Metal Pipeliner Superglas Welding Helmet Review
The North 110PWE is a reasonably inexpensive welding helmet that is perfect for the hobbyist as well as professional welders, as it combines good value for money with a sturdy design that can be used for just about any welding task. The helmet offers its wearer a lightweight and versatile option, and, although the rubber headgear leaves something to be desired (easily replaced), the mask is generally very comfortable, and is considered one of the better of the cheap welding helmet options on the market today.
The helmet comes with an interchangeable standard-size passive #10 shade lens which can be easily replaced with standard-sized auto-darkening or passive glasses, allowing great versatility. One glaring issue is that the helmet cannot be flipped-up, so if you definitely need a flip-up you should consider a TigerHood Classic which is surprisingly in the same price range.
If you’re looking for a durable, comfortable and inexpensive helmet, then the North 100PWE is among the best choices available.
Weighing in at only 1.6 pounds, the Fiber-Metal Pipeliner is fantastic for those who struggle with heavier helmets. If you weld for many hours at a time, or just prefer the reduced neck pressure, you will definitely benefit from this lighter helmet. The fact that this helmet excels at fitting in tight spots while remaining comfortable make this helmet perfect for any type of welder as the shape helps deflect smoke and sparks effortlessly.
With such a lightweight you might think that the helmet is not sturdy or durable, but let me assure you that this is not the case. This helmet is very structurally sound and very resistant to extreme heat and cold.
Excellent price point
The Fibre-Metal Pipeliner is a superb option for hobbyist and professional welders alike, and while its price tag may seem too right to be true, let me assure you that the quality of this helmet is fantastic and even comparable to some of the much more expensive helmet options.
If you are a community college or technical school student looking to purchase your first helmet, you really can’t go wrong with a welding helmet like the North 110PWE – especially if you’re trying to save money while assuring that your health and well being won’t be compromised.
The Interchangeable Lens Can Be Easily Replaced (And Often Should)
While the helmet comes with a fixed #10 shade passive lens, this is often not enough for most welding jobs. Luckily the glass can be easily replaced, and our research shows that many welders are using a passive gold-shaded lens in its stead, as it gives excellent clarity.
Another option is to replace the lens with an auto-darkening lens, in which case the combination Fiber-Metal Pipeliner with the auto-darkening lens is possibly one of the cheapest and value-for-money auto darkening helmet options on the market today. Popular replacement lenses are:
ArcOne T240-10 Tradesman Auto-Darkening Filter
Forney 57061 Lens Replacement Gold Welding Filter
Sturdy And Compact
The Fiber-Metal Pipeliner is built like a tank while managing to remain very compact, lightweight and comfortable. It’s an excellent option for welding in tight spots, and provides excellent protection from ultraviolet and infrared rays, as well and sparks, smoke and spatter. They really don’t come any sturdier than the North 110PWE.
Rubber Band Head Gear
Some user has reported that the rubber band included with this helmet can be somewhat uncomfortable. While better options are being sold, you should consider that this inexpensive helmet is still a great bang for the buck. While the lack of a ratchet headgear means that it will be impossible to adjust the distance of the lens from your eyes, this will only be a problem if you use very thick glasses, as the North 110PWE offers plenty of room in the nose area and overall the degree of comfort it provides is very high.
The topic of lens shades is usually a heated one, and it seems like many people dislike orange/amber lenses, but ultimately this comes down to personal preference. While some users believe an orange or amber shade will make it easier for the welder to see the arc, other welders find this to be a total turn off. Many welders opt to replace the lens with a standard-sized gold-shade lens, which is very cheap and easy to install.
Not Compatible With A Respirator
If you’re welding toxic substances and need a respirator, this helmet is not the one for you. While it’s excellent at deflecting smoke and sparks, the ratchet headgear leaves little room for a ventilator and, even if you could fit a small one inside, it’s not comfortable at all.
See customer reviews on Amazon.com.
Features and Specifications:
Weight: 1.6 pounds or 25 ounces
Lens: Unpowered, Shade 10 Orange Lens
Viewing Field Size: 2 in @ 4 1/4 in.
Suspension: Rubber Headband
Impervious to moisture, impact resistant, compact design
Compatible with magnification filters (cheater lens) and hard hats (sold separately)
1-year manufacturer warranty
While there are better helmets out there, the North 110PWE offers excellent value for money. The material quality and level of comfort it offers are second to none, and while there are some minor issues with it such as the rubber band headgear and the first passive, orange lens, the North 110PWE offers an excellent option for both hobbyist and professional welders alike.
The combination of a compact, lightweight design, coupled with the standard-sized replaceable lens means this helmet can be used for almost any welding job, will fit in tight spots quickly, and will protect your face from any harmful radiation, heat and spatter that you can throw at it. Overall, I believe this helmet deserves a place in any welding professionals toolbox, as you will quickly realize that you’re using it more often than much more expensive, auto-darkening helmets as it’s just so easy and comfortable to use.
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By cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming and assembling raw metal materials, desired machines and structures are formed. Lathes, boring machines, milling machines, and drilling machines are some common types of metal fabrication tools and equipment.
The metal fabrication process can either be manual or automated. However, after the fourth industrial revolution, metal fabrication process has been highly automated with manufacturers looking to incorporate IoT systems. Increasing adoption of IoT systems is expected to drive the growth of the global metal fabrication equipment market as manufacturers seek to establish harmony between manufacturing and information management systems. (spending – Procurement Market Intelligence Research Report)
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Shenyang Machine Tool
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DMG Mori Seiki
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Read more about the key vendors in the metal fabrication tools and equipment market along with supply market insights, pricing models, procurement challenges, and sourcing insights in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global metal fabrication equipment market.
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