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The Metal Mashup – September Vol.1 – 2019

It’s time to reflect, squeeze ’em tight, Go for Gold, take care of your tools, and get back out there again.

SQUEEZE ME TIGHT

Who isn’t interested in efficiency and finding the smartest way to complete a tough job? That’s where tools like Pliers and Clamps come in. They’re like an extra pair of Super-Strong fingers – willing to grab, pull, twist, and hold on tight… whenever they’re needed. So don’t let go… get your hands on some of these helpful little tools and hold on tight. We’ve got over 25 unique tools to choose from!

KEEP YOUR FAVORITE TOOL ON POINT

The Sharpie™ Tungsten Grinder is one heck of a tool but it’s only as good as the sum of its parts and if you’re not maintaining those parts, you might as well just kiss its longevity goodbye. We offer an array of Sharpie™ replacement parts that’ll increase the lifespan of your grinder, reduce your chances of meeting the impending doom of a neglected grinder, and pretty much obliterate any reason to spend money unnecessarily. 
We’ve also added a New Grinding Wheel to our offering – cuz if you’re grindin’ tungsten, those diamonds are wearin’ away.

YOU GOTTA KEEP IT CERIATED

Orange you glad Arc-Zone offers informational blogs to update welders on the ever changing industry standards, such as Ceriated Tungsten changing from Orange to Grey? Read  
Tungsten: What’s the buzz? to learn all about the recommendations for which metals and applications each tungsten is used for. And visit Arc-Zone.com for all the tungsten you’ll ever need!

NEVER FORGET

For some, September 11th represents a day that forever altered the course of their lives. It’s a day that’s left an imprint on our hearts and one we’ll never forget. The Navy’s USS New York (LPD21), forged from 7.5 tons of steel recovered from The World Trade Center, memorializes the unity of our nation as we find new strength that can arise from great tragedy. Watch as the vessel sails near Ground Zero for a symbolic tribute. 

FABTECH 2019 HERE WE COME

We are very excited to announce that we’re returning to the 2019 Fabtech Expo as an Exhibitor 20 years after we debuted as the first online welding supplier in 1998. Keep a look-out for more details, special deals, and guest appearances!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Kent Evenson has an eye for metal art. He sees a pile of scrap metal and envisions the masterpiece (or pieces) it will become. He loves welding for all of the same reasons as everyone else but where he stands out is how he uses welding to create different textures and profiles. He says he uses it as a medium to create the visions in his mind. “I see it lying in the pile of scrap metal so, I must weld it.” For a lil’ inspiration, check Kent out @seventh.son.salvage.art

USA:  WHY METAL MATTERS

What’s the perfect metal alloy for plunging 90 mph down an icy chute lying on top of a 50lb sled? The USA Olympic Luge Team got a crash course in metallurgy in order to find out. And while the Gold medal is their ultimate goal, safety is their #1 priority. With the help of their longtime sponsor, Norton Abrasives’ engineering team, experts determined the perfect metal to get athletes safely down the chute in near-record time. This incredible story about how a sponsorship turned into a crash course in advanced manufacturing is a must read!!

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

We may have started out as an online only welding accessory store but now in our second decade, we’ve opened our doors to give customers a chance to see what’s behind the curtain. Not only can you visit us online but you can visit us in person at our one-of-a-kind showroom. We welcome all welders and tradespeople to experience life at the Zone!

The Metal Mashup: August Vol.2 – 2019

Dedicated to the family & friends of Jessi Combs. May her life inspire us all to Live Large & Love Fiercely.

HEROES ARE REMEMBERED. LEGENDS NEVER DIE.

