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Plasma cutter - eye safety

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tomseviltwin, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. tomseviltwin

    tomseviltwin 1/2 ton status

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    Does the cutter require the same full mask as an elecric welder? I'm using an autodark mask but cant see what I'm working on.
     
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    I dont know about plasma cutters, but I have a halogen light with a clip I mount where ever I'm welding so I can use my autodarking helmet.
     
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    All i ever use is my cutting torch goggles, they are just slightly tinted. More the sunglasses, but half as dark as a welding helmet.
     
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    I know I'm an idiot but I never have, I just position the electrode/wand in such a way that I'm not lookin directly at the light but can still see the line I need to follow. Long sentence huh?? /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Good luck to y'all.

    Allan
     
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    I know we just used goggles when torch welding in a class I took once. Do you feel the goggles are adaquate protection?
     
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    I use my torch goggles.
     
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    I would think a good measure would be do you see spots after, if not then your probaly ok I know sometimes with the torches just heating things Ill see spots, and with the mig every once and a while I use my green glasses and see spots. I would wear something cuz hot sparks and molten metal in the eye SUCK.
     
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    Oxy Acetelyne goggles of shade 5 are more than adequate. It really depends on the amps you're working with. Consult your owners manual and it'll tell you what shade you should be using for your particular setup.
     
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    Waxer is correct. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Shade 5 lens is all ya need 90% of the time. My PowerMax 900 is a 55amp machine, no probs with a shade 5 lens.
     
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    For my plasma cutter I use my auto darkening welding helmet. I set the shade on 8 or 9 I think. Plasma is diff. than a 5 for a torch.
     
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    I use shade 4, mostly because I find shade 5 to be a little dark. Either will work fine though.

    Rene
     
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    Thanks for the info /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Most of the autodarkening helmets when powered "off" provide about a shade 4 or 5 lens darkness......


    Maybe do your cutting with the helmet turned off?....sounds weird, but it would probably work fine. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Mine when in the neutral or off position was way lighter than a shade 5. I put my oxy/acet goggles on (shade 5) and they are way darker than my auto-darken hood. I'd say the hood in the neutral mode is no darker than a pair of sunglasses.

    Although it will still block the UV rays to protect your eyes, it won't protect them from the brightness of the arc, and cause you to see spots and get a headache after you cut something.

    Just my 2 cents. Been there, done that, on this one /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I use my torch goggles.

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    i use mine as well.
    i have a pair of AO Safety glasses that resemble nice high dollar sun glasses. they are mirrored surfaces high impact plastic lenese. they work as well.
    Grant
     

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