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    Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    Hi Everyone,
    I am in need of some help! I am looking to buy an auto darkening helmet for my boyfriend for his birthday! I know he swears by Miller but I am looking for some opinions of what the best helmet for him would be. He welds everyday and often on the weekends at home. Typically it's MIG but he does have a TIG he also uses. I tried to do some research on my own but I am still some what lost...I don't know if a bigger viewing area is best? Or what the shade numbers mean?

    I am looking to stop by our local Airgas supply store or General Air so I would like to find something they carry and can buy in store.

    Shoot me some names or tell me what I should be looking for

    Thanks,
    Bianca
    Last edited by caruso; 01-19-2012 at 01:35 PM.

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    Re: Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    Whats your budget?
    Speedglass helmets by 3M are as good as it gets.
    Jason
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    Re: Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    I've got one of these stuck in a cheap Lincoln Helmet:



    Nothing like a $160 filter in a $20 helmet. But, I didn't feel bad about cutting the helmet so it would clear the cartridges of my respirator.

    It has TIG and grind settings. I've used it for MIG, TIG, and stick. They also make complete helmets too:

    http://www.arc1weldsafe.com/index.html
    Last edited by dbotos; 01-27-2012 at 01:10 PM.

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    Re: Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    I would ask one of his coworkers, or supervisor what he has talked about. if $300 is in the budget it is hard to go wrong with the miller elite, or for a little more i got the digital elite. large viewing area, comfortable to wear, name brand.
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    Re: Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    I just got a new Miller Elite off a welding supply comp on ebay, $230 something, satin black...free shipping.....
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    Re: Help! Best AD helmet for an everyday welder?

    I have the miller digital, great helmet, lots of settings and comfy.
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