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Old 12-16-2007, 01:32 AM
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does anyone experience the lens staying dark after welding awhile? or it getting warm? because as far as that problem goes the hf hood works the best. I just got that blue miller one with the flags, so far so good, but if your juststarting out I'd get the hf one, someone told me on another thread they all have uv protection. its funny you guys talk about chewing, I chew sometimes when I weld and I get a little shakey
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I think they use a different lens now but when that Hobart helmet came out (the one they call "The Hood") it had the EXACT same "chameleon" brand lens that was in the HF helmet that was about 1/4 the price! The shell and headgear was different on the HF helmet and most likely not as good but it was not bad either and the electrics were the SAME. I have not looked at the newer Hobarts (or the Miller which is the same one) but I have looked at and tried the HF helmet and it is a darn good one, at least the one I tried which is the most expensive one they have usually on sale for $69.95 and sometimes $59.95. The HF helmet I am talking about is the solar powered one with the 9-13 shade range adjustment.
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you know I hate even admiting to myself after buying all of the hoods I have, but the hf one actually is the best. especially its the one I kind of beat up, drop and so forth, it still works the best probably better than my newest one too
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I use the HF hood with a magnifyiing lens (for these old eyes) Works great for me!
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I want to gat an auto helmet. The prices range from $75.00 to $400.00 or more. What can I expect for $100.00? Worth the money??
I work as a welder for a living. I use a speed-glass helmet it is excellent. It is solar powered but also has batteries so it is always ready for use. Through out the day I use different welding procedures in this case I must change the shade 9-13. I used cheaper Helmut but my eyes were sore at the end of the day.The speed-glass does'nt seem to bother my eyes.Spend the $400 It is worth it.
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I just saw Martinsr's post of the jaw operated device. I bet a woman would have a hard time with that one. haha

I have 2 auto darks. one my son gave me and it is ok welding on the bench but trying to do hotrod stuff laying on my back working the pedal and trying to keep the sensor so I don't get "zinged" is a real pain. I also have a home made one that I put together at the weld shop with a light weight close fitting helmet that I had for years. It too works ok in the open.

I can't see up close anymore either so I have 2 pairs of reading glasses that I use just for welding. I can really get my nose in there with these when TIG welding. I just have to keep changing them as distances change.

My main helmet is and old jackson that is probably 30 years old if it's a day and it still works good. About all that is original is the shell.

I have all the 4x5 shades and just change as required.

I still "dip" the head even with the auto dark.
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