Monthly Archives: May 2016

How To Get Rid of MIG Weld Spatter When You Finished A Weld

Today we are going to learn about how you will be able to get rid of MIG weld spatter when you finished a weld. But of course, it is important to remember that prevention is better than cure. To be honest, once the weld spatter has dried and stuck to the weld metal, it will be a bit harder to remove it. In the end, prevention is better than cure. You should always be mindful of the amount of spatter in the weld metal, since the spatter could ruin the finish of the metal. It won’t look good.


Spatter is made up of little bits of metal that are sent flying away from your welding area caused by your welding arc. As I said above, too much spatter is not good for your product since it usually signifies that it is made of low quality. I’m sure you don’t want your costumers to think that too. It also makes you welding area messy to look at and can cause visibility problems. It’s hard to completely avoid the appearance of spatters, but there are ways that you can reduce it. To know how to avoid it, of course, you must first be aware of what causes it. There are several factors that can cause spatters, but the main reason is that there has been some kind of a disturbance in the molten weld pool that happens during the transfer of the wire into the weld. Most people would understand that this is caused by the relationship between the amperage and the voltage.




But that’s not all of course, excessive spatter could also mean that your arc length is too long. You could try and shortening your arc length and see what happens, but do keep in mind that the general rule for arc length is to not let your arc get much longer than the diameter of your electrode’s metal core. So for example, your electrode has a 1/8 inch diameter core, you should keep your arc length near or at 1.8 inch as well. Hopefully, that will be able to help decrease the appearance of spatter.

Another cause could be that because you use too much wire. Too much of something is bad and so is too little of something. You must find that perfect balance. If you are getting spatter everywhere, you can try and slow down your wire feed speed for a little bit and observe what happens. Did the spatter lessen? Can you control it better now? If after your observation and adjustment, it still doesn’t work, then you may want to consider that the spatters could be a result of the arc blow, which occurs when magnetism in your base metal affects the quality of your arc. In order to counter the effects of the arc blow, you may want to try welding toward you ground clamp. The ground clamp is a metal strip that is used for making electrical connection with the ground. If that doesn’t really do anything, you may want to switch your welding machine to alternating current.



It would be better if you can just test it first on a scrap piece of metal so you don’t waste good metal to be welded. You want to be sure before you use it on the actual product that you want to be welded. If you are satisfied with the reduced amount of spatter and you are still able to produce a solid weld, you can now proceed to the real thing.


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Main Causes of Pinholes From Laser Welders

Today we are going to be learning about the main causes of pinholes from laser welders. Have you ever heard of laser welding? It’s not common, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. To be exact, it is referred to as Laser Beam Welding or LBW for short. We’ve never talked about this type of welding process so allow me to define it.  As we know, welding is a process or an art of joining together two or three pieces of metal with the use of heat, electricity, or fire. In laser welding, that’s also the goal – to join multiple pieces of metal but through the use of a laser. This laser beam will be able to provide a concentrated heat source that allows narrow and deep welds at high welding rates. Sounds good? This process is uncommon, since it is usually used in high volume applications like in the automotive industry.



How exactly does laser beam welding work? Laser beam welding has a high power density that can result in small heat affected zone with high heating and cooling rates. The size of the zone can vary between 0.2mm and 13 mm. Keep in mind though that only smaller sizes are used for welding. As I said above, laser welding allows deep welds which really depends on the location of the focal point. You can maximize the penetration if your focal point is slightly below the surface of the work piece. With laser welding, you will be able to weld carbon steels, HSLA steels, stainless steels, aluminum, and titanium.


Since laser welding is used in the automotive industry, welders put great importance when it comes to detection and prevention of welding defects like pinholes. The good thing about laser welding is that the carbon dioxide penetration that can be found in this process is characterized by the formation of an electron-free plasma, whose radiation can be measured to be able to detect the defects. That makes it a little easier right? The most common defect that can appear during the laser welding process are holes, porosity, spattering, drop-outs, and lack of penetration.


Today we are going to be concentrating on holes and porosity.


The main causes of the appearance of the said faults – including pinholes could be sure to the high speed carbon dioxide laser welding process. It may be due to the state of the cross section of the specimen, the gap, the flow rate of the shielding gas, the travel speed, and the laser power. As a welder, you must be attentive to all the little details. You must also take note of the shape of the weld bead since it is an important factor that helps in determining the strength of the work piece.


