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Unread 03-30-2013, 05:39 PM   #16
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FYI, there is currently a 25% off coupon good for tomorrow at HF
Yep, got mine printed out. But the fine print says it can't be used with other discounts. Not sure if that is enforced. HF is usually pretty lax. I'm headed there in the morning.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 08:49 PM   #17
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Well,
Ground off the top of the weld, tried to cut a "V" by the seperation. This was my first shot at welding and it is now apparent being little slower or faster can quickly change results. My weld is not pretty but it is holding:)

I was the 1/8" weld sticks that came with the unit and I think 1/16 might have been a better choice. Thanks for the help!
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Unread 03-30-2013, 09:12 PM   #18
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The auto darkening lenses make it really easy to tack exactly where you want it, and the nice ones adjust for shade, delay, and sensitivity. The more you spend on the helmet itself,....the more features they have too.

I currently have a couple of fixed shade Jackson helmets with the big window, and an Optrel adjustable, which goes from 5 to 13. I do TIG on thin stainless, so I use a low shade for that work, and use a 10 at higher amp settings. When stick welding, either the fixed shade or the adjustable works fine, but I'm really hooked on the adjustable. I will make a small change in shade when changing from 1/8" to 3/32" electrodes.

FWIW, I've worked around welding for 38 years,.... you only have one set of eyes. Spend as much as you can afford.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 11:59 PM   #19
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The auto darkening lenses make it really easy to tack exactly where you want it, and the nice ones adjust for shade, delay, and sensitivity. The more you spend on the helmet itself,....the more features they have too.

I currently have a couple of fixed shade Jackson helmets with the big window, and an Optrel adjustable, which goes from 5 to 13. I do TIG on thin stainless, so I use a low shade for that work, and use a 10 at higher amp settings. When stick welding, either the fixed shade or the adjustable works fine, but I'm really hooked on the adjustable. I will make a small change in shade when changing from 1/8" to 3/32" electrodes.

FWIW, I've worked around welding for 38 years,.... you only have one set of eyes. Spend as much as you can afford.
Couldn't have said it better myself Thirdeye. I will admit that HF is good for a lot of stuff but I do not buy anything safety related from there. I only have one set of eyes, ears, and hands and safety is one thing I will spend money on. I currently have a 4 sensor NexGen that I use for Tig and a Miller Elite platinum that I use for Mig. Both are auto darkening and I also have a few "old school" hoods.
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Guess I'm odd man out in this case... I've had lots of problems with auto shades... flashing on and off as I weld, slow to shade ect... I will say I used to work in a fab shop that supported the oil fields so it wasn't a simple spot weld here and there. I'm old school give me pipeliner and I'm a happy man. Okay and some beer after work
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I'm a real novice mig welder .. and I used the hood that came with it. I couldnt get the headflick thing worked out properly and always moved a bit sometimes sparking up well away from my target , so I just held it all together with gloved hands and pulled them away real quick when it sparked OK. Then I got a new set of gloves and an auto darkening hood. Its got delay and shade level and works wonderfully, now I can weld inside without having to put spotlight on it so I can see before starting like I used to do after burning through a few fingertips and outside in daylight it is just a dream.
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