Hands Free Welding Helmets and Other New & Unique Items
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Accu-Strike Hands Free Chin Operated Welding Helmet 

A better alternative to Light Activated  - Auto Dark helmets

Dark before the arc not after


Time tested Hands Free helmets will save you time and money, and do more for you than any other helmet available. 
Over 100,000 helmets sold!
Here is what the Accu-Strike helmet will do for you.
  • Leaves both hands FREE to work with
  • Doubles as a grinding shield
  • Lets you view through a BIG 100% CLEAR safety lens (Not shaded like light activated lens)
  • Does not need to be warmed up to operate in cold weather
  • Comfortable and easy to operate. Becomes addicting after using it a few times
  • Reduces side flash problems - Great for team welding
  • Great for jobs in tight quarters or high places
  • Saves you time and money
  • Eliminates neck fatigue
  • You will precisely hit your weld every time. Just a peak is all that is necessary to see the next weld location.
  • Increases your welding speed and accuracy
  • Gives you peace of mind knowing the lens is dark before the arc; not a fraction of a second later.
  • EXCELLENT EYE PROTECTION AFTER ALL THAT IS THE REASON YOU WEAR A WELDING HELMET. It's not a convenience it's a necessity just as the very eyes you're protecting. It is often said you never miss some things until they are gone. Years of welding with improper welding eye protection can loose you in varying conditions the most precious gift of vision so why not protect it. After many hours and many years the Accu-Strike Helmet has proven the most durable and protective in the harshest of industrial conditions. While safety of the user being the first priority it's "hands free" performance has set production records and enhanced profitability while day end comfort of user is unsurpassed. Most common quotes from industry are "you can't beat production or convenience". Over a decade proves our safety while time has not proven competitive light activated lenses whose long-term consequences are unknown! Not only is the Accu-Strike dark before the arc is struck it also gives you a clear lens to view through when positioning parts or grinding. Guaranteed long term eye protection with more features then any helmet, all at a price not much more then conventional helmets.
    As one welder so eloquently put it: This helmet cuts down on the cussing.

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    Here's what others have to say: 



    Do you currently have any distributors of your product in Alberta? I recently tried one of your accu-strike helmets from a friend at work that relocated from Texas. I immediately preferred it to my Miller Elite helmet which I contacted you about earlier on Ebay. I went to your webpage today and promptly ordered one with a hardhat. Can you send me as much info as possible regarding distributor prices etc.. I live in the heart of the Alberta oil patch and I know these will be a big seller up here. I can't tell you how many people have changed back from their self darkening helmets, especially outside when it is cold and sunny, to the simple flip front welding helmet. Well, at least the $450 I spent on the Miller helmet was 100% tax write off   : )


    Sexton Welding Company, Inc.
    PHONE (606)325-2121 * (606)325-0677

    Re:   Chin-Lift Helmet

    Dear Sirs,

    After using your helmet for two months, we are completely satisfied with it and expect to equip more of our men with it very soon.

    As we are a heavy industrial job shop (our customers are steel mills, chemical plants and mining machinery outfits) we have tried the electronic lenses, and found them to fragile and expensive for our environments, and we and our worker's comp carrier felt the electronic lenses posed a liability problem by allowing that initial arc flash, particularly when doing repetitive tacking on large weldments.  In Kentucky, workers have gotten large awards on claims with much less merit.

    Please let us know if there are any suppliers in our area, on the chance we may already be dealing with them for other items.


    Sexton Welding Company, Inc.
    Douglas S. Crawford

    It has been a while since I ordered your mask, but I had to give it a while and just last weekend found myself using
    your mask exclusively.
    Occasionally (when more than 1 of us is welding) i put on my old mask - but when solo it's all your mask.
    One thing missing from your site and it is the main reason I purchased your mask is that inverter TIG welding does not put
    off enough light to kick-off my auto-darkening mask - so I got buzzed a few times; and My sensitivity is cranked all the way to max.
    I just think it might be important to mention for other people out there using TIG.

