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Old 04-20-2013, 06:54 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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....
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