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  • Gsd34me
    started a topic A good hood for cheap?

    A good hood for cheap?

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

  • safetydave
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    cheap welding hoods

    Gsd34m, first off you have to look t what are you wanting to do with what type of hood your looking for? example are you just wanting to weld or do you want to be able t9o do more with it,such as cutting,grinding,torching do you see what I'm getting at if all you want to do is welding the I would look at a speedglass utility for about $170-185 these ar pretty basic for auto-darking.

    Now if you want to be able to do all the lateset and greatest stuff then yes you will be paying a great deal more for them such as the Miller DIgital ELite hoods which are around $290-320 but they do it all and yes they do have some cool graphics, but in MY OPINION they are still kind of bulky for me and so I have leande to the speedglass type which do have a bigger viewing area and also I think are litter the all the other hoods on the market.

    For years I've had used a Huntsman fixed #8 with the large window, just trying to get a quicker pace, but the problem I have is when doing alot of welding for the day my neck is killing me at night form flipping it up and down all day so you see why its important to get a good lite,comfortable hood and that also has a quicker responce time for changeing when you begin to weld.

    Also like the other guys have said when it comes to your eyes there is no price to much to pay for the cost of being blind. Tack your time and get a good one that your happy with and use it.

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  • I Bleed Blue
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    I'd watch for 3rd degree burns.
    Originally posted by tsekub2 View Post
    Hi! I hope by this time ,you have found a good cheap hood . not all of us can afford a good self darkening hood .I waited years to get mine .About checking the pound shops most of the times you find really good bargains .like I did when I found my top of the line speedglass for $66.00 and "0" tax .to make the story short, I was checking the tools an so .and I saw this hood still in the box. and It looked like it was used just a few hours .so I ask the owner of the store for price ,and said hmmmm.about 100.00? And I Knew. I only had 66.00 bucks in my pocket .so I told him I was short a few bucks .and had to get some cash at the ATM . He says how much do you have ? 66.00 I said, He says SOLD !
    I went home and price it on the internet at several places and found out it was worth 360.00 bucks .anyway that's an idea .so, I wish you lots of luck.

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  • tsekub2
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    A good hood cheap price

    Hi! I hope by this time ,you have found a good cheap hood . not all of us can afford a good self darkening hood .I waited years to get mine .About checking the pound shops most of the times you find really good bargains .like I did when I found my top of the line speedglass for $66.00 and "0" tax .to make the story short, I was checking the tools an so .and I saw this hood still in the box. and It looked like it was used just a few hours .so I ask the owner of the store for price ,and said hmmmm.about 100.00? And I Knew. I only had 66.00 bucks in my pocket .so I told him I was short a few bucks .and had to get some cash at the ATM . He says how much do you have ? 66.00 I said, He says SOLD !
    I went home and price it on the internet at several places and found out it was worth 360.00 bucks .anyway that's an idea .so, I wish you lots of luck.

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  • uhohjim
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    Originally posted by Laiky View Post
    How about a helmet with a 4x6 lense??
    I hear that Laiky Jim

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  • Laiky
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    Originally posted by shorerider16 View Post
    We've already got a 29 Ford Roadster helmet, so how about a 57 Chevy helmet?

    How about a helmet with a 4x6 lense??

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  • shorerider16
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    We've already got a 29 Ford Roadster helmet, so how about a 57 Chevy helmet?

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  • Broccoli1
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    Originally posted by toecutter View Post
    Miller helmet!
    thank you for the Response. I know where my next hood will come from

    Imma read up on that manuall that came with my HF hood, I dont think the switching times are in the range of the miller hood.
    shhhh.......


    HF faster



    Thank you Miller Helmet- best **** answer to the OP's question.

    Now just make a Miller Hood in Green- the Mexican one don't count-

    How bout' a green one with a Pint o' Guinness on the side?

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  • toecutter
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    Miller helmet!
    thank you for the Response. I know where my next hood will come from

    Imma read up on that manuall that came with my HF hood, I dont think the switching times are in the range of the miller hood.

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    Good hood for cheap:

    Buying my first Harley I was like a kid in a candy store. There it was brand new Harley Wide Glide. As Harley folks know there is LOTS of stuff you buy at the store besides a Harley.

