Shop Saftey - Dust Masks #2: First dusk mask tryout

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 06-05-2015 03:06 PM 1577 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I purchased what was a really good “powered dust mask” and tried it out. “Powered” means there is a fan that draws in filtered air so that is all you should be breathing. Now the mask seemed to work well indoors however when I tried it in my shop it did not seem to work as well. To me it was very hot and as I perspire a lot it was uncomfortable and I was afraid of moisture on the little motor. Also it seemed to hurt the bridge of my nose after a short time. The short of it was it was not going to work for me. The very nice store (not named) took it back with no issue.

At this time I am still several weeks from really being back in the shop and then only for short periods. YES this stinks. One day at a time and we will get it figured out.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 06-05-2015 06:18 PM

I have the Trend air Shield Pro. I have had it for over 3 years and it has worked flawlessly and is the best dust mask I have ever come across. I tried several others prior to this one…just as you are researching now. It is a little pricey but I figure my health is worth it.

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#2 posted 06-05-2015 06:40 PM

I think they quit selling it, but Woodcraft used to sell a thing that you held in your mouth and it had a couple little hoses that went around your head to a fan that blew clean, filtered air into the mouthpiece. I think it was about $50 or so, but you probably need something better since you are REALLY allergic to dust.

I used to have asthma when we lived in Idaho. I would go outside in the winter and start wheezing after 5 mins. I got over it, but I know what I felt like and you have to be WAY more miserable than I was….. I could still work in the shop. God was with me though because I was not allergic to any of the weeds or plants that are normal to be allergic to.

I don’t have the money for a full DC system so I just got a n95 rated respirator. I start sneezing if I sand stuff and I know it is bad for your lungs. I decided $30 was a good trade for preventing a $50,000 or more surgery to get rid of the dust in my lungs (if they even have such a thing).

If I get $2000 for a table saw, I plan on just getting a Festool track saw/ DC package. I heard that a guy uses it in his living room around his 5 computers without issue!!

-- Marc Spagnuolo (standing in front of clamp wall): I think I need a few more . Me (owner of at least 8 clamps):.....?

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 11:27 AM

Sanderguy777 is absolutely correct I collecting dust at the source. I use a HEPA vac for sanding and does a good job but does not collect all the dust.

Before I retired at work, we wore the N100 type mask and were required to be fit for it and tested. They worked well but I found breathing through then was tiring. They work well with no beard and worn properly.

If I had to wear one now, I would try the Trend model and see how it felt wearing it for a long time.

Getting older is real tough with breathing issues and all the other medical things

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 03:55 PM

I’ve been using the 3M 6391 P100 (Large) Mask and, even with my beard it’s very effective. In the shop I burn insense to knock back the mosquitos. With the respirator on I can’t smell the incense at all. The filters are easy to replace, the whole thing is relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

I just finished cutting shop stool pieces out of plywood with my jig saw and it was very nice to be able to make the cuts and not have any of the dust to breathe. In fact, any time I’m cutting wood now-a-days I’m wearing the mask.

$16 for the mask, $7 for the additional filters, these things fit into my amateur budget.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 11:31 AM

It does suck. But you have to do something to stay healthy. You’ll find an answer.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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