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    new (cheap) helmet?

    (didnt know where to put this, but for me its tig specific so i figured i'd put it here)
    alright, so i'm lookin at gettin a new helmet. i got a cheap one off ebay back when i first got into welding with my clarke AC buzz box *shudder*. the helmet was great, and its worked awesome for whatever i've asked it to.

    but i'm looking for a new helmet, the one i have is pretty beat up. the switches sometimes dont click right, and the knobs are pretty beat up too... i got it for $30 shipped to my door, so its done its job many times over...

    i'm not looking to spend boatloads of cash on a helmet, i dont care really about consumables or lenses, if anything i'll just duct-tape what i need onto it if i have to (like cheater lenses) so $60-70 should be considered top end for me.

    i've seen plenty in that range on ebay, and they are FAR better than my current helmet, AND they are 4 sensor with extra options like grind mode! the only thing i HAVENT seen is one with a shade 8 capability? i've pretty much used shade 9-10 for everything that i do (mostly mig stuff with my trusty clarke 130en)

    so, has anyone relied on one of these ebay helmets? how do they handle the lower amperage tig stuff? do i need the lower end shade 8 or should i be fine with a shade 9-13?

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    I would think 9 would be fine. I don't think I weld with any less than that actually. What brand helmet are you looking at on line?
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    9 is as low as i go to,and that is just for thin stuff at low amperage.
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    If I'm not mistaken I used shade 8 a while back for gas welding. That's really hard to dial in since the flame changes. You need to adjust sensetivity as well as the shade.
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    I have a Northern Tool auto darkening helmet that works great and only cost $40. It's far better than the harbor freight units and is actually cheaper too.

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    I just ordered a Lincoln 2450 helmet for about $167. It was a bit more money but I wanted a helmet that I could change the batteries in when needed. The cheaper auto darkening helmets that I have bought in the past have had non-replaceable batteries so they are basically disposable but at $40-60 I got my money out of them. Hopefully this is the last one I have to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tat2nu View Post
    I just ordered a Lincoln 2450 helmet for about $167. It was a bit more money but I wanted a helmet that I could change the batteries in when needed. The cheaper auto darkening helmets that I have bought in the past have had non-replaceable batteries so they are basically disposable but at $40-60 I got my money out of them. Hopefully this is the last one I have to buy.
    That's a pretty nice hood. Let us know how you like it once you've had it for a while. The specs sound really good for that price.
    Is it OK to want to break something just so that you can weld it back together?

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    Yeah, I thought it was a great deal. I got it from a welding store on eBay called Welding Supplies from IOC. Just do a search for "Lincoln 2450" and then sort by lowest price first and he shows up as the first "Buy It Now". I will do a review on it once I get more of a chance to play with it.
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    Why not check out the Esab Globe Arc, its a non battery welding helmet that can also be used in all welding and cutting processes. You can even change/replace the outer lens to whatever shade you prefer and its very light plus you won't need to be nodding your head down when starting to weld. Bought it at $69.69 but saw another seller selling it at $60.00 only.



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    Quote Originally Posted by undercut View Post
    That's a pretty nice hood. Let us know how you like it once you've had it for a while. The specs sound really good for that price.
    I bought my MM210 and Jackson NexGen from IOC. They are good people.
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