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Your Question What lens should a welding hood have?

For MIG welding, for example, welders would typically need lenses ranging from shade 10 to 13. Such shades tend to filter most radiation light compared to a lens with a lower shade number.

What is the minimum lens shade for welding?

What is the minimum lens shade for welding?

Gas welding: Light 4
Medium 5
Heavy 6
Oxygen cutting: Light 3

How long do auto-darkening welding lenses last?

However, with proper care, most auto-darkening helmets should last you around seven to ten years. This longevity has mostly to do with the sensors, lens, which can be replaced in some helmets, and with the battery.

What shade is best for stick welding?


  • Torch brazing and soldering should be a minimum shade 3.
  • SMAW/Stick welding, depending on the amperage, should be 8-12.
  • GMAW/MIG and GTAW/TIG should be minimum 8-10,
  • carbon arc welding should be minimum 14.

What is the darkest welding lens?

Welding shades:

Market standard shades are 8-13 with 13 being the darkest.

What should I look for in auto darkening welding helmet?

The most important factors to consider when selecting an auto-darkening helmet are safety, comfort, convenience and style. There are a number of general selection considerations that will help welders choose a helmet that best meets their needs, as well as find one that wears comfortably all day on the job.

What shade of lens should be worn when welding with acetylene?

* As a rule of thumb, start with a shade that is too dark to see the weld zone. Then, go to a lighter shade which gives a sufficient view of the weld zone without going below the minimum.

What does the 70 in 7018 mean?

For example, the number 70 in a E7018 electrode indicates that the electrode will produce a weld bead with a minimum tensile strength of 70,000 psi. The third digit represents the welding position(s) for which the electrode can be used.

Is Shade 10 good for welding?

Recommended Filter Lenses for Protection during Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) According to OSHA’s Fact Sheet, MIG welding (GMAW) or flux-cored welding (FCAW) using currents of 60 to 500 amps requires a minimum lens shade level of a DIN number 10.

Is auto-darkening welding helmet safe?

Yes. When used properly, auto-darkening welding helmets are safe, if not safer than passive welding helmets. Auto-darkening helmets do not have to be taken on and off, helping welder’s focus on their projects and reduce the risk of errors and injuries. Welders have a variety of choices when choosing a welding helmet.

Should a welding helmet darken when looking at the sun?

Sun Test

Stand in the sun for a few minutes with the sensors facing the sun. Now, focus on the lens and see if there is any reaction. Reactive lenses will darken, and this is a sure sign of a good helmet.

How often should I change my welding lens?

Typically, you should only need to replace it once a month, though again this will vary from welder to welder. Put simply, the lens should be replaced whenever it incurs damage or when visibility starts to decrease.

What does 1 1 1 1 mean on a welding helmet?

These ratings are usually stamped on welding lenses in the following format: 1/1/1/1. The numbers represent how well the welding lens performed against the 4 criteria points. The points system ranges from 1 to 3, where 1 is the best and 3 is the worst.

What does SMAW stand for?


Acronym Definition
SMAW Shielded Metal Arc Welding
SMAW Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon
SMAW Stick Metal Arc Welding
SMAW Second Marine Aircraft Wing (US Marine Corps)

Can you weld with shade 5 glasses?

Shade Number 5 Welding Glasses. For light work, shade 5 welding glasses are usually sufficient. It should not be used if your work activity involves arcs, such as MIG and TIG. They’re not dark enough to shield your eyes from the very bright light of the arc.

How does an auto darkening welding helmet work?

Auto-darkening helmets, Figure 1, work basically by sensing the light from the arc and electronically activating a liquid crystal filter within the lens to darken to a preselected shade and protect the welders face and eyes from ultraviolet and infrared radiation (UV/IR).

What is the most difficult weld to make?

TIG welding is the hardest form of welding to learn for a variety of reasons. The process of TIG welding is slow and takes time to get used to as a beginner. A TIG welder requires a foot pedal to feed the electrode and control the variable amperage while maintaining a steady hand at the welding torch.

What is a gold welding lens?

Gold coating reflects off harmful infrared rays reducing exposure to your eyes. Light-weight and impact-resistant. Stays cooler than a conventional non-gold filter plate. Fits ALL 2×4-1/4″ welding hoods. Meets ANSI-Z87.1.

What shade filter lens is required for oxy cutting?

For gas welding and oxygen cutting operations, a Shade 3 up to a Shade 8 is required depending on plate thickness. Lower shades are used for tasks like torch brazing and torch soldering.

Can you get flash burn from a cutting torch?

You can receive a flash burn after being exposed to UV light. Sources include: welding torch.

When arc welding one should wear?

1. Always wear protective clothing suitable for welding. Wool or cotton clothing, high top leather shoes, gauntlet gloves, welding apron or leathers, and leggings are recommended. DO NOT wear clothing made of synthetic fibers when welding.

What is the difference between 6013 and 7018?

Higher numbers mean the rod has more coating. A 7018 rod will have more coating, while a 6013 rod will have less.

What does the 8 stand for in 7018?

8 – the ‘8’ indicates that the rod has low hydrogen potassium with iron powder coating and that it can be used with all polarities (DC+, DC-, or AC). The final number, ‘8’ in the case of our E7018 rod, requires more explanation.

What is the difference between 6011 and 6013 welding rod?

The 6013 electrode is best used for light to medium penetration on a thin metal, or sheet metal. The 6011 electrode offers more penetration than the 6013 so you can weld a slightly thicker material.

What does MIG stand for in welding?

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) / Metal Active Gas (MAG) welding refers to a group of arc welding processes that use the heat generated by a DC electric arc to fuse the metal in the joint area. A continuous electrode (the wire) is fed by powered feed rolls (wire feeder) into the weld pool.

Why should shaded lenses be covered with clear plastic lenses?

The clear plastic impact-protection lens is usually one-size-fits-all. It’s simply there to protect the shaded lens from dust, sparks, scratches, and fumes.

Why shouldnt you wear nylon clothing when welding?

Never wear nylon or polyester while welding. If they catch fire you can be burned very badly. Nomex is the best because it won’t burn, but it’s expensive. It will still get holes in it from the sparks but it won’t support a flame.