However, it is understandable that you might miss the little signs and little hiccups in the system while you are welding. Automotive industry is quite busy and hectic. Most companies have developed a monitoring system that is able to detect weld defect and bead defects in real time. With this, you will be able to prevent the occurrence of defeats, reduce the loss of material, and also guarantee good quality for your customers. It’s a great thing to invest in if you have the capital or the money, but if you don’t, you can still prevent them by paying extra attention to the little things.


Here are different ways in which companies are able to detect the defects:

1.) Acoustic Emission

2.) Optic Signals

3.) Image Processing


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Welding Boots Justin Review

Today we are going to do a review about two welding boots from Justin. Not Justin Bieber. Have you heard of the Justin brand? The story of Justin Boots began in the year 1879 when it’s founder who was H. J Justin decided to leave Lafayette, Indiana and start a new life at Spanish Fort, Texas. Sometimes, endings are just beginnings to a new chapter. With this move, the simple boot repairman had now mastered the craft of boot making and with that knowledge, he decided to establish his own company. He made one pair of cowboy boots at a time. He made each one with care, attention, and dedication. It was Justin who actually created the original work boot. It was originally meant to be worn by cowboys who wanted to cope with the toughest conditions bought about by their work.


Today, the dedication and attention of the founder can be seen in each pair of Justin Original Work boots. These boots are built from the ground up with top to bottom comfort, that has been designed for dynamic support and stability for any environment. It surely takes protection to a whole new level. As a welder, I’m sure that you will enjoy this boot The company believes that the hardest workers deserve nothing less than a good quality boot.


Amazon is a great place to do some online shopping if you don’t have time to head down to the mall or to the store. You don’t have to leave the comforts of your home or work place just to see different selections from the brand. You can even zoom in on the products. You will be able to receive your order after two to five days tops. You can even have it delivered to a place you prefer, your workplace or your home. It’s so easy! Let’s take a quick look at these boots:


  • Justin Original Work Boots Men’s Double Comfort Work Boot

    The boot is being sold for 159.15 US DOLLARS to 189.95 US DOLLARS. I am happy to say that the product is part of the sale that is happening at Amazon right now, which means that you will be able to purchase the boot at the lower price available on the select options.

    Take a look at this image:

    The color of the boot in the image is Aged Bark. It is also available in colors copper, tobacco, briar, and brown.

    It is made with genuine leather and is truly a product of the United States. Take a look at that thick rubber sole. You won’t be afraid of stepping on any sharp object since you can trust that the sole will protect you. The shaft measures approximately 8.5″ from the arch, while the heel measures approximately 1.5″. The platform of this boot measures approximately 1″.

    You will enjoy it’s lace-up design. Since the it is a cowboy boot, the protection is longer. It will cover above your ankles, which is great.

    The product dimension is 12 x 8 x 4 inches, while the shipping weight is 2 pounds.

  • Justin Original Work Boot Men’s Premium WK Work Boot

    if you want something simple looking, this might be the boot for you. It’s also a bit cheaper too. The price of this boot starts at 98.95 US DOLLARS to 124.99 US DOLLARS. This product is also included in the Amazon sale I mentioned above.

    Here is an image of the boot:

    It is available in that color only, but it doesn’t matter since it’s a great color. The boot is made from 90% leather and 10% cotton, so it’s tough and breathable. As you can see, the rubber sole of this boot is thick as well. It is very capable of protecting you against sharp materials that you may step on.

    It comes with a removable insole and a polyurethane out sole. It also has steel shanks to provide a better support to you.

    The product dimension of this boot is 12 x 8 x 4 inches and the shipping weight is 2 pounds.

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Tricks for TIG Welding Hot Rolled Steel

Today we are going to be discussing some tricks that you should know about when it comes to TIG welding hot rolled steel.  Welding is defined as the process of joining two or more metal pieces or parts by heating the surfaces to the point of melting with the use of a blowtorch, electric arc, or other means. They can be united by pressing, hammering, etc. Welding has a lot of process that you can choose from, depending on what fits into the metal you are welding. We are going to be focusing on TIG welding today.


TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. It also has another name called as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). It is an arc process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. In this process, you will be using an inert shielding gas which composes of argon or helium, and also a filler metal is also used in the process. There are some welds however that is called autogenous welds that do not require filler metals. You will need a constant current welding power supply to produce electrical energy, which is conducted across the arc through a column of highly ionized gas and metal vapors known as plasma. During TIG Welding one hand is used for holding the TIG torch that produces the arc and the other hand is used to add the filer metal to weld the joint. This is what makes TIG Welding hard because unlike other processes since it requires two hands.


