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Old 02-04-2015, 11:19 AM
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Time for a new one. Been using a couple Forney auto darkening one for few yrs now but they just don't last and finding parts is literally impossible. The cover lens I have to trim down a larger size one and tape it in place. Not really ideal.

So what is everyone using? And no...... not going to spend $250+ on a pro lid for what I do. All my welding is 220v mig and pick up a stick maybe once a yr if that anymore. Want a large window and auto darkening. Also something that "breaths" as my current lids fog up a lot lately, (not sure why that started).
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:35 PM
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Bet there was a anti-fog coating on the inside that wore off.

I've really soured on auto helmets. Weld TIG, and got a TIG helmet ( I know about the TIG issues with auto helmets). Bought a real nice Lincoln, and another brand. But, after a couple months, I kept getting flashed. That pisses me off, really bad since I know how bad it is for your eyes. I went back to a big window old school helmet. I don't miss auto at all.
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I have about a 120 dollar Hobart auto darkening which seems to work great. just remember to turn the damn thing on. i would also like to know what the answer is to welding outside in the cold and fogging up
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I use a Lincoln auto darkening helmet. For what I do it works fine, and I haven't got the flash like you are mentioning. If I ever did I would go old school in a minute.
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Got a new lid from the wife over the weekend, well...... I did pick it out.
http://www.hobartwelders.com/products/welding-helmets/ Discovery series in camo. Descent price too $120.00.

So far I love it. Worked awesome on a 3" long crack in the back of the cab on my old Ram. Lots of tack tack tack No flash and was nice and bright when not welding. Has a "grinding mode" on it but sucks to use since the switch is on the inside of the lid. Wish it was on the outside so you don't have to take the lid off to switch it. Over all tho it is better than the old Forney lids.
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