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I just picked up my new millermatic 135. I now need to pick a helmet. I have heard this is the most important part of your setup. It seems for body work you should get a automatic darkening helmet, I see some at harbor frieght for really cheap...then I see some moderate ones at local farm supply store around $100....then I see some that are $200+.

What is the difference in these auto-darkening helmets? Advice please!:)
 

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i just got a millermatic 135. what a great little welder. as far as the helmet goes i spent the money and bought millers elite auto darkening helmet. i paid $299 for it. i just got the plain one without all the fancy graphics. if you search the net i'm sure you could probably find it cheaper
 

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A fellow member had sent me an extra that he had, it is the $65 Auto darkening harbor freight helmet. I think it is just great, too bad it doesn't help my welds any!!!:eek: :eek:


BTW Thanks Joe for the helmet.
 

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I bought a Farm & Home special auto darking. It works really good; you can get the same thing off e-bay for about half of what I paid for mine.
 

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There seems to be a vote for all of them...that is cool!:rolleyes:

Thanks for the feedback..my local farm/home store was having a sale I'll have to go see if it is still on....
 

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I've got a Jackson auto dark like it alot. One thing about the auto dark they are great indoors when you can weld at your advantage but when your welding out of position they will flash not all the time but it will happen. So it always a good idea to keep a non-auto around also.
 

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I weld every day for about at least 4 hours at a tank fab shop with a speedglass 9000, it has multiple settings shades 9-13, and a TIG setting, it runs.....around 300 i think.....luckily i got mine thanks to my daddy's former place of employment, MWHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH, i think we've got like 5 other auto darkening hoods laying around...i'd sell if i could but father would throw a hiss fit. ..the only thing about the speedglass though, it's kinda close to your nose/face when you flip it down to weld.....many times the plastic screen is touching my nose, plus it says not to weld overhead with it.
 

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For 50 bucks the Harbor Frieght stuff is not too bad! I had a 300$+ Snap-On that I got tired of it messing up so I violently set it on the floor,LOL! That same 50 dollar 'HF' helmet will be sold other places for more money so watch out. Most all your newer helmets w/ 4 sensors actually pick up the magnetic waves from welding that darken them instead of the light. A real nice comodity when welding out of position and blocking a single or double sensored helmet. There are some good helmets out there for 200 bucks and up and topping out at about 350 bucks. I'd start out with the 'HF' helmet and as you improve so will your desire for a nicer helmet(maybe), I still cant bring myself to buy a 300 helmet after using the dispensible 50 'HF' one,LOL.
 

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I weld every day for about at least 4 hours at a tank fab shop with a speedglass 9000, it has multiple settings shades 9-13, and a TIG setting, it runs.....around 300 i think.....luckily i got mine thanks to my daddy's former place of employment, MWHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH, i think we've got like 5 other auto darkening hoods laying around...i'd sell if i could but father would throw a hiss fit. ..the only thing about the speedglass though, it's kinda close to your nose/face when you flip it down to weld.....many times the plastic screen is touching my nose, plus it says not to weld overhead with it.
I have the 9000 too and love it. My nose isn't big enough to hit the screen though :D
 

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i have the miller elite big window jimmy jam...i love it except one thing compared to the hornell speedglass which is a vent near your mouth, i have some fogging problems, especially being as i have glasses...something to think about...

i have the same problem with mine hitting my face as well
 

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I have two helmets and like both of them. I have one of the HF helmets that is on sale for $54; it is very light and works good. The other helmet is one that lowers the shade with a movement of your chin; sounds wierd but it really works. I like it because I wear bifocals and need a "cheater" lens; with their lens, I can see the welds great and not have to wear glasses plus when you flip the shade up with a movement of your chin you have a clean view of your work. Check it out.
http://www.accustrike.com/
 

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I just picked up my new millermatic 135. I now need to pick a helmet. I have heard this is the most important part of your setup. It seems for body work you should get a automatic darkening helmet, I see some at harbor frieght for really cheap...then I see some moderate ones at local farm supply store around $100....then I see some that are $200+.

What is the difference in these auto-darkening helmets? Advice please!:)
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Some welding helmets are cool as **** but practice will make you a better welder
 

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I have a cheap little harbor freight tin welder and the hood that came with it. I'm lousy at welding and I know it, never learned it, and never had the desire. That is one thing I always hire out on my car. I don't think I've paid over $500 for all of it over the years.
 

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I used to have a Harbor Freight helmet, but after buying the Miller Elite helmet, I could not bring myself to ever use the HF helmet. The difference is like night and day! The biggest difference is how dark it is in the non-darkened mode. I gave it away to a friend, and have felt bad about that ever since! With my HF helmet, I could barely see where the wire was on my MIG gun. I had to add one of those little lights that mounted to the gun so that it would light up the end of the gun when working in spaces that were not brightly lit. It was almost useless once I started TIG welding. The Miller helmet is clear enough in the non-dimmed mode, that you have no problem seeing the wire on the MIG or the tungsten on the TIG torch, even under low light conditions. The dimming control on the Miller helmet adjusts enough that I can tailor it for 30 amps for sheet metal welding with the TIG, all the way to 250 amps with the MIG gun, and still be able to see the molten puddle. You will never regret buying a quality welding helmet! ESAB has a great new helmet that completely covers your head, but I am not willing to spend over $400 for a new helmet. It takes care of the one complaint I have with my current helmet style, which is light coming in the back of the helmet and messing up my vision. I have learned to just throw a towel over the back of my head when TIG welding at low currents, so the inside of my helmet stays completely dark. It cuts down on reflection off the inner lense, which messes with my vision.
 
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