auto darkening helmets

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  1. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 286

  2. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    I don't know about HF's, but I bought the Farm and Fleet odel for $100 and am absolutely in love.
  3. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    They are absolutely worth their weight in gold.;)
  4. mx495

    mx495 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MO
    Posts: 259

    I bought the el cheapo at harbor freight. i use it all the time and have had no problems. I love it.
  5. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 286

    thanks for the reply mx495. I was wondering how well they hold up and now have more confidence in them.
  6. chaikwa

    chaikwa LawnSite Member
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    Hi there scottishmaximus,

    I weld for a living, so I thought I'd offer my 2 cents. (I used to do landscaping, enjoyed it even, that's why I look at this board from time to time)

    The last time I went to my eye doctor, he told me that he could see that I'd been 'flashed' a few times. I told him I'm very careful about that and I couldn't even remember the last time it had happened. He then asked what kind of helmet I used, and I told him it was an automatic one. He suggested I check the spec's of my helmet, because a study that he had been involved in with a university where he teaches part time, had found that some of the less expensive helmets had a darkening rate of less than 1/20,000th of a second.

    He continued to explain that anything less than that rate allowed the user's eyes to be subjected to dangerous flashes of light from the welding arc before the lens darkened. It can't be detected by the user as it is happening, but over a period of time it will damage the eyes just as badly as if you had 'flashed' yourself.

    Probably not as big of a concern to someone who only welds occasionally, but still, you only have one set of eyes!

    Hope this helps.

  7. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 286

    chaikwa, thanks very much for your post, you make a good point. In getting the auto-darkening helmet i was hoping to eliminate the flashes that i get from my current helmet. I don't get the lens down in time or flip it up too soon. A relative told me that the first "cheap" one that he tried did not darken fast enough and he could see it. He replaced it. I am an occasional welder so I think I might be ok with a cheap one. I'll try to look into the studies.

    thanks again.

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    WHy dont you just make sure you flip the helmet down before starting the arc ????

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