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Welding shields don't last for ever

 
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gandrfab
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15 14 12:06 am    Post subject: Welding shields don't last for ever Reply with quote

This is about 14 years old, Just starting to look for a new one.
My local stores have a seemingly limited supply.
What available, works well, and is durable?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15 14 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am quite happy with my Miller performance series.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15 14 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

have that same hood...just upgraded to their new one with the larger view so i can see out of the bifocal area Embarassed
lens and head band are great...hood not so great wish the new lens fit old hood style
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19 14 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had a Speed Glass for years and had no issues. I used a Miller once and it worked ok for the short time I tried it. I still have a jackson fixed shade hanging on the wall just in case.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19 14 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on the Miller Performance.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 14 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I end up with the task of handling repairs on hoods for all the guys at our shop: just for the record, over the last few years, I can pretty much count on the more expensive a hood is, the more problems it's going to have. The first round of Jackson Safety were good, when they finally died after a long and fruitful life, their replacements just don't hold up.. The Miller Digital Elites crash and burn at about double the rate that the pro hobby model does: etc. etc. etc...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 14 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to have a nice $$ Miller shield. ( there may be a pun in that, not sure. Wink ) However, with my $$ budget and my ability to..."Crash and Burn" was mentioned earlier, my thinker and the hood attached to it on occasion, I use a simple Northern Tool auto hood I picked up. 2 adjustments, darkness and sensitivity only, it has served me well. 4 yrs later, still on the same battery. That said, no love lost when / if it takes the plunge from up high down to terra firma aka concrete floor. They make more. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 14 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Performance series is still going strong after seven years.
Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 14 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
My Performance series is still going strong after seven years.
Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. Wink

I would think that comment would apply to my own thinker cap equipment foremost as well but ... well ...you know. Once again, I may need that Miller Shield someday, possibly sooner than later. Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 14 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still not in a hurry my current one is working, but looking around thanks for all the input and I hope to see more.

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3 seemingly different pro hobbys
http://www.amazon.com/Welding-Helmet-Digital-Pro-Hobby-Black/dp/B008E36X7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415019382&sr=8-1&keywords=miller+pro+hobby



http://www.amazon.com/Miller-Electric-Pro-hobby-Camouflage-256169/dp/B008G8XZBY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415019382&sr=8-2&keywords=miller+pro+hobby



http://www.amazon.com/Miller-Pro-Hobby-Series-Black-231404/dp/B001AOW82S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1415019382&sr=8-3&keywords=miller+pro+hobby
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 14 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The link to the page that lists them, linked a page and a half wide. so I linked individually
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 14 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an interesting video on inexpensive hoods verse high dollar hoods.
In the end if you do not want to spend big bucks you can get buy with a lesser hood and be satisfied with your purchase.
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/auto-darkening-welding-helmets.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04 14 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was talking about this with my neighbor last week, he went out and got the northern that day. It worked as advertised.
I'm going to get something nicer.

But that is a great video for the hobbyist
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