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- Oct 16, 2019
Hi all, wonder if anyone has experience with the Blue Demon 9300 or panoramic helmets?
Ouch. Yeah, I forgot you were from the great white north.My problem is the Optrel is over $600 in Canada... I have a hard time justifying that as a hobbyist.
At the moment only at a small bench for TIG, I don't have a large welding table to make large objects so when I made my tablesaw base that happened on the floor.Are you welding on a bench, on the ground, or crawling under, around a car chassis, and how important are your eyes?
Thanks, that is good advice. There is a display at my LWS if I recall correctly. I'll check it out and see if I can demo some of what they have.So a normal size over the counter helmet will work, check on what helmet size(slim, regular) you would like. At my age visual clarity, and protection are important(old age needs more light). Find a welding outlet that has a show, and try the different helmets, or ask friends to try different ones. I would send you my Lincoln, and Optrel, but customs would freak.
I have an older Esab autodark now but I have a really hard time seeing the puddle.
I have replacement lenses coming for it, I’ll see if that makes any difference in clarity.
There’s also a new Esab Sentinel A40. Might have a look at that as it has the same lens rating as both the Blue Demon and the Optrel.
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It’s currently set at just bit darker than 10. That feels about as light as I’d care to go I think even for low amperages.Happy ESAB Sentinel A50 owner here - I received a $200 rebate when I bought the Rebel 215i last year, that paid for a big part of the helmet.
I love the external grind button! Just gotta remember to punch it again when I'm back at the welding table...
I'm probably going to spring for the magnifying lens soon
Are you running too dark of a shade level on your current set up?
Unfortunately it doesn’t have changeable batteries. the batteries cannot be changed without invasive surgery to the auto dark assembly.Since you've got fresh lenses on the way, try those first. Change the batteries (if you haven't already) when you change the lenses.
The OSHA chart says the minimum is #8 up to 150 amps for GTAW.
#10 is fine, if you can see. You may need to go down, not below 8...
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