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Old 04-22-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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I am a back yard welder. I make deer feeders, and different stuff. Maybe on a busy week I will spend a couple hours welding up something. I been using a cheap helmet and continue to have a hard time seeing what I am working on. I need an upgrade but don't what to break the bank. What do you guys recommend?
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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I got this one and its better than an older Miller helmet I have:
https://www.amazon.com/Antra-AH6-260...welding+helmet
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:51 PM   #3
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I got an auto darkening from Northern Tool that has worked well enough for my hobby welding.


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Old 04-22-2018, 07:08 PM   #4
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Also got my mine at NT and basically just picked the one with the fastest shade. I think they make one that is 1/30,000 but they only had the 1/25,000 in stock.


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Old 04-22-2018, 07:21 PM   #5
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pancake hood with an auto darkening lens
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:45 PM   #6
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What’s your price range?
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:04 PM   #7
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What’s your price range?
Hard to say. I want to get what I need but don't want to over pay and get some one that is overkill.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:08 PM   #8
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Anything auto darkening

Forney and Lincoln both make good entry and intermediate level helmets

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Old 04-22-2018, 08:27 PM   #9
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I am a back yard welder. I make deer feeders, and different stuff. Maybe on a busy week I will spend a couple hours welding up something. I been using a cheap helmet and continue to have a hard time seeing what I am working on. I need an upgrade but don't what to break the bank. What do you guys recommend?
I use a standard old fashioned $20 helmet almost everyday. And just change the tinted lens pending the work I'm doing. I bet all you need is to change the dark lenses in your hood to get better visibility. Or the clear lenses. Unless you just want the fact of owning an auto darkening helmet, and the fact that the battery or whole hood will eventually need replacing, then just stick with what ya got. I once bought a $12 helmet at a pawn shop. And there is no telling how much money that hood made me over the years. Still got it here at the house.
Lenses come in different shades. The more amperage your running, the darker your gonna need. Lighter amps, lighter shade. You can also get them with different filters like gold and green, pending what's most comfortable for your eyes.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:38 AM   #10
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I have a cheapo auto darkening helmet from Harbor Freight that has been more than fine for my hobby welding.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:41 AM   #11
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Optrel vegaview 2.5 Absolutely love mine.
Awesome clarity and color in light mode. Has a big grind mode button on the outside of helmet that's real easy to use with gloves. And probably the lightest hood I've ever used.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:52 AM   #12
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I have a Huntsman that I've had for 35 years. Fiberboard shell, light as a feather.

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Old 04-23-2018, 07:59 AM   #13
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I just picked up a digital elite by Miller with their new clear light lens technology and the clarity is amazing. It’s more of a blue look over the standard green. I believe Lincoln has some Vikings with the 4c technology that can be pretty affordable, just depends on how big you want your lens size and viewing area.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:00 AM   #14
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had a Kobalt that worked great before I got my Miller
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:48 AM   #15
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I use a cheapo from Tractor Supply and added a cheater lense. That helped me see things a lot better.
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:43 PM   #16
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Get whatever hood you like and change out lense to an autodarkening one. My favorite is my 20+ year old fibermetal pipeliner hood with auto lense. Very light and tougher than some of the all plastic ones.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:02 PM   #17
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Miller digital elite. Im on my second one. First one still works great. Put it in the garage and got a new one for work. 10 years old and still going strong. It got used daily for 10 years.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:48 PM   #18
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I have a Huntsman that I've had for 35 years. Fiberboard shell, light as a feather.

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Old 04-23-2018, 07:06 PM   #19
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I like my Lincoln Viking with cheaters. Had a Harbor Freight before and could not believe the improvement with the Viking.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:17 PM   #20
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Miller digital elite.
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:35 AM   #21
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Got a "well seasoned" P110 pipeline that's been trimmed down with an auto lens I could let go
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:31 AM   #22
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My Antra that I got through amazon has held up great! I recently just purchased a fibre-metal pipeliner helmet and put an auto darkening lens in it and I like it way better.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:37 AM   #23
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:12 AM   #24
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I got this one and its better than an older Miller helmet I have:
https://www.amazon.com/Antra-AH6-260...welding+helmet
I've got an Antra helmet as well and am surprisingly happy with it, especially considering the price.
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Old 05-02-2018, 03:16 PM   #25
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I need to get another one for my extremely rare welding stuff. Tagging for info
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:41 PM   #26
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Kobalt from Lowe’s isn’t a bad one. Had one for a couple years.

Even the $40 harbor freights aren’t too bad for $40.

I have a miller digital elite that is excellent but it’s a step up in price.
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:07 AM   #27
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Kobalt from Loweís isnít a bad one. Had one for a couple years.
If you spend time over on weldingweb you'll see lots of guys that speak highly of these for the price.
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:04 AM   #28
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When you talk about using cheaters with a Harbor Freight helmet, are you talking about reading glasses like you buy in the pharmacy area og most stores. Asking for a friend lol
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:23 PM   #29
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Hobart makes a good helmet. No mater what brand you get I would get one with the biggest lens possible.
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:39 PM   #30
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When you talk about using cheaters with a Harbor Freight helmet, are you talking about reading glasses like you buy in the pharmacy area og most stores. Asking for a friend lol
Itís a lens that a lot of helmets will let you place inside to allow for a closer view, Iíve never used them before so no experience there.
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:56 PM   #31
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Itís a lens that a lot of helmets will let you place inside to allow for a closer view, Iíve never used them before so no experience there.


I use one and love it. It allows me to see close up how bad my weld is. Lol
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:57 PM   #32
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I use one and love it. It allows me to see close up how bad my weld is. Lol
Lol I was thinking Iíd have to try one out on my old helmet but decided itíd just be worth while to invest some coin into a new one.
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:23 PM   #33
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After my 25 year old Huntsman finally gave up on me, I was talked into a Weld Cote by my supplier. It has every thing just right and was only $108. The knobs are big and easy to adjust. Lens is large and has 4 light detectors. It has a 1 year warranty but the welding supply said no one has been brought back yet. I weld every day so need a good hood and this one has been so good that I went and bought another.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:50 AM   #34
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After my 25 year old Huntsman finally gave up on me, I was talked into a Weld Cote by my supplier. It has every thing just right and was only $108. The knobs are big and easy to adjust. Lens is large and has 4 light detectors. It has a 1 year warranty but the welding supply said no one has been brought back yet. I weld every day so need a good hood and this one has been so good that I went and bought another.
But that old Huntsmam fit like a old pair of boots didn't it? My Dad bought him and I a Huntsman hood when I was 15. I wore mine out welding for 25 years. When I found his in the barn in a tool chest, I retired mine and claimed his. That one should last me the rest of my years since I don't weld for a living any longer.


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Old 05-08-2018, 09:34 AM   #35
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Itís a lens that a lot of helmets will let you place inside to allow for a closer view, Iíve never used them before so no experience there.
Thanks for the info. Going to buy one and try it.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:55 PM   #36
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Miller Elite here .
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:55 AM   #37
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Habor frieght hood works great
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:01 AM   #38
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I have an expensive 3M Speedglass 9100XX but i used my dads cheap autodark hood from tractor supply last weekend and like it better!


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Old 05-12-2018, 12:11 PM   #39
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I use one from jackson
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