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  1. #1
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    TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Just learning to TIG.

    Have a nice Lincoln-Viking 3350 series auto-darkening helmet.

    What is the lightest SHADE setting I can use to TIG?
    (want to see as much as possible while learning on 1/8" aluminum)

    And can someone explain the SHADE 5-8 and SHADE 9-13 switches and corresponding SHADE wheel settings?

    Thanks!

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Depends on your amperage and your eyes. Everyone likes it differently.
    I like mine at shade 9 up to 200 amps. But it will vary from person to person.
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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Mine is either up or down.


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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    AC welding is a bright process. I prefer shade 10 myself. Too bright and I get eye fatigue. Too dark and I loose focus.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    What you don't want:



    What you do want (or at least as close as possible to it----you want to be be able to just barely distinguish the tip of the tungsten from the arc light).
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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    I'm on shade 10 most the time

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    You set it to what you want. Every shade is 100% UV protection. Brighter doesn't hurt your eyes, it can just increase fatigue. So just set your hood to what you're comfortable with.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    I like it as dark as I can get it and still see. Right now, I use a fixed shade #11 except for tacking, when I use an AD. As my eyes wear out, I expect to have to make it brighter, so the longer I can stick with #11, the better. If you're like me, you'll find that you can see the puddle A LOT better with a fixed shade than with an autodark.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    I like it as dark as I can get it and still see. Right now, I use a fixed shade #11 except for tacking, when I use an AD. As my eyes wear out, I expect to have to make it brighter, so the longer I can stick with #11, the better. If you're like me, you'll find that you can see the puddle A LOT better with a fixed shade than with an autodark.
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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by JESFromRIC View Post
    Just learning to TIG.

    Have a nice Lincoln-Viking 3350 series auto-darkening helmet.

    What is the lightest SHADE setting I can use to TIG?
    (want to see as much as possible while learning on 1/8" aluminum)

    And can someone explain the SHADE 5-8 and SHADE 9-13 switches and corresponding SHADE wheel settings?

    Thanks!
    Not owning your helmet, my guess is 5-8 is for gas welding or plasma cutting, while 9-13 is what you would want for TIG. What does your instruction manual say?

    Anywhere from 9 and up should be safe for TIG welding (at all but extreme currents) with an auto-darkening helmet, but the shade you should use would be the one you are most comfortable with. Too light, and your eyes fatigue (as stated above) and you see spots that make the puddle hard to see clearly. Aluminum is quite reflective, so I'd probably be using shade 10 or 11 on my helmet in your situation (though not all helmet's shade numbers are perfectly calibrated to each other).

    Do you have blue eyes? Blue eyes can be more sensitive to bright light, and people with blue eyes often prefer one shade darker than people with brown (like myself).

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Thanks All!
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    10 it shall be!
    And, thanks for the great pictures too.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    alot of it also depends on the lens. at home i use jackson w60 trusight and can see just fine at 150a with shade 11. other lower qaulity lenses ive had to use lower shades and still cant see nearly as well .

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    I also have a Lincoln 3350 helmet, I use #9 most of the time, or #10 while doing aluminum due to the higher current and brighter arc. Nice helmet BTW! As stated above the lower shades are for grinding, etc.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Got that Lincoln too, using for several months. Great helmet!

    Hard to understand how there are numerous shade settings, with this thingy.

    Like 2 circles of settings, one knob.

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    Re: TIG Helmet-Mask Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by xmmancharl View Post
    Got that Lincoln too, using for several months. Great helmet!

    Hard to understand how there are numerous shade settings, with this thingy.

    Like 2 circles of settings, one knob.

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    Charl
    OK
    So not just me then.
    The manual is no help either.
    I have the upper switch set to the higher number range and set on the 10 between 6 and 5 on the dial switch shown.

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