Worth getting a new helmet?

  1. MrWebbo Member

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    I’ve just started arc welding and after reading through the forum I’ve realised that I can’t see what people are talking about. I just see a bright light!
    I got a cheap Aldi auto darkening helmet but not sure if a new one would help?
    A bigger window might.
    Does true colour mean you can see the different components in the weld?
    Cheers
     
  2. Popcorn

    Popcorn Member

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    The difference is night and day, honestly get your self a good lid and you'll be able to see everything.
     
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  3. duncans

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    im new to welding mate I had a parweld I borrowed I couldn't see anything then I got a esab A50 makes all the difference I also put a light near where im welding that makes a difference as well the good people on this forum will help you mate its a great forum
     
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  4. MrWebbo Member

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    Is that an ESAB Warrior a50?
    I was looking at one of those.
    Where’s the best place to buy one?
     
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  6. Tangledfeet

    Tangledfeet #1 Fan of 3M's VHB tape

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    A40 Is the Warrior, A50 is the Sentinel.

    I have had the latter for a week, but it was a fiftieth birthday present funnily enough, and it is superb. The former is a third the price and I doubt you'd go wrong if that's better suited to your budget.
     
  7. MrWebbo Member

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    Thanks, that’s me getting confused in my old age
     
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  8. Tangledfeet

    Tangledfeet #1 Fan of 3M's VHB tape

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    Sorry, I was wrong - the A40 is the Savage not the (previous model) Warrior!
     
  9. cianh91

    cianh91 Member

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    i used to have a limit on how much id pay for a headshield. that was till last year when i was under pressure to get a job finished and got a load of flashes . bounced the shield i had off a wall and ordered a esab sentinel on the phone for next day delivery and id honestly never go back to cheaper shields .
     
  10. leslie7324

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    For me i love my a40 savage. Its miles better than my esab origo. A lot easier to see before and during welding
     
  11. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    Just ordered an rtech true colour - will report back!

    Dunno whereabouts you are in Scotland but if you're anywhere near EH30 you're more than welcome to swing by and check it out
     
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  12. duncans

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    yeah mate if you look on Facebook you might drop on a bargain thats where I got my A50 sentinel from I got it for £110 and it like brand new with everything lenses etc I've seen plenty of bargains on there
     
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  13. duncans

    duncans Member

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    had a quick look welding helmets look Screenshot 2020-10-16 at 05.18.33.png
     
  14. MrWebbo Member

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    Again thanks for the reply’s.
    Really helpful forum!
    Skotl- Thanks for the offer but I’m on the Outer Hebrides so will have to be mail order.
    Think I’ll go for a new one with warranty.
    Cheers
     
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  15. duncans

    duncans Member

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    are you out in sticks then skoti
     
  16. Andrew Hayes

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    i use a speedglas 9100 in work and its amazing, even got a spare for going to college and ''home welding practice''
     
  17. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    Mask turned up today and it's night and day (literally) compared to standard masks!

    With MIG the arc is blue rather than green but I can make out the puddle easily and see the joint clearly as I'm going. As an added bonus the rtech's window is 100mm deep as opposed to the 80mm of similarly priced units.

    I'd post a review but I don't think there's much to add over the above, and I doubt pics will help much.
     
  18. MrWebbo Member

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    Sounds good. I ended up ordering an ESAB Sentinel a50, hopefully will enable me see see what I’m doing wrong!
     
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  19. Tangledfeet

    Tangledfeet #1 Fan of 3M's VHB tape

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    You won't be disappointed; I got one last week for my borthday... my 50th so it had to be THAT helmet! :D
     
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  20. duncans

    duncans Member

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    there a good helmet very comfy on your head also when you lift the visor its not stuck up it runs close to the top of the helmet so your not banging it all the time
     
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