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Welding helmets

Imback

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Nov 8, 2006
Long island, New_York
First of all i'm not sure if this is the appropriate section for this. If it's not please move.


Well since i see there are a lot more motivated people that fabricate there own parts and a lot of people that fabricate for a living. I thought we should share some pics of are helmets. I've seen some really nice one's with custom graphics to just plain jane regular helmets. I guess i'll start of first. My mig helmet is a regular standard size lincoln electric helmet as for my tig. It's snap on new extreme face protector or something like that. It's nice though.


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95GreenGSX

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This is everything I had to protect my eyes. Ill try to get some real pics when I get back home.
 

jericho777

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Apr 21, 2009
Central, Massachusetts
I have a $35 old fashoned helmet I bought 25 years ago. I got a new TIG and had a hard time seeing so I got an auto darkening one from HF what a difference and at $49 what a deal.
 

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dsmlifestyle

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Aug 15, 2007
Dayton, Ohio
Standard, flip-down, Jackson for tig; HF el-cheapo, for MIG. The HF didn't fare so well at low amperage while TIGing.
 

92awdgsx

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Sep 16, 2002
Lincoln, Nebraska
I use a Jackson Nexgen. All digital. With weld, torch, and grind settings. Use it everyday with no problems.
 

endeffect0

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Sep 19, 2006
Lancaster Area, Pennsylvania
add me on to the harbor freight auto-darken cheapo helmet.

i suck a welding but that's not the helmets fault. I would be nice if i could see better without going blind. but i have been told thats just the way it is.

no big. gotta burn to learn and all that.
 

Gonzo

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Mar 7, 2003
Longmont, Colorado
Another note for the Jackson NexGen. The sensitivity adjustment was my main reason for buying it, and I'm extremely happy with it. I previously had an HF auto darkening that worked just dandy with my HF TIG, but I found it wasn't sensitive enough to trigger off my coworker's Miller Invertig or my Miller Dynasty. I sold it to a friend who's putting it to good use with his MIG.
 

Rockbmx1

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Mar 16, 2008
Puyallup, Washington
I use a Miller Elite auto hood. I love this thing. I have used a bunch of other hoods before, and I like this one the best. I have had a Speedglas hood, and that thing sucked, the color and sensitivity were like a harbor freight hood's quality. I have used a Jackson Nexgen several times, they are decent hoods, but they weigh a lot and didn't cover my neck very well. The miller is hands down the best hood I have had. I will continue to use a miller till I find something better, and I haven't for over 2 years now.
 

snakeyes711

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Feb 5, 2009
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Those are the best welding helmets for light work anything getting into Spray arc or hotter wouldn't be good. I love mine it cost me 360 dollars but my company took it out of my pay till it was paid off. Mine was fully adjustable with the two side shade 5 panels so you can see what to the side of you. Made welding anything a breeze. Plus when your tig welding a whole bin of plasma blood transfusion machine parts with stainless, you never had to flip up the lid much.
 

Redwidow

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Aug 11, 2008
Coldwater, Michigan
I use a Miller Performance Series Helmet in CAMO! This helmet is by far the best I have ever used or had.
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endeffect0

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Sep 19, 2006
Lancaster Area, Pennsylvania
Haha For when your welding in secret and still trying to sneak up on a deer.

Good for the type of person who like to build his weapon from scratch while on the hunt. ROFL

Hey if its a good helmet i wouldn't care if it was hot pink. :thumb:
 

Redwidow

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Aug 11, 2008
Coldwater, Michigan
Haha For when your welding in secret and still trying to sneak up on a deer.

