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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 18, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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What welding helmet?

i got to try a welding helmet with the automatic glass for the first time this week. Wowzers. Gotta have it.
The one i tried was a Miller. Stopped in at my neighbors to see his. He had 3 setting around. One set up for air supply with 3M speedglass, a jackson with 3M speedglass, and a harbor freight rig. He said the 3M speedglass is the item. He has the hf one for the helmet mounted sensitivity control. What, where are the decent deals on these things?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 18, 08:19 PM
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Re: What welding helmet?

I don't know about the best deals or when, but when it came to vision protection while welding I was not even willing to try an inexpensive or discount helmet. I've got a Miller, not the top of the line or the bottom. Very happy with it. The helmet has multiple sensors to trigger the lens which is useful if you are welding in an area where one or more of the sensors could get blocked. Just got to be careful not to let the batteries go bad, did it once, won't make that mistake twice.
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Re: What welding helmet?

Can usually find good deals on eBay for Miller. Same for the batteries. Keep spares.

Miller also has some autodarkening welding goggles if you hate helmets.

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Re: What welding helmet?

I agree with Chris. Get a good helmet and to add to the battery thing, get one that is also solar powered so if your battery dies, you are still protected. I personally have an older Speedglas XL helmet that has multiple sensors and is battery and solar powered. I used it everyday for 6 years and is still working as great 27 years later! Never had one issue with it.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 18, 05:36 AM
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Re: What welding helmet?

Caution:
I have a HF auto darkening hood. Went to use it last week and it would not darken. The batteries went flat after about 5 years and are not readily replaceable. I thought the solar power would still keep the lens working, but I was wrong.
If you get one, make sure you can replace the batteries easily or you'll be buying another one or at least a complete new lens. Other than that, the HF is an improvement over the standard lens, worked well, and is cheap.
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I have had my harbor freight helmet for over 5 years now. No complaints. I think you got a dud.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 18, 05:38 AM
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Re: What welding helmet?

This is the one I have and it is reasonably priced.....

https://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/81544/10002/-1
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 18, 08:04 AM
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Re: What welding helmet?

For the occasional user there is nothing wrong with a HF or other inexpensive helmet. Just be sure it is labeled/conforms to ANSI Z87.1 That standard is voluntary but I've never seen a helmet without the ANSI label. I test my helmet prior to each use. Just hold it up to a light to see if it darkens. I've owned my inexpensive helmet for 10+ yrs. and it's never failed.

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Re: What welding helmet?

I bought a Miller Performance Series Helmet. It was the middle of the road helmet at the time that I bought it. I like it. The solid black ones are cheaper than the colorful ones.

Back then, they had a comparison between the different lines of Miller helmets. This was the cheapest one that was recommended for spot welding. I don't know why the cheaper ones were not recommended for this type of welding. The type of welding done on car sheet metal is similar to spot welding. When you weld a seam of thin sheet metal, the weld is not one continuous weld instead it is spot welded.

Along with batteries, there are other consumables such as replacement plastic lens that go over the auto darkening LCD. I have replaced my inner helmet parts that hold the helmet to my head. You will be able to find these parts if you buy a name brand helmet.


P.S. I have a Lincoln welder. The Miller helmet works just fine with the other brand welder.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 18, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Lotsa comments, thanks guys. I read a bunch of reviews. With some i get the feeling they are selling the same lens but changing the headgear ala miller. I am going to be tigging. I used to think i was all that with a tig a few decades ago with what was fred flintstone equipment, though miller, relatively speaking. My neighbor is going to lend me his spare miller inverter. I have to see if i can live up to my embellished memory. I gotta order something when i get off the road next week. Im in sandusky tonight and wont get to the roller coasters.... bummer.

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Re: What welding helmet?

More here:

https://lateral-g.net/forums/showthr...Welding+helmet

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Re: What welding helmet?

One other thing to add - With my ancient Speedglas, I was also able to change from shade 9-13 depending on what I was doing which helped a lot. It also had manual mode on it which allowed you to control at what point it auto-darkened(used this feature for grinding to keep it from darkening) Weigh out all your options before committing to something cheap.

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