    Trever Lee

    Life-Time Gate Co.
    18155 S.W. TETON AVE.* TUALATIN, OREGON 97062
    PHONE (503)692-3020 * FAX (503)692-1723

    Dear Mr. Sirs;

    We manufacture tubular steel farm gates.  While these products are quite large, they actually are built with many small welds.  Flipping up the visor on a standard helmet becomes very tedious and time-consuming.

    In an effort to save time, we tried a few of your helmets.  They were a success.  After a little practice, the welders became proficient opening the lens with their chin.

    As we hoped, productivity increased.  Since then, we have purchased many more of your helmets.  And now, all our 12 welders use them.


    Randy Hare

    Hello,  Sorry for the delay in getting back with you, but I just now checked my E-mail. I wondered what happened ,figured it was a shipping snafu. I will ship the 2 ''flip up thingys" back to you Monday. Don't worry about the shipping, shit happens, I know how it is. Thank you for the great service and the wonderful helmets you build. I found out about you from a guy named Chuck Holloway, of Holloway welding. I've known Chuck for years and , was on a job with him a couple years ago when I noticed his 'peculiar' hood. When I asked him about it, he showed me how it worked and said it was the only one he uses. He then said I should run as fast as I could to the computer and buy at least one, or two. He told me if I did not fall in love with it, that he'd buy it from me. Well, guess what, I didn't sell it to him. I have 2 or3 of them and they have changed the way I weld! I will never own anything but an Accu-strike hood again. Sorry for the long winded response, but wanted to let you know how much I love your product and service. Again, I will ship those out to you Monday.
    Thank you.
    Woodrow Deskins

    Shade tree mechanic

    Not being a professional welder I need all the help I can get. The Accu-Strike is a great help to the shaky handed hobby welder! No more sticks stuck to the part or burnt marks on that innocent and expensive piece near the weld area! I am still not a great welder, but I now hit my mark every time like I was!

    Thanks Bunches

    Kelly Bumgarner


    Hello from Australia,

    I just found your web site on Google, I have been having trouble with my eyesight for some time now and I am convinced it is a result of receiving multiple "Arc Flashes" from my "Auto Darkening Helmet". It's only my opinion but I think down the track we are going to see a repeat of the "Asbestos Industry" regarding these devices that "DO NOT FULLY PROTECT OUR EYES". Anyway the reason for my e-mail is to ask if you have any distributors or dealers of your product here in Australia, and if so could you please advise me of their contact details. Alternatively if you do not have any such agents may I ask if you would be interested in offering an agency to myself? Having reviewed your product on the I-net both from your web-site and your "Youtube" video I am very convinced you have a product that can definately offer a better alternative to these dangerous "Auto darkening devices".

    I look forward to your reply,

    Regards from Mr, Richard Hayes Australia, in Sincerity-Honesty-Integrity-Prosperity.

    Dear Mr. Shafer,

    I purchased a Huntsman 951P with the AutoView®
    1105VXLT auto darkening filter off Ebay - second hand to use in my stick welding class this semester at the local community college.  It worked okay but it is no comparison to the Accu-Strike with the Omni-view lens.  I received the Accu-Strike and accompanying lens today just in time for
    the last session of class.  Not only was I able to see where I was striking but I was also able to see the puddle much better
    and had greater control over the weld.  The difference was astonishing, particularly when I practiced some vertical
    and overhead welds.  Too bad I didn't order earlier!  I am looking forward to using my new Accu-Strike next semester in
    MIG Class.  Thanks for a really excellent product - word will get around!

    Karl Gabel
    Henderson, NV

    Just wanted you to know that it took two minutes to get my new welding hood adjusted, and 30 seconds to get used to using it !!!!!!!! I've been using it continuously ever since and it is by far the best welding hood I've ever used, electronic or standard !! Sincerely, Anthony Cuellar UA 342, Steamfitter Local 102, Millwright


    First off let me tell you what a great helmet you have .. I weld production and man o man is this the cats meow .. the visor operates without ANY effort .. Very VERY welder friendly and I think you may get some orders from my people from my shop .. a better alternative to auto-glass than anything else , with no over the days time eye burn .. James Wilkinson - Fremont, IN

    HI, I,m wanting to order a new accu-strike helmet, and some replacement parts for my old accustrike helmet. I also would like to tell you that the accustrike helmet Is the best helmet ever !! I work for a tractor trailer suspension company, and the pace is very fast. Your helmet Is In a class of It's own!! Thank You , Jerry Haskett, Lebanon IN


