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    Been mig welding for work so I figured I'd start a thread here. We are supplied with Tillman 1350 gauntlet type gloves and I'm tired of them. After about a week they loosen up and my left hand ends up burned to shit. We weld through rust, oil, paint, road salt, bird shit, zero metal prep cos ain't nobody got time fo dat. The spatter flies.

    so what's a better option to check out for gloves?

    feel free to post up other welding stuff you like, helmets, consumables, p.p.e., whatever.
    Big Labia Matter

    #2
    Originally posted by ConwayMuddy View Post
    Been mig welding for work so I figured I'd start a thread here. We are supplied with Tillman 1350 gauntlet type gloves and I'm tired of them. After about a week they loosen up and my left hand ends up burned to shit. We weld through rust, oil, paint, road salt, bird shit, zero metal prep cos ain't nobody got time fo dat. The spatter flies.

    so what's a better option to check out for gloves?

    feel free to post up other welding stuff you like, helmets, consumables, p.p.e., whatever.
    Those are the gloves we are supplied with when we TIG weld, and they develop holes/split at the seams within a week lol. I can't imagine using them to MIG with.

    For MIG (flux core really), we are supplied with something similar to the Tillman 1080. They aren't very comfortable IMO, but I can usually get about a month out of a pair, if they don't smell like a jock strap from all the sweat before then.

    I'm personally still on a search for a good, semi-light pair to use here at the house, where I am only welding once every couple of weeks or so.

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      #3
      We like the Tillman 35L for light mig work. As mentioned, the ones you're getting are tig gloves.

      Also, I'll tell you what I tell my guys and what my first welding instructor said:

      "These ain't oven mitts."

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        #4
        Originally posted by jamscal
        We like the Tillman 35L for light mig work. As mentioned, the ones you're getting are tig gloves.

        Also, I'll tell you what I tell my guys and what my first welding instructor said:

        "These ain't oven mitts."
        The upper leather part of the gloves seem to make a wonderful funnel for spatter. We have various miller 3xx's running as fast and hot as they can. Best part is we weld from 13 gauge up to about 1/8th inch steel. Stuff stays hot for a good while, so I know what you mean when you say they arent oven mitts. Had a glove start to deform from heat running long beads.
        Big Labia Matter

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          #5
          1350s are only good for light mig in short bursts, they are better for tig.
          I assume that since you are welding dirty that you are burning flux core or outershield?
          I use Tillman 750,850 or 855s for stick and mig, they fit me good and last quite a while.
          Any leather glove will shrink up if you put enough heat into it for long enough.
          For long runs I either wear an old foundry glove on my off hand or a sleeve over my glove and jacket sleeve that I made by cutting a piece out of an old welding blanket, doubled over and stapled. It slides nicely on the steel for those long runs and helps with hot spots in the glove.

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            #6
            Originally posted by CJ-Mech View Post
            1350s are only good for light mig in short bursts, they are better for tig.
            I assume that since you are welding dirty that you are burning flux core or outershield?
            I use Tillman 750,850 or 855s for stick and mig, they fit me good and last quite a while.
            Any leather glove will shrink up if you put enough heat into it for long enough.
            For long runs I either wear an old foundry glove on my off hand or a sleeve over my glove and jacket sleeve that I made by cutting a piece out of an old welding blanket, doubled over and stapled. It slides nicely on the steel for those long runs and helps with hot spots in the glove.

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            I have a couple pairs of the Tilman 750 for MIG that I like. They aren't the strongest ever, but the price is decent, they hold up alright, and are soft and dexterous.

            And yes, welding super hot will deform anything. If i were welding really hot all the time I'd probably be using my Tig Finger XL on my pointer and index or one of the other variants that are sold now. They work really well, and like you did it's not hard to make your own that works for your specific situation.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Dr.Danger View Post

              I have a couple pairs of the Tilman 750 for MIG that I like. They aren't the strongest ever, but the price is decent, they hold up alright, and are soft and dexterous.

