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    Im 17 and in co op, I got my first welding helmet about a year ago, i wasnt sure how into it i would get, so i just got a cheap lincolon auto darkening shade 11 helmet, i got it for around $80. Now that i have more experience and want to continue doing it, im looking to get a better helmet, i was thinking about spending $200-$300. I want shade 9-13 sensitivety, and delay, any suggestions on what to get?

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    A Lincoln Viking 1740 can be had for around a hundred bucks. Variable weld shade from 9-13 and a grind mode. Adjustable sensitivity and delay. Probably the cheapest hood you'll find with a grind mode.

    I use a Miller Titanium 9400 which is basically a Digital Elite with two extra features. It has an arc timer so you can see how many hours/minutes you're actually welding, and it has a pushbutton on the side of the hood to activate grind mode so you don't have to take it off to flip a switch on the lens. That is handy. However, the headgear feels really flimsy and the hood likes to drop down easily. It can be had for about three bills if you look online. But the Lincoln is around 10 oz lighter if I recall correctly. Well, I'll say this. The Viking 1740 is darn light and hard to go wrong for the money. And it runs on solar with 2 AAA batteries for backup. You might not find the watch batteries that the Titanium or Digital Elite run on when you really need replacements.

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    • #3
      I have a ( Arc 1 ) big window and love it, My supplier said it was junk but hes a old cranky guy that says everything sucks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
        I have a ( Arc 1 ) big window and love it, My supplier said it was junk but hes a old cranky guy that says everything sucks.
        Model #...??... Price..??

        they have a lot of models..

        http://www.arc1weldsafe.com/helmets

        How is it on low amperage inverter TIG???...

        that is an area where many of them fall down... and will flash ya..
        Last edited by H80N; 10-03-2014, 09:25 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bodybagger View Post
          A Lincoln Viking 1740 can be had for around a hundred bucks. Variable weld shade from 9-13 and a grind mode. Adjustable sensitivity and delay. Probably the cheapest hood you'll find with a grind mode.I use a Miller Titanium 9400 which is basically a Digital Elite with two extra features. It has an arc timer so you can see how many hours/minutes you're actually welding, and it has a pushbutton on the side of the hood to activate grind mode so you don't have to take it off to flip a switch on the lens. That is handy. However, the headgear feels really flimsy and the hood likes to drop down easily. It can be had for about three bills if you look online. But the Lincoln is around 10 oz lighter if I recall correctly. Well, I'll say this. The Viking 1740 is darn light and hard to go wrong for the money. And it runs on solar with 2 AAA batteries for backup. You might not find the watch batteries that the Titanium or Digital Elite run on when you really need replacements.
          I'll check out the lincoln, and mabye even the titanium 9400, ifs sounds exactly like what im looking for , i asked the owner of my co op if he knew of anywhwre to get a good helmet for cheap, and he said he could get me one though his gas supplier, so im going to look to see what they have.

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          • #6
            found my helmet

            Ive decided to got with the lincoln viking 2450 with tbe cwb paint scheme, its perfect for what i need it for and a great price aswell, thanks for all the advice

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