Category Archives: Welding Supplies

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 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.

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)