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Old 05-10-2010, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welding Sunglasses

Any recomendations for sunglasses with a high enough shade rating for welding?

I need to carry something in the rig for use with my onboard welder but dont want to pack a mask.

The highest rating I can find is 5.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a good reason for that. Even minimal exposure to an arc weld will burn the piss out of your face. Go to Tractor Supply and buy a $14 fixed shade hood. Your face will thank you. PS you need a minimum of a shade 11.

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Old 05-10-2010, 11:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get some torch goggles with the flip up lens and put a shade 10 in them. OR a leather/soft welding hood. Dont be a dumbass
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah dude, trust me, you DO NOT want to weld with shade 10 glasses on, your face will feel like a baked ham, and don't dare smile, or your cheeks will frickin split open. Seriously, cheapo Jackson hood from TSC or where'er.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Curious why welding with #10 sunglasses on would be worse than a short-sleeve shirt?

Not recommending it, but it seems like since my face and arms burn about the same time, and it takes a couple hours of welding for my arms to burn, I'd be okay for a trail repair with just eye protection.

I have stick electrodes and a shitty mask that came with my old 110v buzz-box in my trail toolbox. The mask is flat with a handle on he bottom, sits on the bottom of an Action Packer with shit piled on top of it, takes up almost no room.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i have used the leather hood and the flip up burning goggles to get into tight spaces a hood just will not fit.

Then again I have welded in just a tee shirt a few times not for hours on end but just something quick .

Some people burn a lot quicker then others .

My only worry is out on the trail you just might find yourself on your back welding overhead nothing worse then slag dripping on your unprotected face
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Let us know how it turns out.........

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Old 05-11-2010, 08:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah but how often are you welding anything of any duration for a trail repair with a Ready Welder?

I'd rather see someone using some 10 sunglasses vs. not carrying a bulky hood on the trail and having nothing to protect their eyes, and just pointing welding with their eyes closed looking the other direction.

Yes we all no the dangers of even limited exposure to an arc. No need to be Captain Safety Ranger here.

I think the question is valid. Maybe carry some heavy shades and a tube of 70SPF???
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Not trying to be capitan safety, just captain common sense. Your face will be the most exposed part of your body. It will be straight on exposure. If you burn one rod with your face exposed you will get burnt. Its not fun. At the least get a flat hand held face shield. You still need to see what you are welding, and more often than not a trail repair is out of position, which equals out to a more difficult weld. If I went to the trouble of having a welder, I would go the extra step and have a hood to go with it.
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This guy has the right idea.

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:58 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A couple bandanas and a shade 10 welding goggle should get you thru a field fix.. Wouldn't want to build a buggy that way but for the limited amount of welding usually involved in a trail repair, it works fine.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I use an old wool navy watch cap, along with shade 10 flip-up goggles for very tight TIG welding. It would work fine for short periods of trail "MIG" work.
The watch cap covers the whole head and most of the face--just an opening for nose and eyes, so gives good UV protection.
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I think the bandanas with a decent shade glass would be sufficient. Honestly, any pair of safety rated sunglasses that offers proper UV protection will protect your eyes from any permanent damage, you just may have a lot of trouble comfortably looking at the arc. So, in theory, if you had a decent shade of sunglass and a cheapie UV rated mask, you wouldn't burn or cause any serious damage to your skin or eyes. But at this point you might as well just pick up the shitty 3in. deep fixed shade hood.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I weld everyday and this is the best hood I have used so far. Four years of daily use so far with no issues. I just replaced it with the same hood cause I wanted a fancy paint job. It is light and comfortable. Also it would be easy to carry in your rig cause it is tough as nails.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/welding...n-lens-3851515
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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...your face will feel like a baked ham, and don't dare smile, or your cheeks will frickin split open...
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:52 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Any of the "pancake welding hoods" would fit the bill near indestructible and without the side shield quite compact.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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You drug up a 4 year old post to reply with that?? :wtf:
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Once upon a time I wore three pairs of sunglasses stacked to fix a trailer that had to be fixed right then and there.

I looked like i was on jersey shore
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Tillman 5000 Side Split Cowhide Leather Welding Helmet - Leather Welding Hood - Amazon.com

Leather hood complete with goggles; safe, packable and can be had a bit cheaper if you shop around.
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You drug up a 4 year old post to reply with that?? :wtf:
I've been there. You're searching the PBB for the best ham recipe and you forget your searching. All the threads run together. Then there is a 4 year old thread on the first page(less than 12hr in GCC) and you reply. FUCK! 4 year old thread not even about ham or bacon. FML!
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REALY? welding sun glasses!Get real, just use an hood /leather hood. Been welding 50+ yrs. There is no replacing your eyes!
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Once upon a time I wore three pairs of sunglasses stacked to fix a trailer that had to be fixed right then and there.

I looked like i was on jersey shore

Everyone needs to do this at least once. LOL
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