Originally Posted by tcoop
Is a $180.00 auto darkening helmet from National Welders that much better, than one for $60.00 at Harbor Freight or Northern Tool?
Is there a quality or safety issue between them?
for me it was night and day. I have a cheap auto darkening helmet with adjstable shade and was having trouble seeing my weld location with it. I bought a Miller auto darkening helmet and my quality of weld has greatly improved. also with the cheaper ones most do not come with lens protectors and the strap and headgear are cheap. to me the difference is like comparing a 5 dollar cheap chinese ratchet to a snap on ratchet. I am sorry I did not buy a good helmet sooner