Selecting the best welding helmet for your specific needs can be overwhelming. With so many brands and sources of information, it can often be hard to determine which welding helmet is right for you. In helping to narrow it down, the team at AWS recommend you consider these FIVE important factors when choosing a welding helmet or Welding PAPR:
1. Large Viewing Area: High-Class Optics
Put simply the better you can see, the better you can weld. Look for a welding helmet with a large viewing area and high-class optics that allow you to easily see contours and edges both when welding and setting up. A clearer view of your weld pool allows you to place each electrode with precision – meaning higher quality and an increase in efficiency. The Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet Series offers welders the largest viewing area available with Side Window peripheral vision. Speedglas True-View technology removes the typical ‘green haze’, allowing you to see your welds in high definition.
2. Performance: How Powerful is the Lens?
Contrary to popular belief, it is irrelevant the number of photo-sensors an auto-darkening welding helmet has, provided they consistently detect the welding arc. The question therefore is not how many sensors does the helmet have, but rather how powerful is the lens? The Speedglas 9100XXi and Speedglas 9002NC auto-darkening lenses both offer high quality arc detection and sensitivity, with photo-sensors capable of detecting an arc down to an industry-leading 1 amp.
3. Welding Helmet Comfort
You spend most of your work week under your hood – so why be uncomfortable? A fully adjustable head harness with multiple adjustment points and an even weight distribution make for a tailored fit. A range of additional neck covers, head covers and welding earmuffs are also compatible with the Speedglas 9100 series welding helmets.
4. Welding Helmet Versatility
A welding helmet should be suitable for a range of different situations – because no two jobs are the same. You should consider a welding helmet suited to your specific applications and/or site requirements. Whether you require overhead protection, a flip-front visor for frequent grinding or reliable respiratory protection – you shouldn’t have to compromise by getting a helmet which is only suitable half the time. The Speedglas 9100 welding helmet series features a range of options including helmets with flip-front grinding visors, integrated safety helmets, optional hearing protection and powered air or supplied air respiratory options.
5. The SPEEDGLAS Brand & AWS Support
Other helmets may look like a Speedglas…but they’re not a Speedglas! Over 30 years ago, Speedglas released the first ever auto-darkening welding helmet. With its exclusive technology, Speedglas has been the benchmark for welding safety equipment ever since. AWS has been the sole agent for the 3M Speedglas brand in Australia and New Zealand for the last 24 years giving the brand first-class support in the field. With technical specialists in every region of ANZ and a dedicated internal support team, there isn’t a Speedglas question we can’t answer. Try our Welding Helmet Selector Tool to narrow down which welding helmet model might be the best fit for your needs.