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Students at Gravette High School in Northwest Arkansas are jumping at the opportunity to participate in a welding course hosted by Northwest Technical Institute of Springdale. While some of the students joined out of curiosity or in order to “show up” their classmates, many now see welding as a viable career path. Image Source Mirielle Still is one of those students who sees welding as a possibility for her future since the demand for qualified welders in her region remains high. Others, such as Skyler Adams, already enjoyed welding and found that the opportunity for a hands-on career especially suited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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It’s hard to know how exactly to answer questions about “what a new welder” needs in order to start welding because every person has a slightly different setup at home, different tools on hand, and very different assumptions about welding. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll cover everything YOU need in order to start welding, we’ll at least offer a great place to get started with your home welding shop. As with all of the advice on this blog, ask a local welding expert about your specific welding set up. Don’t just take our word for it! Welding Shop Supplies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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One of the benefits of offering some of the best prices on welding machines and welding gear at Baker’s Gas and Welding is that customers ask lots of good questions in order to make the best possible purchase. Over time, we hear the same questions often enough that we try to offer a more comprehensive reply. Here is a batch of questions about beginning as a welder, finding the best equipment and materials, and optimizing your welding set up for the best possible weld. Which Gas Is Ideal for MIG Welding Mild Steel? If you’re MIG welding mild steel with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Back to school season is here and whether you have kids, grandkids or no kids at all, it is a busy season for your entryway or mudroom. Every parent of school-age kids knows that when kids come home from school, so does their stuff and it lands, well… everywhere. One of the easiest ways to bring order to the chaos of coats, backpacks, and shoes is to implement organization and use your wall and floor space wisely. Lucky for you, your welding skills can come in very handy in taming the back to school clutter. In keeping with the back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Over the weekend of September 9th through the 11th, Baker’s Gas and Welding is offering a free Classic Miller Welding helmet with purchases of the Miller Multimatic 215 All-in-One Welder. In fact, if you need to stock up on welding gear or you want to find some of the best discounts on Miller Electric welders, now is the time to visit Baker’s Gas and Welding. Here’s an overview of the discounted welders and gear on sale this month. The Miller Classic Series Welding Helmet Available in a variety of shade options, the Miller Classic series is a solid basic welding... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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A two-man welding shop in Minnesota has fabricated materials for small companies and some of the largest businesses in the state. Jay Netter and Ron Schackmann have established a reputation for handling a large workload and meeting their deadlines after 24 years of business. Image Source Their shop has handled everything from nuclear power plant parts to stairways and railings to portable welding projects. Netter credits three years of welding training in high school and then his time at St. Cloud Technical & Community College with giving him an introduction to the field of welding and setting him up for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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It’s tough to beat the versatility and portability of the latest multiprocess welders from Miller Electric and ESAB. The latest video review of the new Miller Multimatic 215 should give you a nice overview of just how much these top machines can handle. Even better, you have your pick of these latest multiprocess welding machines: the ESAB Rebel and the Miller Multimatic 215. Which machine should you choose for your home welding shop or welding business? Here’s a comparison of a few features to help you decide. What Is Similar for the Multimatic 215 and Rebel Right off the bat,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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The visitors to Juneau, Alaska’s waterfront will soon find a massive whale sculpture that was welded in part by Craig Starmer. The project costs $10 million and is a focal point of the renovations to the city’s waterfront that is central for visiting tourists coming off cruise ships and tours of the area. Image Source The whale was brought in from a foundry in Oregon that had never worked on a project of this size before. Starmer traveled up to Juneau in order to assist with the public unveiling along with sculptor R.T. “Skip” Wallen. Welding Industry Illinois Community College... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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In case you haven’t noticed, recycling found materials is currently a major trend in the world of welding projects. Horseshoe welding projects are everywhere and at this point we are convinced there is nothing you can’t create from unused silverware. Not only is welding with scraps and recycled materials a affordable approach, it’s great for the earth and makes for absolutely unique welding projects and finished products. Buckle up (pun intended) because this month we are sending you to the auto salvage yard with 5 welding projects which you can create from old, discarded car and truck parts. The best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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August is a month of celebrations at Baker’s Gas and Welding as this family-owned company turns 80 this year after being owned and operated by the same family since 1936. It’s hard to imagine what the company’s founder would think of the ways this company has grown and expanded. Keep an eye out for more birthday specials to come by following on social media to stay up to date! And the birthday celebration of Baker’s Gas and Welding isn’t the only party happening this month. With the Summer Olympics in Rio, we’ve put together world record deals on welding supplies... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Tillman welding and work gloves are more than a safety product, they are an essential part of your welding setup, enabling you to weld with skill and precision. While you should always check out the construction, leather type, and durability of a welding glove, you can save yourself a lot of time researching brands by checking out Tillman’s bestselling welding gloves at Baker’s Gas and Welding that are on sale with an additional 8% off when you use the promo code: TILLMAN8. During this current promotion Tillman welding gloves are not only on sale, they also come with additional bonus... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Larry Smith of Lancaster, OH got into welding while serving in the Air Force, and he soon found he could make a career of it. After working in a welding shop for six years, he opened up his business, Precise Welding, in 1976. Smith has semi-retired, but his loyal customers still hire him for large and small jobs. His welding career spans a wide variety of projects from personal fabrication to automotive parts to military work: aircrafts, aerospace, and missiles. Smith credits his success with aiming to make lifelong customers. At this point he doesn’t ever see himself ever wanting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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MIG welding offers the convenience and speed of a feeder that guides the metal wire right into your puddle, but keeping your weld free from contaminants will determine the strength and appearance of your weld. While solid MIG wire requires a shielding gas to protect the weld, typically a mix of Argon and CO2, there’s also flux cored MIG wire that shields the weld on its own without the help of gas. The flux in the MIG wire melts in the weld puddle and provides all of the shielding your weld requires, and you can chip the flux away after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Sure, summertime means high temperatures—but does that mean you’re going to wait until October to tackle the welding jobs waiting for you right now? You probably already know the basics: start early in the day or wait until early evening; stay hydrated; stay clear of direct sunlight if you can; and most important, take that break before you overheat. Staying cool isn’t just a matter of comfort, because extreme heat brings on fatigue, and fatigue means loss of mental sharpness and a greater chance of accidents. The secret to summer welding is using gear that will help keep you cool... