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Old 05-04-2012, 10:55 AM
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My experience parallels Boothboy's, I just couldn't see the joint well enough to make a good weld with the Harbor Freight helmet. With the Miller Elite I can see a lot better. I don't remember for sure what I paid for my Elite but I think it was around $180 (I've had it for several years). I do have magnifiers for my helmet, had 'em in the Harbor Freight helmet too. When I tried the HF helmet I thought maybe it was just the lighting, the welding smoke, etc. that was causing the problem so I grabbed one of my old non-darkening helmets and could see fine with it. That's when I made the decision to bite the bullet and get the Elite. Maybe Boothboy and I should have exchanged our helmets at HF, we might have gotten defective ones, I don't know. I've seen a lot of posts where guys have been satisfied with the Harbor Freight helmet but the one I got just wouldn't work for me.
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