Businesses Supporting Businesses

by Rapid Welding 7. July 2020 13:30

Believe it or not, it's not unusual for us to inform our customers that their order is 'booked to arrive on the island by Hovercraft'. 

Well, that's what can happen if you need a plasma cutter delivered to the Isle of Wight, anyway!

For some businesses it has been a challenging time recently, while for others work has continued and in some cases, boomed! For the latter, the sustained or increased demand during Lockdown has posed challenges of its own with regards to supply, particularly with some sellers being forced to close due to the pandemic. Fortunately, both Rapid and RentArc have remained open during these challenging months, with Rapid being identified as a critical supplier under the UK MOD Programme, supporting key customers. Which means we have been able to step in and respond to 'calls for help' from businesses in need of our services, enabling them to continue production.


Hydromar Ltd, based on the island, have had a very busy few months processing medically urgent components. They have very kindly mentioned us in their recent LinkedIn post after we were able to supply the plasma cutter hire they needed to continue their critical work, delivered by hovercraft no less!.



Meet the Team – Dave Austin (IT Manager)

by Rapid Welding 24. June 2020 17:23

Meet the Team – Dave Austin (IT Manager)

Dave Austin, Rapid’s IT Manager, has been at Rapid for the past 15 years, in a diverse and challenging role, working with others to innovate and enhance both Rapid’s offering and our systems. Whether it’s a new feature on the web, a mod to an internal system, or just keeping all the systems up and running, Dave says that seeing the impact across the businesses is very fulfilling for him. “Through the ups and downs of life, Rapid have always been very supportive, showing how the Rapid Experience works on many levels.” 

Outside of work, Dave’s hobbies include collecting old Sci-fi books (and reading them), watching old films, and keeping the ubiquitous Stan (the cat) happy (more of a job than a hobby he says!),


Rapid’s Service Department: Benefits of the Kemppi ArcValidator

by Rapid Welding 24. June 2020 17:11

Rapid’s Service Department: Benefits of the Kemppi ArcValidator

The Kemppi ArcValidator is a systematic and accurate validation solution for our customers that links both workshop and office-based process, meeting both local quality control and national validation standards requirements to EN 50504 and IEC EN 60974-14. 



At Rapid we have 3 validators, and 6 members of staff in our service department are trained to use them. With the ArcValidator, we can connect and validate your welding equipment from other welding equipment manufacturers easily, without any separate adapters.

The ArcValidator has plenty of advantages and benefits to our customers:

  1. It’s a quicker process, so the machine doesn’t have to be out of production for longer than necessary.
  2. It essentially removes all human error due to the machine carrying out most of the work and calculations itself.
  3. Its more accurate than other “approved” test equipment e.g. clamp meters.
  4. It validates machines to the latest specification, including wire feeders
  5. It has the option of standard or precision validation.
  6. Having more than 1 machine in our service department enables us to be able to offer this service all year round, even when one is sent away for its own calibration.
  7. The validator is only available to Kemppi approved workshops, so you can rest-assured it is being carried out by a trained member of staff.
  8. The machine is able to validate nearly all makes and models.

 Other advantages of using our service department include:

  1. All staff who carry out validation are trained on validation.
  2. We only use the latest top spec equipment to carry out validation.
  3. We carry out over 1200 validations a year (We carried out 1282 between 01/04/2019 and 31/03/2020).
  4. We carry out the required annual electrical inspection to BS EN 60974-4:2016, to ensure your equipment is safe to use at the same time.
  5. All certificates are available from our web portal 24/7.
  6. Reminders are sent when machines are due.
  7. Our validation procedure is audited for our ISO9001 accreditation.
  8. We can service your welding equipment at the same convenient time (and gas test), saving on down time and cost.

You can find out more about our Service Department, including contact details by clicking here. For more information about the Kemppi ArcValidator, click here. 


Welders Supporting Welders - Presenting Bling Back Caps from Rate My Weld

by Rapid Welding 29. May 2020 11:04


Bling Back Caps from Rate My Weld

For those of us who weld, we know it's not just about fusing two pieces of metal together, for welding is often referred to as 'art' and like all artists, welders take pride in what they do. It also goes without saying that we take pride in what we weld with!

Now, if you're keen to show off your artistic flair to the maximum, then you really, REALLY need to check this out!

'High Quality Hand Crafted Bling for your TIG Torch'

Bling Back Caps from Rate My Weld are a uniquely designed, custom-made product hand-crafted in the UK, and we're delighted to promote this fantastic bit of fashion for your Tig torch because, well ..... basically, we think it's brilliant!

