Hobart Impact Review
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a beginner the Hobart Impact welding helmet will serve your needs. It’s a fairly basic mask and might leave something to be desired for a professional but it does the one thing you want a hood to do: protect you’re face. It’s one of the most comfortable masks on the market because it uses the same headgear as one of our top rated helmets, the Miller Digital Elite. One thing we really liked about the Hobart Impact is the many different shell designs, from the classic USA themed hood to the insanely bright Agent Orange.This hood is a great choice if you’re looking for comfort and value without all the fancy features of higher priced masks.
- Comfortable headgear
- Decent viewing area
- Different shell graphics available
- Grind mode
- Extra lens covers
- Sensitivity adjustments almost too sensitive
- Sunlight can affect sensors
Comfort is king when you weld for a living. There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day with neck cramps and a headache. The Hobart Impact welding helmet solves that problem with it’s ultra-comfortable ratcheting headgear which conforms to fit all head sizes. The headgear is actually the same as the Miller Digital Elite which is widely considered one of the best hoods in the industry so you know you’re getting quality.
Just as important as comfort, the weight of the helmet should be considered when making a decision. At just 20.3 oz (575g) the Hobart Impact is very reasonable allowing you to weld all day in peace.
Decent viewing area
The viewing area is a bit smaller than some of the others we’ve reviewed but the 7.05 sq. inch lens is more than enough to get the job done.
Different shell graphics available
Hard hat adaptable
If you work in an industrial setting, chances are you’ll need to use a hardhat at least some of the time. The Hobart Impact allows you to adjust the headgear giving you a nice comfortable fit around your hard hat, keeping you safe at all times.
Extra lens covers
Extra stuff is always a nice bonus even if it’s just a few lens covers. That’s one less thing you have to worry about so you can get back to the important tasks.
Sensitivity adjustments almost too sensitive
Because of the analog controls the sensitivity adjustments are a little too sensitive forcing the wearer to first removes their gloves when adjusting. There’s a fine line between getting flashed and having it stay dark after the arc is complete.
Shade not uniform
Some people have noticed dark horizontal bands across the viewing lens make it difficult to see the whole puddle as the shade is 3 levels darker. This can be quite annoying if you’re in a tight spot with little head room. Only a few users have reported this issue so it may just be a bad batch of lenses.
Sunlight can affect sensors
Welding outside can be a bit of an issue. The sensors react to the sunlight leaving it on a higher shade setting making it nearly impossible for you to see when finished the weld. You then need to reset the sensors to continue welding. If you work inside this is a non-issue.
Overall the Hobart Impact and its variants is a solid hood for the money but it’s nothing to write home about. The ultra comfortable headgear is one of its best features which is especially important for a beginner. Choose between several different shell designs so you can pick the one that fits your style or stick with classic black. The Hobart Impact does everything you need a welding helmet to do and would make a great first hood for anyone looking at getting into welding.
Specs and Features
Auto Darkening: Yes
Viewing Field: Width 3.81″ x Height 1.85″
Shade Range: 3, 8 – 13
Reaction Time: .00003 seconds
Weight: 20.3 oz (575g)
Power Source: Replaceable CR2450 lithium battery
Warranty: 2 years