With heavy hearts, we share that the world has lost a very special woman this month. Jessi Combs, the Fastest Woman on Four Wheels, passed away after her 52,000 horsepower, jet-powered car crashed. She was attempting to break her own land speed record. Jessi, an avid fabricator, motorcyclist, and all around BADA$$, dedicated her life to helping support others’ dreams. She never hesitated to divulge her trade secrets or share her knowledge with the people she loved. Recognizing her talent & spark, back in ’08, she agreed to share her inspiring story for our CarmenElectrode Blog. We wish her family, friends, and colleagues the strength to cope and the serenity to heal.
Ride in Peace Jessi. Your incredible spirit will forever be remembered & cherished.

FORGING NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Backed by government funding, the Canadian Welding Bureau Welding Foundation launched Women of Steel, a basic welding and safety training program aimed to encourage, support, and inspire women to explore both traditional and new options for careers in the trade. Click here to learn more about the program and how it has transformed dozens of lives.

DIY NETWORK

Attention all DIY-ers! Barbie the Welder has stocked the Arc-Zone shelves with another great craft book, How to Weld Silverware Animals. PLUS, she’s added 4 Metal Sculpture Kits which include pre-cut metal pieces for you to fit & weld yourself. Whether you’re a first-timer or you just need a refresher course, these Metal Sculpture Kits are a great place to start!!

REEL IT IN

We’re Reelly Excited to announce the addition of the Reel Craft Hose Reel line to our offering. Hands down, they’re the best quality retractable reel you’ll find on the market. Take it from our Pro Partner, Wes Mishler who says, “It looks like it’ll last forever! Very robust and the plug end is well made with a spring loaded dust cover to keep debris out of the electrical connection.” Plus, the mounting process is standard and easy. With four bolts and screws, you can attach it to virtually anything.

KICK BACK WITH A 6-PACK

Introducing the Mini Magnet Squares, just a pinch over 2-inch magnets perfect for welding in those hard to reach places. Available in a convenient and COLORFUL 6-pack, these mini magnets will mount practically anywhere and feature an
aluminum casing for easy cleaning. 

BACK TO SCHOOL

School may have started for most of you, but there could be a select few who don’t know which college they’d like to go to yet. We’ve got a great new blog up on JoeWelder.com that might help you decide your next step toward a great career. 

DON’T FALL ASLEEP

Nothing to do with welding, just three and half minutes of pure enjoyment. You’re welcome 🙂 

BEAT THE HEAT: SHOP ONLINE OR CALL US

We may have started out as an online only welding accessory store but now in our second decade, we’ve opened our doors to give customers a chance to see what’s behind the curtain. Not only can you visit us online but you can visit us in person at our one-of-a-kind showroom. We welcome all welders and tradespeople to experience life at the Zone!

The Metal Mashup: August Vol.1 – 2019

Baby your Pinky, Summer of Savings, Tips from a Pro, Adding 10 lbs, and Celebrating Tradeswomen!

DAB A LITTLE OR A LOT

We’ve sold Tons of TIG Rod over the years, but we had a limited online offering of the 10lb boxes. Due to customer demand, we recently broadened our offering & added product filters to help you find exactly what you need. Invest in larger boxes of the rod you use most, and stick to 1lb tubes of specialty alloys. You make the choice, and keep more cash right where you need it, in your wallet!

PINKY INSULATOR

Jody Collier‘s TIG Finger is a great addition to any pair of welding gloves. Its patented insulation material adds a barrier of protection from high temperatures and keeps your fingers cooler after rounds and rounds of welding. Stay cool & keep those gloves around a lil longer with the Regular or XL version.

SPEEDGLAS™ $AVING$

Save $65 on the 3M Speedglas™ 9100 Series Welding Helmets! With a smooth up-and-down pivot action and suspension that keeps the helmet closer to your head, these helmets are lighter and more stable. This model, without side windows, helps you eliminate outside glare and distractions.

WANNA LEARN SOMETHING NEW?

