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#1 Chopperhed OFFLINE  

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:24 PM

I got this from the wife for my birthday, (which isn't till the end of the month, but it was on sale). Preliminary tests show a vast improvement in vision over my 30 year o9ld flip helmet.

I can't wait to do some more welding.

Just need someone to bring me some work

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Those auto dimming welding masks are nice... Unless it is extra sunny outside, then they get confused and act like a turn signal light...
I like mine, makes it easier just starting out welding. I was and am still not great at stick welding, but MIG is pretty slick and already laying down decent MIG welds thanks to autodimming welding mask being one less thing to think about. Only other problem I had with the auto dimming mask is if you use a faceshield for grinding (metal prep) and you are going back and forth between welding and grinding. You definitely miss the auto dimming feature when you forget to switch masks before welding haha.
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:55 PM

For 40 years I flipped those helmets up and down. For the last ten I have had an auto darkening helmet and I still flip it up between welds. And I try to flip it down before the weld. I don't think I will ever learn.  :(


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Those auto dimming welding masks are nice... Unless it is extra sunny outside, then they get confused and act like a turn signal light...
I like mine, makes it easier just starting out welding. I was and am still not great at stick welding, but MIG is pretty slick and already laying down decent MIG welds thanks to autodimming welding mask being one less thing to think about. Only other problem I had with the auto dimming mask is if you use a faceshield for grinding (metal prep) and you are going back and forth between welding and grinding. You definitely miss the auto dimming feature when you forget to switch masks before welding haha.

This mask has a switch for grinding mode, but yes , the sensitivity adjustment can cause a few blackouts when looking out the door or looking at a light. The real plus for me is the shade adjustment, I can finally see the puddle clearly, it's been years since I could do that. The speed sensitivity is great, all I see when I strike an arc is a couple of orange sparks. The most important thing for me is being able to position my rod or torch, and not having to flip the helmet down and lose orientation.


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 05:22 AM

Is the " grinding mode" a new feature on these auto darkening helmets ?   


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 07:00 AM

I would not use a welding helmet for grinding as the sparks will mess up the outside plastic cover so that you have trouble while welding. Get a full face shield for grinding!


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 07:22 AM

I love mine.  But like has been said, they are sensitive to sun and bright light.  Just getting to where I can do some wire welding decent.  Learned on a stick and still use it for the heavier stuff over 5/16 - 1/4 "  Use the wire for the lit stuff.


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 07:32 AM

What make helmet is it?  I have an HF helmet and I can't see a darn thing when I'm welding.


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 09:57 AM

I haven't had real good luck with these helmets when it gets below freezing. Hopefully the newer ones are better. 


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 01:54 PM

I could probably break something so you could weld it! :bigrofl:


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 08:30 PM

Grinding mode is a nice touch, you will enjoy welding much more. Having a good view improves welds. LED flashlight fastened to helmet for dim areas is handier than a trouble light.
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Posted August 05, 2016 - 07:12 AM

What make helmet is it?  I have an HF helmet and I can't see a darn thing when I'm welding.

http://www.princessa...met/A-p8540650e


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Posted August 05, 2016 - 07:13 AM

I haven't had real good luck with these helmets when it gets below freezing. Hopefully the newer ones are better. 

I never weld outside so it shouldn't be an issue


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Posted August 27, 2016 - 03:53 PM

You'll enjoy it!  I use auto-darkening helmet for my messes... LOL.  I just picked up a new Hobart, can't wait to use it.  My other helmet starts out great but as I weld, it gets darker and darker until I can't see.  I use mine when grinding too.



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Posted August 27, 2016 - 07:53 PM

Looks good. Not really my cup of coffee, but gears non the less. For anyone out there, make sure you stay away from the super cheapies. Guys I know bought the cheap ones and often times get flashed or they have tired eyes at the end of the day. Just a word of advice.

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