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Forum topic by Sawdust2 posted 09-17-2007 04:46 AM 1125 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2007 04:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: safety breathing respirators

I’ve noticed a number of posts recently about wood dust and lung diseases and allergies.

Don Taylor led me to an eBay seller for something else but he has the forced air breathing hoods. His store is mostly paint associated things.

So, I’m wondering if anyone has experience with the hooded respirators and if they are worth the difference in price over the different type of mask respirators.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 09-17-2007 06:12 AM

“Don “Small Box Barton and DebbieP have Triton forced air respirators.
To summarize, they both like theirs. Don made passing reference to another brand (odds are it’s the Trend Airshield) he has but he chooses the Triton. After choking down a long flap wheel session at the drill press, I know I have got to be more diligent about dust safety. And cocobolo (street rumor is it’s somehow related to poison ivy) is a particularly nasty wood. Billy Webb (Sweetia panamensis) is another one.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 09-17-2007 06:18 AM

I use the Trend. I use it more than I did for the first 2 years I had it. The thing for me is the motor buzzing so close to my head. The upside is that it has no hoses or anything you have to carry on your belt. The Triton has hearing protection. The Trend works with your shop muffs. The Triton, I believe will take a higher impact than the Trend, but the biggest hit I’ve taken was in the chin with the handle from a long scraper when I all but stuck my nose in the bowl and got smoked with a catch.

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

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#3 posted 09-27-2007 05:32 PM

When it comes to your lungs, anything is better than nothing. Convieniance is always the issue, even with me, but some respirators far outweigh others. So depending on “what” you’re working on, should depend on “what” you wear.

I wore a HEPA style mask the other day to spray paint a room, and after finishing I noticed that paint had accumulated around my nostrils. Beards are hard to seal off and make poor filters.

At the hospital I wear a forced air type hood…it stays fog free, and it’s cool and comfortable, but noisy. I can suffer with a little noise when you consider “what” may be in the air.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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