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08-21-2014 03:19 PM
Too Many Projects Brian, I had never seen or heard of that chin strap helmet before today. I have jaw hinge issues and would have lock-jaw by noon too. That's a crazy helmet and nothing I would want, but I'm glad it works for YOU...

I bought my Miller Auto 180 6-7 years ago and the salesman talked me into a Hobby Pro helmet. I absolutely HATED that thing. You had to push a button INSIDE the helmet to turn it on. I always forgot that when I first started up on a given day. Then it would time out while I was doing fabrication and fitting of parts and flash me again when I hit the MiG trigger. I threw that helmet across the shop so many times, I had to buy a new head band just to sell it dirt cheap on craigslist and get it out of my sight.

I have a $40, on sale, auto-darkening Northern Tools helmet that I use now. I bought a fancy one from HF that has grind mode but, again, the stupid switch is INSIDE the helmet. If I'm going to take the helmet off to change modes, I may as well put my safety glasses on... It would be so much nicer to have a switch on the outside that we could flip with a glove on.

Someone said their auto helmet didn't work with A/C tig. I just welded up a broken, aluminum, footpeg bracket on my son's Ninja yesterday and didn't have any issues. Helmet worked just like welding steel....
08-21-2014 06:30 AM
BuzzLOL .
. Don't try this at home, folks...:

. No OSHA in China... poor bastards...
05-22-2013 01:02 AM
Rex Stevens
Welding hood!

The lady welder is wearing,what is called a pan cake hood,the purpose is you don't get back glare from the sunlight as opposed to a conventional welding hood!
04-24-2013 08:15 PM
Originally Posted by Nuck Chorris View Post
I ended up getting a Miller fixed shade helmet for the price of a HF autodarkener.
Not sure of your reasons for getting a fixed shade but there are a couple of good ones and the best reason is better visibility and less distortion, especially with really small electrodes or wire. I gave up on auto dark several years ago for autobody work, I just had too much trouble seeing the darn seam unless it was illuminated by a bright light. This seems to be a common complaint but for most folks the trade off is worth the extra convenience of the auto dark helmets. I finally got a chance to try the chin operated helmet MartinSr talks about and that thing is the cat's meow for sure, it basically has most of the advantages of the auto dark but with the much better visibility of the fixed shade. I like my auto dark and use it a lot but when it comes to delicate welding where visibility really matters it's the fixed shade for me.
04-23-2013 03:17 AM
Nuck Chorris wow, I just read all the posts on this thread. I ended up getting a Miller fixed shade helmet for the price of a HF autodarkener. The guys as work recommended a fixed shade for various reasons, and I went with their recommendation. A lot of guys on here seemed pleased with Miller, so I got a Miller. Thanks for all the responses. On a side note, I totally dig the chin operated helmet. It's like a turn of the century auto darkener system. Seems like it would work well for welding stuff on a bench.
04-20-2013 09:21 PM
Originally Posted by 10Tonhammer View Post
Speedglas 9100xx 8 the best hood I've ever used /owned clarity is great not as green as with cheaper auto darks hood is extremly comfortable for long days it light. The only bad thing is lenses are special and its stupid expensive I got a smoking deal on a warranty of a different hood and could pass.

I think for home use autodark is the way to go. Get a battery powered not solar because after long periods of no use the solar will die and not work till its sat on sunlight for a few hours. The Jackson nexgen lense is probably my personal favorite for home use cheaters fit and uses std lenses it fits in hunstman hoods witch are better than Jackson. Miller's are a good bang for buck get the biggest viewing area don't worry about grind modes etc if it goes from 9-13 that's all you need. I have owne HF hoods before crap plan and simple. I'd by a good non auto before I'd use one of those again.

Geez, I couldn't disagree more with almost all of your post info. At least from my experience. I had a cheap HF auto darkening before, and after hearing all the cons about them I decided to give it away. It worked great, and even after welding for hours at a sitting I never got eye strain, and could see the welds great. I replaced it with the Speedglass I have now, and I've hated it ever since. I have a terrible time trying to see the weld material, and no matter how I adjust it, it still doesn't give me good view of the work. Tried to trade my son in law the Speedglass to get my old HF helmet back, but he tried it and didn't like the Speedglass.
As for autodarkening solar powered, I've let either the HF or the Speedglass sit for months in a dark cabinet and pulled them out to use, and never had to put them in sunlight or ambient light to charge them. They always work, no matter how long they're stored.
04-20-2013 06:54 PM
MARTINSR That is some REAL welding, that's for sure.

04-20-2013 06:45 PM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
And that is some HARD work, holy cow. And they are some SKILLED and educated technicians. Here at the bay bridge they are making some wild welds, check it out.

ESAB Project: San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge - YouTube

That bring back some memories... I ran a automatic welder a long time ago like the ones they show..... Then I got picked out of 10,000 In the yard to weld the stainless steel anchor winch piping on the big ship's...There was two of us in the whole yard that was allowed to do it.. Had to pass X-Ray with ABS And Coast guard testing.. everything had to be Tig welded...

But them automatic welder made you lazy fast..
04-20-2013 06:24 PM
MARTINSR And that is some HARD work, holy cow. And they are some SKILLED and educated technicians. Here at the bay bridge they are making some wild welds, check it out.

04-20-2013 04:18 PM
Old Fool A lot of pipeline welders prefer a normally home made "pancake" hood. I do not know the why behind it but it is popular and unique.
A hood that is good for one guy isnt what the other guy likes or it doesnt work well for him.

Here is a picture of a Pipeliner with eyeliner wearing her custom hood.

Here is a store bought version:

Here is a picture of a hood style that I was given when my welder retired. It is used when there is no room for anything larger than your head to fit into a tight spot. Talk about hot!

Pipeline welders are IMHO some of the best welders out there. They have to run all position x-ray quality welds. If they "bust" a given number of x-rays, they are told to load their truck up and go home.

A couple of welders at the shop where I worked as a pipefitter were just incredible.
They could run SS wire X-ray field welds and get 100% time after time after time.
Who ever said it can't be done is wrong.
Just takes talent and experiance and a darn good pipefitter making up the joint for them
04-19-2013 05:38 AM
Old Fool boys will be boys, no matter their age
04-18-2013 09:56 PM
MARTINSR So what do you find "smart ars" about "Yes, next question"?

04-18-2013 09:48 PM
NEW INTERIORS Maybe the Mods will clean up our mess AGAIN...
04-18-2013 09:44 PM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
You are right, it started with your response #29. Who crossed the line? LOLOL, So why was "next question" a hot button for you? LOL

I asked a question on post 29..

Because you was being a smart a** about it on post 30..

I was asking you a simple question... About welding all day long... And I didn't mean tacking a quarter panel on at a body shop... There's a big difference....

The 7 years I been here your on here 24-7,, Even at work... You must have a very nice boss..

So that's why the question came up about welding 10 to 12 hours a day... What I was getting at since I weld all my life,, Was having to move you mouth all day every day just would be a pain to do if you weld ALL DAY LONG..Wouldn't work for me and I see it didn't work for someone else here either..
04-18-2013 09:32 PM
MARTINSR You are right, it started with your response #29. Who crossed the line? LOLOL, So why was "next question" a hot button for you? LOL

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