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    Default Arc Armor gloves failed within 1 week

    Has anyone used the Yellow and Black Arc Armor gloves and actually gotten any life out of them? This was my second pair and they failed the exact same way my first did. They now have a hole opening in the left thumb and pointer finger, exactly what happened to my first pair. My first pair at least made it about a month but I was doing heavy welding in them so I figured I just wore them out quickly. This pair has been used about 4 times for light MIG/Stick work and they are already failing. One guy I work with swears by these things but I'm pretty disappointed. I have to pull out my industrial stick gloves just to run a few small beads now.

    I notice Miller doesn't list this style in their glove category. Was is a design problem and the gloves were discontinued? Has anyone else had this problem with them?

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    I have a pair. It is my second pair. First set had holes in less than 5 minutes. This pair has lasted me a while but that is misleading because I haven't used them in 6 months. Just sitting on a shelf. Comfy but not too durable. Also on continuous welding of 3/8 plate they warm up quickly. YMMV...
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    Yeah they were supposed to just be light duty gloves for small welding jobs. I'm just surprised they failed so fast and exactly the same way as my first pair. I've gotten free gloves from a supply store that lasted months, these barely made it a week. It sucks because they were very comfortable but I don't feel like taping brand new gloves up.

    Oh well, live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis View Post
    Also on continuous welding of 3/8 plate they warm up quickly. YMMV...
    Sometimes you have to be smarter than what you are working with. I have a 14" piece of Oak 2x4 with my name on it. Everyone thinks its a desk sign with my name. Nope its to lay my hand on a hot area or a hot weld and the wood takes all of the heat. I weld tank ends almost everyday and just lay the wood on the hot area and weld away. Most guys just lay their hands on the hot weld and shrivel up their new gloves then ***** because they are junk. Just my thoughts...Bob
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    Try using some of these heat shields. They work quite well.
    Nick

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    I appreciate the tips but the problem didn't come from excessive heat. The gloves are still in the same condition as when they were first bought. The only problem is the lining on the inner side of the fingers is opening.

    There's a thin, flimsy outer lining and soft padding inside. I don't even know when it happened but I looked at my glove and saw a bunch on tears opening in the outer lining . Then the soft inner lining followed suit and left me with about a 1/4" hole on the thumb and a 1/8" hole on the index finger. I wish I had taken a picture before I threw them out.

    I didn't do anything that would explain them failing so fast. I have a pair of thin Mechanix work gloves that I've had for months and use them under my welding gloves when I need to move jagged metal just to save my welding gloves.

    The gloves were great until this happened...again.

    Not really upset, just won't be buying those ever again. The heavy duty lined stick gloves that miller makes are great though, so ill give them credit for those beasts. I could stick my hands in lava and never know it.

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    I have never used the Arc-Armor gloves

    I do know that I have gotten excellent service out of the TILLMAN gloves that I have been using forever...
    they do wear out..
    but I have never had a pair fall apart.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    Most guys just lay their hands on the hot weld and shrivel up their new gloves Bob

    Reallllly? You really believe that?
    Most guys?
    Good grief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTMcC View Post
    Reallllly? You really believe that?
    Most guys?
    Good grief.

    J
    Yup see it all the time. Kids fresh out of welding school...Bob
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    I would believe that a lot of rookies would try it but hopefully they would learn quickly? Maybe I had about 8 feet of fillet welds on 3/8 plate. I was keeping by hands away from the hot metal and back from the weld zone to minimize heat input into my gloves. The wood trick is handy but wouldn't work in this scenario. They are decent light fab gloves but I had to check 5-pairs to find a pair that didn't have some sort of defect. Then the first pair I had on and off a couple times in first 5 minutes and the inside was torn. I will definitely be looking at tillman next time.
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