The Metal Mashup: February Vol.1 – 2019

Feb 2019: Add another notch, heat your flow, extend your reach, find love under the hood, and deal with the freeze!!!

BRRR… IT’S COLD IN HERE  

With the freeze taking over pretty much all of North America, it’s time to think about heating things up to keep your machines running smoothly. Try a Heated Flow Meter to prevent regulator freeze up and eliminate porosity in welds. Not only will it keep you up and running, but a heated flow meter extends the life of your regulator… which saves you money in the long run. 

DON’T BE A DRAG!

Stop dragging your machine all over the workplace and extend your TIG torch leads in a safe and easy way! The 150 and 200 Amp Dinse or Tweco/Lenco style Extension Kit features a large insulating boot with a large male short whip connector to easily connect to any length female power supply lead. 

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Join two pieces or create consistent notches on straight, angled, or curved tubes and pipe with the Modular Tube & Pipe Notcher. Just mount it to your welding table and notch away! This tool makes alignment and length control a breeze. It’s perfect for building motorcycle frames, exhaust systems, custom railings, and more… in no time flat!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we present one of welding’s cutest couples@fullpenfab & @jenthewelder . Dallas and Jen met nearly 10 years ago when Jen was searching for local welding shops on Facebook. Jen and Dallas were both welders before they met, but nothing compares to when they began welding together. With different welding skills and styles, they teach each other new techniques and motivate each other to become better each day. When’s the last time you invited your sweetheart into the shop for a lil’ one-on-one time?

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

If you’re living in the Mid-West or East Coast, we feel for you. This year’s winter freeze is No Joke! Here’s a few suggestions on how to turn that frozen-frown upside-down. (Try sayin’ that 10 times fast)

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Whether you like it or not, robots are infiltrating traditionally blue collar industries at a rapid rate. Many of us are concerned they’ll take our jobs.  Everyday, we’re challenged to stay ahead of (or even in step with) the curve of innovation. We’ve gotta look for ways to benefit from it. Besides, who’s going to fix the robots when they break down?

ONLINE & 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! 

The Metal Mashup: January Vol.2 – 2019

Jan 2019: SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS EDITION’S NEW PRODUCTS, NEW DEALS, AND TOP BRANDS!

GO WITH THE FLOW  

Welding is all about precision but being precise doesn’t stop at the angle of your ground tungsten or how well you laid your bead, it extends as far as gas flow. With a dual flowmeter/regulator, you can accurately regulate the flow of welding gases to two separate welding processes from a single gas cylinder. It’s easy to adjust and engineered for long trouble-free performance.
And now with the Joe Welder Signature Series Flowmeter Kits, you can save money while saving precious welding gas. The JW Flowmeter kits include the primary gas supply hose and secondary purge gas hoses with quick-disconnect fittings, as well as a brass plug with chain leash to cap off the unused gas port

IT’S CK’S WORLD, WE’RE JUST LIVING IN IT

CK isn’t Worldwide for no reason; their brand is known around the globe for the innovative, versatile, and fairly-priced TIG torches and accessories. We happen to carry the largest selection of genuine CK Worldwide parts and think it’s about time you picked yourself up some. CK’s TIG torches last longer, improve weld quality, and are available in a variety that suit multiple welding applications. From hand-held micro TIG torches to 900 amp machines torches, there is a TIG torch model engineered for your application.

HONORING THE KING

Welding students at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) honored Martin Luther King Junior by showing off their newly found welding skills. Using MIG, TIG, and Stick welding, they built a 700 pound steel sculpture which was showcased during San Diego’s annual Martin Luther King Jr Day parade. Instructor Mike Bradbury says, “This project has really taught them to work together.”
The students at SDCE not only learn the basic skills of welding but also project management and leadership skills. They are preparing for a career in the trades industry which some believe is being overtaken by robots. Bob Pyle, SDCE instructor reassures his students, “Robotics have been with us for years. They’re not a threat to human being welding at this point. We still need people who are able to maneuver in tight areas and manual welding. There’s still a huge need for that.” 
For information on SDCE and how to learn the latest skills in the industry, visit sdce.edu

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Madison Ervin, a classic car restorer who has a TV commercial to thank for her new & favorite career choice.
Before enrolling herself into the Tulsa Welding School, @maddieceph  was attending cosmetology school. She recalls, “I saw a commercial on TV, went and toured the school, and signed up immediately. I loved every second of school and knew right away that was what I was supposed to be doing.” One of Madison’s favorite things about working with metal is how she can fab something new out of old, rusted pieces. 
When there’s a project she’s having trouble with, she turns to her boss Shaun Kiddy who she says is her mentor, adding, “I can come to him with any questions or what’s the best way to tackle something and he shows me the best solution and explains WHY.” 
To learn more about Madison and see some of her work, check out her Instagram and give her a follow.

