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 Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.

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PostSubject: Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.    Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.  Icon_minitimeJanuary 9th 2015, 8:49 pm

I have always wanted a auto darkening helmet from the first time I ever used my welder. I though they would be way too expensive for me, because offerings from Lincoln Electric were like $250. I was walking down the welding isle at TSC about a week before Christmas, and I saw the metal man helmet for like $40 on sale or something like that. I added it to my wish list and I got it. Anyways I tried it out for the first time, and WOW. If you don't have a auto dark and hate your fixed shade like I did I would definitely pick one up. I hate fixed shade because when you flip the lens down you have to hope your gun didn't move. My weld quality increased instantly, with the old fixed shade I couldn't even see the puddle, or where I was going. The only thing that I could see was the arc. With the new helmet I can see the arc, puddle, and I can actually see where I am going with the weld. It is nothing fancy but it gets the job done, fixed at shade 10, no grind mode, but I use it as a face shield when I grind or cut. You aren't gonna be able to weld 5 amp pulse tig or anything, but it ain't a $500 helmet either. Its still on sale for $40 as of the date of the post. Click here to check the price
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PostSubject: Re: Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.    Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.  Icon_minitimeJanuary 10th 2015, 10:54 pm

I think I paid around $60 at lowes for an auto darkening job a couple years ago. Doesn't work too bad. Kobalt I guess it is. Once in a while it doesn't darken right away and you get blinded, but not too often. It's had a lot of use since I got it though, could be part of the issue. At least it's semi shaded all the time, so at least when it misses, you don't get the full light.
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PostSubject: Re: Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.    Tractor Supply "Metal Man" auto darkening welding helmet.  Icon_minitimeJanuary 10th 2015, 11:53 pm

mr.modified wrote:
I think I paid around $60 at lowes for an auto darkening job a couple years ago. Doesn't work too bad. Kobalt I guess it is. Once in a while it doesn't darken right away and you get blinded, but not too often. It's had a lot of use since I got it though, could be part of the issue. At least it's semi shaded all the time, so at least when it misses, you don't get the full light.


That happens to me all the time. Usually slag and stuff put a coating on the solar panel. Usually just wipe it off and I'm good. I keep mine in the big drawer at the bottom of my toolbox so it doesn't get light until I get to welding. Sometimes it do t work because of that so I usually let it set on a window sill in the sun for a few minutes before I begin welding.
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