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Lets See Your Welding Helmets!

lets see what everyone is working with.


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Hobart Auto-Darken. Just a baisc helmtet.... i use it for TIG only, Wife bought it for me as a gift last year.


I have a lincoln silver line i use for mig only, but its just black, so no pics


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you guys will probably laugh but this is similar to what i use at work. not this exactly, mines is a bit thicker leather so it holds its shape and the flipper is a lot better. but i made it myself and at work we cant even use any head suspension/auto darkening type hoods because the places i have to weld theres no way you can fit with the hood being that big. and the solar triggered lenses dont work when you have to "crab eye" or mirror weld cause not enough light to make the lens go dark.http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-LEATHER-WELD...3A1%7C294%3A50

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I just use a basics $30 helmet...I'd like to get an auto darkening, but I can't justify the cost when mine still works just fine...I did learn to weld with an auto mask, and I love them.

I hadn't really thought of painting mine....I think I might attempt it.

do you guys wear the little welding caps when you weld? Or gloves? I have really long hair, so it makes it easier to pull my hair under. 90% of the time I don't wear gloves...but I get the radiant burns on my wrists/arms real easy.

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i want to get mine professionally painted, so if anyone knows of a good cheap painter in the utica area, please let me know.


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pshh non autodark pos helmet FTL! im gonna upgrade one day lol...

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i use a 20$ mask from home depot. Used it every day for about 2 years welding on aluminum and heavy steel and its always been great. theres a couple melt spots on it from some molten aluminum hitting it. But I cant justify the price of those auto-shade miller helmets or anything. for $20 mine does the same thing, and if you can weld 1 handed, your good to go.
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My helmet is some cheapo from Valley Gas that I dot from my old job. It has like a 5" viewing screen, which is really nice. And leather's taped the whole way around the bottom of the helmet. (I used to weld aluminum 10+ hours a day, that shit burns 10x worse than steel slag)

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For thoise worried about cost, you can get cheap auto darkening helmets for fairly cheap.
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my old hood (still have) painted some random blue with "custom" led lights
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I just purchased one of these and I love it! Did not paint it yet, but will eventually. Speedglas 9100x w/side windows



Here is a pic of a BA hood (9100xx custom painted)



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^^ that helmet looks badass...

I went and looked at mine, It's a $30 Jackson hsl100 helmet...I love it, because it's got a huge window...I think I'll purchase an auto helmet soon

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i saw that one on weldingweb.com

id be afraid to use it. i baby mine and it still manages to get scratched somehow.

how do you like your side windows? i have them too and am beginning to like them alot.

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i have an auto darkening jackson. its broke right now from someone pushing it off the cab of a truck.

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right now im getting to use a 50 yr old helmet my grandfather used to use..i kinda like it too lol

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i saw that one on weldingweb.com

id be afraid to use it. i baby mine and it still manages to get scratched somehow.

how do you like your side windows? i have them too and am beginning to like them alot.

I would not use that hood if it was mine! Too much $ and time in paint to screw it up!

I love the side windows! It really opens up your viewing area. I dig everything about the hood.

I work at a welding supplier. A few times after work (while I was contemplating purchasing one) I would put it on and walk around with it (after we were closed and I was the only one left of course).

If anyone walked by they probably thought I was a total weirdo!

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mine is a speedglass like the first one, except scratched all over, melted all over, welding spatter all over, had one sticker but it got melted away, wanted to get it painted, along with my hardhat, but all that would happen is be a waste of money since they get thrown around all the time....

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Big Window Jackson halo mask with Boss wide view auto-lens. Bought it back in november and no complaints so far. Big window is an awesome feature, I think this mask is the largest auto-dark lens available:

Mask is very light as well.
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Here's mine.. harbor freight special

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i cant find any pics of mine, just a black flip down large window mask

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no pics, but this is what i have...its burnt to crap now...smaw ftl.

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Now thats an awesome looking helmet...
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Now thats an awesome looking helmet...

ArcOne Python...pretty decent helments...but you deff cant go wrong with the miller elite series, bought one of them recently for tig only...and love it.

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I have a Jackson similar to this one:

The flames are a little different on mine, but they're pretty faded now anyways.

I like the large window it has, but the thing I like most about it is the yellow lense in it. It gives you a red spectrum for your welding instead of the usual green spectrum that most hoods have. I think it's a more realistic spectrum and it certainly helps me see better when I'm welding.

