11 December 2013

jackson truesight w60 review

Yesterday I was tig welding some sheetmetal,
and realized I couldn't see clearly.
It was outside and the sun was behind me,
and it was a weird almost overhead position.
Jackson Truesight w60 welding helmet

After getting a shade hooked up,
I realized the more obvious problem.
The welding hood lens was toast!
After every dirty job,
I planned on changing it up,
and that was about 4 projects ago.
Time for a tune-up,
and a good opportunity for a review of this awesome beast.
This blog gets alot of hits from people searching this hood.
tune-up kit

I've had this helmet for about a year and a half,
and love it.
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At first I babied the almost $300 tool,
using it for welding only.
This is only half table-welding,
the majority of the stuff is underneath cars, tight spots, outside,
you name it.
One of the reasons I chose this one is the hood is really small,
and will fit in places the larger hoods could never reach. (see old posts!)
I had a concern that the plastic was unusually soft,
but this has been a benefit as it can conform to a wedged location,
not to mention the times its been dropped or the carry bag was on the bottom!

Now it's on for torch cutting and grinding.
This may be the reason the lens gets so wasted,
as it also becomes a protective shield from smoke and flying debris.
Jackson TrueSight w60 welding helmet-inside

Here is one of the reasons the helmet is so versatile.
The buttons are idiot proof.
Even with light-duty gloves it's possible to push the buttons,
and there are lights that notify which darkness position is on.
I've been trained now to know not to weld if there is a green light visible!
Basically it's possible to switch modes without removing the hood.
So easy.
While others may have more features,
this one is consolidated to what I actually need.
There are 4 sensors,
and the only real issue I've had is adjusting the sensitivity for outside or sunny days.
brains behind the w60

After over 1-1/2 years of moderate use,
I can't believe these are the original AAA batteries.
There is a battery life gauge and it's about half-down,
but I haven't noticed any significant changes in performance.
jackson truesight wh60 welding helmet

Last month a friend was searching for a helmet.
Of course I pushed this one,
but we went to the local welding shop to check other models out.
I was surprised they no longer carried this model on display.
It was at their warehouse,
but they pushed the new Lincoln and the old Miller Digital Elite.
The Lincoln had a great large window,
but the controls were designed by office engineers not welders.
Same with the miller.
They also had very intricate headgear that looked like it would last about a month.
Aaron was on the fence until he observed me working on a HD project,
and the amount of changes from grinding to torching to stick welding were seamless,
making the work that much quicker.
I was stoked when he ordered the TrueSight online,
as I wouldn't have to hear any complaints about the other helmet!

The only badly designed aspect of the helmet is the flat front,
which made it too easy to scratch the lens cover.
if you remember I had a quick and simple fix.
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I'm not sure why they designed it that way.
The other negative are the special w60 only plastic lenses.
I get them online and its good to have a couple reserves.

Other than that,
if you're in the market for a quality auto-darkening welding hood,
you won't be disappointed.
And no,
I don't get paid or sponsored by these guys!


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