Welding Supplies from IOC

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Why You Should Consider Lincoln’s Plasma Cutters

    Over the past two decades, the plasma cutting scene has exploded with some of the best machines in the history of the industry. Along with that, Lincoln has created their own line of plasma cutters with the quality and reliability their brand has built its name on. While each of the Tomahawk machines are based on a different power tier...
  6. The Little Machine that Could: Miniarc Rogue

    With heavy hitters like the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic or the Rebel EMP 205ic, the ESAB Miniarc Rogue ES 180I has managed to slip by a lot of welders’ radars. It’s a new machine that manages to hit an area somewhat untouched by ESAB up until this point: the stick/TIG welders under $1,000. But don’t let the price make you...
  7. The Bizarre History of Plasma Cutting

    As the winds whirled about and the seas rocked their boat with a chorus of thunder, sailors used to watch the top of their ship’s mast. They hoped to see a strange glowing light above, a good omen that the storm was about over. This phenomenon was known as St. Elmo’s fire.Interestingly, that same good omen is how modern plasma...
  8. Welders’ Picks: Most-Reviewed Welding Clothes & Gloves

    When it comes to trust, we tend to put the most stock in items that other welders recommend. Afterall, we’re a community that relies on equipment to get the job done, which means reliable equipment makes a huge difference. And that’s just as true with welding clothes and gloves. Here is our most reviewed welding gear, featuring comments directly taken...
  9. The Spool Gun: Why And How?

    Spool guns are like that little pocket on jeans. Everyone’s seen them, but only a few people actually know what their purpose is. In reality, knowing why and how to use a spool gun is essential for maximizing your welding arsenal and becoming an expert. Especially when trying a new process or material, knowing how and why to use a...
  10. Should You Buy a Trailblazer?

    The Trailblazer has always been an appropriate name for one of Miller’s top welder/generators as it has introduced a number of innovations to the engine driven game. But how does the Trailblazer hold up in 2020? What should you expect with the Trailblazer compared to other welder/generators? 2020’s Big Change Engine driven machines offer a huge advantage, allowing you to...

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