              And yes, welding super hot will deform anything. If i were welding really hot all the time I'd probably be using my Tig Finger XL on my pointer and index or one of the other variants that are sold now. They work really well, and like you did it's not hard to make your own that works for your specific situation.
              Yeah . I prefer the 850s but use the 750s if I cant get them at the time.
              I usually burn them up before they develop holes or stitching comes apart.
              I have a tendency to burn up the back of the glove and gauntlet from using my left arm for propping then I cant get my hand in them anymore

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                #8
                Got any recommendations for an auto darkening helmet? I've never owned one and have been using the same beat up flip helmet for years. I'm thinking my welds might improve if I could actually see something.

                I'll be using it for occasional mig welding, and expect to buy a tig setup in a year or so. The under $40 no-name helmets on Amazon seem like a bad idea, but I can't really justify a $400+ Speedglas either. Something in the $100-$175 range seems reasonable.

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                  #9
                  Blue I use the miller auto dark. I love it.
                  battery life is awesome. All the features that you’ll ever want and the replacement consumables will be on the shelf at your local welding store.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Blueleader View Post
                    Got any recommendations for an auto darkening helmet? I've never owned one and have been using the same beat up flip helmet for years. I'm thinking my welds might improve if I could actually see something.

                    I'll be using it for occasional mig welding, and expect to buy a tig setup in a year or so. The under $40 no-name helmets on Amazon seem like a bad idea, but I can't really justify a $400+ Speedglas either. Something in the $100-$175 range seems reasonable.
                    Yes, stay away from the cheapies, they are not worth the money.
                    Take a look at the Welders supply websites , they will have a good selection of hoods in all price ranges.
                    You could put an Arc-one fixed shade auto cartridge in your current helmet for under $100. I run one in a Sarge's pancake with a 1.5 diopter, it works really well for me and if it dies or gets damaged, i just swap in a standard filter plate and get back to work.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by CJ-Mech
                      I assume that since you are welding dirty that you are burning flux core or outershield?

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                      We run 045 copper coated carbon steel with 75/25 mix
                      Big Labia Matter

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by P10crew
                        Blue I use the miller auto dark. I love it.
                        battery life is awesome. All the features that you’ll ever want and the replacement consumables will be on the shelf at your local welding store.
                        partner has a miller, display died after about a year. I'll look Tuesday to see what I have. Multiple options for whatever you're doing, I just leave it on mig if I have to use the plasma.

                        The friend that taught me to weld picked up a Hobart, he does tig for a living. Apparently it wont always shade at the same speed, or will unexpectedly stop while hes welding. Hes tried messing with settings and functions and said nothing helps.
                        Big Labia Matter

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                          #13
                          I have pretty much given up on gloves for mig welding. I don't weld all day every day, but I do weld often.

                          Just teach yourself to not touch the hot metal.


                          For an auto darkening helmet, I really wanted to buy a Miller digital elite, but couldn't swing the price when I needed a new helmet in a hurry. I ended up with the Vulcan helmet from HF. Very impressive for the money. The lense is blue instead of green. I like it. Normal price is $149 but it is usually on sale for $120

                          You don't have to manually turn it on. It is always ready to go.
                          Every day is better than the next.

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                            #14
                            I've been rocking Miller 263335 gloves for a while...they're by far the most comfortable/flexible I've used but probably aren't heavy enough for the usage you're doing.

                            Also have the Miller Digital Infinity hood...it is definitely on the heavy side, but otherwise nice.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Blueleader View Post
                              Got any recommendations for an auto darkening helmet? I've never owned one and have been using the same beat up flip helmet for years. I'm thinking my welds might improve if I could actually see something.

                              I'll be using it for occasional mig welding, and expect to buy a tig setup in a year or so. The under $40 no-name helmets on Amazon seem like a bad idea, but I can't really justify a $400+ Speedglas either. Something in the $100-$175 range seems reasonable.
                              https://bakersgas.com/collections/ja...lmet-138-46140

                              That’s what I use, and I like it a lot. Jackson’s can be hard on your hair, but I’m balding so I don’t worry about it. I had a Lincoln viking(?) before, and it was a good bit clearer and had a larger field of view. But it got smashed. And I’m not paying that kind of money for something that’s likely to get smashed again.

                              Miller also makes excellent helmets, but I hate their head gear. But that’s a personal preference thing. I have nothing bad to say about them, they just don’t work for me
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