TIG Welding was introduced during the year 1940s, and it was Helium gas which was first used as a shielding gas. Just so you know, Tungsten is what makes TIG welding possible. Tungsten is a very hard, and slightly radioactive brittle metal. Since it is radioactive, you must keep yourself protected so make sure that your complete Personal Protective Equipment.



If you are welding stainless steel, there’s nothing much that needs to change. You don’t even have to practice as much. You will need tungsten and argon gas. However, stainless steel will requires good gas coverage. Sometimes, you will need to submerge your weld in an Argon bath , and if it’s an open root weld the inside of the joint must be first purged with a filler gas. The only problem is that welding stainless steel has a tendency to wrap if you apply too much heat. You can control the distortion by staggering the welds and bracing the weld area frequently. To be sure that you have welded it proper, it usually has a copper color to it. However, if the weld is gray or dark, it means that either you are moving to slow or your heat is too hot.


Joint preparation is important when welding stainless steel. You must make sure that the joint is absolutely free of anything. You see if you are welding on an unclean steel joint, you will encounter problems. The filler wire won’t stick to many parts of the joint. In order to counter this, the best thing you can do is to hit the joint with a sanding disk or a file.



Next, if you are TIG Welding Aluminum. You will need to have pure Tungsten or Zirconium Tungsten. You need to form it into a ball shape at the end so that it will spread the heat properly. You will also need to adjust the current to alternating. Aluminum requires a high frequency start from either a high production button or a foot pedal operated TIG torch.



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Keen Utility Men’s Detroid Mid Steel Toe Work Boots Review

Today we are going to be doing a product review on Keen Utility Men’s Detroid Mid Steel Toe Work Boots. Having the perfect work boots while welding is important for one’s safety and comfort. It is a must for welders to have the complete Personal Protective Equipment or PPE for short while they are working. Welders shouldn’t disregard their safety and healthy while they are working. Our bodies are our greatest investment. If we are sick or injured, we won’t be able to work properly, right? Also there are insurance companies who won’t cover for you if you are missing a Personal Protective Equipment even if it’s just a boot.


Amazon is a great place to start looking for protective gear. You can browse around a wide array of suggestions. You don’t need to drive around the city just to buy a single thing. You can even have the item you purchased delivered to your home or work place.


Let’s take a look at this Utility work book from Keen Utility. Here’s an image of the work boot:


It looks like your usual sneaker, right? This product has been priced starting at 99.99 US DOLLARS to 159.99 US DOLLARS. At Amazon, you will be able to get some free returns on some sizes and colors. Right now, this product has been included in a mini sale that’s happening at Amazon. With this sale, you will be able to purchase this boot at the lower price available on the select options. The boot is available in sizes 7 to 15.


The boot is a combination of rubber and leather. The sole is rubber. The leather work boot features a lace up vamp and a protective steel toe to protect your feet from anything that could drop onto your feet and harm you. The boot is waterproof and it comes with a breathable membrane so you don’t have to worry about feeling hot and of course, bad odor. It also comes with a dry lex footwear lining with hydrophobic or hydrophilic two zone comfort technology.


I must also mention the removable dual-density EVA footbed. It is oil and slip resistant non marking outsole.


The product dimensions of this boot is at 14 x 11 x 6 inches. The shipping weight is 3 pounds. The item is available for shipping to select countries outside the US. however the item is not eligible for international shipping.


Here is a product review from a customer after making the purchase:


“I just received these boots a few days ago. They looked and felt great right off the bat. Yesterday was going to be a super busy day at work and I knew it. This would be the perfect chance to try the Detroit mids under very stressful conditions where I’d be walking a lot on concrete and climbing stairs and ladders all day. I took my well worn pair of redwings just in case the Keens started to hurt my feet. Well after 12 hours and many miles of walking around the plant I’m happy to say that the Detroit mids lasted the entire shift without any problems. They are a little on the warm side but the comfort more than makes up for it. I didn’t get the chance to get them wet but that torture test is coming sooner or later as I deal with wet areas at work too.

Time will tell if they will stand up durability and waterproof wise but as it stands right now I’m very happy about my purchase. The missing star is because they are quite warm for what I do but that might be a plus for you.

Update 5-2-13: Even more comfortable after a few weeks. They are water proof. Stood in 4 inches of water for 10 minutes and they kept me dry. I guess I can make this a 5 star review now…..” —- Zeus


The boot has been given an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars.


