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« on: July 29, 2015, 10:13:06 pm »

There have been favorite tool threads before, but the ones I found were rather old so I started a new one.
I have a new favorite tool.  As you know I do a lot of welding.  I have used a auto darkening helmet from the very start.  I have gone through a few of them over the years.  My current helmet died and I needed a new one.  In the past I have opted for the cheapest ones, but this time I spent a little more.  Just got a Lincoln Viking 3350 helmet.  It is FANTASTIC. 

The big thing about it is the BIG window.  All of the others I have had and until now seen have a relatively small window.  The 3350 has a very BIG window that is self darkening.  It is adjustable from a shade 3.5 to 13.  Because of the large window and the shade range I will not only replace my welding helmet, but my brazing face shield (3.5) and my plasma cutting face shield (7).  Still need a separate clear face shield, since 3.5 is too dark for me for grinding.

The head gear is also the most comfortable of any I have ever used.

I am a Miller fan when it comes to welders, but now a big Lincoln fan too.



Here is a link to the Lincoln website http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/equipment/welding-gear/helmets/Pages/viking-3350.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 10:24:38 pm »

Am I the only one who sees a potential Steam mod coming out of this?

I'm not a welder, but I love the lines.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 10:49:57 pm »

I agree- I got one of these recently, and tried it out the other day after modding my cheap tig set to have a foot pedal. It's brilliant! Literally- I can see what I'm doing at last in my dark work cave.
Still not sure if it's my favourite though- I do like the tig very much, particularly with extra pedalness, but also the sheer awesomeness of the plasma cutter...mmm.

I do however, do a lot on my little lathe. It's a close run thing.

Ah, tools...

Don't make me choose between them! Grin

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 11:12:43 pm »

Ah, tools...

Don't make me choose between them! Grin

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2015, 11:38:32 pm »

Does this count?
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I just inherited a mig welder and a cheap auto-mask... no gas, but still better than a stick. I cannot wait to try it out.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2015, 11:43:59 pm »

I've been thinking of taking up welding myself. (I'll soon be able to buy a small Lincoln MIG kit with just my Canadian Tire points. Smiley)

Maets, is there room under that mask for a pair of spectacles?
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2015, 12:00:15 am »

Does this count?
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I just inherited a mig welder and a cheap auto-mask... no gas, but still better than a stick. I cannot wait to try it out.


I have a flux core unit I use for outdoor installation, but working with the gas is so much nicer.  Some units can be converted to gas.  I recommend using straight C02 for steel.  Cheaper and better penetration than using an Argon mix.
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 12:01:54 am »

I've been thinking of taking up welding myself. (I'll soon be able to buy a small Lincoln MIG kit with just my Canadian Tire points. Smiley)

Maets, is there room under that mask for a pair of spectacles?

These is room not only for my glasses, but for my respirator. A number of the helmets out there won't fit over the respirator so I took it with when looking for a new helmet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 12:05:41 am »

My favourite tools are my small and large GMC versions of a Dremel. As I usually work on small stuff (wood now or electronics in the past) I don't need a welder, but I do have an angle grinder on my wish list! I probably need new bits for my soldering irons, too.
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2015, 12:17:21 am »

Yeah a decent mask makes a huge difference in welding, and happily large sized auto lenses seem to be getting a lot cheaper these days.

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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2015, 12:35:55 am »

I'm going with my Dremel (which a more industrially-active colleague terms a 'special-needs router') as my favourite.

I'm only doing small stuff, but I rather suspect there may be a proper drill press in my future.
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2015, 02:54:57 am »

I have a drill press - I bought it at a charity garage sale for $5! All I need now a the proper workbench so it can be securely screwed down. I will wait until I have made my big OS move, though!
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2015, 06:09:36 pm »

My Blacksmiths Hammer i think, My father handeld it over to med long time ago.
Thinks such items are more or less timelss, that model i use hawe not changed much in design over at least 200 years i think.

I hawe an old hand forged Anvil (guess, apr. about 100-120 Lbs (50-60 Kg) or so )somewhere in my workshop, i am not using it much but i realy love it.


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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2015, 06:21:15 pm »

HAS to be the "Hammer Corner" all the way from "'Lil ol Toffee", all the way up to "Gurt Mashie" - the all have their own uses (and stories as to how I came by them, and what has been fettled - or yet to be fettled!)
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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2015, 10:53:16 pm »

My new sewing machine.   It actually does all the things it is supposed to do.
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2015, 11:24:14 pm »

I don't weld.  Only soft solder, but I do larger items, so I'd have to say my propane pencil torch, simple a tool as it is.
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2015, 01:58:48 am »

Don't have the small soldering iron any more, but will have to get new bits for the bigger one - when I can find it! Only the GMCs will be coming with me when I move, so a friend of mine gets a bargain box of electric tools! I am, however, keeping the drill press. Grin
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2015, 08:52:41 am »

My lathe, definitely. It's a 1934-built long-bed 9" swing Southbend, given to me by a friend-of-a-friend as more-or-less scrap metal about 25 years ago; refurbished, it performs just about as well as any more modern machine. I've used it for everything from 4mm scale modelmaking to turning lidded soapstone boxes to, once, reducing the outer diameter on both ends of 15ft lengths of 2.5 inch ABS pipe (using a specially-made wooden steady mounted on the bench 8ft past where the tailstock would have been......)

There's an odd little story that goes along with the lathe. The drive from countershaft to headstock is by flat leather belt, which was joined together with some twisted bits of copper wire which didn't look too secure. Back in the days when flat leather belts were in common use, proper steel belt joiners were manufactured, but, I thought to myself, where would I ever find such things nowadays? Rarer than hen's teeth, I would think. A week or so later I was at the local landfill (I was living on an island off the British Columbia coast, and garbage disposal was very much a do-it-yourself affair), when I looked down - and there, at my feet, was a box of steel joiners for flat leather machine belts that someone had thrown out......

Now, what would be the mathematical probability of someone living on a small island deciding to dispose of such a rare, specialist item, right where and when I would find it and right at the time I needed it? Synchronicity? Serendipity? Magic? Destiny? or "mere coincidence", as our pseudoskeptic friends would say? Whatever, it worked for me.

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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2015, 08:28:35 am »

I don't know about favorite. . . but the most used are my needle nose pliers and sewing machine. It's either a really good day, or a really bad day, when have to use both on the same project though.
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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2020, 11:55:45 am »

Being a safety conscious person I always been concerned about my safety measures and equipment while working in my welding yard. Most important welding safety tool I consider is helmet. It saves you as a God on your head. In many years I tried no. of helmets but miller welding helmet inspired me the most. Now I use it myself as well suggest to my coworkers and friends.
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