You might just pick up a few tips or tricks as you watch TSR Fabrication‘s Mario Lozano TIG welding aluminum, like the Pro that he is, on a CK Worldwide MT200 Master TIG machine. If you need a new machine or consumables for your favorite torch, contact our Team. Getting the Right Tools in Your Hands is our #1 Focus. Take advantage of Special Savings thru 9/30: Save $475 on an MT200 AC/DC WelderSave an extra $77 on a Stubby Pro Kit Upgrade (regularly $135)

REMEMBER YOUR FIRST?

Who remembers their first… welder? Do you still have it? What’s the most memorable project you completed on it? The Fabricator takes a look at the impact of a welder’s first machine on their career paths and how welding has enhanced their life journey.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet the Oregon Tradeswomen, a group of women dedicated to promoting the success of women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship. They offer a variety of programs and provide resources for help with scholarships and internships, as well as volunteer opportunities. For more information about the nonprofit organization, as well as how to donate towards the cause, visit Tradeswomen.net

AMAZING AUTOMATION

Check out these fantastically flexible robots. There is no space too small or difficult for them to reach. How many hours of stress could these save your shop?

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

We may have started out as an online only welding accessory store but now in our second decade, we’ve opened our doors to give customers a chance to see what’s behind the curtain. Not only can you visit us online but you can visit us in person at our one-of-a-kind showroom. We welcome all welders and tradespeople to experience life at the Zone!

The Metal Mashup – June Vol.2 – 2019

June 2019: Miller MIGmatic, beat the heat, enhance water & air flow, routine maintenance & successful entrepreneurs.

BACK B4 EVERYTHING BECAME, MIG-MATIC

Chances are you’re looking for a replacement gun or parts for your M-25 Air-Cooled Welding Gun. These guns are an ideal match for Miller® wire feeders that came, rigged with the M-25 MIG Gun. Just because Miller isn’t making the OEM version of these Guns anymore, doesn’t meant that you can’t get a high quality replacement at a great price. Don’t ditch the ol’ tried & true, just cuz something else came along that’s shiny and new.
“Hey whatever happened to… Doing it all by hand,… It’s only worth as much as the time put in. It all just seemed so good the way we had it. Back before everything became automatic.”
Miranda Lambert

WHEN THE HEAT IS ON

You’re not the only one who suffers when the temperature soars… Heat, atmosphere & dirt can contaminate your system and your welds. When’s the last time you checked your cables and connections for leaks and cracks? A pure, continuous flow of air & water can keep your machine or torch from overheating. With our new filters, all you’ve gotta do is check a few boxes to find the right solution, replacement or upgrade. We’ve got TIG Torch connectors, power cable adaptor blocks, TIG extension kits, hook-up kits, and gas hoses for nearly every import or domestic welding machine. 

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES

Safety is a welder’s #1 priority (right?), but what happens when it’s way too hot to wear a jacket? Getting a third-degree sunburn is not a sensible option, but an easy to wear pair of welding sleeves sure are! Made with grain pigskin and breathable cotton, the sleeves are light but durable. They’re easy to pull on and feature an elastic band for the perfect fit. When it comes to light welding or hotter weather, these welding sleeves are a great alternative to bulky coverage.

FIELD HACK

Ever wonder how to change your welding machine’s oil while it’s still on a mobile rig? It’s called a topside oil change and thanks to Badass Welding Videos, here’s how to get ‘er done!

OVER THE MOON

Elizabeth Schweitzer, a proud graduate of the Women Who Weld program, was chosen out of 157 applicants to be in the top 15 of the Local 80 2019 apprentice program. She currently works at the prestigious CASS Sheet Metal in Detroit where she restores historical structures. Previous to her apprenticeship, Elizabeth wasn’t fulfilled with her sales job and wanted to revisit her background of interior design and fuse it with welding and fabrication to create metal studio furniture and home accessories. She says, “I heard that about 50% of welders and tradesmen will be retiring in the next 6 years or so. With that in mind, I thought this would be an excellent field to get into with the extremely high-demand for workers expected in a few more years.

