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Old 04-21-2009, 07:47 PM
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Well, I finally bought myself a new auto darkening helmet for here at the farm. I got tired of fighting w/ my old cheap one I bought through my tech school 8 years ago. My new one is a Lincoln Vista 3000. It's got a variable shade from 9-13, but no shade 11. Maybe you don't need 11, but that's the shade I use most on my Speedglass. Lense size is, according the the literature 3 7/8"x 3 1/8". It has a "grind" mode, a TIG mode which keeps it dark the whole time welding, regardless of whether or not you've got a direct view of the arc, and a fast and slow setting for darkening. It's also completely solar, so no on/off or battery. That's also something I'll have to get used to. I used it for maybe 20 minutes of welding tonight was fairly impressed.

Pros:
1. Good quality headgear. Plenty of adjustment for up and down, 5 postions for where it sits when flipped down, and the ratcheting part is pretty solid.
2. The clarity is awsome. I honestly think the clarity is better than my Speedglass, which is saying something and part of the reason I haven't bought a new helmet for so long.
3. Lghtweight. It's not quite as light as a Speedglass, but it's light enough, and very comfortable.

Cons:
1. It has an inner lense plate, like most helmets. Problem is, and maybe pic# 3 shows it, that lense plate covers the buttons for the controls. You have to slide the piece up about 3/8" to get access to them. Maybe with age this'll get easier, but right now it's hard push up, and harder to push it down.
2. Helmet won't stay up at halfway point. The helmet locks when it's tilted all the way back, but anywhere in between and it eventually falls down. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:28 PM
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From the front it looks like the St Louie Rams.

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buttons for the controls. You have to slide the piece up about 3/8" to get access to them.
That's just plain weird.
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Price? Think it will fit a size 8 mellon? I'm not too pleased with the Speedglass. Thankfully it was free.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:05 PM
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Pumpertruck, on the Lincoln website the MSRP is $300. I paid $280, which included the purchase price and tax. I got it off ebay from from a company called Weldfabulous.com, based out of Winona MN. I also got free shipping on it, which saved $12-$15. Looking at their website, they sell all kinds of welding supplies. I would think it would fit your head. It's got quite a few adjustments slots across the top of the headgear, plus some on the side near where you adjsut the height of the helmet relative to your face.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:12 PM
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Cutter, I thought so too. The only reason I can see for the controls being covered is b/c the buttons are pretty sensitive. Maybe they think spatter will royally screw w/ them. I may try to trim some off the lense, just to give me some relief so I can get my big fingers in there a little better.
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That's to keep you from spittin' chew tobacco on 'em by accident.
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Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to weld a whole lot w/ the helmet in the past week. I did however modify the inner cover lense so it's not quite so hard to adjust the settings. Since the lens is your common 5 1/4"x 4 1/2" size, I'm not too worried if my mod doesn't work. Basically, I just cut 3/4" off the bottom of the lens with a razor knife. Now, when I slide all the way up to where it used to ride, I have total acces to the buttoms. The lense comes down far enough to cover the lettes/numbers denoting the shades and different modes. Pics coming soon.
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