Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup August Vol. 1

August 2017:  A fascination with the Eclipse, welding in space, an Orbitalum Grinder, & our TIG Finger [Spacesuit].


If you and/or your family are planning to catch the solar eclipse on August 21, you’ll wanna have the right lens in your hood, goggles, or homemade viewing apparatus. Any lens less than a #14 is not recommended for safe viewing. If you can make out the landscape thru the lens, it’s not dark enough. Your auto-darkening helmet won’t cut it either. We’ve put together a goggle+lens kit and we’re offering just the #14 lenses… while supplies last!!!


Ideal for Orbital Welding applications and features precision-drilled tungsten guides which accommodate 6 different tungsten electrode diameters from .040″ to 5/32″. TheOrbitalum also offers 2 models, each w/ 4 pre-set grind angles to ensure reliable arc starting and proper weld penetration.


The Tig Finger™ Heat Shield hasn’t actually been used in space (that we know of), but it’s 100% Awesome and hand-made right here in the USA. It’s not rocket science, but it IS One Great Invention, and there’s no need to Feel the Burn! At Arc-Zone, we’ve got both the Original Finger and the XL Finger created by Jody at Welding Tips & Tricks.


We don’t know about you, but we’re fascinated by the Eclipse. If you want a lil’ more info about this celestial event, including the why, how, when, and where – Check-out our blog. Most of our info came from NASA, and we feel smarter, just for having read through their resources. Enjoy & Safe Viewing out there!!!


You gotta know about Cold Welding, which causes the +ions and -electrons in each piece of bare metal to fuse together with just a little bit of force. No heat or melting required; just the lack of atmosphere and pieces of similar metalThe field of Nanotechnology has harnessed the power of cold welding to join tiny nano wires perfectly in a vacuum setting.


Go Big or Go Home! Jason knows big, heavy equipment maintenance and has spend most of his career working for theArkansas Hwy & Transportation Dept. That work keeps him guessing, because on any given day he could do MIG,TIG, stick, or braze… inside the shop or out in the field. At his home shop, Jason gets to showcase his creative talent, fab-ing custom light fixtures, ornamental rails, and anything else that comes his way. He is always willing to share tips with newbies & applauds their efforts to build up their skills by spending time-under-the-hood! Plus he’s an avid Star Wars junkie – what’s not to love!!! Check-out Jason’s (@moser_fab) work on IG.
Your focus determines your reality.” -Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars)

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup July Vol. 2

July 2017:  Go Barefoot but Sleeve-up, get into 250 position, align your pipes, and upgrade your hard-wired TIG torch


In some jobs, people talk about rolling up their sleeves, but in our line of work that’s not an option. Beat the heat and sleeve up, instead of dawning that full [metal] jacket. Who says welders don’t know how to accessorize? The Right PPE Makes All the Difference (and prevents burns too)!


So it may not cook your pot roast, but the pipe alignment clamps are made of a double-walled steel and equipped with a quick-acting screw to optimize fit-up and release time. Uses include joining: pipe to elbow, pipe to tee, and pipe to flange more quickly and accurately. Press. Slide. Set. And Go!


Update the power and work lead connections on your Miller™ Diversion 165, 180 & Hobart™ EZ-TIG 165i TIG machines. Our Upgrade Kits put You back in the driver’s seat; choose the torch you want to use, instead of that hard-wired, standard issue torch. Install the kit, upgrade to a new high-performance Air or Water-Cooled TIG torch, and you’ll never look back.


We think that the WP-250 is definitely “Where it’s at!” So recorded a video highlighting a few reasons why this light duty positioner could convince you to finally ditch your modified record player turntable. The WP-250 is a robust solution for consistent holding and rotating of parts in your welding workstation, holding 440 lbs horizontally and 250 lbs. vertically. Unfortunately, we weren’t nominated for Billboard’s MTV video music awards… yet!


“Probably no American institution is more closely associated with rescuing children from neglect and helping them rebuild their lives than Boys Town, the residential village in Omaha, Nebraska.” What does trade revival mean to Boys Town? “It’s about skilled employment and an opportunity to earn a better wage, to have a career instead of a job.” Having a skill allows [the boys] to translate their desires into a better wage and a better life.” Their welding classes just started this year!


Chances are you’re feelin pretty hot & steamy this summer (unless you’re chillin’ in Aussie-land), especially if you’ve had any time under the hood. There’s no better place to chill-out than on the water. This compilation of barefoot follies is bound to cool you down & make you laugh. Enjoy!


We love to showcase talented welders, great welds, and we love to meet these folks when they shop in our showroom. Bill (@mccannfab) has a background in technical illustration, drafting, fabrication and machining. He moved to California 15 years ago and worked on high end vehicle builds. A few years back, Bill had health issues that changed his life course; his art sprang from that adversity. Bill channels his love for Motorsports and vintage motorcycles into his metal art. The detail he adds to his miniature pieces is awe-inspiring!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup July Vol.1

July 2017: Featuring crimping tools, Rhino Welding Carts, the Carmen Electrode story, and a welder named Blackburn.


