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Old 02-21-2019, 09:25 AM
John Buchtenkirch John Buchtenkirch is offline
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We take good vision for granted - and are then at a loss when things change with age ... and the struggle to see becomes a major event in the shop.
I've watched this welding-vision struggle for decades in the shops, and even though I make recommendations specifically to help, some folks will stay stubborn for another two years before unbelting $12.clams for simple pharmacy-grade reading glasses, and being able to weld easily, once again.
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That’s because some people have the idea that if you wear glasses you are getting old. An even funnier idea is if you squint and can get by welding without glasses you’re not aging . As a welder my feelings are your obligation should always be to the structural soundness of your fabrication or repair, no matter what it takes. ~ John Buchtenkirch
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:23 AM
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A couple people have mentioned the gold mirror lens, I'll give that a try.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:18 AM
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Before going to auto dark, I was always using the gold lens as prefered the natural colour. I wondering if the Millar clearlight lens will do the same thing?

https://www.millerwelds.com/about/ne...elding-helmets
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:53 PM
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I use a Lincoln Electric Linc Screen II with a pair of cheap reading glasses and that works well for me for TIG even when welding very thin material.

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Old 02-23-2019, 02:58 PM
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Tig hats, like gas welding headgear, can be improved for better vision - if y'all are creative.
This is Charlie Rosa, who at 81 was building his Rattle A speedster boattail. His vision needed +5 correction, so he made that happen. He was a real old school craftsman, trained in SF doing Victorian woodwork with the old Euro guys in the 1950's. I sure do miss his enthusiastic joyful energy.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:32 PM
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OJ,

Why don't you just use a lighter lens in your helmet?? You just can't get it any simpler then that.
I Use fixed lens helmets only for tig welding. Lens shades 5, 6, 7, and 8 each in different flip helmets. I use what ever one works best for the welding amperages I'm using. Also if you need glasses to read then you need them to weld. I use two different pair in my shop. One just for welding. (stronger pair non bifocal) and the weaker pair for everything else.
There is also auto darkening lens in 5 - 14 range if you prefer those. (Third link below) I also do not use the clear plastic lens over the glass one for tig welding. Just the glass lens only. You would need it for stick or mig due to the weld splatter.

All welding lens have 100% protection from Ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light. Even the clear ones. The shade is only to make the brightness comfortable for your taste.

https://www.harrisweldingsupplies.co...ns-4-5-x-5-25/

https://www.harrisweldingsupplies.co...ns-4-5-x-5-25/

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Old 02-24-2019, 09:23 AM
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OJ,

Why don't you just use a lighter lens in your helmet?? You just can't get it any simpler then that.
I Use fixed lens helmets only for tig welding. Lens shades 5, 6, 7, and 8 each in different flip helmets. I use what ever one works best for the welding amperages I'm using. Also if you need glasses to read then you need them to weld. I use two different pair in my shop. One just for welding. (stronger pair non bifocal) and the weaker pair for everything else.
There is also auto darkening lens in 5 - 14 range if you prefer those. (Third link below) I also do not use the clear plastic lens over the glass one for tig welding. Just the glass lens only. You would need it for stick or mig due to the weld splatter.

All welding lens have 100% protection from Ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light. Even the clear ones. The shade is only to make the brightness comfortable for your taste.

https://www.harrisweldingsupplies.co...ns-4-5-x-5-25/

https://www.harrisweldingsupplies.co...ns-4-5-x-5-25/

http://www.airgas.com/p/RAD64005179
Yup! Thats exactly what I been looking for! I have been told from many sources that -8 was the lightest shade available and I found that hard to believe. I have looked for and been unable to find anything lighter, I've even posted this question on welding forums and you are the only one that has made me aware of these lenses. I'll get a selection of them coming! Thanks, Oj
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:10 PM
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TheRodDoc,

I may be misreading your post, everything else you said is right on the mark, but the dark shade is not merely for comfort. The brightness of the welding arc is sufficient to damage your eyes without UV or IR light. As it was explained to me. if it's bright enough that you see spots when you look away, you need a darker filter.

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Is there a difference in using a cheater lens verses just using stronger reading glasses? I normally use 1.5x glasses in the workshop and then put on 2.5x for mig and 3x for tig. Is starting with a say 2x cheater lens and then readers 2x less than normal any different?
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:01 AM
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Also, take a look through some of the new helmets from Jackson, Lincoln, and Optrel with the blue tinted lenses. I am red/green colorblind and the standard green lens was not working well for me. I was astounded how much better my vision was in the Jackson and the Optrel. I ended up with the Optrel e684 which was so much better than my old helmet that I did not realize how bad my vision had been for the last 5 or so years. In manual mode the Optrel will go down to shade 5
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