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Anybody have a auto darkening welding helmet?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Woodman89, Feb 28, 2001.

  1. Woodman89

    Woodman89 Registered Member

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    I have been using the crappy helmet that came with my MIG ever since I bought it. I have been using it more and more and have decided its about time for a new one. Has anyone used an auto darkening helmet? pros/ cons? is it worth the $$? I have my eye on one that is $150.00, which is about the max I want to spend on it.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    My girlfriends dad is a welder by trade, and that is what he uses. Not sure of brand, "dim rating" or whatever they call it, etc., but I don't believe they paid over $150 for it. I also don't think it is a variable dimming one, I believe it just goes to one set level.

    Dorian
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  3. Cavalry

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    I have a speedglass 9000X which is closer to $300. I love it and would never go back to fixed shade. My only complaint is sometimes if you are in a odd position (looking around a corner) one of the sensors can become obstructed and the helmet wont dim. This is pretty rare though. The lower priced speedglass products are pretty decent too, you just start to lose the options..... var shade(hardly ever use it), sensitivity shades (never used it),larger viewing area(the reason I bought this one) solar cells (Batterys are cheap) I guess it all depends on what your needs are. I wear mine at least 20 hours a week so I guess I can justify it.

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  4. chevy6772fool

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    i worked in a muffler shop for 13 years, used one for the last 4 or 5 years, no way would i go back to the old flip up type. having that extra hand to work with instead of flipping the lense closed is the only way to go. the other guy was right about the sensor getting obstructed, and like he said , it's a rare occurance.

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    Had a doctor tell me that the auto darkening weld helmets work good to protect your eyes. But he said they are not fast enough to keep a flash of ultravilot light from going right through the back of your retena, and eching a spot on your brain. He mite be full of crap, but I don't use them.
     
  6. Waxer

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    I think your doctor is full of it. The auto darkening hoods ALWAYS have UV protection whether they are dark or clear. They just darken to protect your eyes from the bright light of the arc. So if you took the batteries out and struck an arc, your eyes would be shielded from the UV rays, but not the brightness. Thats all. Hope this helps...
     
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    My Dad bought on and he loves it. Wish I had one when I was welding. Always used to flip the mask down with one hand, squeeze the triger and shoot out 2 feet of wire before I realized I moved too much messing with the mask.
     
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    I have one and love it. I would never go back to the flip up type.

    BONDO WILL FIX ANYTHING!!!
     
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    These just look cool [​IMG]

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    I have one at work and love it.

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    Im convinced - now I cant wait to try it out. Probably get it this weekend. Thanks for the input!
     
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    I bought an auto darkening helmet from Harbor Freight when it was on sale for $80. Works great. The window isn't the largest but it works fine for what I use it for. I love being able to see where the stick is going before it makes contact.

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    I've never used one but it sounds like it helps alot when starting a weld

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