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Old 03-11-2013, 09:54 PM
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My very close freind is a machinist and loves the Jackson brand. I use the Jackson NexGen with a Halo X shell and the 370 head gear. Lightweight and super fast. It's an light amber lens that seems to have better clarity of the weld pool than others.

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Im a union ironworker foreman (378) i do a lot of welding, everything from stainless tig to FEMA 3/32 rat holes. I just got the lincoln electric torch red hood with exterior shade adjuetment so you can adjust shade on thefly instead of under the hood. I love it, best hood ive ever used. Guts stay adjusted and are comfortable. Hood is light and flexible. 135.00 at home depot.

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this is the helmet I have. Love it.
NITRO Blue W40 Variable Auto Darkening Filter Welding Helmet, 9 - 13 Lens | Staplesģ
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Usually anything over 100 is good for auto dark. For regular hoods thr huntsman hoods are durable
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My welding hood experience has been an example of "You don't know what you don't know" I had never used a decent hood until I received a new auto darkening Viking 1840 hood as gift.

WOW!!!! What a difference!!

A good hood is adjustable to greatly improve your comfort level, has a giant viewing area, adjustable darkness setting that actually works etc. etc.
I can honestly say that having a good hood has made me a better welder.
I wish I had not been such a tight *** and bought myself a good hood years ago....
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:29 AM
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You know, I bought one of those, mainly based on your suggestion, even bought the upgraded lens, and I have to say, I HATE it. The lenses are nice and clear (better than most autdarkening ones), especially the gold (I forgot what they're called) upgraded ones, the headgear fits well, the helmet is OK.... so what's the problem???

Well, the flip up bit only seems to adjust well for use in one position. If you always weld at the same bench, or in the same position then great, but since it somewhat relies on gravity to work the tension is only right when the helmet is at one angle. It's not uncommon for me to go from welding at a bench, to welding upside down putting a cage in, to welding under a car (which doesn't work at all if you don't have room, the flip up thing can take too much room a surprising amount of the time. I gave it an honest shot a few times, and it seemed like every time I got started by half way through the job I was futzing with it trying to get it adjusted better. Right now itís not even by my bench, it ended up getting moved out of the way behind the mill, I believe itís covered in a pile of swarf.
I can understand your problem, there are times when it is an issue. I weld all over the car as well and yes it does cause a bit of a pain in about 1% of my welds so for me it's well worth putting up with the bad part for the 99% when it works well for me.

I know one thing is depending on how much you open it things change a lot, I personally open it very little and works well for me. But I have to apologize for my recommendation to you, sorry it didn't work out.

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Geez you guys, I'm so jealous. You have so much more selection than we do here in Canada. Welding helmets at Staples? Amazing! Staples here carries nothing but office supplies. I don't see that helmet on Home Depot's site either. Think I'm gonna move down there!
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:40 PM
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I have 2 miller auto-shades, a Pro hobby (6 years old) and an Elite(2 years old). I love them both, I use the pro hobby for overhead and dirty/greasy areas and the elite for general shop work. I had an Hobart "hood" and I liked it too because you can use regular glass like a pipeliner flip hood. Unfortunately that shield ended up into a rock crusher and that is when I bought the pro hobby and have stayed miller since.
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Ok I'll just say it, in a body class we used nice Miller helmets, but at home I just have a cheapie auto-darkening HF helmet--have been using it for several years now--and it works just fine. I always wear my safety glasses even under my welding helmet to further protect my eyes from the UV. Twice I made a big arc with my face just inches from it and forgetting to put my helmet down. Fortunately I had my safety glasses on and they protected my eyes from the UV. I went home that night in a sheer panic fearing I'd live the burned eyes stories I've read about, even went to sleep with potatoes on my eyes, but never experienced anything. UV won't penetrate a plastic surface so even clear safety glasses offer additional protection.
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Wish I'd read this thread before getting my new welding helmet, after happily using my yard-sale purchase p.o.s. for twenty-plus years and many hundreds of hours.

This thing: Titan Tekz Solar Powered Auto Darkening Welding Helmets 41266 - SummitRacing.com for $90 sure was fun until the first time I did aluminum (AC). Doing close work w/ high amps, totally focused-in, the auto-dark failed and blammo, I'm not sure if my eyes are back to the same yet. Yeah, I was a little upset. Summit agreed to take the return, and I'm back to using my old "freind" again, duct-taped up and fraying on the edges. No way will I ever get another auto-dark until I know someone who's had one for years and had it be reliable. Whether it be $30 or $300... Back when auto-darks first came out the shop I worked at tried one and the head welder had it fail once so we didn't use them, and I'm so used to the regular kind it sorta doesn't matter that much for the convenience difference.
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fifteeen year old harbor freight auto dark hood

I use an old hf hood. I rivited a piece of an old sued jacket to the top and sides of it and it covers the top and sides of my head. No burn spots and it keeps my head warm when in the cold. I use reading glasses when welding, $2 at the dollar store. I'm in my seventies and will probably be dead by the time that the hood fails.
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I use a chin operated helmet that I love and have one here at home and work, just never got use to the autodarks.

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SORRY !!!!! But that helmet would aggravate the living hell out of me..

I would have lock jaw by the end of the day...
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SORRY !!!!! But that helmet would aggravate the living hell out of me..

I would have lock jaw by the end of the day...
Everyone's different I wouldn't work without it. I know it's not for everyone. You may be surprised, but it does sound darn strange don't it! I can certainly understand your point. I didn't go looking for it, it was for sale at the paint store I use to get all my supplies from, just a hundred yards from my shop. It was the only one they had so I bought it. I now have one at work and at home, I really like it.

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Everyone's different I wouldn't work without it. I know it's not for everyone. You may be surprised, but it does sound darn strange don't it! I can certainly understand your point. I didn't go looking for it, it was for sale at the paint store I use to get all my supplies from, just a hundred yards from my shop. It was the only one they had so I bought it. I now have one at work and at home, I really like it.

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But !!!! Do you spend 10 to 12 hours welding with it...

Everyday..
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But !!!! Do you spend 10 to 12 hours welding with it...

Everyday..
Yes I have, next question.


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