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WW1 Tank Tribute to British Engineers

Daredevil Guy Martin builds WW1 tank in tribute to British Engineers

Engineers revealed how they made Guy Martin’s Mark IV replica tank in a brilliant TV show aired this week.

With the exception of a couple all tanks are female. Meet DEBORAH 11…..

The tank, invented by William Foster & Co Ltd,  Lincoln in England first saw action on September 15, 1916. Within 24 hours 179 were out of action. Most had broken down, with only 60 lost to enemy fire. Not a great success.

The truck mechanic and television presenter came up with the idea of producing a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank to mark the centenary of a battle in which they were first deployed.

And he turned to JCB’s engineers and welders to help turn his dream into reality in time for the special anniversary.They rose to the challenge in double-quick time with the profile parts cut, rolled and bent into shape at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter before being welded together at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester.

Using modern techniques including robotic welding and a Laser cutter 4000 watt to cut through the 15 mm material to rebuild the machine the biggest problem was to make it look as though it had just come off the factory line during the war.  Even replicating the roller spacing for the tracks of the tank, so it would sound exactly the same as the original

Design engineer Tom Beamish said: “The manufacture of tanks was cutting-edge stuff at the time but looking back on it now, it barely seems possible with the equipment workers then would have had.

Guy Martin leant a hand in the welding shop where Chris Shenton said fabrication work took less than four weeks. The completed chassis was transported to Norfolk tank museum, near Norwich, where the remainder of the project took place.

Herts-based engineers Chasestead Ltd manufactured more than 360 components, from gun mounts to ­periscopes, using ­computer ­technology the original makers could hardly dream of.


Gearbox parts were salvaged from scrapped farm vehicles. And 3,000 fake rivets were used for authenticity.  The main difference to the real thing was the ­engine.  No original Daimler engines exist so Guy used an old Rolls-Royce one bought 25 years ago for £100 by tank enthusiast Stephen Machaye. The replica was built by volunteers at the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St

And on Armistice Day Guy Martin and his team took their tank to Cambrai where they observed the two minutes’ silence during a poignant service after not being able to complete their dream and drive the tank through Lincoln city centre on Remembrance Sunday this year.


Watch the Channel 4 show on Catch up or Google Guy Martin Tank for lots more information.

If you have a similar project and are looking for welders search our site….. Whether buying or selling any welding or fabrication plant and equipment we would love the opportunity to talk to you.



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This Guy is No Pumpkin

TIG Welding for Halloween

Masses of credit to 6061.com for posting this video on YouTube.

It takes a lot of skill to weld and just as much to produce a video giving a tutorial.

Aaron, the guy behind the beautifully crafted Pumpkin, will teach you step by step in video tutorials how to weld with aluminium on lots of projects for a nominal one time fee of $45. Visit his web site here

This is too good an opportunity to miss if you are staring out as a welder fabricator or need to improve your tig welding skills with aluminum and stainless.

If you are looking to buy an affordable TIG welder from a reliable and trusted company take a look at our ac/dc tig welders in stock. 

Please note the majority of our Used and Refurbished machines are 3phase for industrial use. We have a special offer on a few New TIG welders here

Please check the specification on each machine or call our Sales Team for some sound but scary advice!!!


What is the difference between Aluminum and Aluminium?

Aluminum is the American spelling and aluminium is the British spelling for this ductile, malleable silver-white metal. In 1812, its discoverer, Sir H. Davy, first called the metal alumium but then modified the word.


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Weld Clad Overlay Equipment

Cladding Systems In Stock Today!

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The weld overlay cladding process provides protection for products such as pipes, valves, flanges and specialist fabrications in a number of industry sectors where service conditions require corrosion resistant properties.

Fronius Weld Cladding Cell with Positioner.


Key Features:

Hot Wire Cladding Welding Cell with motorised base, consists of the following:
Column & Boom 3M x 2M.
Fronius FCS 2000-1000/ML-375 Cross Slide System.
Fronius FPA 9000 Controller
Fronius KD 1500 D-11 Wire Feed System
Fronius TransTig 5000 Job G/F Power Source
Fronius TransTig 2200 Job Hot Wire Power Source
Fronius Chilly 35 Water Chiller
Fronius FRP 1500C FPA Rotilting Positioner
Machine was situated in the Research & Development Department and as such has done very little work

Click here to make an enquiry.