Good for the type of person who like to build his weapon from scratch while on the hunt. ROFL

Hey if its a good helmet i wouldn't care if it was hot pink. :thumb:

I got it just because I like to hunt and I like camo, But yea it does the job very well.
 

snakeyes711

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Feb 5, 2009
W-S, North_Carolina
HAHA,LOL little story for you guys. Back in 2000 I worked for John Deere-Hitachi making excavators for them. I worked the main arm line, finisher welder, robotics programmer. Worked there for about two years good company. So to get hired you must attend a safety class there for two weeks prior to even getting a job offer. There were about 80 people there or so, and not everybody got a job offer. They use spray arc, 800 amp, dual stage trigger gun setups, "with a second colder setting for crater back fill", feeding from a 500 lb. spool of wire trough a 15 feet overhead boom, .052 wire...Yeah .052 thick! its hot! :sneaky:

Anyway during the weld test they gave you a Tee joint, lap joint, and a small V-groove with a backing plate. There was a guy taking the test next to me we talked a bit before starting. He was raving about his brand ass new speedglas helmet he just got, and paid a bunch of money for. I was using a old fiberglass style with a large viewing glass. " last job working at was fabricating pressure vessels"

About a half hour after we started I heard him pitching a fit, cussing throwing things, GD! SOAB! MF! WTF I was thinking myself what the hell? I went to check see what happened I expected maybe a burn or such. The guys speedglas helmet had literally melted, and his new speedglas lens dropped right into the puddle area of the V-groove he waas working on!LOL OH, he was soooo pissed, LOL.

When I say 800 amp guns thats no doubt, them babies were huge. We used thick welding gloves with a snap on shield that had reflective fabric on the outside for heat you could burn one of those things up in a night if you were working on a heavy model, 330L or 450hd or such welds got hot especially if the robot screwed a weld up, and you had to cut it out.
 
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MidShipCivic

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Apr 22, 2005
Orlando, Florida
It's also a good practice to have a respirator on while you're welding there is a very good article on the long term effect on your lungs from the air quality (metal fume) while you're welding.
 

snakeyes711

Proven Member
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Feb 5, 2009
W-S, North_Carolina
yeah, but those fresh air welding shields are like 800 dollars LOL. Try to explain that to your employer. I've done a lot of galvanized welding, More like "galvaneel" type steel. You can get what is called metal fume fever from inhaling too much Zinc. It makes you feel sick for a few days nothing too bad. The trick is to blow fresh air across you to blow the zinc dust away from you, and not to breathit, or even grinding dust. It turns into white flakes that floats around in the air. When you try to weld through Zinc it literally vaporizes, its vaporizing point is a hellova lot lower then steel. It'll blow weld back in your face thats not too pleasant to have happen when you've got your face down watching a weld. The effects of the shielding gases is a different story, look at a MSDS sheet on some of the shielding gases like Argon.
 

HadesOmega

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Aug 5, 2002
408, California
+1 on the harbor freight auto-darkening helmet works great 10x better than a normal helmet.

add me on to the harbor freight auto-darken cheapo helmet.

i suck a welding but that's not the helmets fault. I would be nice if i could see better without going blind. but i have been told thats just the way it is.

no big. gotta burn to learn and all that.
 

endeffect0

Proven Member
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Sep 19, 2006
Lancaster Area, Pennsylvania
They use spray arc, 800 amp, dual stage trigger gun setups, "with a second colder setting for crater back fill", feeding from a 500 lb. spool of wire trough a 15 feet overhead boom, .052 wire...Yeah .052 thick! its hot! :sneaky:

:pray: gonna go ahead and add that to the xmass list..
 

snakeyes711

Proven Member
647
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Feb 5, 2009
W-S, North_Carolina
:pray: gonna go ahead and add that to the xmass list..

ROFLWhy, do you have some 2" plate to weld?OMG

Yeah, thats a high tech setup.

BTW when I welded the gavaneel, we did use those 3M particulates, they are hot, and uncomfortable but its better then breathing the Zinc particles. Our industrial division is a 3M distributor so we can get anything 3M, ANYTHING! LOL I remember going to their last show they had some "WOW"OMG items to show off.
 

endeffect0

Proven Member
544
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Sep 19, 2006
Lancaster Area, Pennsylvania
Nope none at all.

Just so i can recite that whole sentence next time some one asks me what welder i have hooked up in the garage LOL... or so i can sell it for lots of money and make my car faster.
 
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