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Old 05-03-2004, 06:31 PM
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Welding Hood

I am currently looking for a new hood. I am currently looking at a Miller Big Window Elite($300) a Jackson NexGen Auto Dark lens w/HSL100($285) and a Hobart Weldit Autodarking($185). I dont like the feel of the Hobart but for the difference in price I could get use to it. Of the three which you guys like? Use? Think I should stay way from? Currently I am useing a rather old hood that is so dirty you cant see from the corners, its cracked, and I would like a autodarking hood.

I have searched the forum and I didn't see anything on the subject.

Thx for any help guys.

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Old 05-07-2004, 08:39 PM
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The Hornell Speedglass is supposed to be very good. Optrel makes a very good product also. I don't recommend the new satellite model (due to the troubles I had with mine) but the older solarmatic is trouble free and available in fixed or variable shade models. Our shop has used the solarmatic model for almost ten years with outstanding longevity. The new optrel satellite that I use has a grinding feature that lightens the shade enough to grind at the push of a button...a nice feature in some instances. However if I had my money back, I would have bought the solarmatic instead.
No matter what mask you look at, stay away from the single sensor models. (look through the outer lens, and check between the solar cell and viewing glass for one or two tiny holes.) If you are in a tight spot where a single sensor is covered by an obstruction, then the lens will cycle back to its lightest shade making it impossible to see your weld properly.
Just my two cents.
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Old 05-09-2004, 03:04 PM
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I have the Hobart hood and i love it. I like the fact that it doesnt have a battery to go dead in the middle of running a bead and how light it is i cant stand welding with a heavy hood. for the price i think it's GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-10-2004, 04:26 AM
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I have a hobart also. It has been used ALOT along with being dropped repeatedly. I am very happy with it.

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I have a Speedglass, the one with the ventilation system....like it alot.
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I got a helluva deal on a hobart and depending on what you are doing...I still find auto-darkening hoods a pain in the butt...better than a fixed lense, but still a pain.

I was doing body work the other day, welding a patch panel, and I did the close-eyes, squeeze trigger routine for quite awhile...now around my eyes is sunburnt as hell. lol.

I've been told by the more experienced welders that the hobard sucks if you are doing any kind of TIG work. Mig is fine.
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The best helmet I have used is the speedglass 9000X. It has the ventilation and has shaded side panel that you can see out of with your perhipreal vision, very nice. Also has setting for mig and arc, and 3 diffrent levels for tig along with the sensetivity knob, makes it very easy to set it the the shade that works best for you.
One of the nicest features of it is the replacable front lense, and if you have trouble seeing you can get magnifing lenses's to go under the front lense.
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