What's your preferred mask/glasses combo for extended durations?

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Forum topic by thedudeabides posted 10-31-2009 05:09 PM 1853 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2009 05:09 PM

I always try to get in the habit of wearing my 3M respirator and safety glasses, and toss on the ear protection when firing up the loud stuff, but like most of us, I tend to get sloppy and leave it off sometimes due to the various frustrations of goggle fogging and too much stuff strapped to my head, which feels uncomfortable and restricts movement, vision, and hearing.

So, I’m trying to see what combo others are using when working for long periods. I use the MSA Safety Works Toxic Dust Respirator from Home Depot and the DeWalt safety glasses along with a standard pair of ear muff style hearing protectors. This is not an ideal mask/glasses combo though IMO.

What are you guys doing to make wearing all this stuff more comfortable? Masks are expensive, but a new lung is more expensive, so if I venture beyond Home Depot, are there ultra-premium masks designed specifically for woodworkers who need to wear them for extended periods? Is goggle fogging just an inescapable part of using them?

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 05:15 PM

I use a DC system and a respirator is not needed. I do use a dust mask along with safety glasses and when turning I use a full face shield.

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 07:03 PM

I use a dust be gone a washable reusable dust mask plus no saftey glasses fog up.

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 10:28 PM

I use Festool, so I generally let the tools handle the dust, but I spent a lot of time under the house installing insulation recently, so I had to find a solution to this problem.

I used an MSA respirator (the basic activated charcoal you get at the hardware store) with a set of goggles with a powered fan I got from a Paintball store. The goggles seemed to have about as much foam for filtering as the low end powered respirators (the Triton and whatever the other one was), and were $70. They’ve got the nicest lens plastic of any goggles I’ve ever used.

I think if I did turning I’d probably spring for one of the good 3M positive pressure systems, but they’re over a thousand bucks.

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 12:38 AM

I use a Triton respirator. It’s an everything-system: hard hat, ear defenders, polycarbonate shield and dust extraction system. It has a belt-mounted battery pack and motor/filter system. The beauty of the Triton, I find, is that it creates a dust-free environment inside the helmet. There is nothing pressing against your face. I’ve used mine for several hours at a shot and it’s very comfortable. I often slip in a pair of airline style earphones into the ear defenders so I can listen to music while I turn and sand. with the combination of the hard hat and the shield, there is full head protection.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 04:07 AM

You can use antifogger for eye glasses. Soaking the gogles in dish soap like Dawn, may stop the fogging. Been a long time since I had teh problem, can’t remember for sure :-))

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 08:03 AM

I use the DUS-T, if you haven’t tried one check out and you will be amazed at this product

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 09:56 AM

I’ve gotten used to the 3M 7500, although … with the vapor cartridges (as opposed to the P100 dust cartridges), I do notice that you have to pull a little harder to get your air. Not annoying, just noticeable.

I had eyeglasses made with impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses. That’s my general shop glasses go-to. For particularly dusty work, though, I just take them off, and put on pretty tight-fitting wraparound, $18.00 Home Depot-bought safety glasses. If I keep enough air moving in the shop (the JDS air filtration unit), I very rarely get any fogging. If I did, I’d use bar soap, apply it, buff it off, and … pretty much be fog free.

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