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Faston 03-30-2013 06:37 AM

Need Help Selecting Safet helmets!!
 
Finally ready to fix the spotweld on the support channel. Took me a long time the proper 240V connectors for both connectors.

I need to grab a welding helmet. Some folks have told me to get the cheaper that not darken automatically.

Other folks have told me I should get an auto darken.

I have flexibility on how much I spend, I want a good one!

Thanks,
Randy.

Garrett 03-30-2013 06:46 AM

This is the helment that I use and it works great. They have them on sale all the time for $40.
http://www.harborfreight.com/blue-fl...MjI5NiJ9%0D%0A

nastynotch347 03-30-2013 06:49 AM

I have an auto darken lens and I love it... I weld quite often though. For a couple repairs every now and again I wouldn't drop close to $200 just to leave it gather dust.

nastynotch347 03-30-2013 06:51 AM

The HF one is a great price!

Faston 03-30-2013 06:52 AM

Thanks Garrett

HankB 03-30-2013 09:17 AM

If you use the auto-darken helmet, be careful not to use it in such a way that something between the arc and the panels throws a shadow on the panel. The lens will not darken and that is Not Good™.

4ever3 03-30-2013 09:52 AM

I wear a welding hood all day every day and its a passive, autos just aren't for me. Whatever one you choose just buy a Jackson, they have the most comfortable headgear on market.

Bludawg 03-30-2013 10:02 AM

The auto darkening helmet is the only way to go The Peabody that invented that is my hero. That one from HF is pretty decent I have one and I have a Lincoln too. I cant really see( pun intended) much difference.

Faston 03-30-2013 10:09 AM

I wound up with an auto-adjust from H.F. for $35. This one has a dial that you can increase the overall darkness. Hope it really works:) Some nice guy was in line behind me and gave me the coupon for it.

Thanks for the warnings on the auto-adjusts. If this one does not darken properly I will get a fixed passive unit.

wnkt 03-30-2013 01:08 PM

I got one of those cheap auto darkening one, but I only used it for the welding classes.
I couldnt get used to the regular fixed shade one I had before that, when I tried nodding my head to flip down the shield, my hands moved so I was off the mark.
The only thing I didnt like with the auto dark one was when I was looking up into the lights at the school, it would trigger the darkening before I was ready.

Im not a expert in any way, shape or form...but if you arent going to be doing more than a little welding every once in a while, I wouldnt go spending several hundred bucks. But if its going to be a job...i wouldnt skimp

buttburnersbbq 03-30-2013 01:52 PM

Go to HF and get the auto dark helmet. The non auto dark helmets are a pain.

Mo-Dave 03-30-2013 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wnkt (Post 2429050)
I got one of those cheap auto darkening one, but I only used it for the welding classes.
I couldnt get used to the regular fixed shade one I had before that, when I tried nodding my head to flip down the shield, my hands moved so I was off the mark.
The only thing I didnt like with the auto dark one was when I was looking up into the lights at the school, it would trigger the darkening before I was ready.

Im not a expert in any way, shape or form...but if you arent going to be doing more than a little welding every once in a while, I wouldnt go spending several hundred bucks. But if its going to be a job...i wouldnt skimp

Same thing here, with non larking, when I raised my helmet I would be way off the mark.
Dave

Mixin 03-30-2013 04:11 PM

The auto-darken ones are good for hobbyist welders who only do a small amount now & then. There's a slight delay between the arc & when they darken, and after a whole day of welding, your eyes will feel like they're full of sand.

I've found for the odd jobs, auto-darken is great, but for a day of car repairs with a MIG, the old passive one is the only way to save your eyes.

It's kinda the opposite to what you're doing - the short job where a/darken will be fine, so the delay won't be an issue for you, but it's hard to justify the cost.

One thing I have learnt though, if you own a welder, and your skills are reasonable, your buddies will catch on, then you'll find yourself doing a lot more welding jobs once word gets out - which would justify the added expense.

Teamfour 03-30-2013 05:06 PM

I've had one of the HF auto darkenings for five years. Still works great. I had to order new head gear for it this weekend as the straps finally broke. They are on sale for $39 right now. I just welded up a cart for my Backwoods this weekend - about three hours of welding and my eyes never felt like sand.

colonel00 03-30-2013 05:20 PM

FYI, there is currently a 25% off coupon good for tomorrow at HF


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