    Counter top is loaded with chrome doo dads and I am ready to check out,

    Guy sez you are going to need a helmet you know. And in a very nice display to my right and directly in front of the cash register is a pyramid of $39.95 helmets. I had just spent $14k on my ride and about that much in goodies to be installed.

    So I grab one of the helmets and ask as I am picking it up guess I will take this, is it any good? The burly man checking me out leaned over a bit and said "not really, but how much is your brain worth?" I looked at the helmet in my hand, then him and then the row of helmets on the shelf behind him..."how much are those?" $150, $250 and $367!" "I'll take the one for $367!"

    Cheap don't come good and good don't come cheap and Harbor Fright does not do eyeballs.

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  • Laiky
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    I love my hobart hood (same as xlix) but have recenly switched back to my fixed shade (i have been doing mostly bench TIG). I honesly believe you are better off learning how to use a good fixed shade over any AD helmet. There are plenty of times when the AD is an asset but likewise there are times when you can and should use a fixed shade. My opthamologist says that i should not use an AD. I have found the bigger window and better optical clarity with my fixed shade (old blue point 4x6).

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  • Miller Helmet
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    Where are they made?

    Broccoli1,

    As with the majority of auto-darkening lenses on the market, our lenses are made over-seas. Our helmets are made in South Korea, which is currently regarded as the leader in development and manufacturing of LCD technology. Thank you for your question and please let me know if you have any others.

    Thank You,
    MillerHelmet

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  • EdZep
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    Miller Pro-hobby variable shade AD

    Got mine for $116 from Indian Oxygen (IOC) on Ebay.

    Originally posted by MillerHelmet View Post
    Our Pro-Hobby variable shade helmets have a switching speed of 1/12,000 and list for $149 or $169 depending on if you buy one with graphics or not. Most of the time, the actual ‘street price’ is different than the list, but that varies on the distributor. Our helmets also carry a 2 Year Warranty from the date of purchase.
    MillerHelmet

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  • Broccoli1
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    Originally posted by MillerHelmet View Post
    I saw this thread and just wanted to add a few comments about auto-darkening filter (ADF) helmets. The original post states the helmet will be used for MIG welding. Most ADF helmets work well with MIG but you have to make sure that your lens speed is fast enough if you are doing a lot of starts or repetitive tack welding.

    If you are doing a lot of tack welding, it is recommended that your lens has a reaction time of around 1/10,000 of a second or faster. It sounds like Toecutter may have had some eye fatigue from a slower switching speed based on his post that his eyes felt a little weird after a day of welding up a railing. Like he said, he did not get the arc flash after-affects, but most likely his eyes felt weird from a slower switching speed on a lot of arc starts. All of those starts with a slower switching speed can add up after a while to create eye fatigue.

    Our Pro-Hobby variable shade helmets have a switching speed of 1/12,000 and list for $149 or $169 depending on if you buy one with graphics or not. Most of the time, the actual ‘street price’ is different than the list, but that varies on the distributor. Our helmets also carry a 2 Year Warranty from the date of purchase.

    This post would be quite long if I went through all of the features, so I’ll keep it short and reply to any questions instead of going through everything. Hope this helps.

    Thank You,
    MillerHelmet
    Where are they made?

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  • Miller Helmet
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    Helmet Info.

    I saw this thread and just wanted to add a few comments about auto-darkening filter (ADF) helmets. The original post states the helmet will be used for MIG welding. Most ADF helmets work well with MIG but you have to make sure that your lens speed is fast enough if you are doing a lot of starts or repetitive tack welding.

    If you are doing a lot of tack welding, it is recommended that your lens has a reaction time of around 1/10,000 of a second or faster. It sounds like Toecutter may have had some eye fatigue from a slower switching speed based on his post that his eyes felt a little weird after a day of welding up a railing. Like he said, he did not get the arc flash after-affects, but most likely his eyes felt weird from a slower switching speed on a lot of arc starts. All of those starts with a slower switching speed can add up after a while to create eye fatigue.

    Our Pro-Hobby variable shade helmets have a switching speed of 1/12,000 and list for $149 or $169 depending on if you buy one with graphics or not. Most of the time, the actual ‘street price’ is different than the list, but that varies on the distributor. Our helmets also carry a 2 Year Warranty from the date of purchase.

    This post would be quite long if I went through all of the features, so I’ll keep it short and reply to any questions instead of going through everything. Hope this helps.

    Thank You,
    MillerHelmet

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