    Hi,, I bought an accu-strike from you all,, about 10 years ago,, and lately ,, I had been wondering,, where I could get another one,, as mine is about wore out,, I have even had to do some repairs on it,, I had lost all my paper work on it ,,right after I got it,, and so I didn't even know what it was called,,, and I have never met any one else,, that had ever seen one like mine,, Today I was cleaning out an old drawer,, full of junk and came across an add about the welding helmet,, I cranked up the DELL,, and typed in accustrike on Google,, and wow,, its like magic,, I get another chance in life to have a really great welding helmet,, thanks for having such a great product,, and for being still on the market,,, so many times,, something really good comes along,, and one day its gone,, and just can't be found,, Thank you again,, I will be calling you tomorrow to order another,,,,Best wishes,,,Jon Leithiser

    "Basics of Basics" MIG welding
    by Brian Martin

    MIG Welding Basics

    Let me start with safety, DO NOT SKIP, YOU NEED TO READ THIS. The UV rays that are produced at the weld can and will cause damage to your eyes you know that. But did you know that it WILL damage to your skin as well? I have gotten "sun burn" from welding. I have only "peeled" from regular sunburn a few times in my life (I have a dark Portuguese complexion) I have peeled from MIG welding more! This was a long time ago, I would never let that happen again. Wear a light long sleeve cotton shirt at the very least. You want jeans and high top boots on too. Wear welding gloves, go down to the local auto parts or hardware store and get yourself some nice SOFT gloves. Some are made so stiff that it is hard to work in them. I got some at ACE hardware that are dang near sensual ?. Get a good helmet, I have a Cherokee ( ) that is only about $90.00. It is a hands free helmet that you open the shaded lens with your chin! I have had it for about 15 years without a problem. When open it gives you a full 3x5-inch or so CLEAR lens, unlike the "self darkening" helmets that are always shaded. You can flip up the lens and grind anytime you want. I want the full control of when to see through a shade or not. I highly recommend this helmet. Also, another thing that I have only begun using a year or so ago (I hate thinking about how long I didn't use it) a welding respirator. A 3M NOISH approved are available at ACE hardware for about $18.00. If you are welding with weld-thru or "E" coat primer you are making ZINC FUMES! And can get "zinc fume fever" VERY easily. Even when welding clean metal, you are still making fumes that are hazardous. Be sure the respirator fits under your helmet. The Cherokee helmet for instance doesn't have room for a cartridge mask so a single throwaway is all that will work. HEAR ME NOW BELIEVE ME LATER, PROTECT YOURSELF. Even if you don't care about the protection because you are such a bad-a$$, do it because you will produce a better weld. It is hard to lay a nice bead when you have a hot molten ball of steel in your shoe or pants. ?

    I bought my first Accu-strike helmet back in college (Milford, Nebr.) 11 yrs ago, still have it, and have since bought two more. Other than lenses, I have not had to order a single replacement part for any helmet. I got the parts list back in 1995 figuring I would have to buy an occasional part or two, but that list has since been retired. It's better than any auto-darkening helmet I've ever seen, you never need to worry about batteries, or if "the sun is out" for the solar charged helmets, and is one of the handiest items I have ever bought. Thanks again for some great American ingenuity. 

    Pat Burrington, President
    Rapid Creek Cutters-Waterjet
    Inkom, Idaho 83245 



    I generally never endorse products.. My last endorsement came in a conversation to God about my wife.. But I really feel compelled to give you a "two thumbs up" ,three if I had an extra, on the Accu-Strike helmet.. I spent a couple hours last night on some very critical, tiny TIG welds. The process uses .025 MIG wire as filler rod, with the smallest tungsten you can buy sharpened to a point that would draw blood from a stone.. To make matters worse the machine is not equipped with a lift arc feature.. Even set up with a magnifying lenses, tungsten placement is quite challenging.. My thoughts were if the helmet worked out for me with these conditions it would pass the test.. And it did so with flying colors!!...  The only problem I had, in the first few minutes, was the overwhelming urge to flip the hood up.. Old habits die hard.. After that short learning curve the operation became a manifestation of my thoughts.. Welding is not generally one of my favorite things to do in the shop.. But until the new wears off I will be looking for any excuse I can to strike an arc.. I plan to make every effort promoting your product to fellow welders I encounter..

