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  1. #11
    I actually like my HF one but then again I haven't used many auto darkening helmets before. I'm just getting back into welding. Last time I welded was way back in High School lol
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  2. #12
    Best (cheap) auto darkening helmet I ever had was a 60$ kobalt from lowes. No batteries just solar powered. Probably six years old and still working fine. Use it at work and gets thrown around and has held up great. Got my miller digital elite at home.
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  3. #13
    i bought an auto darkening helmet from harbor freight to try out. the blue flame one for $36.00 on sale & have had it for about 6 months, and it's been working fine. it has adjustable lens shades from #9-13 and a grinding mode. very light & comfortable to wear, decent headgear & the price was right. so far i can't complain...
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by exwldr View Post
    i bought an auto darkening helmet from harbor freight to try out. the blue flame one for $36.00 on sale & have had it for about 6 months, and it's been working fine. it has adjustable lens shades from #9-13 and a grinding mode. very light & comfortable to wear, decent headgear & the price was right. so far i can't complain...
    I've got the same one. So far, it has worked pretty well for me (for a hobbyist).
    Is it OK to want to break something just so that you can weld it back together?

  5. #15
    ^^That thing sucks! And you have no idea on how bad it sucks until you get a quality helmet.
    I can only recommend ones that I've used.

    So far I've used:
    Same blue Harbor freight one = sucks
    $99 kobalt from lowes = crap
    Jackson eqc = Good helmet, but heavy. Not a fan of helmets that take AAA batteries
    Miller digital = Great,love it; but pricey $200
    Mac tools (made by jackson, I think?) = great helmet. but super over priced, over $400
    HTP striker, $99 free shipping = Lightweight, comfortable and inexpensive.

    Those are the only ones I've used that i can comment on. I have read good and bad things about the lincoln viking helmet, but no personal experience.
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  6. #16
    My Chicago auto darkening helmet is solar powered, and if it sits for several weeks unused it will drain... simply strike an arc or torch lighter and its charged.

    Ive been using it for 6 years! Never let me down, bought on ebay for $30 shipped, 9- 13 shade i believe...but i removed the stickers and painted it.
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  7. #17
    Yes it works but it doesn't work well. Test out a quality helmet and you will never go back to a harbor freight helmet EVER again.
    You don't know how crappy it is until you try something better.
    Try it, I know places like htp have a 90 money back. All you do is pay return shipping. I am sure other companies will do it but I can't say for sure.
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    I had a Jackson EQC, and then bought their NexGen. The AAA batteries in the EQC leaked and ruined the display. The NexGen is over eight years old, and still going strong on it's second set of batteries. I did upgrade the headgear to Jackson's 370.
    4T or not 4T, that is the question.

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  9. #19
    It's a good Lid but those batteries just add to the weight.
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  10. #20
    I used to have a speedglas... rated the best... the difference in price does NOT justify it.
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