BOMBBARD THE ENEMY

Plan a surprise attack on neighborhood thieves with this genius hack. Literally a genius’ hack, this glitter bomb was created by the same man who helped design and build the Mars Rover!

ONLINE & 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! 

The Metal Mashup: January Vol.1 – 2019

Jan 2019: MAKE THIS YEAR YOUR YEAR TO CONQUER ALL OF YOUR WELDING APPLICATIONS. FIND THE YEAR’S BEST TOOLS & TIPS RIGHT HERE!

AMPLIFY YOUR RESULTS

With so many Tungsten electrode types, it may be difficult to decide which one is right for your application. Some professionals recommend testing to determine which Tungsten is best suited for you, but we’d like to make it a little easier by offering a simple guideline.

  • Hybrid: With a combination of high-quality rare earth oxides, this general use electrode has a longer tip life, superior arc stability, and current continuity.
  • Thoriated: This general use electrode has an excellent arc behavior and good tip life but may raise health, safety and environmental concerns due to its radioactive blend.
  • Ceriated: Commonly used for orbital tube, pipe welding & small parts, this non-radioactive formula is good for DC welding with low amperage.
  • Lanthanated: Popular general use, non-radioactive blend that features excellent ignition/re-ignition and good service life.
  • Zirconiated: The non-radioactive blend balls up easily in AC applications, features good ignition, and has an excellent current capacity.
  • Pure: This tungsten has a high “work-function” which makes it difficult to maintain a stable arc and also results in a shorter life.
  • ICE-T: The perfect choice for automated TIG & PAW welding, this Cryogenic treated tungsten is easier to start, has a longer tip life, and produces consistent welds.

Now that you know what you need, visit www.arc-zone.com to check out the variety of tungsten we have to offer. 

WHY OUTSOURCE, WHEN YOU CAN DIY?

The new year is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, setting goals, and making improvements. Here at Arc-Zone, our new year’s resolution is to make things easier for our customers. 
We now offer top of the line cable cutting, crimping, and swaging tools, as well as U.S. and international style copper and brass fittings, nipples, and connectors to help you build new or repair old power cables or water, gas and power leads. 
To make it even easier on you, give our customer care team a call and they’ll guide you towards the perfect tools for your welding application.

[STRAIGHT-UP] FLAMETHROWERS

Some say, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Well those people must not have the Flametech Scorpion EZ-CUT because this pre-set mechanized controller makes cutting on both horizontal and vertical surfaces a breeze. It cuts with a consistent push or pull and allows up to a 60° bevel. With strong magnets to hold any position and tracks available from 15-48 inches, the Flametech Scorpion EZ-CUT allows for straight, clean, and longer cuts which reduces grinding and rework. Purchase the EZ-CUT today to enjoy an easier experience!

BLACKBURN: FABRICATE, INFLUENCE, REPEAT

Dave Blackburn, the newest addition to the Arc-Zone Pro Partnership, is a multi-faceted man. Interested in welding since he was a kid, Dave’s been working tirelessly on his way to the top where he now owns his own mobile welding company. According to Dave, if it weren’t for the people who taught him the ropes, he wouldn’t be where he is today … which is why he’s on a mission to become a mentor for other up and coming kids in the trades industry. He’s truly a diamond in the rough and we are stoked to have him on our team.
To learn more about Dave’s life, passions, and hobbies, visit the www.JoeWelder.com

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Jeremy Bitonti (@jermfsu), a friction stir welding technician who learned how to weld at 15 years old while he swept floors at a machine shop. He says, “I watched over the old timers’ shoulders while they ran the machines and tried to learn without them catching me.” Without any direction or guidance, he spent many lunch breaks “shocking and burning” himself until he got it right. After a year of practice, he was able to prove his welding skills to his boss and continued welding until he moved onto a different shop. 15 years and 4 shops later, Jeremy is now welding rockets at SpaceX (@spacex). 
The projects Jeremy works on are top secret but something he’s allowed to share is that he highly recommends the Sharpie tungsten grinder for a clean and direct arc point, our Monster nozzle for great coverage and smoother welds, and the Flex head TIG torch combined with our LowRider kit to reach tighter areas.

OSHA SMOSHA

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident … or does it?

We can only assume what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have to say about the practices occurring here. We’re pretty sure nothing is OSHA approved.

