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    Treating Myself to a New Hood

    As I just said in another thread, I'm about to trade in my 6-year-old Eastwood MIG for a Miller 211. I decide to upgrade my hood as well. Good timing, as my current hood croaked on me today.

    My hood budget is $300. I'm looking for recommendations.

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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    I just upgraded to a Miller Digital Infinity and am absolutely loving it. The clarity and color is outstanding in both light and dark shades, the controls are usable even with gloves on, and the headgear is extremely comfortable. The field of view is also amazing. It’s not the lightest but it’s light enough that my neck isn’t tired after welding for an extended period of time. I definitely recommend it.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadsquiggles View Post
    I just upgraded to a Miller Digital Infinity and am absolutely loving it. The clarity and color is outstanding in both light and dark shades, the controls are usable even with gloves on, and the headgear is extremely comfortable. The field of view is also amazing. It’s not the lightest but it’s light enough that my neck isn’t tired after welding for an extended period of time. I definitely recommend it.
    I was actually looking at that one. The rusty 70's looking one.

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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Same one I ended up with.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadsquiggles View Post
    Same one I ended up with.
    I love the look of that Miller lid.


    I have a Speedglass and it works well... after you get used to the headgear adjustment.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    I love the look of that Miller lid.


    I have a Speedglass and it works well... after you get used to the headgear adjustment.
    Which one?

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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    The Miller Digital Infinity has great reviews as does the Lincoln.
    I have first generation Miller Elite and it's great. I replaced headgear a few months ago with the current style and it's an improvement.
    Check with local welding supplier to test drive them. Some have hoods you can at least try on.


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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonemaro View Post
    Which one?
    S100 I guess..

    It's quite a few years old. They probably have a newer model by now.

    it has the side windows but I put the blocking plates in..... I just found it annoying.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonemaro View Post
    As I just said in another thread, I'm about to trade in my 6-year-old Eastwood MIG for a Miller 211. I decide to upgrade my hood as well. Good timing, as my current hood croaked on me today.

    My hood budget is $300. I'm looking for recommendations.
    If you buy a MM211 it comes with a new Classic Hood.

    If you buy a MM215 it comes with a new Classic VSI hood.

    You might not need to upgrade as either one of those will work. Granted, not big viewing windows but try it out before spending money on a new hood.



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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    If you buy a MM211 it comes with a new Classic Hood.

    If you buy a MM215 it comes with a new Classic VSI hood.

    You might not need to upgrade as either one of those will work. Granted, not big viewing windows but try it out before spending money on a new hood.



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    I didn't know that. That would be a good one for my kids to wear to learn what I'm doing. :tup:

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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    My Miller is black. Graphics don't win me over. I haven't tried other helmets, I like my Millers.

    I've gotten myself in trouble in the past for saying your eyes are irreplaceable, don't shop price in a welding helmet.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonemaro View Post
    I didn't know that. That would be a good one for my kids to wear to learn what I'm doing. :tup:
    promotion this month>

    Expires 3/31/2021 though

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    Looks like it is a Cyberweld promo

    https://store.cyberweld.com/mimu200muwe9.html


    I checked Welding Supplies from IOC and they do not seem to offer the same promo.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    I have both the Digital Infinity and the Optrel Christal 2.0. I don't use the Miller since buying the Optrel.
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    Re: Treating Myself to a New Hood

    speed glas is a solid built hood but they dont have a grind mode. i use 9100x at work but wont own one at home because no grind mode.
    miller digital elite is a solid choice for around $215. grind/ cut/ weld/ xmode. you cant go wrong IMO.
    digital infinity is decent but weighs a metric ton . no thanks.
    optrel is top notch IMO but i doubt youll find one of their high end models for $300.
    im not really a fan of lincoln stuff so i wont comment further
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