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Title: Welding respirators

Franzę - March 3, 2006 07:13 AM (GMT)
Here is some good information for the non suicidal

arcdawg - March 3, 2006 04:52 PM (GMT)
you know that I pondered buying one of those fresh air systems but now a days im only welding about 5 hours a week and have good ventalation at the shop...if I was welding 40 hours a week though I would consider one of them without a doubt

too bad they are $800.00


nate - April 23, 2006 11:13 PM (GMT)

JT Metalworks - April 23, 2006 11:32 PM (GMT)
Hey, you can turn the caps lock off too. ;)


Sanctifier - May 31, 2007 06:19 PM (GMT)
Sorry to have to revive an old post but I need some advice please.
Franz can you (or anyone else) comment on this supply-air welding helmet?

It's the Breathe-Cool II Supplied air auto darkening welding helmet from Turbine Products.
Here's the link -->

At $350 it's a lot less expensive than the "pro" units for occassional hobby use...
but I don't want to blow my $$$ on a dud.

Are there any alternative supply-air welding helmets in that price range?


Franzę - June 1, 2007 01:49 AM (GMT)
Having read 8 pages of HUSTLE in PDF format, purporting to be a product description from this manufacturer, I find him long on bullshyt and short on information I'd want before I paid $300- ++.

The sales crap is reminiscent of the hustle from Eaton air compressors and another bozo who was hawking plans for a build it yourself sandblaster for only $9.95 that included membership in a secret Yahoo club.

My general experience tells me that merchants like this stick you with a hunk of crap.

Lets start with the so called 1hp blower. There is no damn reason in hell you need 1hp to suply a hood, beyond the fact this merchant is stuck with half a container of Chink blowers that he can't peddle any more of for HVLP equipment.
Then, lets look at the ocnvenient speed control. Can you smell the litterbox yet?

Having worn a bit of safety equipment in my life, one thing I'm real sure of is that it generally won't be used unless it's both comfortable and effective. This guy doesn't even offer a single word in all his verboscity that begins to tell me how the hose attaches to the hood, and does the air come down from the top of your head or up from the bottom. That makes a hell of a difference to the guy wearing it.

There is also the little matter of no NIOSH submission. Gee, sure looks like he got busted for that by the Feds, and signed a concent agreement. Seems like there has to be one of two reasons he didn't submit too, either his crap won't meet standards, or he can't afford to pay the NIOSH testing costs.

I sure wouldn't send the guy any $$$ up front, but if he wants to ship me one for my evaluation, he's free to. I'd love to get a close look at the lawnmower "filter" he wants me to breathe air thru.

I think I can build a far superior suplied air helmet for a weekend weldor for about 1/3 of the money, not including the hood itself.

Sanctifier - June 1, 2007 01:56 AM (GMT)
Thanks a lot for the VERY quick reply.
I'll definately take what you said into consideration.
I'll call him tomorow with a LOT more questions.

BTW do you know of any alternatives in this price range?

Franzę - June 1, 2007 02:11 AM (GMT)
I'd start by asking him where he has a parts breakdown and exploded view of all the system posted, or can he email same.

Direct alternitive at the price point probably doesn't exist as the market is fairly small in my estimation.

I've been kicking the idea around for a while, more for sweat reduction in summer and fogging reduction in winter, and frankly, unless you're really producing smoke in an unvented tank environment, I can't see a single reason sufficient venting can't be accomplished with a few PVC fittings and a small computer fan available in the surplus market for a few bucks, along with a battery pack.

While it really doesn't rise to the level of what this guy is hawking, it would do a sufficient job merely by providing sufficient air in front of your face to dilute any contamination. It would also provide a positive pressure behind the hood, thereby minimizing sucking fumes up into the hood.

Hey, what the hell, I'm the guy who gets called in to build machines and equipment, why would I buy something premade? If my idea works, Harbour Flotsum will be manufacturing it in Chink Prisons inside of 9 months.

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