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Unread 06-14-2010, 06:01 PM   #16
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I use this one from Amazon. Not the best but I have gone through about 10 2lb rolls with it. It is what I used to build the trailer in my sig.

Amazon.com: Neiko Solar-Powered Auto Darkening MIG/TIG Welding Helmet, ANSI Approved: Home Improvement

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Unread 07-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #17
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I've got an Arc One lens that goes in a small window hood. I love it. Got it when working at a power house. It's what my welder used every day so was good enough for me.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 10:09 PM   #18
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I recently purchased a Radnor Jetstar 5401 Fixed front,5 1/4X4 1/2 variable shade 7-14 auto lense sense adjustment. 4Mode delay & grind setting. $216.92. The big picture window front is really great. All of the other features are great as well. Wish I had spent the money long ago. They are worth it. As you get older it gets harder on the eyes and the area to weld gets harder to follow and wondering off is easy to do.
A new auto darkening hood really helps the weld quality and appearance and therefore the job satisfaction.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 11:00 AM   #19
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I am a hobby welder. I would like a auto hood. I just can't decide on what to buy. I have heard the Northern too l unit is nice.
I got the northern tool auto helmet, $50 and works great so far. I've only welded a few times, but its so much easier to learn when you don't have to flip the helmet up and down all the time.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 10:07 PM   #20
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I bought one from Harbor Freight for $11.87. It took about two weeks to ship but it finally came. I love it. It's $49.99 now. Go figure...
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Unread 07-15-2010, 05:42 PM   #21
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I know this is more then you are wanting to spend, but I have a Jackson Halo-X literally used one time for about 30 minutes for sale for $225. Cost over $420 brand new. Just dont need it any more as I have a couple of helmets. This thing looks brand spanking new. PM if interested.

I also had a Kobalt helmet which was decent, but I thought the viewing area was a little small.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 01:40 AM   #22
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I keep a Miller "Titanium" Elite at work since I'm doing more fab projects than ever, but at home I have a Kobalt for weekend projects. For the money ($130 or so), it's really a decent hood. My father says the filter lens is just like the old top of the line Jackson he has had for ten years or so. I doubt Kobalt makes their own, so it's probably a repackaged Jackson design.

This is the second Kobalt hood i've owned, the first one was used at work and lasted 2 years of every day welding. It decided to quit filtering one day (not the battery), so i bought the Miller and another Kobalt to keep at home.

Of all the cheaper hoods (under $150) the other guys at work have had, none have worked as well as the Kobalt. The others seem to have erratic sensing and delay, and lacked the full settings adjustments. But as the technology gets cheaper, the quality hoods have as well -so maybe harbour freight will start selling better quality hoods soon too.


EDIT: I think the reason the first Kobalt quit was due to me being so hard on it, I dropped it from high places more than once...oops
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Unread 07-16-2010, 05:51 AM   #23
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Is there any draw backs to buying a hood with 12.6sq inches. I see most of the better ones are only 5.25. I am thinking of buying one of theses with the 12.6 lens....ArcOne ® Fighting Tiger Python Welding Helmet With Varaible Shade 9 - 13 Auto-Darkening Lens With 5.25 sq. in. Viewing Area - ActiveForever.com
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Unread 07-16-2010, 06:13 PM   #24
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Is there any draw backs to buying a hood with 12.6sq inches. I see most of the better ones are only 5.25. I am thinking of buying one of theses with the 12.6 lens....ArcOne ® Fighting Tiger Python Welding Helmet With Varaible Shade 9 - 13 Auto-Darkening Lens With 5.25 sq. in. Viewing Area - ActiveForever.com
The bigger the lens the more the veiwing area,no draw backs.

Some people who need to use reading glasses will need a "cheater lens"..or also called magnifier lens,so the bigger veiwing areas have no advantage because the cheater lens are all small.

The ArcOne 4000v,5000v and 6000v all have a slight difference in the lens features and size,go to ArcOne's website and and compare the differences.

Any one of these auto lens are top dogs,it's just up to you as to how much money is justifiable to you for the better features.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #25
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I know this is more then you are wanting to spend, but I have a Jackson Halo-X literally used one time for about 30 minutes for sale for $225. Cost over $420 brand new. Just dont need it any more as I have a couple of helmets. This thing looks brand spanking new. PM if interested.

I also had a Kobalt helmet which was decent, but I thought the viewing area was a little small.
The Jackson Halo-X is just the hood/sheild itself,they are the standard 4 1/2" x 5 1/4" viewing area,which is a common size to accept a variety of different auto lens in that size.
Jackson has several different models of auto lens for that size..the NexGen,Professional Variable,EQC variable,The Boss...etc,that makes the BIG difference in performance and price in them, is the type of lens in it.

I have the NexGen in a Halo-X hood,i personaly dont like the Halo-X at all for 2 reasons,...
it is really flimzy from being made of a soft type plastic,so it wobbles alot while welding..and being such an almost rubbery type hood,the flip down stop always pops out and the hood always rolls down too far,plus it won't stay up very well....but..i love the NexGen lens in it,gonna get a better hood for the lens.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 10:05 AM   #26
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The Jackson Halo-X is just the hood/sheild itself,they are the standard 4 1/2" x 5 1/4" viewing area,which is a common size to accept a variety of different auto lens in that size.
Jackson has several different models of auto lens for that size..the NexGen,Professional Variable,EQC variable,The Boss...etc,that makes the BIG difference in performance and price in them, is the type of lens in it.

I have the NexGen in a Halo-X hood,i personaly dont like the Halo-X at all for 2 reasons,...
it is really flimzy from being made of a soft type plastic,so it wobbles alot while welding..and being such an almost rubbery type hood,the flip down stop always pops out and the hood always rolls down too far,plus it won't stay up very well....but..i love the NexGen lens in it,gonna get a better hood for the lens.
Yeah, the one I have has the NexGen lense. Really is a great helmet. I had no problems with it. Didnt seem flimsy and had no problem keeping it up I AM TALKING ABOUT THE WELDING HELMET
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Unread 07-19-2010, 08:27 PM   #27
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When I bought my welders 13 years ago I bought a $300 Jackson with a large viewing area. It took a crap last summer after I was laid off 2 months. Being strapped for cash I bought a harbor freight one for $30 some dollars with the %20 coupon. I have to say I have burned over 22lbs of wire in a home setting and have had no problems what so ever.
It doesn’t have the field of view my Jackson had, but I am a much better welder now and can deal with it. As much as I hate having no money to buy the “best” tools, I can honestly say that the HF helmet is not a P.O.S.
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