We’ve added new work lead tools; Repair and maintain your own cables, lugs and connectors. Don’t get caught without the proper tools to keep your crew on task and meet project deadlines. The Right Tools Make All the Difference (and cure headaches too)!


Well… maybe not gold, but StrongHand Tools’ Rhino Mobile Welding Carts are the perfect all-in-one solution for shops of all sizes. Enjoy the fixturing options of a BuildPro table, the portability & storage of a cart, and a 66 piece fixturing kit is included. It offers a 4’x 2.5′ table top with a 1500 lb load capacity; roll it wherever you need it.


Show off your true colors and save your Rod. Whether you choose colors based on a favorite team, type of filler metal, or your welding machine – with Rod Guard colored canisters, you can organize your shop any way you choose. It’s kinda like pimpin’ your ride… but a LOT cheaper!


The Story of How Arc-Zone & Carmen Electrode Came to Be

Maybe it’s a trip down memory lane, sprinkled with the prominent role women have played in shaping both Jim’s journey and Arc-Zone’s history. Regardless, we think it’s a story worth telling, and reading (we hope). Grab your favorite beverage, read our tale, and please leave a comment to let us know what you think or what more you’d like to know. We really value your opinion; without subscribers, customers, friends, and partners… there would be no, so Thank You for the role you’ve played in our story too!


No, not really. Even if you thought that you knew a lot about grinding wheels, you’ll probably learn a thing or twelve from this “How It’s Made” video. We’re all familiar with the finished products & what they do, but how are they produced? Click to see the end-to-end process of manufacturing each type of wheel, starting from the specific mixture of chemicals and minerals to placing the final labels on the wheels.


We love to showcase talented welders, great welds, and every so often we have the opportunity to meet these folks face to face. Our goal is to foster a community of great peeps. Dave (@blackburnfabrication) is no exception. He stepped up to the booth & completely Wowed the Crowds, when he made the #RazorBladeChallenge at Fabtech happen. Dave’s stepdad and uncle taught him to weld when he was a kid… so he could fix his dirt bike. He enjoys all processes, as each has its own challenges. Dave does a lot of TIG repair jobs, and he’s building his own kickbutt mobile welding rig, so if anyone has an upcoming project in Central CA, Blackburn’s your guy!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup June Vol. 2

June 2017: Protect yourself this summer from evil vapors, poor visibility & gnarly pipe joints with the best tools on the planet!


Seriously, those noxious fumes & vapor are evil villains trying to enter and blacken your lungs. Don’t pass-up our breath-saving Offers, exclusively for Metal Mashup subscribers:
  • Use Code @ Check-out:  BREATHE25 (expires July 1st)
  • 15% savings on a 3M PPE Bundle (Savings built into bundle price)


Lucky #15 Monster nozzle is like a photgrapher’s wide angle lens (just a lil’ more rugged) that captures the entire scene. These bad boys use a large diameter gas lens to diffuse heat & maximize shield gas coverage. If you’re planning to go tubin’ down the river or walkin’ the cup across a pipe, invest in a Heavy Duty Monster15.
The Right Tools Make All the Difference!

The Clear Choice

The 1/2″ Orifice Pyrex glass nozzle provides excellent visibility of the weld puddle and tungsten electrode; it’s ideal for inside corners, inside pipe & around tubing. Gas Saver™ kits are available in tungsten electrode sizes from .040″ (1.0mm) to 5/32″ (4.0mm). Arc-Zone is dedicated to setting you up for success with the best accessories on the planet.

The Next Big Sport!

In this edition of ARC Magazine they state how collaborations from metal fabricators, mechanical engineers, programmers, hydraulic and electronic technicians take place in order to bring life to the giant robots and “create a real-life epic battle of science fiction.”


This is a new version of our ALL TIME favorite & most popular “Fun” welding-related video. Enjoy the chaos & the drama – It’s Awesome! And Feel better about your own commute, cuz it isn’t that bad after all…


Colton (@coltonbontrager) is a 20 year old welder from Wasilla, Alaska. He has been welding for 3 years and is currently working on an all TIG job in the aerospace industry. He enjoys fabricating and designing things. Colton also takes any chance he gets to go out to explore Alaska, whether it be by land, sea or air. We love to celebrate welders and fabricators across the country & the globe who literally make Great things every day.

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup June Vol. 1

June 2017:  Featuring diamond wheels, a flashback, Zeke the 12-year-old protégé & videos to inspire you this Father’s Day!


StrongHand Tool’s new Scissor Lift is Made in the USA to increase productivity and worker comfort. Set your BuildPro table to the fabricator’s ideal height for each project. A simple button power control raises the quick-acting scissor lift platform with loads up to 4,200 lbs from 8.5″- 48″ high. An optimally positioned work piece improves weld quality & speed.


