Welding Supplies from IOC

  1. Holiday Welding Projects

    Staying busy during the coldest months is essential for surviving the winter. As the sun sinks away, it can often become easy to focus on the darkness. What you need is the bright glow of your arc, hard at work for the holidays. And what better way to get in the Christmas spirit then a look at some of our...
  2. Do You Need to Go to College to Weld?

    A recent study from Georgetown found that next year, almost 2/3rds of jobs will require some type of college or other formal education beyond high school. What exactly does this mean for the welding industry? Experience Matters The lapse of the recession has been good for welders. But there are still plenty of us out there that feel it’s difficult...
  3. How to use Welding for Halloween

    Some welds might be scary enough on their own. But if you’re intentionally trying to give your home a unique look on Halloween, there are some crucial tips to really create a spooky display in a safe, trick-or-treat-friendly way. Tip #1: Get Pumped Halloween is a holiday where being able to build your own decorations far outshines cheap, store-bought pieces...
  4. What about the Miller Trailblazer 325?

    Choosing a welder/generator isn’t some quick decision like which candy bar to buy or who to marry. It’s an investment that’ll make a significant improvement in your life, if you pick wisely. That is why any serious hobby or career welder should know about the Trailblazer 325. The Trailblazer is often compared to the Bobcat 250. Both Miller machines are...
  5. The Best Indoor Welding Project Ideas

    For most areas of the country, fall means rain and a rollercoaster of unpredictable weather. It can make outside projects a difficult task, ultimately forcing a lot of welders to the shelter of their garage or workshop. Because of this, fall is a great time of year for smaller projects that can be safely housed indoors. And it’s not just...
  6. Can You Really Weld In A T-Shirt?

    There are people that pay good money to tan in a booth after work. As a welder, you can tan while at work. Talk about a good deal! At least until you’ve got skin cancer or 3rd degree sunburns. Pro-tip: You can avoid those unsightly tan lines by welding naked (ouch). In reality, welding sunburns are nothing to laugh off...
  7. Essential Motorcycle Welding Tips

    While incredibly rewarding, working on motorcycles can be quite challenging. Using a jig and being very careful with your measurements is a basic first step. But there are also some key tips when it comes to the actual weld that can make a huge difference. Prepare for Pipes Most motorcycles use pipes for the majority of their frames. If you’re...
  8. Are Weld-Masks Replacing Helmets?

    Looking at the Miller Weld-Mask 2 feels like discovering a turtle without a shell. Sure it’s smaller and more lightweight, but it’s just so… different. That’s not a bad thing. Heck, we’d still be wearing slabs of cast iron for helmets if “different” was our only judging criteria. So the weld-mask looks different, but how well does it work? Despite...
  9. Is Sandblasting a Superior Cleaning Option?

    If you counted the hours of your life lost on a grinder or wire brushing, how much of your time would it be? Between prepping your work for welding and cleaning up after you finish, grinding and brushing can take up a significant chunk of your time. Because of this, sandblasting has often been looked at as a convenient way...
  10. How does the Millermatic 211 hold up in 2019?

    If welding machines were edible, the Millermatic 211 would be a staple diet. Not only is it a highly-sought-after machine, its pricing makes it easily obtainable. With its affordable pricing, high quality and long list of features, the Millermatic 211 is often regarded as the best-selling MIG machine of all time. But the Millermatic 211 is no spring chicken. Its...

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