Welding Helmet

Discussion in 'Shop Safety' started by HellsBells, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Feb 15, 2009
    canuckCJ

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    I've always used a standard helmet, Never trusted teh autodark thing. When I first started welding the auto sensor tech was somewhat spotty and there was a pretty good chance of getting flashed.

    I might reconsider after watching the video. My current helmet has been around not for almost 20 years.
     
  2. Feb 18, 2009
    DrDanteIII

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    You better be right, I just ordered the same one!
     
  3. Feb 28, 2009
    kf_chris

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    I got the autodark HF helmet...but we have yet to wire in the welder (probably because I haven't been home since welder purchase which is just part of the job). Let you guys know when I start using.
     
  4. Feb 28, 2009
    Colorado_Baja

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    Hope it works out better for you than the guy in my welding class, flashed him pretty bad the first time out.
    Personally I would never trust my sight to anything from HF..
     
  5. Feb 28, 2009
    Dummy

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    Jeepman252

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    I got spoiled to when I got the Elite at work. I got the phansy one...

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  7. Mar 4, 2009
    TexasBlues

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    i scored the HF blue flame helmet too... and i like it A LOT!...

    quick reaction time, and plenty dark... but i'm a noob, so if i go blind, i'll let you guys know in braille...

    so far (after 10+ hrs) i havent had any discomfort or issues
     
  8. Mar 12, 2009
    kf_chris

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    Well if I get flashed I'll go to the weld shop and pick up a new helmet and keep the HF one for back up use. I haven't even taken the welder or the helmet out of the box yet (been away from home working for a while)
     
  9. Mar 12, 2009
    DrDanteIII

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    I jsut tried this thing out yesterday for the first time. Works great. I just set the switches to "fast" and "high" sensitivity, and set the darkness dial to about 11 or 12, and it was comfortable and no noticable flash while welding @ 100 amps with the AC stick welder

    definitely reccomended.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2009
    mtndewmaniac66

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    I have a Jackson auto darkening, be darned if I can remember the model. I picked it up at my local Pawn Shop for $100.00 a couple years ago. I was looking around for one for a few weeks before I purchased this one. Price, and name were my biggest factors. I am glad that I picked up the one I have. I have never experienced weld flash or helmet slip. It is very comfortable for my bald head.
     
  11. May 7, 2010
    sawedoffcj6

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    cheap one will protect you but i prefer masks with a large sight glass and a gold iridium coating they don't autodarken but with the highly reflective coating they don't have to be as dark in the first place which works well with my resistance to to electronics and technology
     
  12. May 7, 2010
    lynn

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    I'll be placing my order this wekend. :tea:
     
  13. May 7, 2010
    Don X

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  14. May 7, 2010
    all4jpn

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    any tips on reducing the light that seeps in around the sides/back of the helmet..a hood or something..
     
  15. Nov 23, 2010
    Stout

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    I'm going to learn to weld (well, I sorta know how to weld, I need to learn how to weld correctly) and I read that an auto darkening helmet can be somewhat dangerous for beginner welders. It takes a fraction of a second for it to darken and if you do a lot of start again-stop again welding those fractions of a second add up to larger does of harmful rays to your eyes.

    I'm not sure if I believe that or not, any thoughts? I just bought one and I haven't used it yet but I'm hoping to play with my mig welder this weekend.
     
  16. Nov 23, 2010
    Mcruff

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    I think that would be BS, you can turn the sensitivity up or down. Heck you can set it so its pretty much dark from the background light before you even start the spark.

    I would just buy one and forget it.
     
  17. May 17, 2011
    pitmonkey

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    Been welding with a two sensor and a four sensor for at least 5 years now.Still have great vision. The trick I was tought was if you lift your hood and see any rings you need to go up a shade until it goes away. But the fractions adding up is IMHO crap. Been welding 15+ years and going.
     
  18. May 17, 2011
    Quill

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  19. May 18, 2011
    Tumbleweed

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    You can cut down a good portion of the reflected light you get by not wearing a white T shirt when welding. It does make a difference.
     
  20. Dec 8, 2012
    fhoehle

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    I have a Lincoln auto darkening adustable from grinding to shade 13. It is rugged, and has been a great helmet from day 1. Gets used about every day, or at most, every other day. I also have a Harbor Freight one, for when my son wants to watch or play around. It has been good, but the lenses are some wierd size, and I have to cut them down from regular ones.
     

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