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9th June 2017

9th June 2017

"I know most of you have heard me banging on about this little machine from @westcoweld over the last few posts, but it really is a little gem. This week at my day job, I have run it every day on a stainless order between 100 and 145 amps, it handled the job as well as any of our much more expensive machines! If your looking for a compact, quiet and easily portable DC machine at a very economical price then you could do a lot worse than trying one of these. For what its worth... I haven't been paid to review it or bribed to say good things about it, if I wasn't entirely convinced then I would have said nothing! ​"

 

You can purchase the machine here


 

EWM Welding Machines

MAY 6TH 2017

EWM Trip

We have been big supporters of EWM equipment for many years now, and our showroom is full of them, so I thought it was about time I went to see them in Germany, to witness how they make such good welding machines!

After a long journey, we arrived in the small village on Mündersbach. EWM have 4 factories dotted around the village, each of them offering different services. Our first day was an education in MIG/MAG welding, and some of the modern technology now available to improve this process. We attempted a few welds with ForceArc, ColdArc, RootArc, PipeSolution, and so many others! Our mig welds were looking like tig by the end of the day! The next few days offered an overview on so many products and services, which shows that EWM are clearly at the forefront of welding technology, Hot wire feed Tig enabling you to Tig weld, in any position, at a fraction of the time. Plasma arc welding, offering a stable, consistent arc, for perfect results every. We could have spent weeks there, it was the perfect 'man cave'. On the way home I kept thinking about all the new machines and technology we can now offer and what fantastic benefit it was for our customers,

Ultimately, If I can recommend something, that will weld quicker, cleaner and more efficient.

We are proud to say that we stock, sell and promote the full range of EWM products, and this is something we do, because we can trust in EWN to offer a high end product, for professional results every time.

 

If you would like to find out more, or come a visit our showroom to see a EWM welding in action, then please get in touch, I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.

 

Weld Boy


 

MAY 5TH 2017

ESAB Sentinel

Having spent many years exploring the maps of Valhalla on Halo, the launch of the ESAB Sentinel really excited me. Upon first impressions, it has all the features you would expect from a modern day welding helmet, Auto, Shade level, Grind mode - That's a given, but this seems to have so much more. It’s not the lightest of shields, let’s get that bit out of the way. Bench work, or fixed position and you will be fine, or if you fancy building up the neck muscles. It weighs 640g, which if you compare it to the Optrel Vegaview, is considerably more.

 

The first thing you notice, is that glossy gold front lens, Its very striking, and you are immediately drawn to it. Apart from looking good it actually has a benefit, by reflecting the heat way from the shied, to keep you cool(ish). The next thing is the internal touch screen panel. This really is something to be admired. It is slick, easy to use, works with your gloves on and keeps the dust from entering any knobs or buttons. Seeing is believing with the mask, and all of the pictures I have seen online, do not do it justice. If you want a helmet, with a little bit extra style, as well as function, then this is the lid for you. Give us a call if you would lie to trial one, or head over to THIS PAGE to place your order today.


 

May 1st 2017

MAY 1ST 2017

Review: Hypertherm Powermax 85 Plasma Cutter 415v

The Powermax85 combines the latest technological innovations and seven Duramax™ series torch options with 85 amps of cutting power to make it the premier air plasma system for handheld or mechanized cutting and gouging in its class.

MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY

  • Fast cut speeds: 250% faster than oxyfuel on 12 mm (1/2") mild steel.
  • Superior cut and gouge quality means less time spent on grinding and edge preparation.

EASY-TO-USE FOR CUTTING AND GOUGING

  • Smart Sense™ technology automatically sets correct air pressure based on torch length and operating mode.
  • Handheld, straight machine and robotic torches for greater versatility and ease-of-use.
  • Wide voltage tolerance improves performance on motor generators and in low-line conditions.
  • Improved shield reduces dross buildup and enables smoother drag cutting for a better cut.

