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Old November 4th, 2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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I'm wanting to get my husband an auto darkening welding helmet for a christmas present (surprise, so can't ask him). I see some don't have replaceable batteries......any advice as to what that is? ANY advice would be greatful!! Recommendations........greatly appreciated!

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Go to a welding supply store and they should be able to help you, i think it is important to get one that has easily replacable lenses as they will need to be changed on ocasion.
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Does he weld for a living or is this a weekend hobby type of thing? Prices range from $50 to $400+.
I use a Speedglas and I love it. They are on the more expensive side, but when I purchased it about 7 years ago I was welding in a fab shop everyday. They are pretty light for all day use and not too bulky for fitting into tight spaces.
I prefer hoods that are solar powered with a battery backup. My hood is still on the original battery.
You can also get auto lenses that will fit in most regular hoods if he already has one that he really likes.
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biggest thing to look for is one thats not to bulky, some are like wearing a cardboard box on your head, and make it hard to weld in tight places,

mine is an astro from sam and jakes it was like 90 bucks, works great!
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Welding isn't his full time job, but he seems to do lots of it on the side. He's got a couple big jobs planned this winter........like a full roll cage for our Jeep. He got a hydraulic bender set up recently & has all kinds of ideas :-)

As for bulky & tight places.......that's a good point. Hmmm, I guess I better check on the refund/exchange policy when I go to buy one. Just in case he don't like it.

So, if a helmet is solar powered, don't you have to be in the sun to keep it charged? thanks
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Go to a welding supply store and they should be able to help you, i think it is important to get one that has easily replacable lenses as they will need to be changed on ocasion.
What's a welding supply store? We don't have crap around here and the one store I did ask questions........well, lets say, I knew more than he did.

I am heading to Muskegon Friday, any ideas of a store like that around there? thanks
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no the solar powered ones are usually recharged by the light put off by the act of welding itself, but have a small battery in them for initial operation to commence, i have one from hobart that gets the job done rather well and isnt too bulky, i think it was about 90 to 100 bucks, cant remember, the nicer one you buy the better, as response times are a bit slower on the cheapies and can cause flash burn especially while tack welding alot, shoot for the larger lenses too, i personally dont care for the 2x4" lenses as i cant see worth a damn in em

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Welding isn't his full time job, but he seems to do lots of it on the side. He's got a couple big jobs planned this winter........like a full roll cage for our Jeep. He got a hydraulic bender set up recently & has all kinds of ideas :-)

As for bulky & tight places.......that's a good point. Hmmm, I guess I better check on the refund/exchange policy when I go to buy one. Just in case he don't like it.

So, if a helmet is solar powered, don't you have to be in the sun to keep it charged? thanks
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If your going to muskegon check out Lake Welding Supply. They should be able to help you with anything you need.

Phone: 231.722.3773
Fax: 231.725.9113
Toll-free: 800.873.5253

363 Ottawa Street PO Box 1207 Muskegon, MI 49443-1207
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I dropped mine and ruined the auto-darken lens at 2 a.m. I went up to Lowe's and bought their Kobalt auto mask as they were the only ones open. I actually really like it. It seems timed better than my old hobart mask and is light and comfortable. It had the adjustable darkness setting as well.
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X10000000 on welding supply store More importantly do not get him rayban sunglasses to weld with ......yes I knew a guy who used raybans to weld with. I am fairly certain he is blind now.
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X10000000 on welding supply store More importantly do not get him rayban sunglasses to weld with ......yes I knew a guy who used raybans to weld with. I am fairly certain he is blind now.
But doooood, they like... ban the rays! Like, they totally ban them man!
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If your going to muskegon check out Lake Welding Supply. They should be able to help you with anything you need.

Phone: 231.722.3773
Fax: 231.725.9113
Toll-free: 800.873.5253

363 Ottawa Street PO Box 1207 Muskegon, MI 49443-1207
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But doooood, they like... ban the rays! Like, they totally ban them man!
When I approached him in the welding booth and I announced WTF YOU STUPID MFER!!!!!! His response was pretty much that
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i like the hobart helmet i bought from tsc


works good and was reasonably priced, i bought the better of the two that are auto darkening they carry.
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it would be nice to get him one with variable shade darkening too...shade #9-13 with the push of a button or turn of a dial. I had a speedglass xl back in the day when they first came out, 95-ish. Needless to say the reaction times were slow and after using it for 2 years I couldnt drive at night without being blinded by oncoming traffic. the best thing i ever did was sell it and go back to a Huntsman 411p for just $33.
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I live in Ludington too, I get all my welding supplies from Lake Welding out of Muskegon. Just look them up in the phone book, they carry everything welding.
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Thanks, I'll have to check out Lake Welding.........Potato C, I think I've seen your Jeep around the school when I've picked up one of the kids from Franklin school.......ever had D.J. in class? He's our neighbor :-)
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http://www.toolsource.com/halo-nexge...ourceid=nextag

I have that one. It's a decent size, not too big, and the full lens is really nice compared to the smaller view areas. Kind of pricey though.
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