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I was just diagnosed and have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
My Vascular Surgeon wanted me to have a chest x-ray and it showed blockage in the lungs.
I smoked for 35 years and quit 10 years ago so that had some effect but the hard breathing and bad coughing just started to increase lately. I retired about 5 years ago and have been woodworking since without proper dust collection so I think the sawdust really kicked it in. I'm posting this too make you all realize what dust and smoke can do to you lungs and will start taking dust control more seriously and don't get what I have.
I am staying out of the shop until I get better dust control. Currently looking at a Delta Model 50-760, 1-1/2 Hp Dust Collector with 1 micron filtration and some kind of dust mask to go with it (ANY SUGGESTIONS)
I hope this makes others more sensitive to what problems dust can lead to.

You can find a lot about COPD here if you want. http://www.pulmonologychannel.com/copd/symptoms.shtml
 

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John - sorry to hear it. I hope you can find dust collection and respirator or mask that will allow you to enjoy lots of time in the shop.
 

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couple of suggestions. Try using your sanders less ( i,m assuming you have more than one) find another way if possible, as those things are the worst offenders. Try one of those lightweight helmet/visors with their own powered filter system, they arn,t obtrusive and really work, as well as being totally mobile. and if you really have to dont use certain species of wood as some create such fine dust compared to others. You probably know this already but others might not so thanks for bringing up the subject.
 

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John, I'm sorry to hear that, my father was a carpenter for 50 years and a smoker. He also has COPD and is 86 years old. I had my own air filtration business until I hurt my back and had to give it up. One of the things I can tell you is to get a good filtration system. I just got the Delta 50-760 and have used it a few times now and love it. I have plans to add duct work and make it a central system. but, you should also have an air filter as well but in your case I would get something better than the standard. You should have a HEPA filter. If you want to send me a private message I can tell you more about it. I hope all goes well for you.
 

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This is exactly why I worked on improveing dust collection for my Contractor's saw. In the last few years I have bought a cyclone dust collector with a low micron bag, an air filtration machine, and use a dust mask more often. It was starting to get to the point that if I spent allday in the shop, I was done for 2 - 3 days, felt like crap. I feel the same as John does, people really need to be aware of the hazzards of fine dust, it can really take a toll on you.
 

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I will ad to what the folks have already offered by suggesting you buy a air filtered face mask and wear it.
I have a Trend that give me about 8 hours of clean air and use it any time I am going to kick up dust as opposed to shavings .

Bob
 

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John:

Sorry to hear about your condition, and I hope that your experience will encourage others to think seriously about dust control. A little know fact is that our lungs have about 4 acres of surface area, and that anything toxic breathed in goes into the blood stream "lightning fast".

I've just purchased a 1 micron polyester bag for my DC3300 dust collector, and have purchased a Fein Turbo vacuum that connects to my orbital sander. This does a fantastic job of sucking up virtually all of the sanding dust. In my "Workshop in the Woods" in the Upper Peninsula, I have also added a ceiling mounted air filter.
 

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Thanks everybody for the comments.
And Bob42 I already have a ceiling mounted 1 micron dust collector and use 2 shop vacs with Hepa Filters in each…..guess that's not enough, I'm getting the Delta and either a Trend or another helmet collector. FYI - I'll be 64 in February.
 

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Sorry John very sorry, I am one of those who don't use a dust collector or any mask but your testimony makes me think more about dust one thing I don't smoke but I have seen days going out of the shop to spit out and cleaning my nose so dust must be very bad for you….Thanks John
 

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John sorry to hear about that. I use a ridgid air filtration unit, plus my delta dust collector. Whenever I'm sanding though, I use both of those plus this:



I run a few half-marathons, so my lungs are on the top of my self safety list.
Notice, I'm not a cop, so no cop jokes directed at me. I obtained this mask for free when Pfizer closed down in Ann Arbor and they donated several dozen of these to area fire departments. John, here is the link to that mask, I find the mask comfortable and don't seem to have to much of a problem with fogging.

http://www.msanorthamerica.com/catalog/product17252.html
 

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John I want to thank you, that is a fine topic you started it is something that is going to make us think the next time we go in the shop, too bad that that topic could not reach all members of LJ
 

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John,

Sorry to hear about your health diagnosis! My Dad lived successfully for 30 years after being diagnosed with COPD. He was a time standards engineer at the Chevrolet plant in Buffalo, and with the dust, asbestos and his smoking for 40 years, well, it caught up with him. He lived a long, happy life though after taking precautions.

The mask that boyneskibum posted would truly be a good mask IF you have no dust collection. It's a bit of overkill, but when you have COPD, is there any such thing? Your lungs will be ok with medication and therapy, but the best mask will also make your life better, easier and allow you to participate in your favorite hobbies!!

Good luck, my prayers are with you.
 

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Good luck, John, and thanks for the reminder. I tend to be bad about dust precautions and blow it off because I run a lot and I know my lungs are functioning well. However, I forget about the possible long-term effects.
 
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