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  • #16
    hey andy

    i would be more than happy to try out ANY EQUIPMENT that you want ot send out to me. i do sheet metal work and teach apart time welding course one night a week, let me know.... brian

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    • #17
      e helmets

      I would really like to know which is the best e-helmet out there. I have ruled out the optrel satellite, as there are too many knobs sticking out. In my job, they are going to get broken or damaged, as I have to crawl into tight spots periodically. The one I buy has to have internal controls.
      So the Speedglas 9000x, Jackson Nexgen, or the Miller Elite, are the only ones I would consider. I have an inverter welder and do tig but not below 20 amps. I am leaning towards either of the first 2 I mentioned as the warranty is 24 months as opposed to 18 for the Elite. Some opinions would be great, please.

      RWG

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      • #18
        rwg,

        I understand your concerns with the Optrel. If you have a little time, I let you know what I think of the Miller Big Window Elite. If it is what Andy says it is, then I don't think the 6 months warranty difference will be a big issue. I wiil let you know soon.

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        • #19
          rwg,

          All I can say from my personal experience with Jackson is don't waste your money. I have owned 2 of their e hoods. Perhaps the NexGen is a real improvement. My other 2 units failed at the first sign of cooler weather. When they did work I had "flash" problems and lost-they went bad within 4 months- 2 electronic displays that they were less than happy about having to warranty. It was like pulling hen's teeth to get warranty!

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          • #20
            I couldn't agree more with you Andy. In my short time on here, I can't think of anyones opinion and advise who is most closely listened to and followed than Hawks. He deserves anything Miller can send him without question. I don't want to lessen the importance of the advice and help of others to whom I am very appreciative. Everyone on here has been a great help to me. In Hawks case he really makes this board. Not only with technical information but life experiences. Someone like me who is starting out finds the life experiences just as valuable as the technical stuff. I still have no clue about 97.34% of what is said on here but his willingness to explain in great detail helps me figure things out. I don't think I would have so willingly purchased my MM210 and the helmet without his help and the help of others.
            MM210 w/3035
            Next up - Sync 200

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            • #21
              10-4 on the Hypertherm. Same problem here. Switched to Spectrum 2050 3yrs ago. After Hypertherm I tried the old style Spectrum 650 which was a remake of a POWCON unit. Anyway, I'm up and running now and am looking for another 2050 to place on a CNC plasma unit.

              RWG,
              I'm sure everyone who has placed an electronic hood on their head will have an opinion. In most general fab cases, anyones helmet probably performs well. It's the odd case, low weld amps, tight corners, inverter TIGs, high ambient light, etc...that will play havoc with the hood. You and only YOU will need to make that determination of needs and what you are willing to spend. If I only did MIG, I personally would opt for a cheaper hood. If you have the opportunity to test various helmets at a distributor, take it.

              Good luck and let us know.


              A-

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              • #22
                Hawk's new helmet

                Ok, Andy get that helmet over to Hawk pronto, I would like to hear some feedback on the Miller big window. A friend of mine tells me that I will just love an e-helmet, and that I will wonder why I didn't buy one sooner. So, I am anxious to get one, but would like to hear Hawk's comments.
                What about the Speedglas 9000x? No one offered much comment on it. It is about $30.00 more than the Miller. Is it worth it? I don't like wild graphics on a helmet, however, I don't like black either, as I have found they get quite warm in the summer sun. No one seems to make a high end e-helmet in just plain colors like medium blue for example. I will probably just spray bomb a black one, I guess.

                RWG

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                • #23
                  RWG: The speedglas 9000x is my first choice, I have 3 e-hoods a jackson-journeyman, a Miller-XLix, and the Speedglas 9000x. The 9000x is my favorite but each has a place in my welding. The jackson stays at the race garage the 9000x stays for long term welding and for school and I keep the miller for a helper and as a safety net.

                  If I had it to do over with current knowledge I would buy the next speedglas up with the grinding setting, but I still love the 9000x and wouldn't give it up for love or money. Hawk likes the Optrel and I recently got to use one and I still like the 9000x better. It is a solidly built item but it is slightly heavier and more rigid than the 9000x also the controls are on the outside which scares me especially under a racecar.weld well- let us know which you choose.

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