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    Welding mask recommendations

    Finally, my old Clarke auto-dim welding mask has given after not being used for three months......another victim of Coronavirus!

    Iíve left it out in the sun all week to try to get some charge into it but no luck so Iím in the market for a new auto-dim mask. What do you guys recommend bearing in mind that, like a lot of you, this is just a hobby so Iím not looking for an all singing all dancing air fed mask but I do want to keep my old eyes safe .

    Your thoughts please

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    my last one came from lidle, wouldn't recommend for pro use but works great just a little more flimsy than my previous one. it works exactly as it should and was cheap.

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    I have 5 different masks hanging over my welder. I really struggle to get the right amount of 'darkness' either too dark so I can't see or too bright. I have even bought one that has 2 different light scales that can adjust from 0 - 5 and 5 - 9. thats my favourite. its a Parweld that came with my tig welder. I think it was around £150.
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    I have a 3M Speedglass 100 I think, their basic model, and it has been great for a few years and was around a hundred quid on eBay (had to shop around a bit to get one in the UK as there were a few at the time from places like China which I assumed were knock-offs). We have a fancy £300+ one at work with side windows and other functions and frankly don't see it as any better.

    I had a Lidl one which worked well but one freezing day in the garage the plastic loop over top snapped, presumably due to the cold, rendering it unusable. I also tried a £25 eBay one once but it would only fit a small pointy head so is hanging up for back up only.
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    I've got one of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SWP-FIXED...UAAOxyItRTcnWn

    Mine's actually an adjustable one, I got it off ebay a few years ago, can't remember how much I paid but I don't think it was much more than the one in the link. I did my Minor roof chop with it and a I've done a fair bit of patching on the Cortina and it's been fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wakesupremo View Post
    I have 5 different masks hanging over my welder. I really struggle to get the right amount of 'darkness' either too dark so I can't see or too bright. I have even bought one that has 2 different light scales that can adjust from 0 - 5 and 5 - 9. thats my favourite. its a Parweld that came with my tig welder. I think it was around £150.
    I did wonder how useful the twin light scales would be as I have a similar problem with too light or too dark because the ambient light in my workshop can vary a lot.

    My mask prior to the Clarke one was, as it turns out, a Chinese knock-off. The lens worked ok but I found after a while that I was getting a sun tan, there didn’t appear to be very much UV protection which I can only guess was down to the material it was manufactured with.

    Narrowing it down, cheers guys!

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