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  • #46
    i agree with the above. i found it hard to justify the $204. now i wish i had sprung the extra $20 for the flag, it looks GREAT !!! i borrowed 2 other A/D helmets, when i SAW the difference from my $30 jackson allways dark = i ordered the same day. and i am one furgle mofo, "bang for the buck" is what i live by.


    i forgot to turn it on one time. i said "man, that puddle is awfull bright, wth is going on ? " = Doh !!! lol, but it didn't bother my eyes at all.

    i haven't used many of the other "good" A/D helmets. but i would say this BIG WINDOW is a standard to judge others by.

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    • #47
      Sorry about the off shore thing but they were the only company to build to our specs... Our design... Our price range. We don't have the facility to manufacture large quantities of these inhouse. Anyway...that's my story and I'm stickin to it

      a-

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      • #48
        Originally posted by ASKANDY
        Sorry about the off shore thing but they were the only company to build to our specs... Our design... Our price range. We don't have the facility to manufacture large quantities of these inhouse. Anyway...that's my story and I'm stickin to it

        a-
        Andy,

        Whats the news for the 20th in Appleton? Do you have a time yet?
        It's not the voltage that gets you, it's the amps.

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        • #49
          Yikes!!!

          You guys scared me when you started talking about the time it takes to auto-darken, so I went out and tried my cheapo helmet to see how good it is really working. I think I got it really cheap from Harbor Freight about a year ago.

          Well, I thought it was just normal, since I have nothing to compare it to, (my first welding, and helmet) but it is really dark once darkened. The puddle has to be bright orange to see what the heck I'm doing. Quite often this results in welding on one piece instead of fusing two together.

          Next, the time it takes to darken, the first time I striked an arc there was a bright flash and I squinted, and I had one of those spots in my vision, you know like when you were a kid and you looked at the sun or a bright spot, then wherever you turned your eyes the spot was still there in your vision for a few minutes. Yup one of those.

          I don't think this helmut is coming on and darkening as quick as it should be, then again, maybe some of that is normal and harmless.

          Point is, why risk it?! I'm going to close my eyes on first arc, until I can afford to bye better helmet.

          I'm just a shade-tree amateaur and although it's really hard to justify spending $200+ on a helmet, but my eyes are worth alot to me too!!!

          So where is the cheapest place to buy one of these things, just search for
          "miller big window" on Ebay?

          Thanks,

          Don

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          • #50
            Don
            If you want to start off a bit cheaper than the cadillac, look at ebay under miller welding helmets. A dude named Blainey has a few of the older but still NIB Miller XLix hoods. I got one of his a few months ago for around $120 with shipping. They work almost as good as the Elite and would get you started out a little cheaper and maybe quicker. I got mine as a spare or a backup, but use it alot also. Just a thought.
            Don


            '06 Trailblazer 302
            '06 12RC feeder
            Super S-32P feeder

            HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
            Esab Multimaster 260
            Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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            • #51
              Don
              I picked up my Elite at B&R Welder for $208 I think. ( black shell with bag ) I noticed that sometimes they are cheaper on the home site than on ebay. IOC and maybe Cyberweld may be good to check out also.


              www.brwelder.com
              Don


              '06 Trailblazer 302
              '06 12RC feeder
              Super S-32P feeder

              HH210 & DP3035 spool gun
              Esab Multimaster 260
              Esab Heliarc 252 AC/DC

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              • #52
                first spark is dark (it's like it's reading your mind )

                with my big window you never see the light it is dark like right now i think it takes 1/20,000th of a sec to go dark
                i speed up the dark to light if welding low amps and slow it's dark to light down if welding on high amps so my work glow goes down a bit befor the hood goes back to light
                thanks for the help
                ......or..........
                hope i helped
                sigpic
                feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                JAMES

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                • #53
                  Iso,
                  We are good to use the training center on the 20th. How about 10:00am?

                  A-

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                  • #54
                    b&r

                    i got mine at br also but he jurked me around for a week befor i got it
                    i'll never use him again
                    i'm back to using ioc, i got my welder and plasma cutter at ioc and had them in 2 days bolth times
                    thanks for the help
                    ......or..........
                    hope i helped
                    sigpic
                    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                    summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                    JAMES

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                    • #55
                      Teeps

                      looks like you got what you paid for. and we elite owners got what we paid for.
                      IMHO they are worth the money.

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                      • #56
                        man that shoure made me seem ****
                        for someone thats retired you would think i would'nt be in such a hurry
                        oh well if you got my $$$$ i want my stuff
                        gess thats just me LOL
                        thanks for the help
                        ......or..........
                        hope i helped
                        sigpic
                        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                        JAMES

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by ASKANDY
                          Iso,
                          We are good to use the training center on the 20th. How about 10:00am?

                          A-
                          Works for me, I can go eatlier, after all I am about 5-10min away from Miller. Its your call. I could go as early as 8am.

                          Andy (yeah, my name too)
                          It's not the voltage that gets you, it's the amps.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Blown S-10
                            Teeps

                            looks like you got what you paid for. and we elite owners got what we paid for.
                            IMHO they are worth the money.
                            Yes, thanks, and I agree. I was un-educated when I bought the helmet, based on the specs listed for the helmet, it looked more than safe. I think in this case the helmet does not perform as advertised.

                            I'm glad to be able to verify what a known good helmet brand is, great to be on this board, thanks much for the insight.

                            I checked on the prices, I haven't decided if it's worth the extra $60.00 for the larger sized window or not.

                            Then I can get one just black instead of painted, but it's only about $20.00 difference between them.

                            I'm thinking this will be an early Christmas present, lol. Unless someone has a small window they don't need, and are upgrading to a Big window.

                            Let me know,

                            Don

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                            • #59
                              e-bay cheepo

                              i almost got 1 of thouse till i got on here and read a cuple of posts about how they realy work and what happends if you drop it
                              speeking of droping it yep i already did that
                              put it on a hook 7 1/2 ft. up thinking it would be safer up out of the way turnd around to walk away and booom merfies law i gess but on the brighter side it still works great and only a few litle scratches on that cool stars and stripes paint job

                              as for the extra $20.00 for the paint insted of black go for it it realy look good might as well splerge its your X-mass present right
                              Attached Files
                              thanks for the help
                              ......or..........
                              hope i helped
                              sigpic
                              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                              summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                              JAMES

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                              • #60
                                What kind of battery are in those helmets?

                                Eventually they have to be replaced. Is that something that you can buy somewhere easy or is it a special batter?

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