Join Date: Nov 2000
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Bought a cheap autodarkening welding helmet
Bought one off ebay and got delivery of it this afternoon. It was $49.00 and has a #3 shade, solar powered, variable 9-13 shade, 0001 reaction time.
Very lightweight helmet. Comfortable head band with reasonable adjustment mechanism.
The autodarken works perfectly. It works well for tig, welded various materials from 80-120 amps and it worked reliably. Sure makes getting everything lined up easy.
Very sensitive triggering. It will darken if you look at an incandescent or flurorescent light bulb. Even the light of the hf arc alone will trigger it.
For that price, if it works for a couple of years, its a bargain. Vendor was "Dawn's Early Light" of Saint Louis, Mo.
I feel totally pampered with such a cool toy. The old helmet was fine, but I could never work with such speed the old way, being able to reposition myself so quickly and resume welding on a T joint on some tubing. I love it! I need projects now!