ALL SHINY ‘N NEW

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! 

The Metal Mashup: December Vol.2 – 2018

Dec 2018: “GoodCheer” savings, Give Heat the Finger, Monsters comin’ down the chimney, and a Lost Fabricator

SWEEP OUT THE CHIMNEY

When Jack Skellington takes over Christmas, it’s a bit of a nightmare but don’t worry because our Monsters are here to save the holiday! The Arc-Zone Monster Nozzles are the perfect stocking stuffer, especially for welders in need of better gas coverage, increased weld consistency, arc stability, and visibility.

GIVE HEAT THE FINGER!

If you’re a TIG welder or you know someone who is, the TIG Finger is the ultimate necessity. The TIG finger is a patented sleeve made of super high-temperature insulation material that fits nicely over one or two fingers of your TIG Glove. It keeps you from ruining your gloves & your lil’ pinky, if you touch down while welding. Give the hot temperatures The Finger with the TIG Finger.

GIFT IDEAS

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or the welder in your life, check out Joe Welder’s latest blog featuring unique gifts sure to be on every welder’s wish list. From our latest Project 1 Color Anodized Sharpie grinder to ArcTime tungsten and TIG Rod storage solutions, we’ve got the tools you need for pristine welds, efficient grinding, and even shop safety. 

#WELDLIKEAPRO

We all know the saying, “You break it. You buy it.” But in Stefan Werner aka @lostcoasting‘s case, he doesn’t buy it, he builds it. Using his Lincoln TIG 200, Stefan frequently refers to Google tutorials and YouTube How-tos to build things like a CertiFlat weld table and a turbo kit for his 2004 Subaru WRX STi. Gaining inspiration from his older brother Chris, Stefan enjoys learning new things and isn’t afraid to jump in, step out of his comfort zone, or break things. It’s all part of the learning process which takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error. As a software developer, he doesn’t get the satisfaction of producing a visible or tangible product. Welding allows him to create, as he puts it, “ridiculously strong and aesthetically pleasing things that folks can put their eyes and hands on.” It’s just a hobby for Stefan at the moment but with his determination, ability to face challenges, and enthusiasm to inspire others, the sky’s the limit.

10 AMAZING INVENTIONS FOR METALWORKING

We thought that some of these were pretty ingenious and definitely solved a problem or two. Are they amazing, lame, or just kinda cool? You be the judge. The list ranges from spot welders & Guillotine cutters to cold forging clamps & pipe twisting machines. We Love to check-out creative solutions to the challenges faced on metal fab shops across the globe. What ingenious solutions have you come up with to improve your productivity? Maybe these inventions can inspire you to elevate your shop to its full aMaZiNg-NeSs potential…

TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!

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! 

The Metal Mashup: December Vol.1 – 2018

Dec 2018:  Colorful Holiday Cheer, New Product Options, Women Welders Swinging into Action, & Some Fire!!!

SHARPIE™ THE RED-FACED GRINDER

Move over Rudolph, we’ve got a new leader of the pack! We’ve built out the Project 1 Sharpie™ Tungsten Grinders with options to complement our Black Ops, Tungsten Grey, and UltraBright Silver reindeer. Just in time for the holidays, we’re introducing this Radiant Auburn Red for all you flashy fellas & fabulous female fabricators. Think of it as a visual reminder not to run your tungsten too hot! The Right [Red] Tools Make All the Difference!To learn more about the Project 1 Sharpie™ upgrades, check out our  IGTV video!

COLORED ARC SABERS ARE ALL THE RAGE!

The ArcSaber™ line-up has grown to include a few new color options. Our market test with the SkyBlue (to match our ArcTime Tungsten) went well, to say the least. Choose from: 

  • Now it’s Easy to Find My Tungsten Orange
  • This Torch is on Fire Red
  • It’s Not Coal in Your Stocking Black
  • Look, there’s Reindeer in the Sky Blue

It’s easier to spread Good Cheer when you know your tungsten is tucked safely in its tube, clean, and ready to perform spark-tastic feats on the end of your torch. The small size & price of $9.75 make them the perfect stocking stuffers. 

ADD ‘EM TO YOUR LIST

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the welder in your life, or if you’re a welder with too many things on your list and need a little help consolidating, take a look at our Favorites section, featuring a selection of the best gifts for welders. From apparel to grinders, accessories and storage solutions, this is the perfect list to send your friends and family to give them a little hint of what you want.

