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Old 01-15-2017, 09:02 AM
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Recommend an inexpensive welding helmet

My cheapo, imported welding helmet is basically useless.
The only thing I can see through the window is the arc, itself. I ca'tn see the work piece or the puddle.

Needless to say, this makes it pretty difficult to hit the mark, once you've positioned yourself, then put the helmet down.

I hardly do ANY welding. Just little things on the Jeep. Maybe one small project a year and never anything structural- ever!

So I am looking for recommendations on a decent welding helmet that does not run in the professional price range.
I know eye safety is paramount and am ok with paying for that, but a $300 helmet just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in adance!

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Old 01-15-2017, 09:44 AM
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I went to the local welding store and asked about a cheap helmet, they recommended one, less than $100, I bought it, it worked for years. Then I decided to buy a ~$300 helmet, yes a huge difference, anyway ask the local supply guys what sells.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:38 AM
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Replace the lenz.
Most of the lids I've seen will take a standard lenz; some with a little bit of work.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:42 AM
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What e said. Lenses come in different shades. You may have too dark of a lense for the type of welding you're doing.
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:46 PM
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You can also try putting bright light on the subject. 2 x 500 watt halogen work lights helped me see my work surface before striking an arc and puddle after.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:28 AM
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All great replies! Thank you!

I wondered if the lens in mine was replaceable.
I'll have to take a closer look at it.

Also, considered throwing additional light on the piece.

Of course, a more pressing repair popped up yesterday, so the welding is on the back burner for a few days.

Thanks again for the input.
I can always count on good, speedy replies from you guys.

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Old 01-16-2017, 09:08 AM
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Maybe related, maybe not. Just thought to add this cause I don't see it mentioned.
Keep your hood from getting dirty. Try not to leave it on the bench or shelf to collect grinding dust and stuff. When you try to wipe it off you can scratch the crap out of the lens making it hard to see.
I keep mine in the protective sock until it's time to weld, then immediately back in when done.

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Old 01-16-2017, 05:31 PM
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Red face

One does need to change cover plates

And if the shaded plate is to dark go lighter

Every ones eyes are some what different find the shade that works for you

If your not using a auto dark then any of the name brand fixed lens .

Most Distributors have a house brand

Try them on find the one with the Most Comfortable head gear
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