BUILT AND TESTED TO WITHSTAND THE HARSHEST CONDITIONS

  • Duramax™ torches are designed for high impact and heat-resistance.
  • SpringStart™ technology ensures consistent starting and a more reliable torch.
  • Low maintenance for maximum uptime – it keeps on going.

LOW OPERATING COST

  • Long consumable life for lower cost and more uptime.
  • High power efficiency lowers energy consumption.

 

April 25th 2017

April 25th 2017

Review: Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air Plasma Cutter

The small size and light weight of the new Powermax30® AIR, with an internal compressor, make it a highly portable system enabling metal cutting just about anywhere there is single phase power. Simply plug it in, attach the work clamp and you are ready to cut. The internal compressor eliminates the need for an external air compressor and filters to operate the plasma system. The fast cutting speeds and superior cut quality of Powermax plasma enable you to finish jobs quicker.

The new patent-pending consumable designs enable consistent cutting by optimizing the air flow from the compact, internal compressor. Coupled with the highly-effective moisture removal system, the Powermax30 AIR provides great cut quality and performance in hot and humid conditions.


 

April 19th 2017

April 19th 2017

Review: Hypertherm Plasma Cutter 45XP 240v

The Powermax 45 from Hypertherm is undoubtedly one the best plasma cutters on the market today. It has several key advantages over many of its competitors. Here are just a few of the highlights of this unit:

  • Lightweight - weighs in at just 37 pounds
  • Capable of cutting up to 1/2" steel at 20IPM (inches per minute)
  • Higher gouge and cut quality means less edge preparation
  • Drag cutting technology makes it easy to use even for beginners.

An investment in a tool like the Powermax 45 is not insubstantial. Here are a few of the reasons we rated it one of the best plasma cutting tools on the market.

  • While it comes with a hefty price tag the Powermax 45 is built from the ground up to be a machine you can rely upon day in and day out. It can be operated as a handheld cutter or as a CNC production unit. It's duty cycle and cutting capabilities make it a workhorse.
  • Another important benefit of the Powermax 45 is that it can operate on less consumables than comparable models. In fact it is 186% more efficient than other models. Over the long haul this efficiency can help to offset the higher price point.

    When paired with a high quality air compressor and desiccant air dryer system this unit will cut like a warm knife through butter. And the clean air will help extend the life of your consumables even further.

  • Because of the patented drag-cutting technology, this cutter is very easy to use. This means that both pros and beginners can spend less time learning and more time getting to work.

The Powermax 45 is undoubtedly one of the top performing models on the market. It has everything you need to get clean and consistent cuts on anything up to 1/2" thick. It's design helps you save time by reducing edge preparation and it's efficient use of consumables helps offset what is a fairly high retail price.


 

5th April 2017

5th April 2017

Review: Miller Maxstar 280 Deluxe TIG welder

Base and Deluxe Models Available
Maxstar 280 - Base model provides essential TIG and Stick functions and provides operator-friendly, menu-driven features. Maxstar 280 DX - The DX model adds extended ranges to sequencer and full trigger options, preflow and pulser functions.

Portable with adjustable shoulder strap
Weighing in at just 47 pounds, the Maxstar 280 is extremely portable and easy to transport featuring dual carry handles and a carrying strap.

Upgradeable and Expandable
Front panel memory card data port provides the ability to easily upgrade software and expand product features. Visit MillerWelds.com/tigsoftware for the latest software upgrades and expansions.

Cooler Power Supply (CPS)
An integrated 120-volt dedicated-use receptacle to power the Coolmate™ 1.3. The power switch on the Maxstar also activates the receptacle to help prevent torch failure. Available on select models.

Auto-Line Power Management Technology
Allows hookup to either single-phase or three-phase electrical input from 208-575 V with no manual linking, providing convenience in any job setting. An ideal solution for dirty or unreliable input power.

 

Pro-Set Feature (professional settings)
This feature eliminates the guesswork when setting weld parameters. Use Pro-Set when you want the speed, convenience and confidence of pre-set controls. Simply select the feature and adjust until Pro-Set appears on the display. The Pro-Set feature is available for Pulse and DIG parameters.

