ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
11/19/19 6:27 p.m.

I have a horrible freight flux core welder I got from a buddy.  Its messy but surprisingly more often than not it does the job.

It had a helmet with it, but it has died.  The auto-dim does not dim any more.

 

Suggestions for a new one?  Or is there an easy way to fix this one?  I tried taking it apart, but nothing looks serviceable.

 

I don't spend much time welding at all.  Just want something to protect my eyes.  And preferably not end up in a landfill within a few years.

engiekev
engiekev Reader
3/31/20 7:32 a.m.
Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
3/31/20 7:35 a.m.

The auto dim might just have dead batteries from lack of use. Set it in the sun for a couple of hours and try it again.

My current helmet came from Northern Tool. It was reasonably priced and gets the job done. 

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
3/31/20 7:41 a.m.

I hate auto-dim helmets.  I mean, I love the concept, but in practise I find them to not always work well.  I use an old, simply, manual helmet I bought for about $20 from Lincoln about 15 years ago.  It never doesn't work.  

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
3/31/20 8:55 a.m.

You had to ask!

 

This sent me off on a search for a new welding helmet cause mine is getting a bit flaky.

 

The Lincoln 3350 is calling my wallet.

 

Pete

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
3/31/20 8:56 a.m.
engiekev said:

This hazard fraught helmet has been pretty sturdy for my use:

https://www.harborfreight.com/welding/welding-accessories/welding-helmets-goggles/blue-design-auto-darkening-welding-helmet-61610.html

I ended up getting this in red (not sure if slightly different or not).

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
3/31/20 9:22 a.m.
NOHOME said:

You had to ask!

 

This sent me off on a search for a new welding helmet cause mine is getting a bit flaky.

 

The Lincoln 3350 is calling my wallet.

 

Pete

Man, that is all the pennies.  

engiekev
engiekev Reader
3/31/20 9:26 a.m.
ProDarwin said:
engiekev said:

This hazard fraught helmet has been pretty sturdy for my use:

https://www.harborfreight.com/welding/welding-accessories/welding-helmets-goggles/blue-design-auto-darkening-welding-helmet-61610.html

I ended up getting this in red (not sure if slightly different or not).

Make sure to pickup the rotary nose picking kit while you're at it

New York Nick
New York Nick New Reader
10/14/20 8:21 a.m.

I use this one:

https://www.millerwelds.com/safety/helmets/digital-infinity-series-welding-helmets-m30025#!/?product-options-title=digital-infinity-black-ops-280047

I really like it, It is easily settable for all different types of welding. 

Some of the welders at work that spend 3-4 hours a day under the hood use this:

https://www.esabna.com/us/en/products/ppe-accessories/helmets-and-head-protection/sentinel-a50.cfm

They say it is lighter and better balanced.

Neither are cheap but both are good...

NYN

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
10/14/20 9:09 a.m.
volvoclearinghouse said:
NOHOME said:

You had to ask!

 

This sent me off on a search for a new welding helmet cause mine is getting a bit flaky.

 

The Lincoln 3350 is calling my wallet.

 

Pete

Man, that is all the pennies.  

Yeah, but with 7 months of hindsight, its a transformative technology as far as seeing what you are doing while welding.

mainstreettattoo
mainstreettattoo New Reader
10/31/20 8:03 p.m.

Weldcote metals been using one for the last two years professionally and have no issues and won't kill your wallet. 

Xier
Xier New Reader
11/11/20 5:13 a.m.

I have a speedglass helmet and a lincoln viking helmet, to be honest i prefer the speedglass however the headband and swivel mechanism is a loy better on the lincoln, but it's very expensive I can buy it becouse I play for real money choosing good casino on this url https://casinos-advisor.com/. The lincoln viking helmet is a lot simpler to use and has external grinding/shading adjustment which i dont find annoying although they are a lot easier to cnock out of place than on the 3M one. One annoying thing, the lincoln is auto on/off and the 3M is push button to start/auto off, it has gave me quite a few flashes when i switch from one to the other...

MINIzguy
MINIzguy HalfDork
11/12/20 5:27 p.m.

I also don't weld a lot, just a project every few months. I bought a Tacklife auto dimming helmet off Amazon. Unfortunately out of stock :(

kmacdok
kmacdok
11/12/20 11:37 p.m.

i don't weld alot anymore but i love having a great helmet for it i swear by miller digital infinity elite all it ever needs its new batteries and plastics and its good and i love the new multimatic 220 kinda a miller fan a lil biased

 

Jesse Ransom (FFS)
Jesse Ransom (FFS) UltimaDork
11/12/20 11:51 p.m.

I had a Weldcote that was good for the money (four sensors, usually dimmed when it ought to).

I bought an ESAB Sentinel on Trent's recommendation when I signed up for three terms of TIG classes, and I really like it.

Heck, the Weldcote was probably his recommendation in the pre-true-color era. I tend to just try to copy him where I can, which is easier with acquisition than execution.

I don't think the HF ones are terrible. Mine just died at an inopportune time and I'm holding a grudge.

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