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    Best <$50 Hood?

    Before anyone tells me not to skimp on safety, I have a Speedglas 9002x which I love. I'm just looking for a guest helmet to keep around the shop. It will get used rarely. Doesn't have to look cool. Weight doesn't matter. Features don't much, either, although auto-darkening would be nice. Grinding setting would be, too. Doesn't need a huge viewing area. Only priority is that it works. And cheap.

    There are a bunch of auto-dark hoods from $20 to $60 at various vendors. Does anyone have experience with them? Do they work? Will they pick up a, say, 30a TIG arc?

    The only cheap helmet I have experience with was a $70 Striker, and that could not sense any arc off a Diversion (inverter). Worked fine with a transformer unit, though. This isn't critical for me now, as I no longer have an inverter, but I guess I might again someday.

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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    My first auto helmet was from northern tools.
    I think it was about 30 bucks and that was about 10 years ago.

    Worked great
    Until I dropped it and broke it.

    They still sell them

    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...7844_200657844


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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    I've had one from Harbor Freight that was ok, but now I'm using one I got from Amazon that I really like, it says ANCHEER on the front,takes a standard button battery, has delay & sensitivity settings and grind mode, 9-13 shade settings. I think it was 35 bucks.
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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAVEMANN View Post
    I've had one from Harbor Freight that was ok, but now I'm using one I got from Amazon that I really like, it says ANCHEER on the front,takes a standard button battery, has delay & sensitivity settings and grind mode, 9-13 shade settings. I think it was 35 bucks.
    Searching Amazon for "Ancheer welding helmet" returns nil. There are a couple kids' bicycle helmets under than brand, though. It's not "Antra" is it?
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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    Last edited by CAVEMANN; 09-11-2018 at 07:59 PM.
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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    Currently out of stock and may not be back in stock.
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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...p_bw_cr_x__a_w

    after it earns you a nickel go buy an arc one auto lens and toss in there

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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Hillman View Post
    Before anyone tells me not to skimp on safety, I have a Speedglas 9002x which I love. I'm just looking for a guest helmet to keep around the shop. It will get used rarely. Doesn't have to look cool. Weight doesn't matter. Features don't much, either, although auto-darkening would be nice. Grinding setting would be, too. Doesn't need a huge viewing area. Only priority is that it works. And cheap.

    There are a bunch of auto-dark hoods from $20 to $60 at various vendors. Does anyone have experience with them? Do they work? Will they pick up a, say, 30a TIG arc?

    The only cheap helmet I have experience with was a $70 Striker, and that could not sense any arc off a Diversion (inverter). Worked fine with a transformer unit, though. This isn't critical for me now, as I no longer have an inverter, but I guess I might again someday.

    Thanks.
    I never heard of a guest helmet, a plain Jackson 4x5 or huntsman 2x4 about or under 50 bucks served me well enough for 30+ years as long as you put it down before the arc it's gonna work/do as as well as any auto dark, I would like to get back a bunch of 1/25000 seconds back on my eyesight, passive helmets don't eat eyeballs, that said I have one auto dark it's a lincoln 33?? before the new model super view it was about 175 and works good for bench work, but I still lift it and drop it like it's a regular hood

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    Re: Best <$50 Hood?

    David, BTW, I have a 3 in 1 inverter and a 400 lb transformer machine , this helmet works great with both, I can't answer on the 30a tig because I don't do tig.
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