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    Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Those of you who have Lincoln 3350 welding helmets -- can you tell me the color of the welding puddle? it is amber or the greenish blue hue like a Speedglas? What do you think of the clarity? It's advertised as a 1/1/1/1, but I don't have a LWS nearby that has one so I'd appreciate any opinions from using one that you can offer.

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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Anyone? I thought this would be quick with all you 3350 helmet owners out there...

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    Didn't you sell your 9100xx to get a E684 and now you want a 3350?
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    I just bought one a couple months ago. Can't even tell you the color, lol. Everything except the headband I love. Much clearer than my 15yo jackson, bigger view area, better response and many more adjustments. I was surprised that it even works for grinding. I didn't think that would work. The headband is very complex and not easy to use for me. However it looked like most of the new ones were the same. Maybe when I get used to it it will ge better. Overall I would say I like it a lot. I was really struggling to see good enough to weld lately and bought it hoping that with the new helmet and a cheater I would be able to see good enough. But I found that the cheater was more trouble than good and took it out. I can see just fine now anyway as long as I keep the glasses clean.
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    Didn't you sell your 9100xx to get a E684 and now you want a 3350?
    Damn, i thought I was picky
    The helmet is the most important tool in the process. You can only weld well what you can see well, so I'm always looking to find an improvement to the status quo.

    The Speedglas was very clear, but the puddle was green. Light eye colors see it differently that dark eyes, I've been told, so what works great for one person does no work as well for another. I sold it to a good friend, who loves it. Win-Win for both of us.

    I tried the Optrel 684, but sent it back. The puddle color was not as good for me as my Jackson Nexgen, which is an amber tinged color I can see much better than the green. There was more flare (or more observable flare) with the Optrel as well. Again, could just be the different color of the lens that made it more apparent. Still, for me, the combination was not superior to the Nexgen.

    I also have a couple fixed shade helmets -- a Pipeliner with a Sellstrom flip-front with a gold glass lens -- like that one a lot. A Jackson Halo with a large 4x5 gold lens -- that one is very clear, but no built in helmet capability for a cheater. Both are good views, but not ADFs, which gives up the flexibility...

    Lincoln advertises the 3350 as a 1/1/1/1 lens. What I want to know is the color tint of the welding puddle.

    Do you have a 3350?

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    I'm no pro welder, but I love the 3350, you will see an orange-amber puddle, I can't compare to any other top rated lids, cause my others are HF blue flame and Fema, and it's night and day difference. The large view really helps me find a sweet spot looking thru the bi-focals, and like welderj said a cheater lens is not a cure all for us getting hard to see. I would say they have extremely good clarity.
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Perhaps trying different color tinted safety glasses under the helmet would be a lot less expensive than buying 1/2 dozen $300+ helmets?

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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Perhaps trying different color tinted safety glasses under the helmet would be a lot less expensive than buying 1/2 dozen $300+ helmets?
    That would be a great idea and might be just the ticket for some folks. Those of us that already wear glasses have trouble doubling up with safety glasses, too, so that won't work for me. Thanks for the idea, though!

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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
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    LOL that's good right there, she's my best buddy and is always back there holding everything together. You know how it is, she LETS me have the toys.
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    You have not tried the Jackson Balder? It's very different from the Amber next gen ws60 which I also own. It's a 1/1/1/1 hood. Being colorblind I can't really comment on the color unless you are too. Would be meaningless
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Have an old Jackson fixed, must be 40 yrs or better, and a top of the line Kolbalt ;-0

    The Kolbalt has about the same color puddle as my old Jackson, and my eyes are light blue.... Use a cheater lens and wear glasses, one pair of my glasses have yellow tint and they do intensify the puddle color

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    If it's listed as a 1/1/1/1 rating, you won't find anything finer as far as optics go.
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Quote Originally Posted by soutthpaw View Post
    You have not tried the Jackson Balder? It's very different from the Amber next gen ws60 which I also own. It's a 1/1/1/1 hood. Being colorblind I can't really comment on the color unless you are too. Would be meaningless
    It's blue tinted
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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    I have a 3350, have green eyes and see an amber-orange colored puddle as well. Love this helmet, big viewing area, room for my 3M respirator and hardhat adaptable. Haven't tried it with a cheater lens because I didn't know about them until a few days ago, could of saved a hundred bucks instead of getting prescription safety glasses.

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    Re: Lincoln 3350 helmet -- puddle color and clarity questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti Trucker View Post
    I have a 3350, have green eyes and see an amber-orange colored puddle as well...
    Thanks, guys, for the responses.

    Gamble, when you said "blue tint" were you talking about the Jackson Balder or the 3350?

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