Unlike the pretty, sparkly ones, these diamonds are meant to be ground down and replaced. If you’re getting your grind on, be sure that your tungsten is tapered to perfection with a dedicated grinding wheel. Arc-Zone carries all the Replacement Wheels you need. If you have any questions, call or email our diamond-grinding experts.


If you’re like us & you love to give [and get] useful gifts. Checkout our video giving a rundown of some of our favorite metalworking tools. Our in-house “hand model” made a few extra bucks filming this one, so feel free to share & enjoy a whistle while you shop. We has fun Making it!

Flashback to 1948

This is a video produced by GE, literally in 1948. It’s a “More Power to America” film promoting GE’s welding line; it demonstrates how the use of a welder can greatly improve productivity and maintenance tasks on the farm. When you have time, it is truly one of the most interesting videos we have watched (over & over again) in a long time. GE deserves kudos to how much time it invested in producing a storybook, sales, educational resource in 1948 that is still relevant today!


Bryan Fuller isn’t Zeke’s father, but he has taken on a mentoring role in his life. If you’re looking for inspiration to spark your day or to light a fire for one of your kids, check-out this article in ARC Magazine. We can all learn a little (or a LOT) from Zeke’s drive and Bryan’s approach to challenging Zeke to learn and to grow thru his motorcycle build.  Zeke says: “Bryan makes learning really fun. He doesn’t solve a problem for you -he teases you into solving it.” We love their style!!!


This is your OMGosh!, some people put themselves in the most precarious positions, video of the week. It is also our reminder to take safety seriously; there’s only one you and we’d like to keep you around, safe, and [sane] for as long as possible. Have fun & Be Safe out there, young [Bridge]walkers!


At Arc-Zone, we love to showcase how welding is a great way to bring your family together. In honor Father’s Day, we’re highlighting our own Scott & his daughter, Madeline, who enjoy working in their workshop together. Madeline has caught the welding fever from her dad, and they’ve introduced a few of her school friends to their pastime. No time spent with family is time wasted. Live – Love – Laugh – Weld!
Share your family fun welding pics:  #WELDLIKEDAD

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup May Vol. 2

May 2017: This issue features Cannonballs, Sharpies, Clamps, and a Double Tribute our Vets!!! Enjoy!


It’s crazy how far & wide those lil’ sparks and spatter can fly…
* Protect your valuables from flying sparks and burn marks with a blanket that’s simple to deploy.
* Don’t expose your colleagues & family to arc flash – super light, portable welding screens make a great visual barrier.
* When you’re done, roll the screen out of the way & fold up your blanket. It’s that easy!


Lenco makes some of the industry’s Best clamps & connectors on the market… and they’re all made Right HERE in the good ‘ol USA. They cast and mold their tools, plus we know exactly what metal alloys are poured into the molds. You’re gonna get better conductivity, operator safety, and less heat. What’s not to Love? The Right Tools Make All the Difference!


If it’s true that the included grind angle (taper) & tip flat diameter of an electrode affect the size, consistency & quality of the weld bead and penetration… then it does matter. Prep your tungsten electrodes quickly, easily and consistently w/ a Sharpie. With the Deluxe model you can set the angle of the point, and repeat it over and over again.


Meet Shane Savage, a disabled veteran who has launched a successful 2nd career as a welder through a veteran re-training program. This inspirational Spotlight reminds us that we need to sharpen our own saws to keep our skill sets up to date. With determination, we can overcome any obstacle we encounter.


Kayla, a 3rd grader, is a gleaming example of a little girl who has been raised Right! Her local 4-H exposed her to welding @ 7 yrs old. She creates art pieces honoring veterans, and they auction for up to $500. Kayla also raises her own chickens & pigs. She, and her family, are an inspiration. If we encourage our children to push themselves to gain new skills and to care for others, they are destined to make our world a better place. Kayla aspires to be a welder for the Navy! How are the kids in your life giving back and, at the same time, laying a path toward a bright future?


Sometimes you gotta Go Big or Go Home… Enjoy a redneck version of the cannon ball run, aka a bowling ball launch. Ok, so it’s not a cross country race, but it sure look like those bad boys could fly that far, plus it features some great characters! It’s even set to some catchy tunes! Guaranteed to make you smile! Don’t try this at home… unless you’ve got ~100 acres.


It doesn’t take long to figure out that Bryan has applied his artistic talents to his welding career. He has been fabricating for 5+ years, and Bryan’s business focuses on the aftermarket diesel performance industry. He’s passionate about metallurgy; he studies the properties of dissimilar metals… and the metallurgical properties that make it possible to weld. Check-out (@bryankinches) on IG to see more. We tip our hoods to him and to all the men and women who burn rod each day to spur our industry and the trades forward!