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    Alright how's everyone one? Good? That's nice.

    Yes this is another helmet thread but it's a bit different couldn't find anything in the search so I'm askin. Welding helmets have an optical clarity rating the best being 1/1/1/1 the worst being 3/3/3/3. My optrel **** the bed and I want a new auto good still keep a pipeliner as back up. But auto hoods are handy dandy. I'm looking at a miller digital performance but miller doesn't seem to advertise there optical clarity rating and of really love to know what it is because that's the number one make or break thing for me and an auto hood. Much thanks to any man or women who can help me out.

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    don't know about optical clarity but I see pretty good out of my elite it's never let me down other than batteries going dead once a year. I keep spare batteries in my glove box. if anyone was wondering what batteries fit the elites I always buy energizer 2450's they work with no problem

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    • #3
      Apparently the en378 4 digit rating isn't an American thing even though Lincoln uses it so maybe I will call up.miller but before I drop 300+ bucks on a lid I'm making sure it has top of the line clarity.

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      • #4
        Apparently the en378 4 digit rating isn't an American thing even though Lincoln uses it so maybe I will call up.miller but before I drop 300+ bucks on a lid I'm making sure it has top of the line clarity. I don't care what names on my hood might end up buying a lincoln but they seem to cost more in Canada.

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        • #5
          Here is an article from "The Fabricator" that explains it..

          1+1+1+1 = Clarity


          Everything you need to know about autodarkening helmet optical clarity

          PRACTICAL WELDING TODAY® JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015


          http://www.thefabricator.com/article...-1-1-1-clarity

          Last edited by H80N; 08-12-2015, 03:45 PM.
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          Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

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          • #6
            Prices are definitely higher in Canada, i checked some hoods on amazon.com and the same on amazon.ca.... It's like our dollar is worth .50 cents us.

            An American friend might be priceless

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            • #7
              I'm sort of interested in trying those save phase hoods, but not because of whatever they are in the optical clarity realm, but because of the low volume in size. Probably make it a little easier maneuvering around under a dash board welding a little whatchacall on some roll cage. They also have a wide viewing lens around the auto darkening cartridge. My favorite LWS doesn't carry them and one of the others isn't easy to deal with, so I doubt they'll let me take one on a test drive. Has anyone used one of those hoods?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                I'm sort of interested in trying those save phase hoods, but not because of whatever they are in the optical clarity realm, but because of the low volume in size. Probably make it a little easier maneuvering around under a dash board welding a little whatchacall on some roll cage. They also have a wide viewing lens around the auto darkening cartridge. My favorite LWS doesn't carry them and one of the others isn't easy to deal with, so I doubt they'll let me take one on a test drive. Has anyone used one of those hoods?
                I had never heard of them before this... interesting though.....

                http://www.savephace.com/Welding

                Still using my 10 year old Miller Big Window Elite...

                Darned thing keeps on going... just have to pop in new batteries every couple of years...
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                *******************************************
                The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

                “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

                Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

                My Blue Stuff:
                Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
                Dynasty 200DX
                Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
                Millermatic 200

                TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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