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Custom Design Welding Helmets

Are you looking for some custom designed welding helmets? Everyone somehow wants to express themselves with the use of their things and there is nothing wrong with that. In a way, somehow the things we purchase should make us happy and content that we purchase them. If you are bored with a plain looking welding helmet, the next best option for you would be to purchase a custom made welding helmet. With this type of welding helmet, you will be able to choose the design that you like and hopefully, as a result, it will make you excited and perk you up during work.


Amazon is a great place to do some online shopping. They have a lot of choices that you can browse page by page. You can zoom their images and take a closer look at the product you are going to buy. You can do it during your free time, pay for the product online, and then have it delivered to the address that you want. There’s no need for you to travel or commute just to purchase a single product. There are some sellers who shoulder that shipping fee, but there are some that don’t. Generally, Amazon offers a free shipping when your total purchase exceeds 49.00 US DOLLARS. Let’s take a look at this welding helmet below:


  • Urparcel Welding Helmet – Flames / Skull – Auto Darkening Solar/ C. P. S.

    You can purchase this welding helmet for 16.99 US DOLLARS but you will have to add 5.49 US DOLLARS for the shipping fee. It is currently in stock so if you want to make the purchase, you can add it to your cart.

    Here is an image of the product:

    What do you think about it? You can change the skull design if you want to. This is an automatic welding helmet. By automatic, it means that the lens darken on its own when it senses the bright welding arc. The welding helmet is powered by the sun so there’s no fear that it will run out of battery – just make sure that you expose it to the sun. That being said, it’s great for outdoor usage than indoors.

    Here is what a customer thought about the welding helmet after making the purchase:

    “I bought this hood (slightly older model) at the local farm and home for $100 (sure wish id have checked amazon lol) ive now used it for 4 semesters at school. it looks good on the surface. of course decals are top notch (lol), 4 sensors, and adjustable shades. I have used it for stick for 2 semesters and it worked great. but when I moved to tig it started to mess up. basically it would darken fine but it would randomly open up and I could see the arc getting brighter and brighter. also there are tiny gaps around the cover lens and splatter will find its way in and stick to the lens. this happens over a very long period of time however. recently the sensitivity has gone downhill and must be turned all the way up to register. I have ordered a new hood to protect my eyes because im young with 20/20 vision and would like to keep it that way. but nonetheless this is a great cheap hood that worked great for what I needed. I would recommend for someone first getting into welding, so you wont drop a boat load of cash on a hood in case welding’s not your thing (the first and second welding classes I took had a drop out rate of about 50%) or just a small time hobby welder that tinkers with stuff on the weekends. if you are really serious I would go with a nice hood that will last a lot longer like a Lincoln Viking, miller digital elite, or if you want the best of the best, a speedglass. hope this helps!” —- Adam Babrakzai

    The welding helmet has been given an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 stars.

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Welding Beard Protector

For the welders who have long beards, you will need to purchase a welding helmet that is capable of being a beard protector. We all know that hair gets easily catches fire and I must mention that facial hair is thinner than our hair on our head. A stray spark landing on your beard could turn into something worse like serious injuries to your face and neck. That’s why a welding helmet is important for a welder. One mustn’t weld without it. There;s a lot of risks in welding – safety and health risks.


A welders own Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is his or her own protection against anything that can harm. In the end, our greatest investment in our jobs is our bodies. If we don’t take care of our bodies, then we can’t do our jobs properly. Let’s take a look at this welding helmet from Amazon:


  • Safe66 Welding Helmet Heat Resistant Face Shield Aluminized Hood Safety Protective Visor Mask Proximity Fireman’s Welding Hood

    It may look crazy and funny, but for sure, this is a welding helmet that will keep your face, and also your beard safe. Here is an image of the said welding helmet:

    There’s only 8 of these in stock, so if you want one, go and add it to your cart quickly. The color in which this protective helmet is available in is only in silver. The size of this welding helmet is 60 cm X 30 cm X 30 cm. The material from which this welding helmet has been made from is aluminium fireproof fabric that has been especially made for this product. The visor material (which will protect your eyes from the heat and the stray sparks but won’t protect you from the bright light) is made from polycarbonate material that doesn’t melt quickly. It is heat resistant up to 800 degrees.

