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01-25-2016 12:19 PM

Every machine I use has the proper DC connections to eliminate dust, but I continue to breathe it. I primarily just work in the shop on the weekends, and find myself taking a sinus relief pill every Saturday and Sunday night. Could it be related??

I do have a half-face dust respirator that was given to me by our safety manager at work. Very uncomfortable, the thing is bulky and tends to block my vision. As a result I very seldom put it on.

I have been looking at the Air Trend Pro – but at $390 there is just no way its going to happen. I have also been looking at the 3M 7500 half-face model, reviews indicate I might be more comfortable and less bulky but not sure.

Any comments on these 2 products? other options? What do you wear?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 12:27 PM

The 3M 1/2 face is comfortable to wear, I can wear mine for a couple hours easily.

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 12:59 PM

I also have the 3M 7502. I think it’s very comfortable, but you still ‘know it’s there.’ There’s no way it’s going to be as unrestrictive as not wearing anything, but I think it’s great. It also brought a smile to my face when I’ve had a face-full of sawdust blowing at me while breathing just fine.

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 01:08 PM

A properly fitting half face isn’t bad to wear. The guys here at work wear them fro 8 hours a day, everyday. One thing to know is that to check for a good seal around your face is the cover both cartridges with your hands and inhale. Its should collapse the mask toward your face. You should also hear the faintest “click” every time you exhale.

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 01:10 PM

I recently purchased a low profile mask from Lee Valley (,42207 ). It is rated N99. I have used it for a few days, and so far, I like it.

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 03:56 PM

I normally wear the Miller LPR-100 respirator. It’s light-weight and fairly small and I can wear it for many hours at a time. The way the straps work aren’t as good as the 3M, however, and tend to be cumbersome if it’s taken off and put on often. I have removed the straps from a 3M and put them on the Miller. Please wear a good-fitting respirator for your health’s sake.

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 06:20 PM

I find the 3m 7502 to be quite comfortable and effective. I also like that it’s low profile (especially with the 2097 or 2297 filters) and that the exhaust port goes down. This means that it works with a face shield or welding helmet and the exhaled air doesn’t fog up the view. I’ve used other brands/styles and this is the only one that I can wear for any amount of time.

I can absolutely tell if I go into the shop to do anything with vs. without it. I wear it regularly because I’m tired of sinus infections.

-- Barry,

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 06:32 PM

I primarily just work in the shop on the weekends, and find myself taking a sinus relief pill every Saturday and Sunday night. Could it be related??
- becikeja

Probably. Mine started as sniffling, headaches, then I’d cough for half the night after being in the shop. I started using a mask and no more symptoms. I have the 3M, it’s probably about as comfortable a mask as you’ll find.


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#9 posted 01-25-2016 06:42 PM

I also have the 3M and would recommend it. I find it is comfortable and does a good job, and it’s quick and simple to swap out filters.

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#10 posted 01-26-2016 02:36 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I think I’m going to give the 3M 7500 with the P100 dust filters a try. As I have looked into this more, it appears the half face respirator I was given is designed more for hazardous gases than dust particles. Could be why the filters are so large. Unfortunately the filters are permanently mounted.

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#11 posted 01-26-2016 04:44 AM

Have you tried the simple particle dust mask? (something like

I use a half-face respirator in my finishing booth, but for shop work the dust mask seems just as effective and is a lot less intrusive to wear.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 06:03 AM

I use the #m 7503 (large version of the 7500 series), with the P100 filters. Works great. I find it very comfortable. It will get a little sweaty, but not bad.

I realize the OP has already decided on one of these, but to anyone else reading, the 3M 7500 series has a silicon, or silicon like material that is very soft and forms to your face. Seals really well for me.

Even when I do jobs where I make one small cut, mess around for 10 min, make another cut. I just keep it on. Not worth the trouble of taking the ear and eye protection off. Also, dust stays in the air anyway for quite a while after making a cut.

Very rarely I’ll make a few cuts without it, and ALWAYS regret not wearing it. I’ll usually notice a cough a bit later on.

-- Clin

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#13 posted 02-01-2016 12:15 AM

I went ahead and bought the 3M 7503 respirator and P100 filters.
This weekend involved a lot of power sanding.
The respirator was very comfortable. No issue wearing for about a 2 hour stretch at a time.
sinuses are great. I should have done this years ago.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#14 posted 02-01-2016 01:57 AM

Hopefully, we all know the difference in a dust mask and a respirator.

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#15 posted 02-01-2016 05:33 AM


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