FORGOTTEN WOMEN BUILDERS… FOR 75 YEARS

The Waterloo Bridge was first erected in 1817. Over 100 years later, the bridge’s structural integrity finally gave out and the city required a replacement. Construction began… but so did World War II. 450 of the nearly 500 men, working on London’s most majestic bridge, were called to action. 100’s of women, with Zero Trades experience, were drafted to continue the construction. And they successfully built what was secretly known as The Ladies’ Bridge. Efforts to complete the bridge were halted as bombs dropped on London.  Sadly, the women’s contributions were also swept away, when the men returned from war and the bridge was completed. There was no official documentation or recognition of its nearly all-female construction team. In Karen Livesey’s documentary, “The Ladies’ Bridge”, she “explores why the bridge builders and many thousands of female construction workers had been written out of history.” The interviews with these women are truly inspiring and a great history lesson. Click here to watch the full documentary and learn more about the Ladies’ Bridge:  www.theladiesbridge.co.uk

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Cynthia Phillips, aka @hotsteelwelding, a fabricator, freelance sculptor, novice skateboarder and road trip enthusiast who’s moved 8 times to find the job of her dreams. Before she became a set builder for celebrities, like Katy Perry & Beyonce, she was a printmaking student at Alfred University looking for something more creative and hands-on. After a semester of glass blowing, Cynthia tried her hand at metal fab and was immediately hooked. She began building sets for local theaters and used her networking skills to find jobs all over the country, including an international gig building the NBC News’ set for the 2016 Olympics. As a travelling artist, Cynthia says, “I experience a lot of anxiety before showing up at a new shop. I always feel I have to prove myself and explain why I want to be a welder. Also, harassment is a real issue; I’ve left a shop because of this. But that’s why you network. You learn who you want to work for and with.”Learn more about Cynthia by visiting CarmenElectrode.com to read our blog that shares more of her story.

ADD A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO YOUR LIST

Sometimes, when you set your phone up to capture your magic… things don’t go as planned. Hope for the best and plan for the worst… Stay safe, have fun, and keep burnin’.

CHEERS TO YOU & YOURS!

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! 

The Metal Mashup: November – 2018

Nov 2018:  Announcing Sharpie Project 1, UltraTIG torches, fun with automation, ArcSabers, and #FabtechBINGO

ALERT:  PROJECT 1 BECOMES A REALITY

We present to you, the Project 1 Color-anodized Sharpie™ Cordless Tungsten Grinder – the Original, just got better! So, what’s New?  Personalize your grinder with mixed color options:  Black Ops, Tungsten Grey & UltraBright Silver. You can choose one color for the Body and a 2nd for the Grinding Face. Combine talent with the Best Tools & your work speaks for itself.  Hands down, the easiest way to improve your TIG welding is to invest in a dedicated (tricked-out hard-anodized color-coordinated) tungsten grinder. No excuses! No regrets!

HELP, I’VE LOST MY TUNGSTEN…

“Tung-Tainer” is too much of a tongue-twister, so it’s called The ArcSaber™. No matter what you call it, this lil’ lifesaver will definitely reduce the level of mayhem in your shop. Uhhh… well maybe not. But it will save your tungsten from sticky fingers, contaminants, disorganization, and the magnet secures it to your bench or tool box. Priced at $9.75, it’s the perfect gift for any TIG Welder. And sense-you-was already buying one… you should probably get an extra one for yourself. Wink-Wink!

THEY SET THE STANDARD

Leave it to CK, a company synonymous with quality, to develop the Gold Standard in TIG torch packages. The UltraTIG line comes complete with:  Gas Saver kit, pistol grip, cable strain relief, leather cable cover, and quick disconnects. You get unbeatable performance in a product engineered and built in the USA. Order yours today! Choose from Flex-Loc, Trim-Line, or CK230 torch, & they’ll build the Ultimate Torch from there!

WELDS SO PURDY…

They’ll make your head spin. Leave it to the Pros… to take the A-PT-051 pro positioner to the next level. On the left, Dave fixtured up his own custom hand rest to get in the optimal position for his application… and Thomas, he demonstrated that the lil’ powerhouse can definitely take a load of 110lbs+. The Right Tools Make All the Difference.. and make you fab-life more productive. Isn’t it more fun to make cool stuff, when you’ve got the right tools in your shop?

TRADES BEHAVING BADLY

Doesn’t that go without saying? There are just too many hilarious scenes and clips in here to pick just one favorite. Don’t click on this link, ’til you have a few minutes to just sit back & enjoy! You may need to rewind a few times to get the best laugh at the featured tradespeople who got caught doing the prank-tastic-est things.

HOORAY, WE’RE  #20 YEARS YOUNG!

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!