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Old 02-05-2017, 07:30 PM
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http://www.bosssafety.com/p-8586-hun...ss-holder.aspx Old school, no battery, no failure. Owner operated...last almost forever. Over a 40 year span I only had to buy 3, and that only because one of them got run over by a D8... Get the Omni View Gold lens and hardened glass cover plates and you're set. No buttons, no messing around with your hood all day, just as dependable as a rock... My $.02...not adjusted for inflation. ..
I have one in my truck and one in the shop. I don't use anything else.

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Old 02-05-2017, 11:27 PM
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Update since I brought it up in this thread.....

I took my miller titanium to the LWS last week and they put in a warranty claim for me. I'm supposed to get a new lense tomorrow, but it will only be covered by the original 3 year warranty from my purchase so it will only be covered for 30 days and if it shits the bed I'll have to buy a new one.
It sounds like I only get a new lense/filter to put in my existing helmet. That's fine by me. I'm just happy not to have to come up with $300 or more for a helmet for a while longer.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:03 AM
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... If you read a little online this seems to be fairly common with the miller helmets. They're awesome when they work but it seems like they don't last all that long...
I'll have to watch out for that. I've been using a first-generation Miller BWE for only 11 years.
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I'll have to watch out for that. I've been using a first-generation Miller BWE for only 11 years.
Me too. My only complaint is the original batteries only lasted 7 or 8 years.
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I have a speedglas 9000 that bought in march 2003. Several sets of batteries, change the headgear out, but other wise been a good helmet. Main thing I do not like is it will not lighten when welding outside, which I do sometimes. Millers x force? sounds like a good thing, switching when it senses electrical field of the weld. Have tried coworkers true sight, and like it. Of course he is buying a new one now. Old one did not survive 10' drop off the scaffolding last week!
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:29 PM
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I'll have to watch out for that. I've been using a first-generation Miller BWE for only 11 years.
That's good to know. I'm sure for the number of them sold the problems are very few and far between but I didn't have to look very hard to find people having the same problems as me.
I got the new lense today but don't have any welding to do at the moment.
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:17 PM
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If I was welding for a paycheck, I'm sure my thinking would regenerate to a differing opinion from the now.

That said, I do own one of those pricey SpeedGlass helmets, that I bought from the LWS years ago that was bought and then returned due to the 'wifey' not allowing $300 to be spent on that. lol

In addition, after the batteries crapped out, I picked up one of the HF AD's and used it till the batteries crapped out.

Changing them is a no brainer, just a little patience and ingenuity is needed and deciding on whether or not you want to add another little plastic case the size of Contact Lense carriers etc to hold and offer ease of replacing batteries.

That said, I've got 2 of the light weight shell helmets with the small flip up for grinding lense assy's.

I've probably got a couple thousand hours under those two hoods considering just how much welding I did with them in a shop/manf environment.

If your a pro welder, go for the gold. Good helmets are pricey. On the farm, hobby welder etc, simple is simple and cheap. Otherwise, save your money
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:37 PM
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I have one in my truck and one in the shop. I don't use anything else.

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Yeah, I tried a couple of other hoods for a minute, always went back to the Huntsman. I think they looked nicer than the Jackson hoods, those were about the only choices I had when I first started welding.

Have you ever seen the multiple reflection caused by having all those layers to look through? ..I cured that by gluing a small piece of air arc rod in the bottom groove, where the flip lid seats. It just holds the flip lid at an angle, you don't get the reflection that way.

That was my only complaint. That, and the headgear stripped out on the back, it only lasted about 20 years. No good cheap shit
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:51 PM
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Well dam. Taken by surprise this afternoon while watching a rerun of Noah with Russell Crowe and low and behold, I see the bad guys wearing welding helmets that looked a little crusty.

I guess these things have been around a long time, just forgotten about during and after the flood. sigh
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