Stick Features (DC)
Tailored arc control (DIG) allows the arc characteristic to be changed for specific applications and electrodes. Smooth running 7018 or stiffer, more penetrating 6010. Hot Start™ adaptive control provides positive arc starts without sticking. Stick-Stuck detects if the electrode is stuck to the part and turns the welding output off to safely and easily remove the electrode. Menu selectable.

Weldcraft® W-280 (WP-280) TIG Torch
Two-piece torch head and exclusive Super Cool™ Technology provides additional surface area to increase cooling efficiency and capacity Torch body includes an anti-rotation featureand multi-position locking to prevent handlemovement during welding and improve operator control Mechanical fittings provide a secure gas andwater connection to prevent leakage and alloweasy hose replacement.


 

29th March 2017

29th March 2017

Review: Miller Titanium 9400i with grinding Visor

Auto-darkening lens
You’ll find that visibility is very clear with this helmet, which makes it really easy to work with. Miller have fitted it with a light shade 3, and variable dark shades 8-13. These should give your eyes enough protection regardless of the job you’re working on, and the fact that they switch automatically means you won’t need an extra couple of seconds to let your eyes adjust.

UV and Infrared protection
You’d be wrong for thinking that the bright, visible light from arcs and sparks is the only danger to your eyes when welding. In fact, Ultraviolet and Infrared can also be really damaging, which is why it’s so amazing that this helmet protects against those threats, too. The best part is that you don’t even have to switch it to a different setting to take advantage of this, because the lens will protect you at all the different darkness shades, including in the ‘off’ position.

Integrated grind shield
This helmet comes fitted with an integrated grind shield so that you can use it for grinding, as well. This isn’t a gimmick that sacrifices quality; it provides impressively clear visibility. Being able to use it for this extra purpose is another handy addition from Miller.

Aluminium heat shield
The fact that this is a silver coloured helmet means that it reflects a lot of heat, so it’s comfortable to wear. However, Miller have taken it one step further by building it complete with an aluminium heat shield. This is highly protective, ensuring that the heat is kept out as much as possible. As a result, you’ll find that as the wearer, you’ll be kept much cooler in this helmet than in many others.

Large field of view
One of the most useful features of this helmet is that it has such a large field of view, which makes it incredibly easy to see exactly what you’re working on.

Four operating modes
The four different operating modes installed in this welding helmet make it perfect for use in a wide variety of situations.

Shock absorbtion
It’s fitted with a shock absorbing gasket which means that you can drop and bump the helmet without it cracking or breaking. Although this is a real bonus, don’t be tempted to test it out by throwing it around your workshop too violently!


 

27th March 2017

27th March 2017

Mig madness, Miller Monday?!
Move aside #MigMonday as Miller madness is taking over!

For those not so accustom to Mig welding (Metal Inert Gas or Gas Metal Arc Welding) it is essentially the process of using electricity to melt and link pieces of metal together using a Mig torch. It is one of the simplest forms of welding, so it’s great for beginners since it is one of the easiest to learn. MIG welding can be used on a wide variety of metals and in a number of different base metal thicknesses.
Now, you've probably heard of Miller, right? They're one of the leading manufacturers for welding equipment and we have been a proud distributer for many years.

So, what have we to say about Miller MigMatic Range?
Miller MIG welders offer integrity, reliability & durability. At Westcoweld, we stock a good breadth of machines from the Miller MIG stable covering a wide selection of features, amperages and capabilities. The Migmatic range uses stepped voltage technology, with models available in 'traditional' Base or deluxe (DX) pulse versions. The deluxe model offers a multitude of welding programs for mild steel, stainless and aluminium.

Our recommendation?
Try the MigMatic 220 DX MIG welder. It's a transformer based MIG welder, with a simple to use Synergic use interface, with digital display to simplify set up and offer precise settings for welding a variety of materials. Traditional tapped design and laminated inductor provide a stable, smooth arc for consistent weld quality.


