Category Archives: TIG Welding

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.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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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.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup January Vol. 1

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January 2017: Position yourself for the Best Year Ever with Tools & Gear that work for You!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POSITION?

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Mount your tabletop and rotate the work piece into the optimal position to get the best weld quality… and enjoy the ergonomic benefit of working at an angle that best suits your body. Say goodbye to neck strain & back aches. Nothing is out of reach with the new Rotating Table Mount Positioner because the swiveling, locking casters  allow you to move your table & get ‘er done in any area of the shop.

WHEN YOU’VE ONLY GOT SO MUCH ROOM

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A lil’ stubby cup can get you out of a tight spot. The Stubby Pro Kit is one of our Best Sellers and includes 30 different goodies all in one convenient box! If your New Years resolution is to “Get Organized,” this kit is definitely for you.

I KNOW IT’S AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE…

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Need to switch torches and welding machines on the fly?
Arc-Zone’s Plug & Weld Connector Kits are the perfect time-saving solution. Multiple power cable and torch connections are included:  A, B & C fittings, along w/ Cam-lock, Dinse, Everlast, Threaded & Tweco connectors.

WE’D BE HONORED

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If you chose an Arc-Zone “Welding Hood” as your new favorite t-shirt. We challenged our “not-so-new” Graphics guy (he started in the warehouse & but is really a computer guy…) to design a bold & original t-shirt… The Team is pretty stoked with what he created, and we hope you’ll like them too. Rep your hood – loud and proud – with your new Arc-Zone original T. They’re a soft cotton-poly blend & sizes run kinda big n’ long.

NOT AN ORDINARY SITE…

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If you find yourself along the Mississippi in Memphis, don’t miss the only Museum of Metal in the U.S. This extraordinary museum showcases, preserves, and educates the public on the metal craftsmanship and the impact of metal work on everyday life, a life that most of us are happy to know all too well. This place [and video] are killer, from the artists in residence to the metal-working shop that are found on the 3.2 acre historic U.S. Marine hospital, built in the 1930’s. Doll heads not included!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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Andrea is an American original, if there ever was one. A union Steelworker and structural welder, who has worked her way from unskilled laborer through her vision and determination. She loves books and enjoys motorsports, especially motocross. Her 2 daughters are front & center of her life. Via @hotwork247 & her daily “grind” Andrea hopes to inspire younger generations of women to do whatever job they enjoy, and we can’t think of a better role model for women, young & old, who want to work or “dab-ble” in the trades. Raise your torch to Andrea, and to welders everywhere who burn metal each day to get ‘er done!!!

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!

THE ELF ON THE SHELF IS [STILL] WATCHINGScreen Shot 2017-01-19 at 9.56.56 AM

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 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. 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.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup September Vol.1

Metal Mashup Welding News from Arc-Zone

September 2016 – Pipe dreams, Strike an Arc before you Flex, 25% Off ArcTime

MAY ALL YOUR [PIPE] DREAMS COME TRUE

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If you can’t securely position the work piece, it’s pretty much impossible to lay a perfect bead. Time = $$$, and a long set-up time doesn’t pay the bills. Check-out the Strong Grip tools we’ve added to our line-up. Clamp it down & Get ‘er done!

ARCTIMETM + CORDLESS SHARPIETM = PERFECT MATCH

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The Sharpie Cordless has earned a spot on our Best Sellers Line-up, and starting today, you can also add our ArcTimeTM high performance hybrid tungsten to your kit at a 25% savings!

WELDER, REPORTING FOR DUTY

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CW3 Charles Wheeler’s article in the August Edition of the Welding Journal peaked our interest, not only because he describes his rich service history as a welder in the U.S. Army. He also outlines the career opportunities for recruits interested in the military & in a metal-working career. Testing is available to qualify for the Military Occupational Specialties jobs. When asked what Army welders do, he replies, “We solve problems.” It’s a great read!

DIVERSION OWNERS:  YOU’LL WANT TO SEE THIS

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Upgrade your Miller Diversion 165™, 180™ and Hobart EZ-TIG 165i™ TIG welding machine with a JWS Torch/Work-Lead Upgrade Kit. Find out how to connect popular Air and Water-Cooled TIG Torches and a Work-Lead (ground), just like the more expensive Dynasty machines!

B4 U FLEX IT…  STRIKE AN ARC

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Who doesn’t like the option to bend their Flexible head torch to the perfect angle for the job? Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to properly bend the torch, without causing damage to the torch head. Don’t prematurely wear-out your torch or void the warranty – learn why striking an arc is critical. If you have or want to buy a Flex head torch, this is a Must Read!!!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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Anthony “Walk the Cup” Sabia is a tradesman who loves working with his hands… as a pipe fitter, on his bikes, metal art, furniture, and blacksmithing. He’s always striving to be better and beat his own personal bests. If you check him out on Instagram, you’ll also notice he’s a foodie who enjoys cigars & craft beer. Cheers to him, and to all the men & women who weld hard everyday to elevate and celebrate the Trades!

“HE’S GOT A KNIFE… THAT’S NOT A KNIFE… THAT’S A KNIFE!”

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Crocodile Dundee would definitely agree that David & Luke of Bloodroot Blades know how to make A KNIFE!
Prepare to be inspired as you watch & hear them explain the significance of: metallurgy, temperature, hand size, wood type, & the composition of their found metal scrap (just to name few factors). These two are truly an example of craftsmen who live & embody a passion for their trade. (www.bloodrootblades.com)