Choosing the right best welding helmet for tig is not as easy as it once was. Technology advances have turned these once simple pieces of protective equipment into smart, lightweight safety devices that, in some cases, can adapt their settings automatically to accommodate specific applications.
Welders who perform a variety of welding processes, as well as pre- and postwelding operations, may need a helmet that can provide them with many layers of protection. Conversely, welders who specialize in one particular process may not need a helmet quite so complex.
By researching welding helmets, welders will be better prepared to choose a helmet that will give them the level of protection and the features that they need. Failure to do so could lead to purchasing a helmet that is too pricey or that doesn’t provide the welder with an appropriate level of protection.
Each of the following welding helmets provides different features and levels of protection. Bear in mind that these are only five of the many models available.
Lincoln Electric’s VISTA® autodarkening helmets include a full-featured cartridge; four arc sensors; and variable levels of shade, sensitivity, and delay.
Available in three models—the 1000, 2000, and 3000—each helmet meets ANSI Z87.1 and CSA Z94.3 standards and provides the welder with the option to choose the view size right for him. Shade is adjustable from 9 to 13.
Variable sensitivity includes a grinding mode, in which the lens fixes the shade at the light state of shade 3. A GTAW mode assists the helmet in detecting the arc in low-amperage welding applications, as low as 5 amps. Variable delay protects operators from the bright light of slow-cooling weld nuggets during high-amperage welding.
Four independent sensors help to ensure the autodarkening lens reliably and safely darkens in any application, moving from light to dark in 1/10,000 second. The helmets include a cover/spatter plate that can be changed in seconds from the front of the helmet. Welders can custom-fit the helmet with the Push-N-Turn™ headgear and the patent-pending tilt mechanism, which adjusts the viewing angle and helmet down stop.
The Speedglas™ Super Light (SL) welding helmet and autodarkening filter (ADF) from 3M is 25 percent lighter than other Speedglas helmets.
The new SL features a lighter ADF by using a new liquid crystal cell design and PPA, a strong, lightweight material that protects against spatter and sparks. The helmet offers a light-state shade of 3 and dark shades of 8 to 12, which makes it suitable for all arc welding processes.