 

24th March 2017

24th March 2017

Let's review Miller
Miller Dynasty 350 AC/DC Tig welder

If you are looking for an extremely high-end welder that is made by one of the best known companies in the business, look no farther. This little beauty from miller delivers many premium features, including superior arc stability and performance.
This machine is efficient, offering power management technology that will lower your primary power draw. Other features include Advanced AC Controls, Independent AC amplitude/amperage control, AC Waveshaping options, improved pulsed TIG… and much more.

The Dynasty 350™s advanced AC arc controls can dramatically increase travel speeds, eliminate inclusions (tungsten spitting), eliminate weld flaws related to poor arc starts, permit using smaller diameter electrodes, extend electrode life, provide precise puddle control, mimic traditional arc characteristics, eliminate the need for exotic gas mixes and reduce cycle time defects and rework, especially in heavy industrial applications, such as precision metal fabrication, pipe and tube fabrication, aluminum ship repair and anodized aluminum fabrication.

In DC TIG mode, the Dynasty 350 features high speed (up to 5,000 pulses per second) pulse controls and an exceptionally smooth and precise arc. Pulsing adds stability, reduces heat input and warpage and can increase travel speeds.

In AC TIG mode, the Dynasty 350 offers Independent Amplitude/Amperage control, Extended Balance Control, AC Frequency Control and AC Waveforms control for Advanced Squarewave, Soft Squarewave, Sine Wave and Triangular Wave.

Advanced AC Controls
The Dynasty 350™s advanced AC squarewave technology enables tailoring the arc for welding aluminum and magnesium, as well as for highly alloyed metals (INCOLNEL®, MONEL®, etc.) that benefit from AC cleaning action in severe-duty applications. The Dynasty 350™s capabilities include:

Independent AC amplitude/amperage control that allows an operator to independently set the electrode negative (EN) and electrode positive (EP) amperage values. More current in EN than in EP produces deeper penetration and faster travel speeds with minimal cleaning action and less heat on the tungsten, which in turn may permit using a smaller diameter tungsten to further narrow bead profiles.

Four AC waveshaping options to optimize arc characteristics for various applications and operator preferences. Depending on the waveform selectedadvanced squarewave, soft squarewave, sine wave and triangular waveusers can tailor the arc for such characteristics as a hard, driving arc, a smooth, soft arc with good puddle control and wetting action, or a punch of peak amperage with minimized overall heat input to reduce distortion. This machine will last you a life-time.


 

22nd March 2017

22nd March 2017

Which Furick cup is right for you?
Making sure you have the correct Furick cup for your welding application is important to ensure a smooth, precise and fairly quick weld. Here is a clear breakdown of some of our recommendations.

The PRO #8 is the go to cup for most applications as it's proven to provide quick, accurate work with good results. Being small in size and with maneuverability, it's a popular choice for tacking and laying quick beads. It is commonly used for most Mild Steel and Stainless Steel applications where good gas coverage is wanted and arc stability is critical.

The FUPA #12 is the most economic cup on the market today. The inside diameter measuring .750 of an inch this cup uses only 12-30CFH of Argon and covers brilliantly the whole way through. This cup is recommended for Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Chromoly, Titanium, Inconel and other space grade alloys. This cup works best on smaller / thinner applications such as header tubes and chassis tubing.

The FURICK #14 is recommended for Mild steel, Stainless steel, Chromoly, Titanium, Inconel and other space grade alloys. It works best on thinner /smaller to medium applications such as header tubes, chassis tubing and flat welding applications. It uses anywhere from 25-30 + CFH of Argon flow and is recommended for 3/32 / 2.4mm tungsten size and carries a 180 amp rating on constant amperage. It can go higher if using pulse settings.

The BBW is the biggest cup you can buy. It uses anywhere from 25-30 CFH Argon and enables you to use quicker travel speeds and get great coverage. The BBW is great for Titanium and other super alloys and It works best on thicker / larger applications where you need spread out coverage. Also being transparent the BBW cup allows the user to weld further into a blind area with the ability to literally see through the cup.