    The material is also fire proof to avoid burn injury. It has a strong tensile strength, as well as tear strength and an abrasion resistance so it is not easy to cause hook. You will need to keep it in a dry and well ventilated place in order to prevent mildew and pollution. Keep in mind that before using the welding helmet, you should check it carefully. If there is damage, it is recommended that you stop using it immediately.

    As for the brightness, maybe you can attach a removable tint on it so it will protect your eyes from brightness.

    Here is a customer’s review about the welding helmet:

    “At first I wasn’t really sure about this welding helmet because it looks funny but then I decided to just go with it since I needed protection not to look good. I’m not saying that the helmet looks ugly because it doesn’t really, it’s just not looking like the other ones you can find in the market. If you wanna stand out, then this helmet is one way to do it.  I just had to buy a removable darkened visor which was a bummer really, because it’s another extra cost for me. After a week or so of using this, I discovered that this product is a little hot and I had to remove it every once in a while. Overall, I give this product three stars because its not that great but its not that bad either.” — ArtherDexterCowboy

    The product was given an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5 stars.

What do you think of this product? Would you purchase this? For sure, your beard will be protected with this.


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Easiest Way To Remove Weld Spatter

Today we are going to learn the easiest way to remove weld spatter. Nobody likes to see weld spatter on their finished product. The spatter is most especially common in MIG welding. Pinholes are also common in MIG welding, and I’m not really sure why this is but if you use MIG welding process most of the time, then you might encounter this more than others.

When we talk about weld spatter, we are referring to the little droplets of molten metal or non-metallic material that are scattered or splashed around the place during the welding process. These are unintended. In other words, they aren’t supposed to be there! The welder will have to allot extra time to clean it up, plus it is also a waste of material and it can burn the welder if he or she isn’t wearing the proper personal protective equipment or PPE. Because of this, the welder should know what the easiest way to get rid of it is.

There’s no doubt that the easiest way would be to wipe them off like water droplets when you are done. You can do that if you have an anti-spatter spray, which you can purchase easily at Amazon or at BestBuy. Before I introduce to you the said spray, let’s check out this picture of welding spatters first.

It looks dirty and unprofessional, right? If the product I paid to be welded by a certain welder came out looking like this, we are going to be having problems. No one likes these protruding drops. As a welder, it is a part of your responsibility to get rid of it or to avoid it from forming in the first place.


Here is a product that you might like from Amazon, take a look at this:


Say hello to Hot Max 23000 Anti-Spatter Spray! Here is a picture of the bottle so that it would be easier for you to find it in online stores.



I’m sure you won’t miss it! It’s very hard to miss! As I said, with the help of this anti-spatter spray, you will be able to wipe off the spatter easily compared to using no anti-spatter spray at all. The purpose from which this product has been made is to prevent the spatter from sticking to the surface of the metal you are currently welding. The best thing about this product – aside that it helps you keep your weld clean – is that it is good for the environment because it is silicone free.  This product can be purchased for only 12.98 US DOLLARS.

How do you use this? It’s really simple, all you will have to do would be to spray it on the surface of the metal that you will be welding. Let it settle. Let it dry a little bit, and then you can begin your welding.


Make sure that you spray all the surfaces that can possibly be reached by the spatter. After welding or when you want to clean the metal, you just need a cloth or a tissue to wipe them away. The spray prevents them from sticking to the metal.


What do you think about this product? Would you consider purchasing this? It is advisable to bulk buy at Amazon since you get a free shipping once you reach the minimum amount of 49.00 US DOLLARS.


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Main Reason Of Welding Defect In Pinhole

The main reason of the appearance of the welding defect called the pinhole in your weld is you not paying attention to the little details. Pinholes – although they aren’t really an occurrence that can be called as rare – they are preventable or should I say, they can be minimized.  Pinholes are common to welders. They appear out of the blue every now and then, which is really annoying to deal with. There are ways to rid of them, or as I said minimize. That may be the right term, so let us get on with it.


Have you ever seen a pinhole?

Do you see that little hole? That’s what you call a pinhole. It looks annoying right? It does not look nice at all. Plus it makes your weld look broken and not well done. I’m sure that you wouldn’t want your customers to think that your welding product isn’t of good quality. You are going to have problems with your customers if you can’t hide or minimize the pinholes. Lucky for you, there are ways that you can do so. A pinhole is somehow considered to be part of the porosity family, but not really. It’s like the adopted child of the porosity family so to speak. There are many reasons for the appearance of pinholes, but for porosity, it all comes back to an atmospheric interference with the weld puddle, or you being lazy by not cleaning the weld metal before you began welding.  In a way, the causes of pinholes are the same. The pinhole appears if there is a moment or a few seconds of incomplete gas coverage, and also if the metal you are about to weld is dirty with rust, oil, grease, paint, and other substances.


