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Our Shop #7: "The Triton Respirator"

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 05-20-2007 01:17 PM 1125 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill asked me to do a blog on how I like my Triton respirator.
Not sure I have a lot to say, but here goes.

Why did I get it?
- because the LumberJocks told me how dangerous woodworking can be, due to breathing in the dust.
- because when we got some rough-hewn pine I found that my eyes and lungs were irritated soon after some cutting of it had taken place

How it works
The hardhat is adjustable to fit.
There is a flipdown face shield, and ear protection that can also be flipped up/down.
A… something or other, fits around your neck to keep dust out and clean air in.
Clean air comes in at the forehead.
A hose is attached to the headpiece and to the battery pack/filter which is on a belt so that you can wear it on your waist, making it easy to carry.

Effectiveness
- The mask doesn’t fog up – until the battery gets low (great cue).
- battery lasts quite a long time. I wore it through a couple projects before recharging.
- Dust does collect on the outside (obviously) and is easily wiped off with a soft rag.
- Ear protection is wonderful and because it is attached you don’t forget to use it
- Motor is pretty quiet and I don’t find it annoying in any way.
- The helmet isn’t heavy and I haven’t yet felt any strain from wearing it (most times are about an hour in length so far).
- The helmet doesn’t slip back and forth on my head unless I do something (such as scratch my head) and loosen the tightening mechanism. And then, tightening it at this point I usually get some hair caught in it.. (drawback).
- I don’t have irritated eyes/lungs now when working with the pine that we have. Yippee!!!
- it does get a little warm (with the neck piece, hardhat, earmuff) but the fresh air coming in on the forehead keeps it nice for the most part. If I get uncomfortable, I just take a break and do some laundry or something and come back down and continue. It hasn’t bothered me yet, but we haven’t hit summer, either!

Happy?
Yes. I’m really happy with the purchase and if I choose/forget not to use it, a few coughs later remind me to put it on!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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WayneC

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#1 posted 05-20-2007 03:58 PM

Thanks Debbie. I’m going to have to get one before too long. Make sure Rick uses one when sanding on the lathe.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 05-20-2007 04:00 PM

I’m working on him … he’s at the “yah, I should use something” stage. Not sure how long it will take me to get him to use the Triton but at least I can get a dust mask on him now.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#3 posted 05-20-2007 04:34 PM

This is great Debbie. It makes me think I need to get one as well, instead of just the masks I have been using. It is nice to know that the respirator is not uncomfortable, does its job, and has added features like eye and ear protection.

Well Done!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 05-20-2007 04:36 PM

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for you review.
I recently purchased one of these from Rockler, because I didn’t think I would like being confined with all that headgear, although I almost bought a Triton.
I’ve only used my Rockler once so far, for about 3 hours straight, & I liked it very much. With the forced fan intake, there was hardly any effort to breath, plus it felt cool on the face.
I worked on a real dusty job on constuction quite a few years ago, & I wish they had someting like this then. I bought one of these for my Son, & he’s going to give it a real test while floor sanding.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 05:01 PM

That looks kind of nice too Dick, but wonder how it works for those of us who have beards. The Triton would definitely work, since it covers your whole face.

Nice to know there are options out there.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 05:12 PM

I’m not sure about beards, but it possibly wouldn’t allow infilration from a beard leak, because of the positive fan pressure.
That’s just my thoughts, but possibly the MFG. could offer assistance on this question.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#7 posted 05-20-2007 06:15 PM

I looked at the Triton and ended up getting the Trend Airshield. I’m not sure it’s any better, I just thought it would be lighter. I still don’t like wearing it though. That triton, with it’s motor on your hip, might be better. The trend has the motor buzzing in my ears and gets on my nerves after awhile. I just use it with the lathe now. Thanks for the writeup!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bill

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#8 posted 05-20-2007 06:34 PM

Mot, that is the problem I thought would happen with the Trend and others with their fans on top. The noise would eventually begin to bother you. With the Triton fan on your hip, it should be less bothersome.

Another nice piece of information. I notice the Triton is also cheaper than the Trend as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Don

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#9 posted 05-23-2007 03:33 AM

Mot, Bill, I have both and prefer to use the Triton for the noise reasons mentioned.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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oscorner

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#10 posted 05-23-2007 03:45 AM

Great review, thanks!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#11 posted 05-23-2007 06:53 PM

That is great Don! Another plus for the Triton. I am thinking more and more that is the way to go. I thought I saw one site that had them in orange, and another had them in yellow. Are there multiple colors?

I guess I will have to put up a sign that I am not part of a hazmat crew if I am wearing this while working in the shop! Do not want to scare people, or end up on the local 5 o’clock news for the wrong reasons…

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 05-23-2007 07:59 PM

lol it is a little weird at first, knowing that you are all decked out in such gear but then the lungs, eyes and ears say thanks and you soon forget thinking about what you must look like.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#13 posted 05-24-2007 01:46 PM

I have the Triton and like it too for the same reasons others have mentioned. One issue (problem?) is the volume of air produced. They provide a nice device to verify proper flow and the instructions say it might take a bit of break-in to get there. I’ve used mine for many hours now and the flow is still not to the minimum indication on the gauge. With both sets of filters out, I get close but that defeats the purpose. Got it at a show from Craft Supply for $200 and then a 10% discount for being a member of a club.

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 05-24-2007 01:50 PM

you mean that plastic thingy with the ball in it? I couldn’t figure out what to do with it (well, Ok, I didn’t really read the instructions)..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#15 posted 05-26-2007 02:13 AM

The Triton is in the LumberJocks Store for $189 and free shipping.

Those who have used it how long do the filters last?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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