View Full Version : Mag lens for big window
05-16-2008, 11:23 PM
Are any availble for larger vewing area lenses?
05-17-2008, 09:33 AM
I have only seen one size of cheater lens for better near vision in welding helmet. A proper designed cheater lens holder for big windows allows you to slide it up or down so you can look through cheater at top, bottom, or middle of big window. To have magnification over whole area of big window the lens would have to be Fresnel design which isn't a good solution because of lines. Contact lens or reading glasses also work over full big window.
I use reading glasses and cheater lenses at same time as my eyes are that bad that I need corrections with helmet up.
05-17-2008, 08:49 PM
I have seen soft cheaters-- the type that are made of a soft plastic, and adhere when moistened, like window tinting. Won't get the whole lens area, but will work with any lens.
05-18-2008, 07:16 PM
If you have astigmatism the cheater won't replace your glasses, but you can use a cheater lens fastened in your hood with your glasses on under the hood and every thing is groovy. My welds were horrible because I couldn't see worth a hoot up close trying to crank my head up to see thru the lower 1/2 of my progressive lenses. I put a +2.00 cheater in my Jackson AD and now can look through the center section of my glasses and relax. I added a 500w cheapo shoplight to illuminate the work and I was a new man. Now my welds are just miserable, but that is a long way up from horrible pigeon poop.
05-19-2008, 01:19 PM
I don't like using a cheater unless Im welding really really small stuff...but my 4x5 has a clip that holds a 2x4 cheater...check your shield and see if yours does!
05-25-2008, 09:49 AM
Like Roger, I've never seen but one size cheater lens. Progressive bifocals and a big lens hood allows me to weld without a cheater. Overhead is the only place that is a problem and positioning myself solves a lot of that. I'm going to build a new carport in the next few days and I'll be working on a ladder. I'll put a cheater in one of my regular hoods and use it where I can't get in position for my bifocals to work.