Power Electronics Bode Weld Cladding System.


Key Features:

Model: Multi Clad Hotwire Tig Weld System,System Version V7
Integrated Rotary Table Power Control and Miller Gold Star 602 welding machine
3000mm x 3000mm
An automatic welding system designed and made in the UK for the Oil, Gas and Nuclear industry
The component is mounted on a turntable with the bore being welded centred on the turntable rotational axis
During the cladding operation, the turntable rotates and the welding torch is stationary (moving up once a revolution)
A conventional column & boom (rack & pinion type) supports precision cross slides attached to the end of the boom.
The slides perform the task of moving the torch in two or more axes.
Bode flat welding positioner 2500mm diameter table
Power Electronics flat welding positioner 2000kg 1200mm diameter table
Operation manuals
Year of Manufacture 2000

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Systems are sold in fully working order, guaranteed by our UK company with over 50 years’ experience in the industry!
Worldwide shipment available, take a look at our website for more information, click here.

Maybe you have a similar system you are looking to sell? Send us details today and our Purchasing team will get back to you.

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Newbie Welders – Watch Out

Welding Slang and Phrases

In the construction world newbies often find themselves lost in common phrases and welding slang is no exception thrown around by fellow workers.

Here’s a guide on welding slang and fabrication slang in the workforce.

People & Characteristics

Golden Arm – A welder with excellent technique and end results.

Bugger – Welder’s helper, cleaning up and prepping weld in advance; it might run additional passes after the weld is completed in advance of visual inspection.

Meat Hand – Derived from the term “bead hand.” A root pass welder on a pipeline job. Usually a good welder that can run slick root passes (stringer beads) in x-ray pipelines in production mode.

Drinking Hand – Welder that drinks alcohol in excess. Not necessarily a bad connotation.

ROMF – Welder whose services are no longer necessary.

Shield Arcer – SMAW welder

Shoulder to the Holder – Welder who uses more brawn than brain for work.

Potato Face – welder with flash burned eyes.

Green/Green horn/Rookie – Any welder new to the trade.

Zorro  Welder trying to un-stick the SMAW electrode.

Equipment & Techniques

Weld Beads and Pools

It’s not surprising that so much of the lingo relates to the weld and the weld pool. After all, they are at the core of the process. Here are some terms you may encounter on the job site.

Stringer bead
A narrow, straight weld bead that is created by moving the SMAW electrode straight along the weld joint. A quality stringer bead should have good tie-in on both sides of the weld.

The ability of a weld puddle to flow evenly, allowing both sides of the weld to merge smoothly with the base material.

Root pass
The first weld bead placed in the weld joint in a multipass weld.
Also referred to as a fill pass, it is the amount of weld bead necessary to fill the weld joint. This pass comes after the root pass and before the cap pass (see next term). In some applications, multiple fill passes are necessary.
The final weld bead in a weld joint. It may be completed in the form of a stringer bead or by a weaving motion back and forth.
The shape of the puddle while welding. It is sometimes also used to describe the shape of the crater at the end of the weld.
The shape of the hole that is formed while welding an open-root joint, particularly with an AWS 6010 SMAW electrode. It allows for good penetration and tie-in in the completed weld.


You can find loads of great welding process images on Instagram.  Follow some of these guys and girls around – their work is truly amazing.

If you are looking for a Welding Positioner (minus a man having a free ride) then you will find over 50 New, Used or Refurbished Positioners, Manipulators, Turntables and Rotators for sale or hire at Westermans International.

All in stock ready for despatch anywhere in the world.


We gathered this information from Welding Slang Sources

The Fabricator

American Welding Society

Welding Web

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Welds Reduce Microbial Growth of Bacteria

Reduce Micro Bacteria with Orbital Welded Piping

It’s owing to the improper welds of pipes and tubes servicing the food and beverage industry that result in them being more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms.


















The high-quality end results of orbital cutting, bevelling and welding machines reduces the microbial growth of bacteria.

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