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02-22-2018 03:35 PM

Looking for any recommendations on a good set up. I’m still all stuffed up from working this past saturday in my garage and it’s making me sick thinking about how much fine dust I inhaled.

An air cleaner is on the list of things to get, but in the meantime I want to get a dust mask. Seems most go with the 3M 7500, but I see a few people now wearing those neoprene ski mask looking things.

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 03:58 PM

I have the 3M for spraying and did get the P100 filters that I use occasionally, but I mostly reach for my Elipse P100. They’re both a good choice, with the 3M having the versatility of using different filters.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 05:33 PM

I have the Elipse P100 as well. They have filters for dust and mist.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 02-22-2018 06:00 PM

I have one of those neoprene masks. It’s ok,
reasonably comfortable to wear.

The Dust Bee Gone mask looks pleasant to wear.
I’ve never tried one.

There’s a snorkel style respirator that puts the
weight of the filters at the back of your neck.
Mask style respirators can be hot and sweaty
and I’ve found the weight of heavier ones
hanging off my face annoying.

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 07:02 PM

I generally use the N95 type filters with the exhaust valves. They do a good job and with the valves don’t fog up my glasses or face shield as bad and the ones with no valve.
I also have the Dust Be Gone mask and it works well and is washable and reusable. I bit on the pricy side and it does sometimes fog up my glasses (when the shop is cool).
If you are having allergic reactions I think you will want one of the Elipse P100 type filters and get or make a shop air cleaner soon. You can make one using an old HVAC squirrel cage blower and furnace filters (hepa type) Check your local heating contractors for used blowers. Be careful with allergic reactions they may get worse with more exposure. If you notice that happening talk to your Dr. about getting an epi-pen just in case. Personally I react to some wood sawdust like walnut and fir but not others.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 07:10 PM

I’ve used those N95s and I had issues with them fogging up my safety glasses too. But then I read on here somewhere, that if your glasses are fogging up, it’s because there isn’t a good seal at the nose area. So once I cinched down the metal nose piece, the fogging up was reduced drastically.

I don’t have any real allergies, but I can definitely tell that my sinuses didn’t enjoy all the plywood that I cut.

Thanks all for the reviews

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#6 posted 02-22-2018 07:11 PM

Another vote for the Elipse P100. Effective and comfortable to wear.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 08:26 PM

Sure like my 3M 7500. It fits well and I forget I’m wearing it and sometime find myself going “why the heck do I still have this on?”

Remember it comes in three sizes, so be sure to get the right fit.

Does the Elipse also have VOC (or whatever you call it) filters? I was laminating a counter top and using the good old fashion solvent based contact cement. Put the organic cartridges in my 3M 7500. Couldn’t smell a thing during the whole job. Was thinking the cement must not be a stinky as I remember. Finished up, took the respirator off before heading out of the shop. Felt lucky to reach the door before passing out (ok that’s a bit of an exaggeration), but actually could feel myself getting a bit light headed in just those few moments without it on. I was dumbfounded how well those cartridges worked.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 02-22-2018 10:57 PM

I like the 3M 7500 series half mask respirator, especially because of its quality, it’s comfortable, and because the exhale vent faces downward, so it doesn’t fog up my glasses.

They come in three sizes, and the attachments depend upon the material you are using. The pink disk-shaped filters provide 95% (P95) or 99.97% (P100) dust particulate filtering. There are those out there that suggest wearing a good particulate respirator even with a dust collection system. They also have filters for use with organics (oil based paints/stains/...). I find the choices of filters sort of confusing, but if you look on line 3M has pdf’s with descriptions of the filter options.

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#9 posted 02-22-2018 11:26 PM

I’ve been using a washable cloth dust mask from Breath Healthy. I think that I originally found the best deal at Home Depot’s online store but the price has fluctuated. You you can find them at Amazon too. I’ve rinsed it out at least a couple dozen times and washed it with soap a few times as well. It is not going to be as good as the 3M masks but it definitely keeps most of the dust out of my nose and lungs and is much more comfortable than the heavier plastic or rubber ones.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 02-23-2018 01:05 AM

I have the RZMask M2.5 (Mesh neoprene masks). Love that more than their other lines. It’s far more secure to your face to keep the airborne particles out of your nose. Carbon HEPA filters seems to work very well for me.

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#11 posted 02-23-2018 01:34 AM

I like the Dust Bee Gone mask. Rated for 3 microns, comfortable, and washable. A little pricy, but buy it once and forget it. A little cheaper through Rockler.

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#12 posted 02-23-2018 02:37 AM

+1 for elipse, but my wife got me the RZ Mask, just started to wear it, I will write a review soon.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 02-23-2018 02:51 AM

I have had the 3m 7500 for a long time.

I personally found when I started using a respirator over a dust mask that none of them felt right, I just forced myself to put it on every time and before long you get used to it. As someone else posted, I forget I have it on sometimes.

I like the 7500 because I can swap out the filters, p100 most of the time (no reason to use the 95’s in my opinion the price is not that much higher and I can’t detect a difference in the airflow). It is then very easy to swap out to canisters for finishing or anything else that I don’t want to breath in.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 02-23-2018 03:20 AM

Another Eclipse p100 user. Comfortable, light weight, and doesn’t get too hot.

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#15 posted 02-23-2018 02:31 PM

I like the sounds of the 3M 7500 being versatile with different filter options for different applications.

I just need to figure out the size I need.

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