Proper Glass for stick welder?

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  1. mpflood

    mpflood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Could someone please tell me the proper glass for eye protection. I will be using a 220 volt buzz box(stick welder)
    looking to buy a helmet,don't know what to buy.Thanx
    Mike Flood
  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    i would say a 12-14 lens for 220
  3. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Messages: 457

    220 has nothing to do with it , a 10 or higher for arc welding / mig /tig . Get a book on welding , many good safety things in them you need to know .
  4. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I use a 10 everyday but have also used a 9 in the past,if your a beginner i would go for a 9 or 10 just so you can see what the hexx your doing,i hate darker lenses.

    On another topic though,how about getting an auto helmet?
  5. mpflood

    mpflood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    apreciate the responses.i took metals for 4 years in high school
    just need practice ,used someone elses helmet, but now need one.
    auto helmet , i know you love em arc but not practical 4 me
    thanks again
    mike flood
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    oops, i thought i had seen something about voltages and lens darkness in a book, but a 10-14 is MY ideal range , i am currently using #10's in my helmets
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    If you can't see get a magnifying lense for your helmet it helps for the people that can't see up close my dad has one in his helmet I can't use it. He also runs a #10 shade its too light for my eyes when I was welding 8 hours a day a #12 wasn't dark enough if your running mig tig or aluminum you need to use #12 or #14.

    My brother has gone for all his certifications I never did persue welding I have 10 years of experience but I don't weld anymore my eyes can't take it. When I worked in our welding shop I used togo home with head aches and sore eyes had enough of it then again we use 1/8 to 1/4" welding rod. You know when you can't straighten your fingers and you got a perminant claw you know you have been welding too long. Our two main welders are 3 phase 400 amp DC units they got a 100% duty cycle you can burn box after box of rod with no problems the stinger gets so hot you gotta cool it off with some water.

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