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Hebel Welding and Machine in New York State has manufactured doors for NYC subways and tanks for brew companies, and now it has taken a step toward remaining sustainable over the long haul with solar panels installed along the businesses’ two buildings. Carpenters expanded and reinforced the roofs on both buildings and the panels were installed with the help of a loan. Image Source The business is now 100% solar power reliant, powering the entire shop for its work day and providing significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Welding Industry A Close Up of Friction Welding “Friction welding already looks out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Now is the best time to pick up a brand new Miller Electric Trailblazer, Dynasty, Bobcat, or Millermatic MIG welder during the extended Build with Blue promotion at Baker’s Gas and Welding. You’ll find the most competitive discounts on Miller Electric welding machines, welding gear, and generators along with a generous rebate that offers up to $400 in cash back on select Miller products. You can jump right to the Build with Blue page to check out the list of discounted Miller products and download the rebate form or keep reading to learn more about the featured products from Miller.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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No matter where you find yourself in the world, one thing is absolutely true: There are people in your community who need your help. We all have different gifts to offer our neighborhoods and towns and you are uniquely equipped to help. Not every handyman has the skills and equipment needed for welding projects and metal work, yet every organization can benefit from donated welding time. From parks to senior centers to animal shelters there are many non-profit groups or individuals in your area who would benefit immensely from what you have to give. This month we thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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With the heat and humidity, summer is heating up, Baker’s Gas and Welding is also heating up some great deals with the “Sparks Fly All July” 3M promotion. This July 3M is our vendor of the month, which means extra amazing savings and bonuses on qualifying 3M purchases. When you hear 3M, you feel a sense of trust and envision inspiring and innovative products that change the way you work. This month we have impressive deals on products that hold up to everything you expect from the 3M name. Head here to learn more about 3M month or our promotions,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College (OCC) in New Jersey have moved 20 new welders from unemployment or unstable careers to new opportunities in the field of welding. One newly trained welder, Matthew Dolansky, had grown tired by the ups and downs of the construction industry. With his new welding certification, he is better positioned for steady jobs that start with a good hourly rate. Most importantly, local businesses are starting to contact the college about their program, looking for skilled workers. Several graduates of the program had jobs lined up before completing, while several others already have interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
Shopping for welding and cutting products online can lead to some tremendous deals and discounts on products that can be quite costly at full retail price. However, with the advantages of online shopping come the risks of manufacturers who sell cheap knock offs and defective products. Of course these manufacturers who cut corners and sell inferior products can sometimes imitate high quality tools and parts, but they certainly can’t reliably make better products. Why should you use genuine plasma cutter consumables from a trusted distributor who is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)? Here’s a look at what’s at stake and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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TIG welding requires more time, practice, and preparation than any other welding method, but whether you’re used to the hefty stick welding electrodes or the wire feeders of MIG welders, there are some great reasons to learn more about TIG welding. For starters, TIG welding provides the most precise and easily controlled welds possible with both machine settings and foot pedals to regulate your heat. With six electrodes to choose from, you also have a wide range of metals you can weld with a TIG machine. Whether or not more control or more options sound like advantages to you, here’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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A dozen Boy Scouts attended a welding introduction course at the Wallace Community College’s mobile welding unit in order to learn about the possibilities of a career in welding. One welding instructor noted that young people need early exposure to their career options so that they can make better informed choices. Image Source The mobile welding unit contained both simulators and live welding stations, allowing the scouts to practice striking an arc, keeping a proper angle, and maintaining the correct speed. The event was provided by the Wallace’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development. Here’s a roundup of the latest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Summer is here, even if the calendar doesn’t officially say so, and nothing says summer better than lounging around outside. Perhaps you have a poolside deck or a large front porch where you kick back and wait for the fireflies to come out for the evening. Great deck time requires comfortable seating, drink holders, fire pits and more. It’s not easy to unwind on hard concrete and nothing says summer like marshmallows over the fire. Lucky for you, you can use your creativity and welding skills to outfit your back yard and deck for summer fun. Heck, your neighbors will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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Nearly forty years ago Frederick Sachs learned how to weld from a friend while growing up on a farm in New York state’s Hudson Valley. However, Sach’s went on to become a Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at SUNY Buffalo, and his welding interest had to be put on hold. Image Source However, later in his career, Sachs took a few lessons in welding steel and found that welding proved to be an ideal hobby, providing a tactile mode of expression after spending his days working in labs and writing research grant proposals. Sachs has welded art with steel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips
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There is no more reliable way to cut metal than with a plasma cutter. They cut with a narrow kerf and leave clean edges on your metal, reliably cutting through just about anything you throw at them. However, the biggest knock against plasma cutters from experienced and novice welders is their price tag. While plasma cutters can save you money over the long term (compared to the gas expenses of a frequently used torch set up), Baker’s Gas and Welding can help you get past your sticker shock with a series of promotions and price slashes during Hypertherm month this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Welding Resources and Tips