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  • A good hood for cheap?

    Can anyone suggest a good Mig welding hood at a really good price? Thanks!

  • #2
    u want auto or old style flip front?

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    • #3
      oh sorry i should have mentioned a auto darking hood.

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      • #4
        the miller ones are good for the price but i like the speed glass 3m helmets.

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        • #5
          Don't take chances with your eyes spend the money and get a good one. I like the jackson hoods you only get one pair of eyes

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          • #6
            go to ur local welding store and see what they have. try them on and talk to them about ur options, its the best way. buying online is ok but sometimes u dont get what u pay for. u are still looking at least spending $180 and up for a decent one.

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            • #7
              I have a speed glass and I wouldn't use anything else, definetly worth the extra money. Alot of people go with the Harbor frieight $50 and don't have any problems, but I spent the money over three years ago for the speed glass and it's paid for itself more than once over.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Heavy D View Post
                Don't take chances with your eyes spend the money and get a good one. I like the jackson hoods you only get one pair of eyes
                A cheap hood is going to protect yer eyes just as good. The clear state protects UV anyway.

                A set of safety glasses also protects yer eyes from UV.

                The price difference is about comfort and options.

                I have a HF Hood and an Optrel

                The one thing I have read about the HF hoods and say a 130.00 Miller or Hobart hood is the clarity through the lens.

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                • #9
                  Miller sells helmets that range from 69.00 (Non AD) and 109.00
                  for their entry level AD hood up to 329.00 for the Elite

                  I'm pretty sure the 69.00 hood protects just as good as their 329.00 hood

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                  • #10
                    the Harbor frieight $50 and don't have any problems,
                    Aye!!

                    so far anyways. I even got that there warranty, 9 bucks for 2 years

                    my first project was a hand rail for my front steps. I did a decent job thanks to my MM180. the hood performed well, however as a young whippersnapper I used to stick weld and got arc burn several times....Man!!!
                    that's some kinda of hurting you never forget, so I feel I should mention this.I'm still a noob so I may not have had the setting right but,
                    after working on the rail, that night my eyes felt kinna weird. I thought damm!! that F'nn hood didn't work, Imma be in a world of hurt tonight.

                    I'm happy to say tho, no arc burn , slept like a baby.is it possible that maybe the cheap ones allow some arc heat to still get past the lense? maybe thats one of the differences between a 50 dollar job and a 180 dollar one, I don't know

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                    • #11
                      Check you hood for "leaks".....hold it up to a light or towards the sun etc.....check to see if any light is coming it around the lens....some have had this problem....another thing about the HF hood is it's short.....what I mean is the bottom part doesn't go down as far as others do so watch the angle of your head.....and a bright colored shirt can reflect under the hood and cause what happened to you.....I have the Northern tool cheap helmet as well as a Hobart....they both work fine the Hobart is more comfortable to wear and is clearer......the NT doesn't need to be turned on so I like that as I have a few times forgot to turn on the Hobart.....no worries as Broccoli stated you are protected in the "clear" stage....

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                      • #12
                        Good


                        Fast


                        Cheap

                        pick any two.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fat-Fab.com View Post
                          Good


                          Fast


                          Cheap

                          pick any two.
                          HF = 59.00
                          Miller = 109.00

                          50 bux just to put their name on the hood.

                          Hop Sing makes both

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Clavacle View Post
                            I have a speed glass and I wouldn't use anything else, definetly worth the extra money. Alot of people go with the Harbor frieight $50 and don't have any problems, but I spent the money over three years ago for the speed glass and it's paid for itself more than once over.
                            Oh Listen to this Guy!! I Have a Speed Glass 9000x and its the best helment I ever had.
                            Its worth the money.

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                            • #15
                              Optrel---died $250+ 4 years
                              HF $49 stillworks
                              Miller BWE elete $250 No better than the HF

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