Originally I bought the Jackson just because it had a large window and its upgradeable to autodarkening if I want that option, but I have a few HF autodarkening hoods and I rarely use them. I'll swap back and forth depending on which gives me better lighting for a job if I have them both, but mostly I use the Jackson.

I always intended to airbrush it myself one day, but I've never bothered to take the time.

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Those Jackson hoods w/ the big ole windows look convenient. Especially for awkward positions. Do you guys hafta hold your breath so they don't fog up?

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Those Jackson hoods w/ the big ole windows look convenient. Especially for awkward positions. Do you guys hafta hold your breath so they don't fog up?

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Never had that problem, but I haven't had to weld out in the cold yet either that I can recall.

Safety glasses are a PITA though. I remember crawling over a pipeline 30feet up in the air in the snow last year with a harness on trying to install some dust collection pipe and the damn things kept fogging up while I'm trying not to loose my grip in the snow and fall.

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Big Window Jackson halo mask with Boss wide view auto-lens. Bought it back in november and no complaints so far. Big window is an awesome feature, I think this mask is the largest auto-dark lens available:

Mask is very light as well.
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Here's my Digital Elite. A little over a year old in this picture. It's a TIG only helmet, and I keep it in it's provided cover whenever it's not in use.



I keep an aftermarket wool headband on it. I was switching to a new one when I decided to take pictures. It keeps everything looking new. I'm a little anal about my welding equipment.

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ive noticed a majority of ppl are using a miller hood of some kind. what are your reasons for choosing that over say a Speedglas? price? window size? comfort? weight?

i only ask because i got my helmet for a price of a new set of batteries so i never really researched anything. it kinda just fell in my hands. i thought my HF helmet was nice till i welded with this.

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ive noticed a majority of ppl are using a miller hood of some kind. what are your reasons for choosing that over say a Speedglas? price? window size? comfort? weight?

i only ask because i got my helmet for a price of a new set of batteries so i never really researched anything. it kinda just fell in my hands. i thought my HF helmet was nice till i welded with this.
Well I woulda got a Speedglass like yours (those are awesome hoods), But it was big $$$ compared the the Elite (this was almost 3-4 years ago).... I think it was at least a $200 difference between the 2 when I was pricing 'em out... maybe even more than that. The Speedglass I was drooling over had that "grinding" shade (or something like that), so you could use it for plasma cutting and as a face shield for grinding (right?),.... awesome features. Miller was probably the 2nd best choice.... plus thier auto-shade windows are slightly larger than most...even the Speedglass... but not those Jacksons above.
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im not really sure what grinding mode is. i dont think mine has it, but it has a light shade of 3 which is higher than most i have used. so you can use it for grinding/face shield.

that is the one thing i wish mine had was a lil larger window. the helmet Twisted Minis posted has a screen area of 9.2" where as the Speedglas 9002X i have is 8.73".

so thats less than .5" squared less viewing area, doesnt sound like alot, but id take it.

i wish i could but that lense in my mask.


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any body every consider changing the plastic infront of your lens? lol damn those things are dirty.
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I bought the Miller because I had one before and liked it. My Grandpa had a fancy Speedglas that I used a few times. It had all the options my Miller has for an extra $100 more, was a little heavier, slightly smaller lens, and I just thought it looked funny. Nothing against Speedglas, just not for me. I looked into getting one before I bought the helmet above. Was going to cost me $375 locally. I bought my Miller for $280 locally. It has grind mode so that you can use grinders and plasma cutters while wearing it. I use it for plasma, it's great. It also has what they call X-Mode. It's for outdoor and low amp welding. It's pretty cool. It can tell the difference between sunlight and the weld light, so it doesn't black out every time you move your head. And it's nice for low amp TIG, because it senses the frequency before the arc starts. I've never been flashed with this helmet, except for the first time I forgot to turn it on. You learn quick though.

I bought a Miller Helmet, and I own two Lincoln welders. I don't like their machines, but I don't think you can beat their helmets.

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any body every consider changing the plastic infront of your lens? lol damn those things are dirty.
I change mine regularly and I put a plastic shield on the inside as well. Any bbs falling into my hood aren't going to damage my lense.

