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Posted: 21/05/2009 14:45:57
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where do you source them from?

I have a new aluminium hardhat I got in Kazakhstan a couple of years ago, as you say a poser's delight... there are some full-brim hats at Combe Down, there seems to have been a batch of them in the early days, but mainly V-Gards and Centurions now. I wear a V-Gard because they have the brackets and earmuffs fitted

but if I could get a new full-brim with a lamp bracket, I would like one

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Posted: 21/05/2009 14:52:36
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Tamarmole wrote:

For caving you can't beat the old CS protex.

For work I use an aluminium, full brim MacDonald T - this is purely for pose value! At Morwellham I have issued the lads on the mine full brim hardhards of Australian origin, I believe they are also standard issue at Crofty.


Well done that man ... if I had one, I'd pose too. Mind you I bet it'd be in the way for SRT.
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Posted: 01/06/2009 23:52:13
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i bought a protex from caving supplies but found it sat so high on my head i ended up with a stiff neck from constantly banging my head on the roof,so im sticking with old faithfull...my ancient cromwell hat.i think its from oak pit oldham but not sure .it sits low and is extrordiarily comfortable...well it was till i added all the lamps to it.


i know how you feel on your bike monty..all these people sticking bunny ears on polycarbonate helmets then wondering why they split when you drop them.



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Posted: 05/06/2009 13:32:32
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just bought a Tuffmaster .. what a hat, super piece of kit. Light, stiff and comfortable, with a good secure lamp bracket at a sensible angle.

no use for caving, with its broad 'sinker' style brim, but a very tidy piece of kit which will see some serious use for sure
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Posted: 25/06/2009 21:52:47
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i saw a couple of them things with the all round brim on fleabay going for a lot of money....i really fancy the idea of water dropping in my backpack rather than down my neck but funds wont allow me the extravagence yet. Sad

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Posted: 25/06/2009 22:50:52
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they are a great hindrance for caving in tight places.. But I do prefer my MSA Skulgard ( like a Texolex with the narrow full brim ) for mine exploring IP: 82.32.67.44
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Posted: 06/07/2009 19:25:36
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please welcome my new msa v-guard purchased for the staggering...£3 on a certain well known auction site....cant wait to stand under running water....the lamp has a 1w cree and 3 backup leds..waterproof so it says.very nice range too.



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Posted: 30/09/2009 15:46:02
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Its seems that Bernies no longer sell the Guardian helmet unfortunately and mine's knackered.
Don't supose anybody knows of anywhere else from where they might be got?


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Posted: 13/06/2011 06:58:31
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got a new best friend.. venitex hard hat http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140346428287

best-fitting hat I've ever had. Light and comfy and the turn-down brim works very well in bright sunlight. Fits properly either way around, which isn't usual.

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Posted: 13/06/2011 10:41:53
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CS Protex here as well. It fits on my head, doesn't come off and is a good bracket for a lamp. It also isn't bigger than necessary.

My second choice would probably be a full brim one to avoid the neck water/dirt.
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Posted: 13/06/2011 15:05:27
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FWIW , I usually wear a full-brim for shade. The extra shade plus the way they catch slight breezes really makes a difference.

They are a great if you are working under drips - when I was roughnecking in the late 70s, they were great because they kept the mud dripping off the pipe away from your neck and shoulders, and didn't hamper your shoulder movements the way a hooded waterproof does

They were useful for fending off Combe Down's manky drips, but most of the miners favoured Centurions because they were ex-NCB men and that was what they were used to.




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Posted: 13/06/2011 15:52:07
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I have one of them Guardian ones but cant find new ones anywhere. Pity, as they were the only ones I ever saw with a bracket fitted to the front. When that breaks guess I will just nick dad's old NCB helmet. Or get a cheapo Centurion as i dont have much money for a good hard hat. IP: 92.30.167.101
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Posted: 13/06/2011 16:23:05
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Dean Allison wrote:

I have one of them Guardian ones but cant find new ones anywhere. Pity, as they were the only ones I ever saw with a bracket fitted to the front. When that breaks guess I will just nick dad's old NCB helmet. Or get a cheapo Centurion as i dont have much money for a good hard hat.


Highly recomend an MSA V-guard
Exceptionally comfortable and cost pennies
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Posted: 13/06/2011 16:29:36
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Thanks Jagman. Just looked online, they look good and dead cheap too. Guess I'd have to fit a bracket though, the one I saw didn't have one. Still have dad's old hat, it about 30 years old and been bashed a lot but still does the job, just didn't want to use it as its a bit of a relic now and wanted to keep it for posterity Smile IP: 92.30.167.101
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Posted: 13/06/2011 17:41:38
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Centurion appear to have discontinued their miners' hard hat. The MSA ones at Combe Down came from S Africa. The full brim ones were bought in batched from Oz.

I did find this http://www.caplamps.co.uk/miners-safety-helmets/ which appears to be German, or at least of German type.

However Greenhams still list the Centurion 1128 http://www.greenham.com/c/pl/118103/Centurion-1128-Mining-Helmet which looks like the best deal around...

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Posted: 13/06/2011 20:24:31
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Still got, and use my old protector TT helmet must be 30 years old!!!, Full brim made in Australia ( must be good Shocked ), not sure if it should be in a museum or on my head!!. and its yellow!! Cool

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Posted: 14/06/2011 09:23:47
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Could always try JSP they do a decent hat with lamp bracket fairly comfortable with leather sweatband feels fine even with all the standard h&s attachments fitted

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Posted: 14/06/2011 11:08:33
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If JSP hard hats have a lamp bracket version, it's news to me. They do have an LED lamp which clips under the brim ( and slips down over your eyes, I'm told ) and an elastic-strap lamp, but no actual brackets.

I'm no fan of JSP, they are best left for visitors, dopey 'agency' personnel who turn up without their own PPE, or just kicked in the corner and forgotten!



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Posted: 14/06/2011 13:07:06
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derrickman wrote:

I did find this http://www.caplamps.co.uk/miners-safety-helmets/ which appears to be German, or at least of German type.


I think you might have seen the luminescent version of that helmet (I think you went to Drakelow?)

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Posted: 14/06/2011 13:21:43
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no, I wasn't at Drakelow. I was on the list for Faulds and also Cwmorthin but in the event, commitments didn't allow either.

Germans do like glow-in-the-dark hats, it appeals to their sense of humour..


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