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  1. #1
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    Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    I have the Tweco weldskill I got with my 211i years ago and the clarity of the lens has went to crap, I guess its about at its lifespan, plus my eyesight isnt as good as it was.. I need cheaters but the lens isnt clear anymore either, had my neighbor who is a welder by trade check it and he said it was on its last leg. I cant see the puddle, basically welding by the arc flash.

    I'm a bit more than a hobby welder, I mig with a 211i, I also own an AHP200 tig welder that I use... I was tigging some brackets yesterday and got fed up with my tweco helmet and stopped and came inside and got some coffee..


    I'm looking to spend $100-$150 on a helmet, just like anyone else I want bang for the buck but I'm not afraid of spending a little less or more if I need too..


    What I'm looking at so far.. I want grind mode and variable shade. I would also like the new color correct lens if possible, but not needed..

    I would likely think I could go to a lws somewhere around here and get parts/lenses and such if need be..
    Jackson Smartiger https://store.cyberweld.com/jabasaaudawe.html $138
    Jackson Insight https://store.cyberweld.com/jaweheblinau1.html $106

    From Rural King which is like 5 blocks from my house, they have lenses and replacement lens covers.
    Hobart Endeavor https://www.ruralking.com/endeavor-helmet-large-view $100
    Hobart Impact https://www.ruralking.com/hobart-imp...ies-helmet-blk $120

    Harbor Freight Vulcan ArcSafe..... HaborFreight is about 30 minutes away and they have all the replacement parts..
    https://www.harborfreight.com/arcsaf...met-63749.html $150


    This is my splurging Helmet, really is a bit out of budget but you know how that goes.. and I'm really trying to talk myself out of it but for now its the one I'm liking, can someone talk me out of it?
    I'll order lens covers when I order the helmet so I have them on hand..
    Optrel Neo p550 https://store.cyberweld.com/optrel-n...-1007-000.html $159.95

    My top choices are in this order the Optrel p550, Jackson Smartiger and the Hobart Impact then the Vulcan...


    Any input or suggestions?

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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    Well I went and visited my mother today, she's in rehab recovering from a triple bypass... I stopped by harbor freight afterwards and talked to the manager and she found me a coupon for the Vulcan ArcSafe for $120, so I bought it...
    I also bought a 2 year replacement warranty for $30...

    Got it home and checked it out, installed the battery, it came with 5 extra lens covers for outside and inside.. The helmet looks good, the headgear feels a little flimsy but it's way more comfortable than the Tweco I had. I think the Vulcan may be a little lighter also..

    We'll see what the view looks like tomorrow or Tuesday.

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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    I've been more than pleasantly surprised with the 2x4 Auto lense from Radnor. Super clear.(fixed shade 10) for 100 bucks.
    I assume their other lense cartridges are quite good too.
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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    Get a Jackson and never look back.

    12v battery, jumper cables, and a 6013.
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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    I know, yall be mad that I got the Harbor Freight Vulcan ArcSafe, but here it is..
    I looked at the Hobart Impact and the Vulcan and it have the exact same headgear, and it is very comfortable but a bit flimsy.. I bought a Hobart 1.5 Diopter to put in it, fit like a glove, the Vulcan has some tabs inside and diopter slides into the tabs and it has some pressure retention, easy enough..
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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    Well its about time you picked something.
    12v battery, jumper cables, and a 6013.
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    Re: Looking for a new helmet! $100-$150

    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    Well its about time you picked something.
    dont take me long..

    I went an looked at the two I could get locally off the shelf without going to an overpriced lws (Hobart Impact at Rural king and the Vulcan at HF) decided to get the HF Vulcan because of the features and the clear view technology, plus I bought the extra 2 year warranty with it..

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