Hobart Welding Products Introduces Bonehead and Hothead XVS Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets

Hobart Welding Products continues to offer leading helmet designs with their new Bonehead and Hothead XVS Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets. Both helmets offer high-end designs and performance features at an affordable value.

Highlights/Key Facts

• Two new designs added to XVS series: Bonehead and Hothead

• Features solar-assisted auto-darkening lens

• Meets ANSI Z87.1 - 2003, CSA and CE standards

• Bonus Buy package includes: helmet bag & headgear comfort cushion ($20 value)

• MSRP $159 US

APPLETON, Wis., Sept. 7, 2009⎯Hobart Welding Products introduces two radical new designs, the Bonehead and Hothead, to its XVS Series of lightweight, high performance auto-darkening welding helmets. Perfect for hobbyists, journeymen, farmers and home mechanics, the helmets darken in 1/12,000 of a second after arc start and feature an internally adjustable auto-darkening shade (#9-12), lens sensitivity and delay controls.

XVS Series helmets have a MSRP of $159 US, however prices will vary by retailer. Both the Bonehead and Hothead are available through farm/ranch and hardware/tool retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information on selecting the right helmet suited for light to moderate applications, visit or call 1-877-HOBART1 (877-462-2781).

Break-Through Graphics with a Clear View

Earning its name, the Bonehead features a menacing skeleton clawing its way through the face and sides of the black hood; revealing a toxic green undertone radiating from a hidden world beneath. With a beady-orange eye, the skeleton clutches its shiny metallic Hobart Hood emblem atop of the helmet.

Offered as part of a Bonus Buy package, the XVS Bonehead comes complete with a protective cloth helmet bag and headgear comfort cushion, together a $20 value.

Sure to inspire the inner pyro, Hobart’s Hothead design delivers realistic fire and flame, which engulfs the shell of Hobart’s Hothead design. Pictured on top of a metallic black finish, the swirling heat and flames weave through a white-hot Hobart Hood logo.

These bold artistic displays are equally matched with high-end performance. All XVS Series designs have a 3.74 x 1.57-inch viewing area with two independent arc sensors that provide continuous arc-sensing capability. XVS helmets darken in 1/12,000 of a second after arc start and feature an internally adjustable auto-darkening shade (#9-12), lens sensitivity and delay controls.

XVS Series – Light Weight & Long-Lasting

Hobart Welding Products designed the XVS Series to be durable and efficient. The helmets feature a solar-assisted auto-darkening lens and two easy-to-replace AAA batteries, with an exceptionally long life of 2,000 hours on MIG weldingno recharging required. Weighing in at 1l oz., the XVS Series helmets are lightweight, comfortable and come with five external and two internal protective lens covers. Ratchet-style headgear adjusts for size and features a CoolMax® odor-absorbing sweatband.

XVS Series helmets are covered by a 2-year warranty. For a detailed spec sheet or free literature, visit, call 1-877-HOBART1 (462-2781) or write to Hobart Welding Products at P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

Product manager quote“These helmets both have aggressive designs that are a hot trend right now,” states Chris Croatt, product manager at Hobart. “They command attention and provide the welder with premium comfort, control and safety.” All XVS helmets have internally adjustable shade and lens sensitivity controls.

“All Hobart Hood auto-darkening helmets meet ANSI Z87.1-2003, CSA, and CE safety standards, says Chris Croatt, product manager, Hobart. “Hobart is committed to providing attractive products that are comfortable and safe.”

About Hobart Welding Products

Hobart Welding Products offers a complete line of industrial-grade Stick, MIG, TIG and spot welders, plasma cutters and generator/welding power sources designed for easy use. Hobart products are available through farm and tool retail stores as well as welding supply distributors.

Hobart Welding Products is a division of Hobart Brothers Company, Troy, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). Based in Glenview, Ill. ITW is a multinational Fortune 200 company that engineers and manufactures welding products, fasteners, components, assemblies and systems for customers around the world.

For more information contact:

Corporate Headquarters

HOBART Welding Products

1635 West Spencer Street

Appleton, WI 54912-1079

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HOBART Welding Products

P.O. Box 100

Lithonia, GA 30058.

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