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any body every consider changing the plastic infront of your lens? lol damn those things are dirty.
i want to, but i cant justify spending the $30 for the kit.

i wish i would just find some clear poly carbonate and make my own lense.

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i want to, but i cant justify spending the $30 for the kit.

i wish i would just find some clear poly carbonate and make my own lense.
I hear using Brasso on your used lens covers can clean them up quite nicely
... any one tried this before?.

I only change out my plastics after it starts impeding my vision. How often ya change them depends largely on how good you can set up your machines & keep the spatter down.
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I bought the Miller because I had one before and liked it. My Grandpa had a fancy Speedglas that I used a few times. It had all the options my Miller has for an extra $100 more, was a little heavier, slightly smaller lens, and I just thought it looked funny. Nothing against Speedglas, just not for me. I looked into getting one before I bought the helmet above. Was going to cost me $375 locally. I bought my Miller for $280 locally. It has grind mode so that you can use grinders and plasma cutters while wearing it. I use it for plasma, it's great. It also has what they call X-Mode. It's for outdoor and low amp welding. It's pretty cool. It can tell the difference between sunlight and the weld light, so it doesn't black out every time you move your head. And it's nice for low amp TIG, because it senses the frequency before the arc starts. I've never been flashed with this helmet, except for the first time I forgot to turn it on. You learn quick though.

I bought a Miller Helmet, and I own two Lincoln welders. I don't like their machines, but I don't think you can beat their helmets.
When did you buy it? Is that lens standard for the Elites now? I'm jealous. I could really use that grind mode for plaz.
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I hear using Brasso on your used lens covers can clean them up quite nicely
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I only change out my plastics after it starts impeding my vision. How often ya change them depends largely on how good you can set up your machines & keep the spatter down.
or how often you do overhead. i did it for like 2 hrs and that ****ed up my cover for sure.

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When did you buy it? Is that lens standard for the Elites now? I'm jealous. I could really use that grind mode for plaz.
I've had it over a year now. The Elite doesn't have grind mode. Mine is a Digital Elite. It has several more options.


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i want to, but i cant justify spending the $30 for the kit.

i wish i would just find some clear poly carbonate and make my own lense.
I change the plastic screen on my MIG helmet once a month. There are 3 of them. One on the inside, and two on the outside. I generally change the outer two. It costs less than $5 to change them out. I don't know if it is expensive just because it is Speedglas, but I get mine from the LWS based on the size for about $1.50 each.

If you can find it cheaper, I can fix it.
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The Elite Does have the grind mode and auto on as of a few years ago

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...mets/elite.php

That's weird that the digital doesn't have auto-on

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I've had it over a year now. The Elite doesn't have grind mode. Mine is a Digital Elite. It has several more options.




I change the plastic screen on my MIG helmet once a month. There are 3 of them. One on the inside, and two on the outside. I generally change the outer two. It costs less than $5 to change them out. I don't know if it is expensive just because it is Speedglas, but I get mine from the LWS based on the size for about $1.50 each.

its that expensive because its a kit of 10 outside lenses, 5 inside lenses, and a set of replacement batteries.

all i want is 1 outside lens.

You can hate if you want to, but you'll just be wasting your time.
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The Elite Does have the grind mode and auto on as of a few years ago

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...mets/elite.php

That's weird that the digital doesn't have auto-on

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Did not know that. The Elite I have must be pretty old then.

Ii'm not sure why it doesn't have auto on, but the Speedglas doesn't either.

If you can find it cheaper, I can fix it.
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i didnt even know they had auto on on any helmet. i want that.

You can hate if you want to, but you'll just be wasting your time.
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Did not know that. The Elite I have must be pretty old then.

Ii'm not sure why it doesn't have auto on, but the Speedglas doesn't either.
That is the one thing I would like to have with the Speedglas. I like it just fine without it though.



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Re: Lets See Your Welding Helmets!

I've gotten so used to it that I try to turn my Radnor on sometimes. That thing is like a last resort though, it flashes me pretty good from time to time.

If you can find it cheaper, I can fix it.
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Jackson with a gold lens. Best setup from several welders total cost 50 bux.
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Here's mine.. harbor freight special
I've got the same helmet but I removed all the stickers before it ever saw its first arc! It works fine for my needs and the grind feature was nice before I actually got a grinding shield.
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Have had this one for several years


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