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Never used one before. Today I have been looking at different ones from Northern Tool and they have quite a few for what seems pretty cheap tp very expensive. Which ones are the most roomy, I wear a size 7 5/8s Stetson and have a good sized nose and wear glasses. I see Lincoln sells one with a fast reaction time for about 100 bucks. Any one have any thoughts on Klutch products?
 

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I have the same head size and... well, a large snozz... :laugh:

I have one of the Harbor Freight $49 jobbers that I used a "$20 off" coupon to buy. The plastic is a little thinner than the $179 Lincoln that I had but otherwise it works pretty much identically. In fact, I'm gonna buy one or two more of them to keep around.

If I was doing this stuff professionally I'd spend more money but I'm just kicking around in my garage.
 

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I have the same head size and... well, a large snozz... :laugh:

I have one of the Harbor Freight $49 jobbers that I used a "$20 off" coupon to buy. The plastic is a little thinner than the $179 Lincoln that I had but otherwise it works pretty much identically. In fact, I'm gonna buy one or two more of them to keep around.

If I was doing this stuff professionally I'd spend more money but I'm just kicking around in my garage.
Well thats me, 63 retired a hobbiest and have too many other things to get right now. First on that list is getting a 50amp 220 circuit breaker and wiring into the garage so I can update my welding rig to a bigger welder than my 20 yr old lincoln 110 wire feed. Then of course there is many more implements and attachments for the new tractor. I might have to go back to work!!
 

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Never used one before. Today I have been looking at different ones from Northern Tool and they have quite a few for what seems pretty cheap tp very expensive. Which ones are the most roomy, I wear a size 7 5/8s Stetson and have a good sized nose and wear glasses. I see Lincoln sells one with a fast reaction time for about 100 bucks. Any one have any thoughts on Klutch products?
Just recently had to buy a new 2" X 4 1/4" auto-darkening lens.
My old one finally went out after 10 - 12 years.
The old solar charge battery in it wouldn't keep it working with just arc light after it got dark.
Would darken- undarken intermittently while welding, but still had enough shading where I avoided a flash.

Bought a Radnor 24S, cost $92 from local Airgas welding supply place.
Has 2 year warranty on it.
Just a straight #10 shade, solar/arc light powered, non-replaceable internal lithium batteries.
Switching speed = 1/2000 seconds.
Dark to light delay = .2 seconds
Eye protection = UV/IR to shade 16

Also bought a 1.5 Doppler magnification lens, I wear contacts but decided to give my near vision a little
boost from what some of the guys here have been saying about them.
They are only $5 and after using it, well worth it
You can get them in various Dopplers depending on your needs.
 

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Just recently had to buy a new 2" X 4 1/4" auto-darkening lens.
My old one finally went out after 10 - 12 years.
The old solar charge battery in it wouldn't keep it working with just arc light after it got dark.
Would darken- undarken intermittently while welding, but still had enough shading where I avoided a flash.

Bought a Radnor 24S, cost $92 from local Airgas welding supply place.
Has 2 year warranty on it.
Just a straight #10 shade, solar/arc light powered, non-replaceable internal lithium batteries.
Switching speed = 1/2000 seconds.
Dark to light delay = .2 seconds
Eye protection = UV/IR to shade 16

Also bought a 1.5 Doppler magnification lens, I wear contacts but decided to give my near vision a little
boost from what some of the guys here have been saying about them.
They are only $5 and after using it, well worth it
You can get them in various Dopplers depending on your needs.
Thanks for the info, stay dry down there.
 

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As someone who welds for a living, I feel as though I should weigh in. Like many things, when it comes to welding equipment, you will get what you pay for. I have had hoods ranging in price from $15 to $550 and I can attest to the fact that (for the most part) a cheap hood is only good for occasional use.

If all you are doing is fixing things here and there, maybe taking on one small project per month, then any hood will work. However, keep in mind that auto-darkening hoods don't work very well outdoors.

If you are planning to do nearly any sort of continuous welding, get a good quality hood. Expect to spend $200 to $600 for a quality, professional grade one.

A Harbor Freight special (or similar cheap hood) may actually take 1/100 of a second to darken upon sensing an arc. If you strike 100 arcs in a day, then that equates to a full second of eye exposure. 200 arcs = two seconds, and so on. If you don't think that is significant, try staring at the brightest light bulb in the room you are sitting in for a solid second... If that made your eyes uncomfortable, just remember that a welding arc is way brighter than any light bulb I've ever seen.

I keep four helmets around; a nice solid lens helmet for TIG welding, a second solid lens on a hard-hat mount for working on equipment outdoors, a Miller Titanium auto-darkening hood for working indoors, and an old Jackson Executive auto-darkening hood on a hard-hat mount for when I make house calls to other shops. The Miller is my favorite because it is light weight and the lens has a super fast reaction time. It is usually the one I have at the shop where I work. It cost right around $220 and was worth every penny.

Even if it is at the low end of the "professional grade" spectrum, I highly recommend a quality welding hood. You can go cheap on a burn jacket and gloves, but don't skimp on a helmet.
Your eyesight is worth more than 'made in China and sold to you for $49.99.'
 

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Do these companies lie about the reaction time? I've been only interested in ones that claim 1/25000th of a sec, there is one made by KT that claims 1/30000th for 100 bucks.
My eyes are not what they used to be and I want to preserve what I have left, but I'm tired of welding blind with the cheap 15 dollar flip models.
 

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I looked at new hoods a few years back, the Speedglas and Optrel were my top two candidates. Jackson and Miller have some nice options as well. I ended up not buying, I have a Jackson autodark but frankly I hardly use it. I find myself reaching for the old Fibre Metal Pipeliner most of the time with a #10 lens.

I wouldn't trust my eyes to a Harbor Freight, Northern Tool or other cheap import brand hood. I wouldn't be shocked at all to find they lie about specs, and even if they don't I doubt their quality control is good enough for all their products to meet those specs. I've had my Jackson for going on 15 years. While a good good is expensive up front, if you take care of them they really don't wear out or have to be replaced for a very long time.
 

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I've had a Miller Elite for about 10 years now. I used a lot back when I was welding every day and never got flash burn from it. I liked it so much, I bought my brother one for Christmas. My dad liked his so much that he bought one too! At the time, I was in Arizona, and my brother was using his in college. Eventually, we had all 3 floating around our shop.
 

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That will meet specs for the most part. Its a quality brand that doesnt sell pos anything.

The decals on the northern helmet came off within 60 seconds of it coming out of its plastic bag. When i had a snowmobile i always removed decals. My northern and a harbor freight did not give up a fight.

I couldnt say if theres i delay, i blink. But i do take my helmet out of its bag and set it in the sun for 5 minutes atleast before using it.

Its been bagged almost a year, ill get it to charge since you all made me think of it. I have a 332 frame to weld sooner then later.



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I believe this is the helmet for me, Hobart Welding Helmet - PRO Black 770753 price is about 50 bucks less than Northern tool for the same thing and it doesn't have all kinds of silly looking graphics. The responses to this thread where quite helpful to me. Thanks to all.
The graphics like skulls, flames, zombies etc always cause me to go away. If anybody wants to sell me a welding hood they'll stop hiding the plain black all-business hoods in the search engine. Most websites I've looked at will only show the stupid stuff and I have to hunt for what I really want.
 
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