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 Post subject: SPEEDGLAS 100 review
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:45 pm 
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SPEEDGLAS 100 TROJAN WARRIOR SHIELD

Having recently started to do more welding at home I have been buying some new kit. As well as a new welder I also bought some welding overalls and a new welding helmet.
Having looked around at many places I decided to buy one from Buck and Hickman, at just short of £190 the helmet is not cheap and is about £150 more expensive than some other auto darkening welders helmets that you can buy on ebay.

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An important thing to consider is that this head shield is protecting one of the most sensitive parts of your body- your eyes. UV radiation can easily damage your eyes, so do you really want to trust them to a £30 auto darkening helmet? I don’t think so!
The speedglas100 Trojan warrior shield certainly looks the part and is very useful at Halloween for scaring the kids :lol:

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The helmet is extremely light weight and you hardly know that you are wearing it. The speed of switching is extremely fast at 0.1ms.
The shades can be selected at the press of a button and range from 8 to 12
Sensitivity can also be adjusted from 1-3

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You have to remember to switch this helmet on each time before you use it as it does switch itself off after a period of no use.

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I often wear a welders baseball cap, which prevents spatter from landing on your head and burning your scalp, it also protects your head from dangerous UV light. The problem is that the adjuster on the helmet cannot be adjusted to grip your head through the welders cap, so you put the cap on and the helmet and as soon as you get in a difficult welding position the helmet starts to fall off your head. At £190 you certainly don’t want it falling onto the concrete floor! My welding helmet at work is auto darkening but has a thumb turn type adjuster at the rear, which you can turn with one hand but this thing is a real nightmare to adjust and requires both hands with no gloves.

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Apart from the over complicated head adjuster I love the helmet- when it stays on my head!

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 Post subject: Re: SPEEDGLAS 100 review
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Looks good - do we get to see some welding vids soon then? :D

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Filming welding is incredibly difficult for me. I think you need a special camera to be able to film welding properly.

There is some welding in this video for example-



I’m reluctant to upload any new videos to youtube as 4 videos were deleted by youtube before Christmas for a violation of their terms of service. They sent the notices from a no-reply email address and there is no way to contact them to find out exactly what the problem is. If you Google Violation of TOU #4 Section H you will see that quite a few people are not happy!

If I was to do some welding videos I’d try to enlist my mate from work as he can weld anything to anything and is also a good teacher :wink:

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But what doe he look like going up the stairs? :wink:

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Hey UHM. When are you building the Death Star to go with it?

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I'll add it to my "to do list" :lol:

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Does anyone know if auto dark helmets are allowed to be used in commercial/industrial uses yet?

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How things have change from when I was a apprentice plater in the seventies, where you could cut the welding fumes with a knife and had helmets you had to nod just as you was about to strike your arc.


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GavHandy wrote:
Does anyone know if auto dark helmets are allowed to be used in commercial/industrial uses yet?


We have several at work, never heard anything saying you cannot use them :dunno:

I see subcontractors using them all the time on site too.

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This is clearly not a hand tool but an item of PPE.

When I get made a mod, I am deleting it and issuing a warning under section 4 sub section 3c of the forum rules!



I didn't mind a bit of arc eye for a few seconds.


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How is the headband holding out Chez?

Speedglas always had a bit of a thing with rubbish headbands.

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Hitch wrote:
How is the headband holding out Chez?

Speedglas always had a bit of a thing with rubbish headbands.



I made some ramps a couple of days back and it was not too bad.

If I don't use the welding baseball cap it stops on my head but it does start to slip off if I am not careful.

It's a really good helmet, but the headband spoils it. A thumb turn type adjuster would have been much better IMHO

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