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Re: Auto Darkening shades for welding helmet

Subject: Re: Auto Darkening shades for welding helmet
From: Brian Kelley <>
Date: Fri, 01 Nov 1996 14:58:33 EST
Peter Schauss writes:

> When I went to my local welding shop to refill the tank for my MIG welder,
> I found that they had the auto darkening helmets, complete, for $140. 
> The guy there said that the prices have come down substantially in the 
> last year or so.

Strangely, _none_ of the professional prototype fabricators that I know
use them.  Actually, one had a $400 unit in pieces on his bench.
Every professional I've asked has had generally negative things to say
about them.  Nothing terribly damning, they just don't think they're
a big win.

They're apparently very comfortable with the traditional shields.  I
really don't have any issue with them... EXCEPT when I'm inside
of a roll cage or other confined space.  Cases where you don't have
enough space with the helmet up or enough space to flip the helmet
down.  That's when I'd really like one..



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