Back Caps twist onto the back of the torch, applying pressure to the back end of the collet and holding the tungston in place. Something a bit special, Bling Back Caps are as individual as the person holding the torch, and the pictures really don't do justice to the colours and patterns available. Sold in sets of three - short, medium and long, and presented in a stylish and protective flight case, these one of a kind Back Caps are available to purchase directly from Rate My Weld Custom Acrylic Shop and are perfectly suited to our best selling 2 and 3 series CK Worldwide torches. 

The only question you need to ask yourself is, which colour do you want?


  Picture shared by one very happy 'Rate My Weld' customer



Rate My Weld - Custom Acrylic

Rapid Welding

CK Worldwide Tig Torches


Welders Supporting Welders


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Meet the team: Andy Doe, Sales Director

by Rapid Welding 14. May 2020 13:30

Meet the team: Andy DoeSales Director 


'Ask Andy'

The wonderful Mr Andy Doe has a longstanding career in the welding industry, having first studied a welding course at a local tech college while still at school. Nowadays, Andy (AKA 'Ask Andy') is the Sales Director at Rapid Welding and the man with the answers to all your welding queries.

Judging by the feedback we regularly receive, our customers find his experience and advice invaluable when making purchasing decisions.

Fun Fact: Andy's worst welding moment was using a 100 amp Plasma cutter for a whole morning without eye protection, freely admitting he was young and didn't give it the respect it deserved. The result was…he couldn’t see for two days! You've been warned people!


Here’s just a few examples of the lovely comments and feedback we’ve received about Andy!

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Rapid Supports the Isle of Wight Hospice for a 5th Year

by Rapid Welding 14. May 2020 12:22

Rapid Supports the Isle of Wight Hospice for a 5th Year


Under the current guidance as a result of COVID-19, Rapid’s Business Manager, Marianne Edwards, has been making the most of her daily exercise allowance. 

Whilst Rapid & RentArc's chosen charity this year is Wessex Heartbeat, there is one annual fundraising event that Marianne always takes part in on the Isle of Wight, where she resides.

‘Walk the Wight’ is held in aid of the Island’s hospice, and this year would have been Marianne’s fifth time participating. Sadly, the organised walk for Sunday 10th May was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but with a few tweaks to meet current social distancing measures the event was able to continue, and 'Walk the Wight' became ‘Walk the Wight Your Way’.

As an added bonus, participants are allowed to sign up their dogs to take part, too, receiving their own number, bandana and a medal. This was too good an opportunity to pass up for Marianne. Making this challenge extra special, Marianne was accompanied by Scarlet, her beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback and regular training partner. Together, these six legs covered the distance of 26.2 miles from East (Bembridge) to West (Alum Bay).

Incredibly well organised, walkers were provided with maps of accessible routes on the island, meaning the event was able to continue in spirit and enabling participants to raise money and support this great cause; which each year raises around £250,000!

A bit of trivia for you: To date, Scarlet and Marianne have each walked a whopping 214 miles - enough to have walked around the Island coastal path (67 miles), North to South (13 miles) and East to West (24 miles) ..... TWICE!

You can find out more about ‘Walk the Wight Your Way’ and support this very worthwhile cause here:

Marianne & Scarlet heading out for their daily walk!

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Getting Started in Welding and Metal-Working

by Rapid Welding 1. May 2020 09:29

  Deciding to start out in the welding and metal working industry is a great choice of career path and a challenging, fun and addictive skill to learn as a hobby, too.

But what do you need to get started?

With so many products available on the market, we've cherry picked a handful of key items you might want to consider adding to your welding and metal working shopping list. All items are available from the Rapid Welding website, just follow the links for more detailed information and full specification. Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in person: Tel. 02392 214214 or Email:

Multi-Process Welder

Choosing your preferred welding method isn't easy when starting out, and unless you're looking for a process specific unit such as an AC/DC Tig welder or MIG welding machine, then a great all-round multi-process welder covers all bases. The beauty of multi-process is that it can operate several different welding styles from one unit, such as MIG, TIG, STICK or flux-core, meaning you can learn different types of welding without needing to invest in multiple welding machines.

Probably the best multi-process welder on the market and a sound investment is the Fronius TranSteel 2200cRobust, reliable and lightweight, the TransSteel 2200c is a compact, multiprocess-capable solution bringing together MMA, MIG/MAG and TIG in a single device. 

