Autodark welding helmet recommendations...


> My son will be a freshman in high school this fall. He is signed up for all
> his classes, and the only thing he seems to be excited about is taking
> welding. I was thinking it might be time to get him a nice automatic > welding hood.
I love my Jackson EQC Executive HTLS, though I believe the s.e.j.w guru
likes it in a different helmet than stock.
Reply to
Pete C.
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Yup, or playing guitar ..
Grant (who has a 19 year old son who is a guitar phenom)
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Grant Erwin
In between the $50 Harbor Freight version and the $300 professional version is the $175 Miller helmet that I have and like a lot.
I ordered through one of the eBay welding supply stores and it was drop shipped to me by Miller. They have three lines I think, I got the middle one which has extra sensors for low amperage TIG capabilities. They have a "Which helmet is right for you" guide. Here is the link to the one I got, but again, at a lot less than list:
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He will be the stud of the class with one of these!
Reply to
emmo
Google some of Ernie's comments. IIRC, he likes SpeedGlass the most. I like my NexGen, but admit I'd like to try the SpeedGlass and see if it is lighter. Maybe just go to the shop and try several on. Find some good ones, then give him a CERTIFICATE for one and he can pick it. Go with him to make sure he doesn't get sold a case of snake oil. He may want the skull model, or the Dale Earnhart model, etc. That would be a more personal thing, you gave it but he picked the model. Like you giving him a Ford Falcon, and he would have preferred a Mustang...............
Trouble is with these things, it's hard to find a place where you can test drive the $300 purchase.
If he's excited, be sure to give him good tools that will keep that level up. Just like fishing, a kid will stay excited if he isn't jerking around with inferior equipment.
Steve
Reply to
SteveB
Is there anyone here who tried both a high end and a Harbor Freight autodarkening helmet? Did you find any difference?
i
Reply to
Ignoramus2215
I took a welding class, (actually, four of them) at my local community college - Austin Community College, highly recommended. Like you, I had already been welding for some time, and like you I expect, I learned a lot. OA/stick/mig/tig. I ended up buying setups for OA, mig and tig, and I really enjoy it.
After the first class, everyone went down to HF, including me, to buy their helmets, but after two classes where my eyes hurt afterwards, I traded up to the Miller. To my knowledge, everyone else was happy with their HF helmets.
Unlike the general opinion here, I always buy HF first, then upgrade if I use the tool a lot or if it turns out to be a POS. If it wasn't for HF tools, I wouldn't have no tools at all. But in this case, I upgraded and am happy I did. Ymmv...
Reply to
emmo
No, however one significant difference will be the lens area. The high end units have a much larger area than the HF ones. I still need to get one of the cheap HF ones at some point for the rare occasion I have help in the shop.
Reply to
Pete C.
Thanks, Pete and Emmo. I want to buy a second helmet for instances where I have help in the shop, so perhaps now buying a nicer one is warranted.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus2215
He's my son, not my grandson, and his vocal teacher also taught Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell to sing (both of Alice In Chains, a Seattle band). We know all about those guys.
Grant
Reply to
Grant Erwin
Expensive one for the welder, and cheap one for the watcher.
Reply to
Pete C.
My son is hooked on both. And he's good. Nah, he's better than good. Ask your grandson if he's heard of Alice In Chains.
Steve
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SteveB
If you go blind, they send you home early.
Steve
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SteveB
Sounds like our sons have some things in common. My son went to see them at the Hard Rock when he came to visit me in Vegas a while back. Saw someone from the band he knew and waved at them and they talked. I left and went home, came back later and picked him up.
Sorry about the obvious glitch there. I'm on pain meds.
Duh.
Steve
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SteveB

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