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anyone ever used a "proline" welding helmet?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by punkabilly1306, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,553

    from ohio

    my helmet got crushed by god knows what and it broke the UV part and now it doesn't work, so I'm in the market for a new one. Has anyone ever used the "Proline" brand?
  2. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,577

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Don't know anything about that one!!-----Been using the "huntsman" since 1951.
  3. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,179

    from Austin, TX

    I used one for a while but the uv thingy popped out and broke... It was almost as much as a new Miller helmet to replace so I bought a Miller...

    The Miller is a much better helmet. Made better, fits better, better settings, and better protection.

    Maybe you'll have better luck finding a cheep replacement. Good luck!
  4. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,087


    I'm a Jackson man and I don't usually use an "instant on" helmet. If you do a lot of starting and stopping, like when welding sheet metal, you will feel it.
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  5. ken1939
    Joined: Jul 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,428

    from Pittsburgh

    Quite frankly I have a harbor freight special $50.00 auto darkening, has a adjustable dark setting. Has worked well for me for over 4 years.
  6. Steves32
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 2,151

    from So Cal

    My eyes aren't Harbor Freight material & my helmet won't be either. My sight is way too important to me.
    I have 2- a Miller & a Jackson. I prefer the Jackson.
  7. cosmo
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 2,875


    Put me down for having a Miller. Easily the best I've used.

  8. Triggerman
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 578

    from NorCal

    I have a Jackson and it is a great helmet. Hey Rockable, I have noticed when welding on sheetmetal and doing lots of tacks that my eyes feel tired. Anyway, they make a great helmet.
  9. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 9,515

    from CT

    If your shop is dark, try the helmet first before buying.. Some helmets are too dark before you strike a weld.

    How to test? I just bought one last week at the weld supply. I told the guy I want to try it in a dark place. He said we do that in the restroom :)

    He held the door open just a bit while I was in there with no light on :D

    Can't believe the difference in several I tried.

    I also went with the huge lens. He said the lens is called Natural Color??

    If you get jammed in a tight spot under the car or dash, you sometimes can't quite move your head a bit more to see out of the small, standard window. The huge lens really helps with that.

    it was 275 on sale :eek:..but at least I can see now. I'll look at what brand it is.
  10. fearnoevo
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 218

    from Iowa

    we have 3 jacksons and a miller elite.

    For the money the jacksons are preferred. Better head gear too if ya got a big grape like me
  11. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,902

    from Norcal

    I have a Miller Elite Digital. I have a Huntsman at work and a POS HF one also.

    The miller is a bit more spendy. But I can actually see out of it better than any helmet I have ever used.
  12. hotsilver
    Joined: Feb 19, 2008
    Posts: 113

    from Florida

    Been using Jacksons for years....LOVE them, Afordable, NEVER brake, USA made, put a gold plated lens(or buy auto dark) in it, and start welding... Ive use MANY helmets, and cant weight to put my Jackson back on!!!

  13. got me a Miller with fancy flames on it which I was told will help me weld better and assist my brain in generating more creative ideas. The flames really make the brain can sense it.
  14. uglydog56
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 332


    There is a lincoln out for about 150 that is supposed to be pretty good bang for the buck.
  15. gsport
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
    Posts: 682


    i like how light my miller elite is...
  16. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Miller or Jackson are the best on the market,its your eyes and as far as bragging about a $50 HarborFreight piece of shit, that just ads to the old saying,DEAF,DUMB AND BLIND,
  17. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,553

    from ohio

    I bought a Miller and am waiting on it to arrive

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