Welding Supplies from IOC

  1. Summer Tips Every Welder Should Know (But Doesn’t)

    After one of the most bizarre winters in recent US history, summer is finally here. And unfortunately, experts are predicting that it’s going to be quite hot. That means increased risk of heat stroke, something that any experienced welder will tell you is no joke. Luckily, we’ve got some pro tips to help keep you cool, while also eliminating some...
  2. Welding in the Void: Saturation Diving

    Darkness. An engulfing, black void like you’ve never experienced before. Beyond your small headlight, the world is simply gone: No shapes, no faint colors, just emptiness. Everything feels so empty, you begin to see things that aren’t there. As one saturation diver said, “When you’re out that deep in the water, your brain tries to fill the void. At least...
  3. Going Rogue: In-Depth Review of ESAB Rogue Series

    Especially with welder prices going up, having an ESAB stick/TIG welder for under $1,000 is an incredibly good deal. There are countless reasons why you’d want to consider one of the Rogue series machines.  For first timers looking to get started with their own welder, it’s an excellent choice. For skilled welders in search of a 2nd machine they can...
  4. How will Metal 3D Printing Affect Welding?

    It’s both magic and unsettling at the same time to watch a 3D printer at work. Its movements are cold, calculated and unnatural. Where a person would approach a project from multiple angles, the printer simply does one line at a time. Like something from a 1970’s sci-fi movie, a shape emerges from a spool of plastic wire. Up until...
  5. Miller Prices Are Going Up: Here’s What to Know

    Before you drop a comment so full of expletives that even a sailor would blush, it’s important to understand who decides when Miller’s prices increase and why. We’ll explain what exactly is going on and whether it’s best to wait on a new tool or buy now before the price increases. First thing: IOC is not the one increasing the...
  6. Best Options for Planning Your Projects

    Up until a few years ago, only mass-manufactured products tended to be planned out beyond a simple sketch and some rough dimension estimations. Recently, there's been a huge influx in easy-to-use, free options for planning out your projects. This can mean huge cost-and-time saving benefits, especially if math isn’t your strong suit. Here’s an in-depth rundown of the most common...
  7. Which Helmets Are Best for TIG vs. MIG

    Did you know every helmet has features that make them better for either TIG or MIG? This is a little-known fact that even experienced welders don’t realize. Understanding what to look for can help you find the perfect helmet for your needs and keep you from paying for things you won’t use.   TIG Amperage Range For TIG welding, knowing...
  8. How Thick Do You Need to Cut?

    Ultimately, the cutting equipment you pick should be determined by how deep you need to go. It doesn’t matter what other fancy features it has, if it can’t get the job done. To help you make the right choice, we’ve given an overview of the most popular cutting options and how much they can handle. The scale here is listed...
  9. Best Welding Machines Under $1000

    There’s a lot (and we mean a lot) of really bad, cheap welding machines out there. The truth is, it’s not really saving you money if your brand new welder breaks after a few months. You don’t have to go with some off-brand machine from a company you don’t trust. Here’s some of our favorite machines from top brands with...
  10. Everything You Need To Start Welding

    For a beginner, even figuring out what equipment you need for welding can feel like a daunting task. Many first-timers get all set up, thinking they have everything, only to realize there’s still a few items they lack before they can strike an arc. We’re here to remedy that issue. This is a complete guide on exactly what you’ll need...

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