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Welding Helmets and Accessories for Every Application
Welders Supply Company carries a full line of quality, name-brand auto darkening welding helmets at the most competitive prices anywhere. Our large selection of Miller auto-darkening welding helmets cover the needs (and heads) of both weekend hobbyists and welding professionals. Same goes for the 3M Speedglas, Optrel and Jackson helmets we carry, as well as our affordably priced passive lens helmets. For quality, name-brand welding helmets and welding helmet headgear at the lowest prices online, you can't beat Welders Supply Company.
Welding helmets are one of the most important pieces of protective equipment for welding, protecting a welder’s eyes and skin. Many professional welders still favor a traditional helmet with a glass lens and fixed shade. These traditional, passive lens helmets provide inexpensive protection, but every time you want to examine your welds you have to lift the helmet, then re-position and secure it when you flip it down. It's a quick and simple movement, but multiplied by hundreds of times over the course of a day and it can use up a lot of time and energy.
Auto-darkening helmets not only protect against harmful light emissions, but the helmet’s shade easily changes back and forth between a light and dark state without having to lift or completely remove the helmet. Besides being easier to use, they're comfortable and they come in a wide range of colors and graphics so you can bring a little bit of your personality to work with you.
Passive Shade Helmets vs Auto-darkening Helmets
As you can imagine, the primary difference between passive shade welding helmets and auto-darkening helmets is the lens. With a passive shade helmet, the colored glass doesn’t lighten or darken, while auto-darkening helmets have lenses that automatically darken when you start your torch and then turn clear when you turn off the torch.
There are pros and cons to each type of helmet, which we’ve outlined below. Your own personal experience as a welder, as well as the type of work you do, will determine which type of helmet will work best for you.
Passive Shade Helmets
Lower cost than auto-darkening helmets
Replacement lenses less expensive
Lighter weight than auto-darkening helmets
Doesn't require batteries
Simplicity – No need to adjust sensitivity controls
Inexperienced welders can have bad starts on welds because it’s difficult to see the tip of the torch when starting a weld
The movement of one’s head required to snap the helmet down can cause repetitive stress injury
You’ll need to buy a variety of lenses to be prepared for every welding environment
Three Great Passive Shade Helmet Options:
No need to repeatedly lift or remove your helmet to see your work
Not having to "nod" the helmet into place greatly reduces the chances of repetitive stress injury to the neck
The semi-transparent state provides UV and infrared protection at all times
Some helmets have side windows for better visibility
Significantly more expensive than passive lens helmets and slightly less optically sound
Only fully adjustable shade helmets provide a complete range of tints--too often, you’re limited by the shades offered
Lenses are considerably more fragile than passive lenses
Replacement lenses are considerably more expensive than passive lens glass
Work in hot climates or hot rooms? Check out the Miller Coolbelt Welding Helmet Headgear with Integrated Cooling Fan.
Helmet Accessories - Welders Supply Has Everything You Need
Whether it’s your first welding helmet or your fifth, it’s inevitable you’ll need to replace a lens or a battery holder at some point. You may also want to add a respirator, or find yourself needing a sweatband or strap pad. Welders Supply has virtually every helmet accessory available, and at the lowest possible prices. If you don’t see what you need here, let us know and we’ll do our best to track it down for you.
Helmet Accessories Available at Welders Supply:
- Replacement headgear
- Replacement lenses
- Batteries and battery holders
- Respirators and replacement filters
- Sweatbands and pads
- Helmet bibs
- Ear and Neck protectors
Find Welding Gases and Supplies Near You
Welders Supply Company stores carry a complete selection of industrial and medical gases, welding equipment and supplies for sale in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We sell, rent and exchange refilled gas tanks and cylinders for welders in many cities throughout the region, including Kenosha WI, West Bend WI, DeKalb IL, and Waukegan IL.
Welders Supply Company store locations provide same day gas delivery to: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Rockford, Illinois; Crystal Lake, Illinois; Beloit, Wisconsin; Janesville, Wisconsin; Big Bend, Wisconsin; and Racine County, Wisconsin.