Which HF magnifier to get?

Harbor Freight has two magnifiers. One is the Head Strap Magnifier
with Worklight Lot no. 95890. $9.99
The other
16.5 Jeweler's Clip-on Eye Loupe Lot No. 94364, $2.99
Both are likely made of plastic that may not even be fully
transparent.
Would I be kidding myself if I purchased one or both of these to be
used for detailed small work items?
Any experiences?
Reply to
Joe Lauton
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Hey Joe,
I've got a few pair of el-cheapos, not from HF but very similar, and they work OK. I really like the ones with two magnification plates plus a single loupe attached. I rarely if ever use the loupe, but love the ability to flip that 2nd stage of magnification in with just a flick of my finger. Oddly enough, I have to take them off to reset it though!!
Worth every penny. If you aren't sure, buy one of each, and go back next time they come on sale for more of the ones you like.
Take care.
Brian "In-the-middle-of-a-200-per-hour-storm-of-OT" Lawson Bothwell, Ontario. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Reply to
Brian Lawson
JL:
They're pretty cheapo. I have several pairs of Magnavisors with differing lens strengths and working distances to your object. Basically, the higher the magnification, the closer the working distance. You can also mount swing-in loupes to the side to allow additional magnification variability. They are quite comfortable and what the pros use. Not being fond of a good crick in the neck, I'll stay with the magnavisors. See:
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Regards,
Edward Hennessey
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Edward Hennessey
Joe, I have some HF magnifiers. The kind with the light on both sides, use them all the time. Threw the lights away long ago, two screws and into the dumper, too heavy. I also have a good one from McMaster Carr. If I'm just looking at a burr or the size on a mystery bit, the HF is fine. When I need to use one for an hour+, the MC one seems to focus across a larger area, and I also have more magnification there. Feels more comfortable. But, having the HF cheapies, I often go for the close one. Dave
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Mechanical Magic
I use HF stuff, but your best bet is to get an Optivisor like here:
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Interchangeable GLASS lenses, has auxillary loupes you can get to flip down for those REALLY small projects. Plus you can wear it for hours and it's not a pain. If you need light with your magnification, get one of the Luxo lamps. I have both, wouldn't be without either one. You get what you pay for with optical goods.
Stan
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stans4
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Seconded. That's a good choice too.
Regards,
Edward Hennessey
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Edward Hennessey
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I really appreciate all the comments. Was not sure that it actually worked. It clearly does. (Products like Vista really scares me.) I my case the weight may be an important factor. I had purchased a heavy face shield for some turning and when I replaced it with a light one it was instant relief if you know what I mean.
joe
Reply to
Joe Lauton
I use the OptiVisor with the swing-away loupe. It's not heavy but I don't wear it for long periods of time, either.
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David Courtney

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