 

8th March 2017

8th March 2017

International Women's Day
Why is it important to mark today in the welding industry? What does International Women's Day have to do with an industry dominated by men?

During the Second World War, due to the shortage of male workers in metal factories across the country, men who had previously held jobs as welders, steel cutters, and riveters were drafted for the military. Soldiers fighting in the Pacific and Europe needed ever-increasing numbers of aircraft, artillery and machines. As a result, the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of soldiers took over the work as women welders, forever changing the social status of women in the workplace in America. The aviation industry employed less than 1 percent of women when the war began. By 1943, 16 million women were employed across the country, making up an astonishing 65 percent of the total workforce. A quarter of all employed women worked in the war industries.

An iconic face became associated with female riveters, machinists, lathe operators, and welders: 'Rosie The Riveter' was first referenced in 1942 in the song 'Rosie The Riveter' by the male quartet The Four Vagabonds. This song was the beginning of a propaganda campaign by the U.S. government to encourage the employment of women in factories across America to fill the temporary labor shortages.

Once soldiers returned home from the war, women welders found themselves no longer needed, as men also went back to their jobs in the steel factories. However, the tides had turned and American women had proven that no job is too tough for them. They would no longer stand by and be labeled as weak and inferior to their male counterparts. Additionally, the increased freedom and opportunity to earn their own income was a boost to the post-war American economy, during what would become known as the Golden Era of the 1950s.


 

1st March 2017

1st March 2017

We received these photos from our buddy Jake at The Crown. You're thinking these Ultima Combi Mig/Tig Gloves look a bit rough, right? Well, think again! This is what they look like after 14 months of daily use! As you can see, they've no rips, just pure cosmetic marks, (which is to be expected in welding). We've been told by Jake that they still work just as good as new and they're totally worth the money! Don't by a cheap alternative, you won't find anything else which will last you like these do! We sell ours for £14.95 and for the amount of use you get, they're an absolute bargain.


 

24th Feb 2017

24th Feb 2017

Sticker marketing! Why we create funky stickers!

Promotional stickers are physical, off-line forms of social media and broadcasting. People were ‘liking’, posting, pinning, tagging and starting conversations with stickers long before the Internet. Designed and distributed properly they continually generate low-cost exposure, impressions and word of mouth marketing. They are viewed more as a gift than “advertising”. And, like promotional products they are harder to throw away immediately and can engage the recipient… “Where could I stick this?” “Who could I give this to?”.

Welding theme stickers
If you Google image Welding theme stickers you'll be bombarded with a vast selection of logos, quotes, skulls and the occasional Flash me i'm a welder sticker. There is in fact, a large community particularly on Instagram who love to 'sticker'up' their hoods, tool boxes and partake in 'sticker swapsies' while promoting their favourite welding supplier *Cough* That's us *cough*. We love creating stickers, it's fun and an enjoyable way to promote our company. You can buy our Sticker Pack which features 9, high quality stickers. This pack contains our classics such as Arc Ranger and Weld it Ralph and some of our new stickers such as Sons of Welding and Weld.Boy.

We will be making more stickers, all the time, everytime. If there is a particular welding theme sticker you'd like us to make, then get in touch and make sure you send your idea with FAO: Marketing Dept.


 

20th Feb 2017

20th Feb 2017

Jackson Balder Welding Helmet WH70 Review

We figure, it's no good giving away the Jackson Balder WH70 in our #RAOK event without giving you some more info on what to expect!

Firstly, it's like you're wearing nothing on your head, it's extremely lightweight which makes up for the awkward hunch over the table while you (if you) tigweld. It has the Jackson 370 headgear with that distinctive red logo on the adjustment dial which we find very comfortable to use and handy as it is compatible with a variety of top range welding helmets. The adjustable dials for Sensitivity, Shade (9-13) and Delay were larger than previous helmets I have worn and you could probably change them while wearing gloves on.

