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Join Date: Jan 2007
BlownDime is offline
Re: Self Dimming Welding Helmet.
I dropped $700 on an Optrel Satellite. Best helmet I've ever used.
Comfy as hell, light, and you can adjust from a shade 5-13. I've used it for GMAW and SMAW, and also used it while torching crap with the OA torches.
One thing I'll recommend, especially with cheaper auto helmets, is close your eyes when you start your arc. Won't notice a difference in smaller amounts of welding, but if you're welding for a full day, that minor delay can give you a flash over time.
I remember welding in a production shop, with a $100 auto-darken helmet, my eyes burned so goddamn bad after that first 12 hr shift. It feels like sand in your eyes as mentioned, and your vision will be blurry as hell. You won't realize how bad the flash is until later in the day/night.
If you do get flashed, moisten some tea bags and put them over your eyes - it helps.
Also MIG is far from useless, it's clean and it's quick. Great for production or working with lighter materials when you don't have the time for TIG. Any monkey can pull a trigger, but I know a bunch of guys that can weld with SMAW beautifully but their GMAW work looks like swiss cheese.
I got a question... WHAT THE ****!?
87 Ext cab S10 Durango, 2wd, 350/TH350, 2 1/4" true dual exhaust, B&M slapshift, gutted. Nothing left but a 12V sitting on a big frame under the cab.
92 Reg cab S10 Tahoe, 4wd, 4.3L, 3 BL, 3" SL, 31" tires, 3" exhaust with a glasspack. - Cab is all that is left.
Last edited by BlownDime; 06-23-2008 at 04:57 AM.