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    Best shade

    Hey guys, I am currently using a shade 11 gold fixed shade lens for stick welding around 120 amps. I was just wondering what shade you all use for your processes such as stick mig and tig.

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    Re: Best shade

    I like a shade 10 for tig and stick, and a shade 12 for mig.
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    Re: Best shade

    I bought an adjustable auto-darkening hood several years ago. Set it to 8 so I could see the puddle.

    Been happy ever since.

    Note: Hobbyist. Less than 2 hours hood time in any day. Only 2-3 welding days per month
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    Re: Best shade

    Everyone is different as everyones eyes are different.
    I use a 9 for tig
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    Re: Best shade

    Darkest you can see with

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    I use a 10 on everything except flux-core. Then I go to a 12. That is just me though
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    Re: Best shade

    Here is OSHA, ANSI & AWS recommendations.
    https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OS...ng-welding.pdf
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    Re: Best shade

    So, Gamble. Tell us how you really feel about the Tweco Arcmaster.
    Learning to weld, one arc at a time.

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    Re: Best shade

    Quote Originally Posted by CEP View Post
    Here is OSHA, ANSI & AWS recommendations.
    https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OS...ng-welding.pdf
    I knew it wouldn't be long before the "guvment" stepped in a told us what to do.
    Learning to weld, one arc at a time.

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    Re: Best shade

    I run 10 for everything short of 200amps or air arc gouging. Air arc gouging gets 12.
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    Re: Best shade

    Shade 10 for me at 200 amps or less also. 11 just restricts my view too much for my liking. I'll use shade 11 for arc air or stick welding with 3/16 - 1/4" rod (210-300 amps)
    Jason
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    Re: Best shade

    Quote Originally Posted by FyreTex View Post
    So, Gamble. Tell us how you really feel about the Tweco Arcmaster.
    Such a disappointment. For $600 or $800 it wouldn't be all that bad. But I paid over $1200 for it.
    Let me know if you want a full write up
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    Re: Best shade

    all good answers. darkest you can see w/ to get job done might be #1. #2 "everyones eyes are different." I dont like auto lenses period. i got blue eyes, i'm 3 shades from an albino,my skin turns red in summer, i use the darkest i can get away w/. my left eye gives me more problems than my right, i been thinking about trying to get darker lens in my safety glasses for the left. funny what fyretex says, but not funny when we need to speak in code, because the first ammendment is under attack as much as the 2nd is

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    Re: Best shade

    "Best" is whatever you're most comfortable with... I don't personally like auto hoods, I use a #10 gold for mig/stick. I have no tig experience.

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