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What are welding gloves? :-P

Shoot...i sometimes weld in a tshirt, shorts, and running shoes...
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What are welding gloves? :-P

Shoot...i sometimes weld in a tshirt, shorts, and running shoes...
We had a guy like that at Global West........... for about a 1/2 hour.
He MIG'd something his was told to TIG and succeeded in hitting the plastic
high pressure fuel lines on a pre-production Camaro.

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Same here...welding gloves are just my Mechanix gloves, sometimes in a t shirt.


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I have an auto darkener one, use it some. There are times it is great. But there are times a hand help is my preference. I do a lot of welding with my eyes closed and head turned. That is because I need both hands. But hey, that is when auto darkening is used, right? But the helmet slows things, so not using one at all is MUCH faster, for that purpose.
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As an aside, I also strongly recommend wearing safety glasses under a welding helmet. There have been two instances where I was welding and forgot to put the helmet down with my face less than a foot from a nice welding arc, however the safety glasses protect your eyes from the UV which is what gives you the bad eye burn. Luckily I was fine in both cases.


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For times when the mask is too bulky, they make auto darkening goggles now.
https://www.amazon.com/Servore-Darke.../dp/B00KYR7E6C

I have the cheap Chinese knockoffs, and they fit just like your regular cheap Harbor Freight goggles, so not great, but they do auto darken when you need it.
https://www.amazon.com/Yosoo-Darkeni...dp/B00UTERCF8/

Of course goggles don't do anything to keep sparks out of your face, but they can be convenient depending on the situation.
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As an aside, I also strongly recommend wearing safety glasses under a welding helmet. There have been two instances where I was welding and forgot to put the helmet down with my face less than a foot from a nice welding arc, however the safety glasses protect your eyes from the UV which is what gives you the bad eye burn. Luckily I was fine in both cases.
I agree, for a different reason. I flipped my helmet after finishing a weld, just then it popped off some scale while cooling, right into my eye. Luckily it wasn't hot, and I was OK.

I have those welding goggles for welding in extremely cramped locations, and they work pretty well. For general welding I prefer the full field-of-view from a regular shield. NOTE: Don't TIG weld without covering your face completely, I got a very painful "sunburn" ! (same goes for welding in T-shirts)

You guys welding in T-shirts and shorts must not be doing any higher Amperage or overhead welding, having some molten metal run sizzling across your skin or into your sneaker will quickly change that habit !
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As usual, comments are all over the place, depending on what the poster has and is using.

Miller, obviously will be at the top in most minds.
HF, obviously will be at the bottom in most minds.

Miller has the name and commands a premium for this.
HF doesn't have a name and can't command the same price.

With the standard reaction time being 1/25,000, what I see the premium prices offering are two vs four sensors.

Beyond the extra sensors, the next big difference would have to be quality, comfort, and of course graphics. Let's face it, all else being equal, cool graphics cost, even with the HF helmets!


I guess I'm really trying to talk myself into the Blue Flame, which using a 20% coupon comes out to $37.00.

There's certainly no way that this HF helmet would last a full 40 + work week load for long, but it'll probably be good for what I have, a few random hours here and there?



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My Harbor Freight helmet has pretty regular use since 2009. I put it on and weld with it and don't think much more about it than that. So don't overthink this. Go buy the pretty blue helmet if the graphic is important to you and get to welding. The helmet will outlast your hobby.


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Again, opinions vary, but it does appear that some of the better quality helmets do give you a better view of the weld puddle. Everyone has to do their own cost/benefit analysis. For just spotting together sheet metal it may not be worth it, for TIG welding it probably is.
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Same here...welding gloves are just my Mechanix gloves, sometimes in a t shirt.


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I use my Mechanix gloves when I am having to constantly move clamps hammer as I move. I don't do it as much as I used to though after having a spark hit the stretchy section of the glove and melt a piece of the glove to my hand.

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I agree, for a different reason. I flipped my helmet after finishing a weld, just then it popped off some scale while cooling, right into my eye. Luckily it wasn't hot, and I was OK.



I have those welding goggles for welding in extremely cramped locations, and they work pretty well. For general welding I prefer the full field-of-view from a regular shield. NOTE: Don't TIG weld without covering your face completely, I got a very painful "sunburn" ! (same goes for welding in T-shirts)



You guys welding in T-shirts and shorts must not be doing any higher Amperage or overhead welding, having some molten metal run sizzling across your skin or into your sneaker will quickly change that habit !

Indeed I'm not doing any heavy welding, mostly just 18-20g metal.


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