View Full Version : HF Welding Helmet on Sale

10-16-2008, 08:19 PM
Harbor Freight has one of their auto darkening welding helmets on sale again. This is the best price I've seen for this model. I bought it a couple of months ago and it's worked great. Can't beat it for the price.


Here's more info.


10-16-2008, 08:23 PM
I think when I got mine it was on sale for $29.99, but still a good price. I've had no problems at all with mine.

10-17-2008, 05:53 AM
I got a good deal on mine from an e-Bay auction, or so I thought,
but now I'm not so sure it was that great of a deal. Turns out, I can't find any way to replace the battery.
Can't even find the darn thing. I know there's one in there somewhere.

Even the guy at National Welders couldn't find it or any way of taking the helmet apart,
so I guess when the battery finally craps out, the helmet is shot... :(

Hmmm... must be their disposable model. :rolleyes:


10-17-2008, 09:56 AM
I got the very same one when I bought my welder. I got it for 30$.:D

10-17-2008, 10:49 AM
I really like this one from Northern Tool. Got mine on sale at the store for $40.

10-17-2008, 01:36 PM
There is no battery in the HFT one: it operates off the optical/UV light from the arc (and surrounding lights, unfortunately). Also unfortunate is the lag time inherent in such a setup; while they CLAIM it reacts in 1/25000 sec, the reality is quite a bit longer owing to the reaction of the SOLAR panel.

I have one of the HFT helmets, and have learned to blink just as I strike the arc. If I don't, I get sun-spots in my eyes. I've considered wiring a battery in there so I could switch it on and off and only have the lens's own reaction time, but that's a project for another day. It's still a far cry better than the old flip-top helmets! Although I have flipper spares for observers, I'd hate to have to work without my auto-darkening helmet.

10-17-2008, 01:53 PM
Hmmm... maybe that's the way mine works, Nick.
If so, mine must be a little faster though, cuz I never see any flash-spots.


10-17-2008, 02:09 PM
I don't have any trouble with spots either. Seems to darken instantly...well almost.

10-17-2008, 02:41 PM
On my NT one I can adjust the sensitivity and delay time. There are two small switches on the inside of the lense pack. I have my sensitivity set to high and the delay time set to slow and this works just fine for me. I don't know if these are on your HF ones though. Seems I must have a battery, though I can't find it, because I had to set my helmet in the sun for a little bit before it started working properly. I think it might be in the lense pack, which is replaceable on mine.

10-17-2008, 03:32 PM
I have the same helmet as Maddog and I love mine! I have no problems with it. I wear my reading glasses when using it instead of my bifocals...I'm old, you see...or is it ...now I see....

10-17-2008, 05:01 PM
IMHO the NT helmet is the best auto-darkening helmet. The high priced ones work as well, but not better. My only complaint is sometimes my big Italian nose hits under the lense and I fog it up. I just breathe through my mouth and figure it's the price of being a Dago. The slight price difference between this and the HF helmet is well worth it. Of all the senses, sight is the one most important to me.

10-17-2008, 05:02 PM
Same here, Larry.
If I don't wear reading glasses while welding, I can't see the puddle.


10-17-2008, 05:07 PM
...and figure it's the price of being a Dago.

Hey, at least you're not a Limey like me, having to stop periodically for "tea time"! :rolleyes:

*** Sir (Fancies Himself Knighted) Joey ***


10-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Dude! I love you guys!
My best friend at my company is one of your kind. He is based in Greenwich, CT and is a private pilot. he recently rented a small, single engine plane and flew it to the UK for his summer vacation.

10-17-2008, 06:38 PM
Hey Dan, I have an NT I bought on sale last year for $30. It was reduced from $50, and now it costs $54. Like you Pisan, I have to breath through my mouth to avoid fogging the lens. We Dago's may have schoz problems, but we do have the best food!

10-17-2008, 07:05 PM
...but we do have the best food!

No argument here.
I'd eat it every day if my stomach (& budget) could handle it! :)

Although admittedly, I'm kinda partial to Mexican & Chinese as close runner-ups.


10-17-2008, 08:22 PM
Hey Kid, it sounds like we need to get together and show that Limey that our food is neither hard on the stomach, or budget!

Having lived in Texas since '68 and eating 2 raw jalapenos a day have toughened me up a bit.

10-17-2008, 10:31 PM
Especially the budget. Pasta's pretty cheap, and a few plum tomatoes from the garden makes for a good sauce. Add a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and bingo, a very inexpensive first dish. What gets expensive is when we have company. We put the conveyor belt to your mouth and feed you. The belts ain't cheap.

10-17-2008, 10:46 PM
Point taken, guys, but I have stomach problems, & have to take Nexium constantly, so tomato based foods are really a problem for me.
When you're on an ulcer diet, tomatoes or anything made from them are at the very top of the "no-no" list!
I like 'em, but my stomach sure doesn't!

As for expense, yes, pasta is very affordable, but pizza is not! :)


11-24-2008, 08:23 PM
Hi Guys just joined up recently and thought I would say a little something about the auto dark helmets . I like alot of you first got an HF auto dark and thought it was great . Then I picked up a Hobart auto dark from TSC and couldnt believe how much better I could see. Then I got a deal and a half on a Miller BWE ( big window elite ) and *** what a real differance . I gave away both of the HF hoods I had a good hood is probably the best money you will spend when welding in the home shop . I am not going to push the Miller welders cause I will agree if you are not running a production shop you really dont need a Miller a decent Hobart or something in that neighborhood will work fine and I even used a HF 110 unit for a while when saving up for a better 220 unit . Remember you only get 2 eyes to begin with and anything you can do to keep them is a good idea scrimping on protecting them is not a good idea.