North 110PWE Fibre-Metal Pipeliner Superglas Welding Helmet Review
The helmet comes with an interchangeable standard-size passive #10 shade lens which can be easily replaced with standard-sized auto-darkening or passive lenses, 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 simply 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 light weight 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 an excellent option for hobbyist and professional welders alike, and while its price tag may seem too good 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 lens 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 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:
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 good 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 have reported that the rubber band included with this helmet can be somewhat uncomfortable. While there are better options being sold, you should consider that this inexpensive helmet is still a great bang for the buck. While the lack of a ratchet head gear 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 offers 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 respirator and, even if you could fit a small one inside, it’s not comfortable at all.
- Weight: 1.6 pounds or 25 ounces
- Lens: Unpowered, Shade 10 Orange Lens
- Viewing Field Size: 2 in @ 4 1/4 in.
- Material: Fiberglass
- 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 is second to none, and while there are some minor issues with it such as the rubber band headgear and the initial 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 easily, 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 then much more expensive, auto-darkening helmets as it’s just so easy and comfortable to use.