SHIELD YOURSELF

Feast your eyes on the fold-out metal shield that stuntman, filmmaker, and inventor, Colin Furze recreated from the popular video game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Visit Colin’s YouTube channel to see more of his twisted creations and gain inspiration for future projects.

ONLINE & IN PERSON

We may have started out as an online only welding accessory store but now in our second decade, we’ve opened our doors to give customers a chance to see what’s behind the curtain. Not only can you visit us online but you can visit us in person at our one-of-a-kind showroom. We welcome all welders and tradespeople to experience life at the Zone!

The Metal Mashup: June Vol.1 – 2019

June 2019: Dote on Dad, smooth operators, stubby your nozzles – not your toes, & just try n’ Weld like a Woman!

SMOOTH LIKE BUTTA

The Pro Positioner itself is a ‘lil powerhouse, semi-automated tool to aid in a continuous welding app. When paired with the ReadyRest products from Strong Hand Tools, any shop with and extra $70 in their budget can operate like a high-end, fast-paced production line. The Adjustable Wrist Restalleviates stress on tired, shaky hands. And the Adjustable Arm Rest reduces overall operator fatigue. Both articulated rests grant you greater torch/puddle control… and meet your basic primal need to Always Be Comfortable, while layin down the hottest welds in all the land. This trio of tools is perfect for repetitive work, especially when it involves turning out stubby tubes for short housings! 

A MONSTER OF A DEAL

We’ve got the perfect solution if you’re considering our Monster Nozzles but aren’t sure which size Cup you need. The Monster Pro Kit, available for both 2 Series / 9 or 20 Style and  3 Series or 17 / 16 Style TIG torches, is loaded with 4 different nozzle sizes, each stacked w/ our proprietary, varied mesh screens.  But wait, there’s more…You’ll also receive a collet, teflon gasket, o-ring, gas flow tester, EZ wipe, TIG calculator, 3 back caps, 2 collet bodies, and 3 tungsten electrodes. With so many accessories in just one kit, your welding arsenal will be stocked n ready for anything. Plus, those Pro kit boxes are perfect for keeping your tools or your kid’s Legos organized. Just in…A Monster Testimonial on IG from a True Pro! He can help you decide which size works best for your application.

SERGEANT STUBBY

No, we’re not talking about America’s most decorated war dog. What we have here is the CK Stubby Gas Saver Kit with TIG torch consumables that allow for 6x more tungsten stick-out and up to 40% lower shield gas consumption. Stats aside, this kit delivers better visibility, cleaner welds, and longer parts life. And, No, we’re not yankin’ your chain. 
And if we peaked your interest in the short, round WWI canine war hero, click here to learn more about Sgt Stubby’s story.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

When it comes to celebrating Dads and our Father figures, we can’t think of anything better than spoiling those men with a ton of swag. We’re talking a fresh pair of gloves, the sweet smell of a new respirator, or something to help improve his welds like a hand rest glide and magnifying lens. We could go on but since everyone has different tastes, we suggest visiting Arc-Zone.com for the best selection of welding accessories and apparel!

WOMEN WHO WELD

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the founder of Women Who Weld, Samantha Farr. Check out her interview with our resident female welder and Pro Partner, Joanie Butler to learn all about her empowering welding program. And don’t forget to visit CarmenElectrode.com for more about Samantha!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Say “hello” to the pop culture ninja turned voice of the welding industry, Jimmy McKnight! When he isn’t yucking it up with industry favorites and Instagram influencers on his Arc Junkies Podcast, Jimmy’s welding intricate designs for the aerospace enterprise and studying to become a certified welding inspector. His life hasn’t always been interesting conversations and cool projects, he’s had to work hard just like the rest of us to get to where he is today. We’ll be featuring Jimmy on JoeWelder.com so keep an eye out to learn more about him.