In terms of whether it works well, the welding lens is curved out making it have a huge viewing area.. Because of this, it makes a crystal clear picture, almost like welding in HD! This is one of the first Jackson helmets on our site and after experiencing it first hand, we certainly hope it won't be our last!


 

17th Feb 2017

17th Feb 2017

#RAOK

What is RAOK?
RAOK stands for Random Acts Of Kindness and is celebrated in the USA (though adopted in the UK) on February 17th, unless you're in New Zealand in which case they celebrate is on September 1st. It is celebrated by individuals, groups, organisations and widely spread on social media using the hashtag #RAOK or #RAK to encourage acts of kindness by complete strangers. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was founded in 1995 in the USA and is a non-profit organisation.

Why is Westcoweld taking part?
If it wasn't for our customers, the support we receive in person and online we would not be where we are today. A fully established and successful Welding Supply Company. With over 30 years experience and no sight of ending, we've already started planning our Golden anniversary! With this in mind, it's important that we (and other B2C related companies) remind ourselves that regardless of what service we provide our customers, it's important to show our appreciation.

How is Westcoweld taking part?
What better way to spread positivity then on social media where we can connect with a larger audience! We've launched a Facebook competition to win one of two prizes. A Jackson Balder WH70 Welding Helmet or A pair of Ultima Combi Mig/Tig Gloves, sticker pack and magnet! Pretty cool, right?

How do I take part in Westcoweld's #RAOK competition and what's the catch?
No catch other than you'll need a Facebook profile, but that's all! Click here to be directed to our Facebook post, have a flick through our competition T&Cs first, then comment on the post with the word #RAOK...And you're done! If you Like and share the post as well, then you'll be entered 2/3 times! Good luck not that you'll need it. Don't forget to tell your family, friends and strangers (if you want to kill two birds with one stone) and help spread #RAOK!

*Competition closes 2nd March 2017 - Winners announced at random via Facebook*


 

31st Jan 2017

31st Jan 2017

Wassup Guys!
Recently we decided to venture into making product review videos.
We've got stacks of knowledge and nowhere to place it. Our first review is on the
Optrel Vegaview 2.5. Granted there are a few reviews of this model online, but we wanted to give you
the short and sweet version. If you were interested and did fancy an in depth version, please feel free to give us a call.
You can view our first ever product review video here!


25th Jan 2017

25th Jan 2017

Get'em while they're hot!

You can never have enough welding wire... We sell a bunch of the stuff on a weekly basis. This week, we are feeling generous and have discount 5% off ALL MIG WIRE and TIG WIRE online. So, i'd recommend stocking up while you can!
We sell Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Mild Steel and Titanium (TIG only).
The deal ends midnight Sunday 29th and is available worldwide!


 

6th Jan 2017

6th Jan 2017

Did you know, we sell the Automation Equipment range by AIR LIQUIDE?
They've been around for ages, I mean they were founded in 1902 in France! C'est un fait!
That's why we are confident in their products because we know, they know their stuff! So, what have we got in their Automation Equipment range?
Plenty. To name a few we have the Rotamatic which is for 2 ton to 30 ton loads, the Posimatic positioner with manual tilting, the Weldypocket designed to make
MIG welding a whole lot easier and the Megatrac 6 which is a submerged arc welding tractor for use with single or twin wire, with or without flux recovery.
At the moment this whole range isn't on our website, BUT is still available for purchase! Give us a message and we will let you know our catalogue.


 

 

Weld Boy

6th Dec 2016

Optrel VegaView 2.5

This is my weapon of choice. I've been running it for just over a year, and can honestly say, it's faultless! Aside from the basics, shade control, responsive lens, good headgear, it is one of the lightest most agile hoods on the market. It also has incredible clarity when you are either welding or prepping, so you never actually have to take it off! Usually, Optrel get seen as the weaker opponent to speedglas, but with this one, it's easily the best shield on the market... by a long way! WeldBoy.


 

30th Nov 2016

30th Nov 2016

First Blog Post......

Proud to supply: