recwrote: I need a autodarkening helmet for my 120volt mig welder (clip)
I am prepared for the sneering, but I am having good results with the one I
bought from Harbor Freight. Their prices jump all over the landscape, and I
don't know how the quality varies. Another possibility is to buy an
auto-darkening filter and convert a regular helmet. Welding shops sell
My Jackson NexGen EQC is an autodark in a standard Jackson helmet. I didn't
realize it at the time, or I would have just bought the lens, and not
ANOTHER whole helmet.
But, hey, a guy can't have too many welding helmets, right?
Treat yourself and buy the best you can afford. They protect your eyes, and
that is important. The real test is how long something lasts. It ain't a
deal if you are out there replacing it before long. That adds up to what a
good one would have cost you in the first place. And you still have a
I agree with Steve...I also have the Jackson NexGen EQC that is about 7
years old...still works great although I would like to upgrade to the solar
powered one. Maybe Santa will bring one!! Remember you only have the eyes
you have now...take care of them!
Others may have said it, but I know I did, quoting a very humorous
Millwright I worked with in Kansas City in the 80's named Jerry who used
that line often around youngin's that weren't as concerned with their own
safety as they should have been ; ).
< Nnn > You gotta be practical. But I just, also realised I could afford
it, bought a NexGen. The full-boat digital. What a beautiful piece of
Bragged it to a good friend who tigs aluminum alot. And he really likes
the amber *cast* when in the clear state. His auto clears to a blue tint.
I first looked and bought a homeowner grade Hobart. Interesting 9- 13 knob
on the outside. But testing it on a flourescent, right out of the box,
showed it had a diagonal smear running diagonally on the lens.
First use for the NexGen was stick-welding a washer onto a broken bolt,
underneath a Dodge 4wh, repairing the vacuum powered shifter.
And I'm suddenly a better mig welder too. <BG>
I poopooed autohelmets because I have been welding for 30 years and saw them
as a gimmick for someone who didn't "really" know how to weld. Then I tried
one, and thought why didn't I get one of these before now.
They ARE sweet.
One other thing my buddy suggested was to change out the clear plastic for
AFA the *new* helmet buzz, the dual flip-down stops are pretty neat too,
not that they're gonna get worn out though.
Jeez, I gotta get my own shop/ work area/ garage. I'm starting to recall
the very first time I picked up a mig! I was a legend in my own mind.
"There is nothing new in the world
except the history you do not know."
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