STEM RESEARCH

The National Science Foundation is working with universities across the nation to teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math using just one item. STEM educators demonstrate how a GUITAR focuses on everything from manufacturing, electronics, mechanical systems, art and design, physics, and mathematics. By building guitars, students receive hands-on training and develop important skill-sets for future employment. Tom Singer, a professor of mechanical engineering technology says, “As technicians and engineers, we know the value of putting your hands on something and acquiring knowledge through tactile learning.”

HEAVY METAL

When you want to join a heavy metal band but welding is life…
Video credit@camreeves86 via Instagram

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

We may have started out as an online only welding accessory store but now in our second decade, we’ve opened our doors to give customers a chance to see what’s behind the curtain. Not only can you visit us online but you can visit us in person at our one-of-a-kind showroom. We welcome all welders and tradespeople to experience life at the Zone!

The Metal Mashup: May Vol.2 – 2019

May 2019: Pick-up a new tool, drop it low, slip into something comfortable, salute the Navy & dance like no one’s watching.

CAN I BORROW THAT?

You can pick your friends, and pick your tools, but you can’t steal your friend’s tools. Moral of the Story:  Invest in your own Sharpie™ grinder, and you’ll never again wonder why your arc wanders and your welds look like very distant cousins. Tungsten taper & finish matter! But don’t take our word for it. Ask your friends or check-out the reviews from our customers. 

GO AHEAD & GET UP REAL CLOSE

Take a little trip… to those hard to reach places with the LowRider Stubby Gas Lens Kit. At half the size of a standard torch head, the LowRider Stubby and (1/4″ smaller) LowRider Slammed Stubby kits are perfect for tight spots and even better for micro welding when you’re really yearning to foster a sense of closeness with your weld.

TWO BECOME ONE

Miller combined the protection and performance of leather with the light weight and breathability of cotton in their WeldX Jacket. This jacket is flame and spatter resistant, features lined sleeves and a vented back, and includes reinforced stitching for durability.

TAKE IT EZ

With heat resistance of 482°, the EZ Zone aluminum welding tape safely seals the gap on pipe or tube while welding them together. Available in 2.5″ & 4″ width, zone tape reduces purge time, gas waste & set-up time. If you’re not sure how it works, watch the instructional video. Learn how to achieve a clean and contaminate free weld with EZ Zone aluminum welding tape.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet David DeMoise, a mobile crane welder by day and welding fixture table fabricator by night. While in high school, David wanted to modify the suspension on his 1987 Toyota pickup so he decided to learn how to do it himself. He took a welding course at his local community college and has been hooked ever since saying, “I love the process of welding, but what I enjoy most is that it allows me to fabricate and build most anything I can dream up out of metal.” Like most of us, David is inspired by the fabricators on Instagram and credits the online welding community for his growth, but the one person who has really helped him become who he is today is his dad. “I’ve had a lot of mentors throughout my career but my biggest role model would be my dad. He taught me how to work hard and be successful,” he says.

SEMPER FORTIS

In 2016, the US Navy announced its intention to name a series of ships after civil rights leaders. The John Lewis (T-AO 205) first-in-class oilers… “will, for decades to come, serve as a visible symbol of the freedoms Representative Lewis holds dear, and his example will live on in the steel of that ship and in all those who will serve aboard her, ” stated Ray Mabus (then Secretary of the Navy). recently, construction of the USNS John Lewis has begun in the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. At the keel laying ceremony on the ship’s deck, Lewis practiced his hand at MIG welding by personally initialing the ship’s keel plate. He praised NASSCO’s team, saying, “The diversity of the crew building the ship is inspiring. They’re black, they’re white, they’re Latino, they’re Asian American, they’re Native American – if people can come together and build a ship to travel the sea, why we can’t come together as a people?”  At Arc-Zone, we’re honored to support General Dynamics and all branches of the military by supplying them with high quality welding tools & accessories to get the job done – big or small! 

FLASH DANCE

Dance like nobody’s watching, especially OSHAWhat’s the Scooby Doo Pa Pa?, you say… watch & find out

ONLINE OR IN PERSON

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you!