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hopalong

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Few days ago I was helping a neighbor put up a pipe and sucker rod fence, he insisted I try his new helmet (self darkining) WOW is all i can say. I called my supplier on the way home and ordered one..
Any one else use them, pros cons????
 

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excellent investment! be sure to dial it in to the propper setting...it is easy to set it to be too light, and can easily burn your eyes.
 

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the ones we used needed batterys replaced when we could not get them
When welding with bright light behind you can get as much welding burn as anyhing else.
 

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I love mine even if they are the cheap ones from Harbor Frieght - - - They take 2 AAA batteries and last about a year as they will shut off with 2 minutes of non use.

At $39.00 @ I have two in each service truck and two in each shop and I even got my son a pair for his birthday about 3 years ago.

I normally keep mine on the 13 setting ( the darkest ) - - when it is cold outside I have found if it does not lighten up as quick as you would like just exhale hard and it will lighten right up.

As I have gotten a little older ( read blind ) I have magnifing clear cover lenses in the ones I use and plain cover in the others ( now you know why I need two at each location )

If I am welding outside in bright light I often need to clip a towel to the back of the shield that will cover my neck and block light from coming in the back - - - really helps me see better!
 

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Have a cheap auto-darkening. Don't weld much. Never used it much or gotten used to it. When I weld, I usually use my Cherokee jaw-operated, as I am used to it. Reckon auto-darkening can be great if you get used to them. Reckon expensive ones ought to be better than cheap ones.
 

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Mine cost a couple hundred bucks but in building livestock trailers they pay for themselves quickly welding sheets on.
 

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I've got 2, started with a ShadeMaster. It wasn't adjustable so after a couple of years I got a Miller Elite. I really like it and it has a bigger window than the cheaper ones.
 

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Maybe I should take another look. A few years ago I welded something in a neighbor's shop. He had one and I wasn't impressed. Never even considered them since.
 

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Doug, they have come a long way since the earlier ones came out. You can get a better helmet for way less money now.

Couple of things to watch for when buying one - Get the biggest window you can, and pay attention to the setting options - change speed, darkness density, etc.

So many more options now than my first one with the 1" wide window - that cost abut 300 bucks!
 

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I love mine, but you can't use it when it gets cool out. Much below -20 or so I have to go back to the old fashioned one.
If someone would have asked I would have said mine didn't take batteries :shock: I can't see where you would put them, and it's been working for 3 or 4 years.
 

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Another idle question.

How do you all keep the helmet window from frosting/fogging up in real cold weather.

I take the wife's hair dryer and let it run on low when the helmet if off.

Works well, but can cause friction if it isn't kept clean.

Oldgoat
 

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My first one was about $300.00 and it does not take batteries it is solar powered - - - and it was great and I still used it today - - - it is not adjustable in darkness or speed but seems to be OK

Now that you can get them for $39.00 from Harbor Freight I have several - - they do take 2 AAA batteries but the batteies seem to last about 2 years with the use I give them. They are adjustable for darkness but I normally leave them on 13 which is the darkest setting.

One drawback is I get used to the solar powered one then use one of the battery powered ones and I will foget to turn it on and flash myself! But that is just some of my dumbness coming to the surface.

As for -20 temps I'm not sure if mine would work then as I would have to be out there in it to see and I try to avoid such things!
 

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If you weld inside you might want to go with the battery over the solar. I switched to solar and I have to take it outside to get the dang thing charged every time I'm about to weld :mad:
 

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