Hey folks. New to the site and had a safety gear question. I would have asked this in the Safety thread, but no one has been there for about a year. So since my MW 140 is supposed to get delivered tomorrow, I thought I would ask the mig folks what they think.
I am going to be mostly putzing around the garage with small projects, using a angle grinder and working on my Jeep. So far, I have the HF Blue Flame Helmet, welding gloves, safety glasses ear protection, leather boots and jeans and now I am looking for upper body protection.
What is the most practical torso / arm protection? I have seen and heard about 100% cotton welding shirts, capes, capes with bibs, just sleeves and full jackets and a wide variety of aprons in both cotton and leather. All this ranging from $10 - $300. I am very budget minded like <$50ish if I can. There are a few used leather jackets on Craigslist for $30ish but that seems like it over kill (or is it?).
I get that you can't be too safe, but there is a point of diminishing return, I am not going to buy a fire proof suit to work on a welding cart in my garage in July, know what I mean?
So what are your thoughts?