Welding Supplies from IOC

  1. TIG vs. MIG vs. Stick

    TIG vs. MIG vs. Stick
    When it comes to picking between MIG, TIG and stick, it's not an exclusive relationship. However, learning to master a single method can take a significant amount of time, equipment and energy. Knowing the pros and cons of each method will save you a lot of brain trauma when learning to weld or deciding which new process to try. ...
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  2. How to Build Metal Furniture

    How to Build Metal Furniture
    How often do your loved ones see a lawn ornament or piece of furniture and say, “You could build that!” It’s an enticing idea: building your own furniture. When done right, it’s a great way to save money and give your home that perfect touch of personal charm. But without the right tips and tricks, it can be a...
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  3. 3 Machines every Stick Welder Should Know

    3 Machines every Stick Welder Should Know
    Nothing is more frustrating than porous, spattery welds that seem to happen no matter what you do. This is often a huge issue specifically with Stick welders since a bad machine can pretty much counteract any technique or special preparations you make. If you’re fed up or ready to take your welding to the next level, these 3 machines are...
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  4. How to Tack Weld

    How to Tack Weld
    It seems so easy, a couple little welds and you’re good to go. How could anyone possibly screw up tacking? The truth is, you could be tacking wrong and never know it. This is because most of the problems with tacking incorrectly often don’t become apparent until much later in the process. As a result, tacking often goes overlooked when...
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  5. The Internet’s Most Famous Welders

    The Internet’s Most Famous Welders
    When the web was first being populated by an unwavering multitude of cat videos, a few welders managed to claw their way out of obscurity and become something of internet celebrities. Specifically, YouTube has become a significant source for “how-to” videos, equipment reviews and a place for welders to show off their more interesting projects. Here’s 3 of the most...
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  6. Best Welding Ideas for Beginners

    For beginners, welding can often seem like an overly complicated and perplexing task. There are different welding techniques, different types of welding machinery, and so many different pieces you could begin to weld. However, by starting out with a few simple projects, beginners can build up their skills and learn how welding doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s best to...
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  7. The Top Optrel Helmets

    The Top Optrel Helmets
    Right now, IOC has some great prices on Optrel’s best-selling helmets, plus our “try it, love it or return it” promo on the Optrel E684. The only real question is, which Optrel helmet is right for you? Optrel E684 (1006.500, 1006.501, 1006.502) One of Optrel’s best-selling and highest-rated helmets of all time. It’s like comfort and performance...
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  8. Best (and Worst) Places to Be a Welder

    Best (and Worst) Places to Be a Welder
    Often where you weld can be just as important as how well you weld. Your location determines how much work is available near you and how much competition there is. For instance, you’ll make a whole lot more money if you’re the only welder around with a lot of work then being in a state packed full of skilled welders...
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  9. Welding Bicycles

    Welding Bicycles
      In the immortal words of Freddie Mercury, “I want to weld my bicycle, I want to weld my bike.” No, that’s not exactly how the song goes, but now that line is now stuck in your head. Don’t fight it. Just sit back, hum the tune, and learn the secrets of welding your own bicycles. ...
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  10. Top Summer Welding Projects

    Top Summer Welding Projects
      As winter’s chilling grasp finishes melting away, it’s the perfect time to take on a few summer welding projects. Here’s some of our favorites to help get your creative juices flowing. Fire Pits A cozy fire pit is the perfect starting project for your summer. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, fire pits are as...
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