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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84ZMike View Post
    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....

    will do so Zmike.
    I suspect now that you mention it, that might be a problem if it were leaking in that manner.
    all in all as I said the bargain hood performed well. course I was trying to use the insert glass for a standard hood at first, just the glass!! kinna hard to tack with the right hand and hold the glass with the left. ( bad practises I know)

    +1 for the HF hood
    traded the MM180 in for a MM212
    lots room here for more machines like, a Plasma cutter oooohh yeah!
    tinkerer with many talents,master of none

  2. #22
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    Quote 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
    I Totally agree with you Heavy D there are a few things you dont risk, like eyes and family jewels.

    it is common sense one does not look for the cheaper hood you research lens quality, reliability and comfort and share your findings
    Last edited by GMAN; 01-26-2008 at 09:49 PM.
    A C T I O N ! ! !

  3. #23

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    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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    Quote 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?

  5. #25
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    Default Miller Pro-hobby variable shade AD

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

    Quote 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

  6. #26

    Default 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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    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).

  8. #28
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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.
    Don
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  9. #29
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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.
    traded the MM180 in for a MM212
    lots room here for more machines like, a Plasma cutter oooohh yeah!
    tinkerer with many talents,master of none

  10. #30
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    Quote 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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