Category Archives: Welding Accessories

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 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. 2

Metal Mashup Welding News from Arc-Zone

September 2016 – Stop spinning in circles, purge the weld zone, the Loch Ness monster, and dueling Robots are all featured in this issue.

WITH THE FLIP OF A SWITCH…

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You can either tighten or loosen the clamp. No more spinning & spinning & spinning the lever around. Time = $$$, and long set-up time doesn’t pay the bills. Check-out the Pipe Alignment tools we’ve added to our line-up. Clamp it down & Get ‘er done!

TAPE IT. PLUG IT. WIPE IT. WELD IT.

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When the best weld quality is the only option, you’re gonna need to ensure an oxygen-free weld zone. Set-up is key to success, and backing tape, purge plugs, & industrial cleaning wipes are your Go-To contaminant killers. As a bonus, they can lower gas consumption and labor (pre & post-weld).

WHEN YOU GOTTA KNOW

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If your welding procedure specs out measuring the O2 around the weld zone, here’s a great hand held monitor. Get in, record the levels, and get back to business. Not everyone needs one, but if you gotta check the O2, then it had better be easy to use, accurate, work every time & not slow ya down. Check-out this lil’ bad boy!

ROBOTS THAT CAN HOT-WIRE [WELD]… HUH?

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Have you heard of TIP TIG?  The term was new to most of us. It’s a hot-wire welding process that feeds an oscillating wire under a tungsten electrode. It’s kinda like MIG wire meets an oscillating electrode that agitates & deeply penetrates the weld pool… all at high speeds. You can TIP TIG manually, but this article in The Fabricator magazine focuses on Robots that deposit welds in high gear. Check it out!

AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO MEET HIM

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For Bill McCann the simple desire to build things out of metal is what sparked his interest in welding. Maybe it’s his background as a drafter, but Bill particularly enjoys conceptualizing the piece he is planning to create. We’re not sure what we’re more in awe of… Bill or his amazing works of art. It’s an honor and a privilege to see his work in the “metal” and share story with him & his wife. Check him out here on our Carmen Electrode blog.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

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For Brandon (@dailymobber), welding is his passion; it kept him both busy & out of trouble in high school. A perfectionist, he welds everything from trophy truck roll cages to custom pipes. He’s also a young entrepreneur, student of Welding Technology at a Palomar College, and working for Microfab, here in SD. He says, most of his skills are honed on the job each day. We appreciate him sharing his success with our ArcTime Tungsten and Monster Nozzles. Join the [visual] conversation on Instagram. Check-out his work and that of all the men & women who weld hard everyday to elevate and celebrate the Trades!

FIGHT LIKE A [MEGA-ROBOT]

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MegaBots, Inc. USA challenges Japan to a duel! 2 Giant Robots with Guns!!! The creators have a duty to science fiction lovers of this world to fight them to the death. Watch the story of the Mk. II MegaBot, a 15-foot tall, 12,000 lb Robot capable of hurling 3 lb projectiles at speeds of over 130 MPH. There’s even a few scenes showing the weld behind the Bot. Awesome!

 

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)

 

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup August Vol 2

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August 2016 – Go for Gold in your weld shop. Channel the Olympic Motto, and Go Faster, Aim Higher, Get Stronger!!!

DOESN’T COME IN GOLD, BUT STACKS DIMES ALL DAY

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Arc-Zone’s Monster15TM is a versatile, heavy duty TIG nozzle ideal for thick plate, pipe, and cap welds. The short, straight nozzle maximizes the gas output of the large diameter gas lens collet body. The enhanced insulator supports the nozzle when walking the cup. Pick-up Yours Today, and get in contention for the 100M weave-off.

ARCTIMETM TUNGSTEN WINS DECATHLON
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With the best all around tungsten in your tool kit, you’re ready for any welding challenge that comes your way. Our exclusiveArcTimeTM Sampler 10 Pack includes a few sticks (4 different diameters) of high performance hybrid tungsten – Guaranteed to perform or we’ll take it back! Upgrade your shop to the Official* Tungsten of Team USA‘s Olympic Decathlon welders.

TAKE HOME THE [SAFETY] GOLD!!!

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Proper safety equipment will help you achieve your personal best at this summer’s Games and for years into the future. Or perhaps, this is a great opportunity to pay it forward and hook-up a teammate with the welder’s essential PPE Pack!
Go for Gold Save 15%!!!

WHY IS THE “BRONZE” WEDGE [COLLET] TOP BRASS?

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The Wedge Collet firmly holds the tungsten in place, runs cooler, and lasts longer than traditional collets that are literally split down the middle. The simple, yet brilliant design makes them a definite medal winner at Arc-Zone. Check-out our blog to learn more about the wedge & our favorite Pro Kits.

CK-MT200-AC/DC… MAY EARN A SPOT ON THE PODIUM

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Our customers (aka official judges) agree, CK’s MT200-AC/DC is the best new competitor to enter the field. If you’re looking for a great all around welding machine, backed by industry’s best customer support Team at Arc-Zone, invest in the MT200. If you’ve got questions, just call or send us a message.
With the Right Tools, You Can Weld Like a Pro!

#WELDLIKEAPRO [OLYMPIAN]

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These All American, back-purged beauties are brought to you by our customer, Douglas Murray (@ducelous_major). He fabsHonda turbo manifolds at Blackworks Racing, a flourishing small business in AZ. Douglas picked-up his 1st TIG torch about 18 months ago, and based on what we’ve seen, he’s definitely a medal contender. Join the [visual] conversation on Instagram. Check-out his work and that of everyone who busts out quality welds everyday.

“LIVE YOUR PASSION”

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Each day, we celebrate the passion that burns strong within the global welding community. The 2016 Rio Olympics Motto is “Live Your Passion.” It was brought to life in the fiery, Olympic cauldron, designed by kinetic sculptor, Anthony Howe, from Orcas Island, WA. Watch this sun-inspired (2 ton, 40 ft. wide) piece spin weightlessly at the Opening Ceremonies.