Wiping your weld metal or your wire clean is not that hard of a task. You can do that easily before you begin welding. Please don’t be lazy because not only are the presence of the substances I mentioned above able to raise the percentage of pinholes forming, but once they have been exposed to heat, they emit poisonous fumes which can be harmful to your health if you inhale it and also to the environment. You can prevent both by just taking time to wipe the metal clean. Studies show that pinholes often appear in MIG Welding compared to other welding processes, and also if your welding position is down-hand. As I said, there are ways to prevent pinholes from appearing.


There is an expert who said that pinholes are considered as “gas” porosities since they just occur in or just below the surface, which is normally cause by gas bubbles becoming trapped under the solidified skin of the casting. If the casting is think, then somehow pinholes are lessen since the gas bubbles will have enough time to pop and escape, and it is also the same for thin walled castings since it is thin so the gas bubbles have no time to even form.



What can you say about pinholes? There are also other ways to prevent them. Here they are:


  • As I said above pinholes and porosity can be caused by a slight disturbance in the atmosphere, or in pinholes to be specific, a disturbance in the flow of the shielding gas. The shielding gas works by protecting the metal from the atmospheric air, so you don’t want to disrupt it.

    Check the tube for kinks.
    Check the welding room for any ventilation. Don’t get me wrong, ventilation is good but you just have to make sure that it doesn’t disrupt the flow of the shielding gas.
    Check the status or amount of your shielding gas. If it is about to run out, this can cause pinholes.

  • Clean the metal you are about to weld.
  • Wipe the moisture that has formed in your metal to be weld.



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A Good Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

A good auto darkening welding helmet is out there waiting for you, all you have to do now is to find it. Seems a little challenging? Don’t worry, you can easily find the welding helmet for you thanks to the powers of the internet specifically online shops like Amazon and BestBuy. It’s so easy and convenient! You don’t have to look far and wide! You don’t even have to leave your chair. All you will really need is to find a device that can connect to the internet and you are set to go.


Personally, what defines a good welding helmet for me are the following factors:

  1. Must be working properly. Since the helmet is not a manual helmet, I don’t want to be bothered thinking or worrying about the helmet not working properly and not shielding my eyes when it needs to. That’s why I bought an automatic darkening helmet in the first place because I don’t want to forget and want it to work when I need it to work.A good helmet is something that you can count on. You know that it will work and it won’t delay.

    A good helmet is dependable.

  2. I also must feel really comfortable wearing it. There are some helmets that are alright at first, but then the more you use them, the more uncomfortable they are getting. We don’t want that. Welding hours are usually long, right? Most last 8 hours a day, if you are a professional, but if you are just welding for fun, then it really depends on how long you want to work.A good helmet is one that is still comfortable to wear even if you have been wearing it for quite some time. You don’t want a helmet that will strain your neck or cause you neck pains, right?

    If you feel comfortable with your gear, then you will be able to give you attention to the task that you are doing, and not at trying to make the equipment comfortable. Your productivity will probably increase and so will the quality of your finished products.

  3. A good helmet will be able to protect you from danger that comes from welding. The welding helmet is part of the PPE or that’s Personal Protective Equipment of a welder anyway.The welding can protect you from burning your cornea because of the heat and the bright light from the welding arc, inhaling poisonous fumes, and getting burned from the sparks and the heat.

    That is the primary purpose of a welding helmet anyway.

  4. Lastly, a good helmet will last for a year or so. It is tough and durable. I just can’t call a helmet “good quality” if after three months of using it, I am already encountering problems with it, especially if I had been extra careful with handling the helmet.That’s just a poorly made helmet.

So, I took the opportunity to browse around Amazon and found their best selling helmet is from ANTRA AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet. Here is an image of the product, have a look.

What do you think of it’s appearance? This best seller is being sold at only 45.95 US DOLLARS. You can choose between the size of the viewing lens. There’s the normal viewing lens at 3.86″ x 1.78″ and the extra large viewing size at 3.78″ x 2.5″. It really depends on your choice. They are priced the same, I believe.

This helmet is great for MIG, ARC, TIG, and Plasma Application with a grinding feature. It comes with four premium sensors to detect the welding arc. It comes with a sensitivity knob that you can easily adjust.

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