Comparing the Three Hottest Welding Helmets
Now is the best time to buy a new welding helmet for the first time or to upgrade your current helmet. Three of the leading welding brands have updated and improved their industry-leading helmets. We had Andrew weld with all three and give us some feedback check out our YouTube video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and ask questions!
However, they each vary slightly in features and price. Here’s a brief comparison of three helmets that remain extremely popular with the customers at Baker’s Gas and Welding:
The ESAB Sentinel A50 Welding Helmet
The ESAB Sentinel has quickly won over a loyal base of welders who praise its light weight, just 1.4 pounds, and convenience. When it’s time to weld, the touch screen makes it easier than ever to set up your helmet. There are eight welding settings you can program into the helmet for every project or process that comes up in your shop.
Powered by solar cells plus a replaceable battery, this dependable helmet has four sensors that switch from light to dark in 1/25,000 seconds. You can hold down an external button in order to switch your shades into grind mode without taking your helmet off, and the range of shade options includes 5-8/9-13. The shades are a snap to replace, and the viewing area is 3.93 x 2.36 inches with a 1/1/1/2 clarity rating.
Getting started with welding is a breeze since the Sentinel comes with a quick start quide. Its comfortable headgear comes with a five point halo harness and a ratcheting adjustment in the back for simple tweaks, ensuring that your helmet is a perfect fit.
The Miller Electric T94i
Weighing in at 21.1 oz and offering a 9 square inch viewing area, this fully updated, lightweight welding helmet from Miller Electric provides Miller’s traditional range of operating modes: Weld, Cut, Grind and X-Mode (Ideal for TIG welding, outdoor, or obstructed projects) . Like the ESAB Sentinel, Miller includes an external grind mode button that makes it easy to switch your processes while working on a project.
For better peripheral vision, the T94 offers shade five glass on the sides of the helmet. The slightly more advanced T94i offers a 44 square inch viewing area on grind mode. The chiseled shell design is ergonomic and extremely comfortable while still offering space for a respirator. The clarity of the viewing area reduces eye strain, while the lightweight and reimagined design reduces fatigue significantly.
The Lincoln Viking 4C Welding Helmet
The Lincoln Viking has long offered some of the best value for the price with all of the essentials that a welder needs, but the new 4C takes the Viking brand up a notch. With an industry leading 1/1/1/1 clarity rating, the Viking 4C is the best view of your weld for the money. You’ll have a real color view that shows your weld as it really is.
The shades run from 5-13, with an internal switch for grind mode. The viewing area is a competitive 3.74 by 3.24 inches. Reviewers note the light weight and pivot style headgear that make for a very comfortable fit.
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Baker’s Gas and Welding has a wide selection of welding helmets, special offers, rebates, and free shipping on most orders. Don’t miss out on this month’s promotions and sales: