New year, new welding helmets

Profiling 6 helmets

Practical Welding Today January/February 2012
February 1, 2012
By: Amanda Carlson

Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division

There’s no better way to usher in the new year than to evaluate your safety equipment to make sure everything is in topnotch working order. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the one that protects to your head, face, and eyes—your welding helmet. For many welders, helmets are a way for them to showcase their personality. But more important, helmets protect the eyes from harmful UV/IR radiation and, in some cases, flying debris from grinding and other pre- or postweld processes.

Here’s a look at six helmets to keep your eye on in 2012.


3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division has introduced the Speedglas™ 9100 FX-Air welding helmet with respiratory protection.

The helmet connects to the 3M™ Adflo™ PAPR or the 3M™ Fresh-air III supplied-air regulators to protect welders from welding particulates and gases and provide comfort.

3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, 800-328-1667,


Lincoln Electric’s VIKING™ 3350 autodarkening helmet has a large (3.34-in. vertical) viewing area and a variable shade range of 6 to 13 to protect welders in welding, gouging, grinding, and plasma cutting environments. It has continuously variable delay and sensitivity to adjust to different lighting conditions. The helmet features four arc sensors with user-replaceable battery assist.

The helmet, compatible with cheater lenses and hard hats, is available in black and graphic styles.

Lincoln Electric Co., 216-481-8100,

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Lincoln Electric


The Fibre-Metal Tigerhood™ Futura™ helmet from Honeywell Safety Products provides protection for welders involved in a variety of arc welding processes.

The lightweight helmet features a front-loading, hinged glass holder and free-floating headgear.

It offers variable shades from 9 to 13 ADF. ADC technology allows the welder to work in various positions without any shade variation in the viewing area.

Honeywell Safety Products, 800-523-7048,


Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the 9400i™ that reflects radiant heat and features a quick-release front cover lens to help reduce welder downtime.

The aluminum heat shield protects the autodarkening lens in applications requiring 300 amps or more. A 9.22-sq-in. viewing area includes four sensors and an integrated, ANSI-approved grinding shield with a 180-degree field of view, allowing the welder to switch between grinding and welding without the need to remove the helmet.

The helmet provides protection in low-amperage GTAW (5-amp) environments; meets ANSI Z87.1-2003 high impact standards; and comes with a magnifying lens holder.

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Honeywell Safety Products

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., 800-426-4553,


The Tweco® WeldSkill® autodarkening helmet is lightweight and heat-resistant.

It is equipped with a variable shade of 9 to 13, sensitivity control, welding and grinding modes, a three-position pivot setting for optimal comfort, and a 3.86- by 1.69-in. viewing area.

The variable delay function allows the user to set the filter to remain in the dark state even after the welding arc stops. A longer delay ensures user safety in environments with high amperages, high duty cycles, or low ambient light.

Sensitivity and delay knobs are located on the outside of the helmet shell for easy access. A chin-guard extension helps to block weld spatter.

Tweco®, a Thermadyne Co., 636-728-3000,


ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers the New-Tech ADC Plus series of autodarkening helmets. The new angular dependence compensation feature ensures that the shade selected covers the full width and height of the helmet’s LCD screen and improves color definition and contrast throughout the cartridge.

The helmet’s blue high-visibility lens provides for extra-high definition visibility, making it easy for the welder to see the work. The XL lens has an extra-large viewing area and adjustable shade levels from DIN 6 to 13. A grinding mode allows users to switch off the ADF screen during grinding. Rechargeable solar batteries are activated by light automatically.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, 800-372-2123,

Amanda Carlson

Amanda Carlson

FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 815-227-8260

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