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Old 11-26-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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I would like to upgrade my welding helmet. Basic Hobart auto darkening unit has served me well for quite a few years. Wanting a larger viewing window, and would be nice to have two hoods. Looking at the Kobalt- seems like a great deal for the money. Should I look at something else? Are they any good? Not a pro by any means, but have a few personal projects lined up so it will see some use. Let's say $150 budget, but toss out anything.
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:04 AM   #2
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:22 AM   #3
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Radnor brand hoods that are the house brand for Airgas are good little hoods. Been pretty happy with the one I had but it was closer to 200 if I remember right.

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Old 11-26-2018, 08:34 AM   #4
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Radnor brand hoods that are the house brand for Airgas are good little hoods. Been pretty happy with the one I had but it was closer to 200 if I remember right.

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Their LITE 60 is $132 if that one is decent. Nice sized viewing window.
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:48 AM   #5
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I use a save phace brand and I really like it.
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:25 AM   #6
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I use a save phace brand and I really like it.
This is winning right now. Not bad prices on Amazon, and I have been really happy with their face shield.
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:46 AM   #7
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I have the Kobalt and I like it. I had 2 of the Radnors from AirGas they crapped out pretty fast plus they were not 4 sensors. If you are not using it every day for a living the Kobalt is fine.
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:57 AM   #8
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In. My Lincoln auto darkening seems a little too dark
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:57 AM   #9
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I have a Miller Classic. It works great and fits your budget.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:01 PM   #10
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If you plan to weld for a long time spend the money on a Miller digital elite with clear light lens technology. Unbelievable how well you can see, they are expensive but well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:24 PM   #11
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Get one where the clear lenses are readily available
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:51 PM   #12
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Get one where the clear lenses are readily available
^^^ This!! I have students that get Harbor Freight hoods and they seem to hold up pretty decent--teenagers don't take care of crap either!. But I only have them for max of 2 years also.

My main suggestion would be to find one that fits nice and feels good. Nothing worse than being uncomfortable and trying to weld. Usually doesn't work out too well.
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:03 PM   #13
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If you plan to weld for a long time spend the money on a Miller digital elite with clear light lens technology. Unbelievable how well you can see, they are expensive but well worth it in my opinion.
Yep my next one will bet he T94I with the flip up lense though. I wish they had came out with that along time ago.

Which they did with the old fixed lenses.
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Old 11-26-2018, 05:57 PM   #14
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Iíve been very happy with my Lincoln Viking.


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Old 11-26-2018, 06:07 PM   #15
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Another vote for the Lincoln Viking, best helmet I have owned so far.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:18 PM   #16
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Miller digital elite. Been using one daily for 12 years now and they are great. The Viking is a good helmet also.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:42 PM   #17
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Look at the new lincoln

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Old 11-26-2018, 08:59 PM   #18
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Following along


Iím looking for an auto dark helmet myself.

Iím a hobbyist as well. Iíve been wearing the same Miller big window hood for several years. (Which was a gigantic leap from the old Fibre Metal that I used for 20 years before that)

My daughter has a Dekopro, and I really like it. She was goofing around one day at the Farm and modeling it. She is taking welding at school, and really enjoying it. We had to look around a bit to find PPE that fits her.




If money werenít an issue, Iíd be wearing one of the 3M Speedglass hoods. I got to demo one, and wow, was it nice





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Old 11-26-2018, 09:39 PM   #19
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I have a jackson at work and it works well. Not sure on price thou
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:33 AM   #20
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Look at WeldCote hoods. I used Huntsman for 25 years and went to Miller's top hood and wasn't fond of it. Another weldor showed me his WeldCote and I went and bought 2 of them. $107 at my welding supply. Very comfy head gear, big knobs for adjustment, 1 year warranty and as clear and bright as any I've seen.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:30 AM   #21
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Thanks everyone. That weldcote does looks nice for the money. All black too, beats the Kobalt lightening bolts


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Old 11-27-2018, 08:41 AM   #22
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If you plan to weld for a long time spend the money on a Miller digital elite with clear light lens technology. Unbelievable how well you can see, they are expensive but well worth it in my opinion.
I 100% agree with you

In fact I just ordered my son one for Christmas so he will keep his hands off mine
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:29 AM   #23
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Eastwood helmets any good? Liking the panoramic
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:22 AM   #24
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I have this one and its great:
https://www.amazon.com/Antra-AH6-260...welding+helmet

Way better than the Miller one I have had. The new one has a grinding setting which is awesome.
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:47 PM   #25
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Went with the weldcote. Highly recommended by my local supply. All digital and large viewing window. Looks like I overpaid a bit though vs online.


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Old 12-01-2018, 12:51 AM   #26
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I've been using mine every day for over a year now with no complaints at all. Hope it works out well for you.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:00 AM   #27
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I’ve been meaning to snag a new helmet. This came along at the perfect time.
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