    Thanks for an outstandingly functional piece of equipment.. 

    Larry B. 

    By the way.. If the business is ever for sale drop me a line.. And for the love of Pete, stay with made in USA.. Don't sell out to cheaper production off shore.. That is always my first purchasing parameter..

    Hi, my helmet arrived here in Australia yesterday, Tues. 23 Oct. all packaged up nicely.
    I tried it out today and found it very easy to use after a short getting used to it and the Boys at work were stunned when they saw the front lid
    going up and down on its own. 
    I must say it is the best helmet I have had to date and I have tried many.
    Great invention.

    Gerry's Welding & Fab., Inc.
    HWY. 136 SOUTH * NEW VIENNA, IOWA 52065
    PHONE (319) 921-3445

    Dear Sir,

    I have had an "Accu-Strike" welding helmet for 12 years.  Other than a few parts, it is still the original hood.  IT'S TOUGH!  It blew off my head one day while on a ladder 15 ft. in the air.

    I call it my 3rd hand, especially when heliarcing small stainless parts using a filler rod.  By opening your jaw a person can locate your weld area without moving.  By the way a person can chew gum yet tool.

    It also increases productivity, especially on spotting expanded metal, welding sheets, square tube and pipe.  By just lowering your jaw, a person can locate and weld twice as fast as lifting up your hood and locating.  "Accu-Strike" also improves out of position welding and getting into tight spots - like under trucks.  I have 5 welders working for me and until I got them their own hoods I had to look to see who was using mine.

    I feel it has made my job a lot easier and the "Accu-Strike" has been one of the great advances in welding since the wire feed.

    Yours truly,

    Gerald F. Westhoff

    Hello, I ordered an Accu strike hood about a year ago, and of course I absolutely love it. A couple months ago I was welding some handrail and when I ducked down I caught the knob on the right side of the helmet on either the handrail or a post and broke it off. I would like to order the replacement parts so I can keep using it again properly. Right now I have a zip tie holding it together but I have been using my $600 Speedglass hood but still prefer to go back to the Accu Strike.

    I have told a few friends about the hood and a few want to order one as well so I told them I would get prices and order it all together to combine shipping. I will be purchasing at least three hoods at the moment and possibly more. Could you give me a break down in prices for the hoods with and without the fan, shade 9 and 10 gold lenses and replacement inner and outer lenses? 

    Oh and one last thing, do you have a distributor in Australia already? I have a small business here and wouldn't mind distributing these awesome hoods if it were a possibility. I'm located in Sydney.

    Jason Bishop
    BFA Fabrication

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    My Mission Statement

    I worked as a welder for six years in piece work production and three years in fabricating, so I know what it's like to work all day with a welding helmet on your head. I have tried to market some great innovations, some that I had used myself and knew they would make life easier and safer for others. I have tried for several years, but could not get the big wholesalers and distributors to promote great products for reasons like: Unless people ask for your product we can't order it, or we carry a competing product and make a much larger profit because they sell for a higher price. And the list goes on!!! Well, thanks to the Internet you can bookmark this site as your place to find great products the Big Wholesalers & Distributors don't think you need, or want to carry! 

    (I do have a few distributors who do a good job of promoting my products, so please check with them first or call for the dealer nearest you.) 

    Here is a list of dealers with helmets and inventory:: (If you are a distributor and have stock or inventory and would like to be added please email me)

    Airgas Northeast, Hamden, CT (203)865-3718

    Airgas N. Central La Crosse, WI (800) 362-3001

    Matheson Tri Gas Columbus, NE 402-564-1269

    Matheson Tri Gas Kearney, NE 308-237-2719

    Western Gasco Cylinders Surrey BC 604-513-4429

    BFA Fabrication Botany  NSW Australia 045-064-4242


    If you are not completely satisfied with any of the products within 30 days just return them for a full refund!


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    Cherokee Industries
    1105 G St.
    Ord, NE 68862


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