARC Magazine they state how collaborations from metal fabricators, mechanical engineers, programmers, hydraulic and electronic technicians take place in order to bring life to the giant robots and “create a real-life epic battle of science fiction.”

HAZMAT HWY TO HELL. OH MY!

This is a new version of our ALL TIME favorite & most popular “Fun” welding-related video. Enjoy the chaos & the drama – It’s Awesome! And Feel better about your own commute, cuz it isn’t that bad after all…

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Colton (@coltonbontrager) is a 20 year old welder from Wasilla, Alaska. He has been welding for 3 years and is currently working on an all TIG job in the aerospace industry. He enjoys fabricating and designing things. Colton also takes any chance he gets to go out to explore Alaska, whether it be by land, sea or air. We love to celebrate welders and fabricators across the country & the globe who literally make Great things every day.

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

#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!