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New VIKING™ Thor™ Auto-Darkening Helmet Features Legendary Superhero

Lincoln Electric, Automation Division

New VIKING™ Thor™ Auto-Darkening Helmet Features Legendary SuperheroCleveland– Marvel® comic fans take heed. Not only will superhero Thor™ command the big screen this summer with a new movie opening on May 6, 2011, but he has also found his way onto the latest offering in Lincoln Electric’s VIKING™ 2450 Series auto-darkening welding helmet line. The new, limited-edition Thor welding helmet features vivid authorized original graphics from Marvel Thor comics, including the logo and action shots of the legendary comic book hero – ideal for any classic comic book fan.

The 2450 series helmets feature a generous 2.4 in. viewing area height in a U.S. standard 5.25 x 4.50 in. sized lens cartridge featuring four arc sensors. The shade level is adjusted with an internal continuously variable 9 -13 shade control. Variable delay allows the user to adjust the time required to bring the helmet from a darkened view back to the light state, while variable sensitivity controls the cartridge’s performance in varying environments.
An internal “grind mode” allows the helmet to be used as a grinding shield for weld prep or post-weld clean-up activities. Solar powered, the 2450 series features user-replaceable, reliable lithium batteries.  For the GTAW (TIG) process, the helmet is rated to perform at a low three amps DC and five amps AC polarity.
The 2450 series helmets are lighter in weight than many auto-darkening helmets, weighing in at 21 oz. (602 g). Additionally, all VIKING helmets include extra inside and outside cover lenses, a bandana and a sport-pak style helmet bag. The helmets also are magnifying “cheater” lens and hard hat adapter capable. 
In addition to the new Thor helmet, the 2450 series helmets are offered in standard black and four other graphic styles, including Foose® Hemisfear™, Patriot™ and Street Rod™. The black helmets include a decal sheet, allowing the user to customize their helmet with flags, logos or letter characters. All VIKING helmets meet ANSI Z87.1, CAN/CSA Z94.3 and CE Certifications.
For more information on Lincoln Electric’s VIKING 2450 Series Thor auto-darkening welding helmet, call (888) 355-3213 or visit www.lincolnelectric.com to obtain Bulletin E12.208.
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume control systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.
Media Contacts:
Kate Eidam - (216) 472-2390
Rebecca Casto - (216) 472-2391
Greg Coleman - (216) 383-2462

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