Welding helmets have become a vital necessity to any professional looking to achieve great results while still shielding his body from the hazards of the job. Today's modern helmets have evolved to a point where as far as vision goes it is practically as if viewing the work area with the naked eye while still providing the essential protection. There are a myriad of conditions that can occur if the proper safety gear is not worn in order to guard the eyes, face and neck in particular. Lincoln Electric has consistently represented itself as a leader in welding products and other similar tools, and their Viking line of helmets is top-of-the line across all categories when compared to other lesser helmets on the market.

 

 

So many things can go wrong if a helmet is not worn when welding using an arc welder. There is arc eye which is basically a sunburn to the cornea caused by the ultraviolet rays of a welding source. Retina burns are another ailment of the eye, and then there is undesirable damage to skin which is akin to a very bad sunburn. The Lincoln models all have the best form factor so that the face and neck is well guarded against any of the emissions.

Best Lincoln Welding Helmets

Editor's Rating: 4.5 Stars

  • 3.74 in x 3.34 in Viewing Area
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • $$$

Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 Welding Helmet Quick Review

The best of the best in welding helmets is going to be the 3350 series by Lincoln Electric. These products implement the 4C Lens Technology which is the newest upgrade to autodarkening helmets which looks to rid the viewing area of the lime green that has plagued welders for so long. It is also the best clarity which means that so many industries are opting for the 3350 from general fab, power generation, and even pipeline work. The 1/1/1/1 rating means that it brings superiority in four categories which essentially means that the accuracy of vision is excellent with minimal impurities in the viewing area. It also means that there will be even shade throughout the viewing area no matter what angle it is being looked at through.

The 3350's have a wide-screen with increased battery life. All of this means that the welding can be the focus and that more time will be able to be spent on a project without having to worry about trivialities. The 3350 K3034-3 is the standard black helmet, but there are other exciting designs to suit anyone's taste.

Editor's Rating: 5 Stars

  • 3.82 in x 2.44 in Viewing Area
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • $$

Lincoln Electric VIKING 2450 Welding Helmet Quick Review

The 2450 is a slightly lower priced variation (mid-range) as the top class listed above, but the price difference does not mean that the quality of the protection and usability suffers very much at all. These Lincoln helmets also incorporate the 4C Lens technology outlined above for excellent in all metrics that mean anything in the industry. The pivot-style headgear is an advance over designs with a single-band because it allows a more even weight distribution of the helmet which is often worn for such long periods of time that it can become tiresome and a liability if not attached through the best mechanism.

The only real difference here is going to be the viewing area which is listed at 3.82 x 2.44 inches. That is a little less than the 3350's which sport a 3.74 x 3.34 inch viewable area. Either option has seen excellent customer feedback and would be the helmet for any welder looking to work with ease.

Editor's Rating: 4 Stars

  • 3.78 in x 1.85 in Viewing Area
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • $$

Lincoln Electric VIKING 1840 Welding Helmet Quick Review

The 1840 series of welding helmets is the next level down as far as price, but they still include the industry-leading 4C Lens Technology for the same clarity and real color view as the higher priced teammates. All of the models mentioned so far offer the same lens switching speed of 1/25,000th of a second which is definitely perfect for everyone from the casual welder to the professional who has to have the helmet on all day long and could experience some discomfort if it is rated at a lesser switching speed. The other primary difference is that the 1840 has a variable shade control range of 9 - 13 while the two higher priced models come are equipped with a 5 - 13 range.

Lincoln Electric helmets almost universally include 4 arc sensors so that the lens is certain to darken at the appropriate time no matter what position or angle the welder is having to work from. The viewable area is once again a slight notch smaller at 3.78 x 1.85 inches, but otherwise it still has all of the great qualities that keep Lincoln Electric a Fortune 1000 company pulling in the billions in sales and revenue.

4. Lincoln K3282-1 Viking Auto Darkening Welding Helmet 1740 Lincoln K3282-1 Viking Auto Darkening Welding Helmet 1740 Series Review

Editor's Rating: 4 Stars

  • 3.78in x 1.67in Viewing Area
  • $

Lincoln K3282-1 Viking Auto Darkening Welding Helmet 1740 Quick Review

This helmet is the economy model which will save a chunk out of the wallet, but the price in clarity could be a concern since the 1740 series does not have the same 4C Lens technology. It is lightweight with the same great variable shade range, sensitivity and control that these products have come to be known for. The warranty is only 2 years rather than 3 years which is what the other products in this review carry. Overall, it is great for entry-level technicians who need the protection and the 1740 series is also great for anyone needing to combine it with a hard hat and/or magnifying cheating lenses in order to get a detailed close-up view of the work area.

John C. Lincoln can certainly be proud of the company that he started with $200 and a dream to make electric motors that he had designed. From the year 1895 to the current 2017 Lincoln Electric has continued to deliver great things from its base in Euclid, Ohio. Any serious welder will want to consider purchasing something from one of these four great helmet series for no-worry welding.

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