Rapid Welding stocks a wide range of welding machines from quality brands such as Lincoln Electric, Esab and Kemppi, for which we are approved suppliers. Top tip: When you view any welding machine on the Rapid Welding website, you can also click on 'buy parts' to see associated items such as wire, torches and contact tips relating to the specific machine.


Obviously protective gear is a must.

High on your list of priorities should be the best quality welding helmet your budget will allow. A great example would be the ever popular Optrel Crystal auto-darkening welding helmet, offering a practically unclouded and clear view of your working environment. The correct helmet should provide complete protection, from flying materials to blinding lights as well as being right for your chosen welding application. We understand that selecting a welding helmet comes down to many factors including personal preference, so to help you make your choice we have put together a useful Welding Helmet Guide, so you can make sure your safety is never compromised.  

As well as welding helmets, Rapid also offers a full complement of safety-wear and equipment. Consider purchasing a pair of quality welding gloves, such as our best selling Ultima Gold Tig Gauntlet or the Red/Gold Premium Gauntlet.

Safety glasses like the Esab Warrior clear UV safety specs are also a worthwhile and inexpensive addition to your kit. 

While we're on the subject of safety, it might be worth looking into appropriate fume extraction. The Plymovent PHV - Portable High Vacuum - Welding Fume Extractor is fully mobile and compact enough for small workshops, garages or confined spaces.


Most people have a grinder these days, it's just one of those things you pick up while shopping, isn't it? But what about consumables? We stock a large range of abrasive products such as the great value 3M Cubitron Fibre discs; perfect for stainless and available in any size to suit your grinder. In fact, we have a whole section dedicated to all things consumable related, including MIG and TIG wire, flux and rods.  

Welding Table

The Nomad economy welding table is engineered to provide a safe, transportable, affordable and versatile welding surface. Ideal for small workshops or garages, the Nomad can be set up wherever you're working so you can bring your table to your work, not your work to your table. This excellent value welding table is also height adjustable for comfort.

Learning Your Trade

Finally, you could consider purchasing some welding reading material. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced welder wishing to hone your skills, we have a great selection of books offering practical and comprehensive guides to welding projects, design ideas and day-to-day applications such as farm and workshop welding. 



Happy Shopping 

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Win a £100 Prize Bundle of Welding Supplies!

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 09:11

Win a £100 Prize Bundle of Welding Supplies!

As a big thank you to all our followers, Rapid is giving away an INCREDIBLE prize bundle of welding supplies worth £100 to one lucky person!

Simply help us get to 1K followers on Facebook and you could be in with a chance of winning.

The £100 Prize bundle includes:

·        Jackson Auto Darkening Helmet

·        Universal Stainless Hand Scratch Brush

·        Chipping Hammer

·        Nozzle Flow Tube

·        Multi-Purpose MIG Pliers Helper Tool

·        Magnetic Mig Torch Stand

·        Panther Pro TIG Glove

·        Rapid Travel Mug

·        Rapid T-Shirt

·        Rapid Beanie


The competition goes live on Monday 20th April, so make sure you head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE for your chance to win. All you have to do is ....

·        Follow our Facebook page

·        Like our competition post on Facebook

·        Tag two friends who you would share the prize with!

Good luck!


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COVID-19 Update: April 2020

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 09:08


COVID-19 Update: April 2020

As many of you will be aware, Rapid Welding is a Critical Supplier.

As a Critical Supplier under the UK MOD Programme, supporting key customers, we are still open for business, taking orders and offering advice & guidance in whatever way we can. We are proud to be able to do our bit to support the country during this difficult period, so please get in touch if you feel we can help you.

If you’d like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or call us on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.



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Meet the Team: James Edwards, Service Manager

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 08:57

Meet the team: James Edwards, Service Manager

Rapid’s Service Manager, James Edwards, has been with Rapid most of his working life having started with us aged 17. Sixteen years later, James has worked his way up from Trainee Service Engineer to his current role as Service Manager. As well as his ‘hands on’ role in servicing, maintenance and validations, James is also responsible for ensuring the Service Department teams’ training is up to date and current.

 James can be shy (he didn’t want his photo taken but we managed to persuade him into giving us a little action shot!). Also, a little known fact about James is his absolute fear of spiders! (After sixteen years with Rapid, James, you should know never to disclose things like that!) Surprised

James says, “although my job is pretty full on, I do enjoy the challenges our customers send to us. I work with a great bunch of people and we support each other, because that’s the ‘Rapid Way’”. 

You can find out more about James and our Service Department by clicking here.


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