> 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.
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
He will be the stud of the class with one of these!
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.
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...
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.
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.