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Walker 03-29-2020 04:44 PM

Looking for a new hood.
It is time I started looking for a new hood. I have been using Miller BWEs for a while now. Anything better enough to change to?

Shade Tree Welder 03-29-2020 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by Walker (Post 752417)
It is time Instarted looking for a new hood. I have been using Miller BWEs for a while now. Anything better enough to change to?

3M (Hornell) Speedglas have served me well.

Optrel is a good reliable hood, I have never owned one.

toprecycler 03-29-2020 09:34 PM

My speedglas has served me well. Bought in 03 , still using it today.

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digr 03-29-2020 10:00 PM

speedglas since 2009

Walker 03-31-2020 09:24 AM

I have been looking at the models suggested as well as the ESAB and the new Miller infinity. I have discovered that replacement lens cost needs to be a factor in the decision. I can re lens my current hood for a buck or two. The ESAB hood replace net lens, inner and outer, is about $40. Optrel wasn’t far behind at $30. Speedglas appears to be $20 for the outer. These all appear to be single lens per package price, but it isn’t real clear.

I was also looking at weight, and that isn’t listed for a lot of them. The miller Infinity comes in at 23 oz, the Elite ar 18 oz, ESAB 23 oz, optrel at 20 oz, Speedglas is not listed.

I suspect that I am going to have to go to the LWS and try some on next.

toprecycler 03-31-2020 11:17 AM

Good points at checking lenses costs, and weight. I remember back years ago when I was at a factory and I was welding 6 hours + a day, the company told me to go pick out a new helmet. So I did. It was a couple ounces heavier than my speedglas and my neck started hurting after a week. I then switched back to my own helmet if I was welding for a long time. If I only had to weld about 30 minutes, the heavy helmet was not that bad.

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BukitCase 03-31-2020 11:41 AM

This one

weighs 18 oz, costs $76; bought it as a backup/teaching hood (grandkids), ended up using it more than my Jackson.

Bit lighter, see better, wider shade range than the Jackson... Steve

greywynd 03-31-2020 12:35 PM

I picked up a very lightly used Esab Sentinal a few months ago. Have only used it a couple times, but pretty impressed so far.

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moejosteve 03-31-2020 02:34 PM

Speedglas 900x for at least 10 years with zero issues. Just bought (10) 3M-branded outside lenses for $26 total online. Didn't realize how scratched up the lense was until I replaced it. WOW!

rustythe4x4 03-31-2020 10:20 PM

Mrs Rusty and Rustyjr got me the new top of the line Lincoln for Christmas.
I have to say WOW, and I highly recommend it.
Once you get the headgear set its fantastic and light!

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