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MackTheSaw

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08-09-2008 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust mask dust mask respirator safety lungs recommendation

Hi All,

I’ve run out of dust masks, and it’s time to buy some more. For a couple years, I’ve used the 3M ones with the two yellow elastic bands and the aluminum nose clip. There is no exhaust port in front. I think it is #8210Plus. They cost around $1 to $1.25 each, in boxes of 20. I have been satisfied with these—no difficulty breathing, and they are comfortable enough.

I’m thinking of changing to another style, with a rubber mask and replaceable filters. These are more expensive, and I’m wondering if there is an advantage. I’m not talking about a proper respirator, with two cartridges on the sides for fumes and organics, which I use when I spray finishes. For now, I’m just looking for dust masks for sanding and cleaning and other daily use around the shop.

So, what dust masks do you all use? Which are the best?

Thanks!
Todd

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd


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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#1 posted 08-09-2008 02:45 PM

Todd,

I use the 3M dust mask with replaceable filters:
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=4270&familyName=3M+07178+Paint+Spray+Respirator+Kit

I like them because I also do air spray painting for autos and other things, currently rebuilding a snowmobile.

If you are in a hot shop you will sweat more, but they filter more dust and finer particles. I still have a box of the disposable ones for when guests come over, but once I got my nice mask I no longer use them.

We got them at HD for about $30 a couple of years ago.

They also let you do the Darth Vader impression.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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MackTheSaw

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#2 posted 08-09-2008 02:49 PM

Thanks Rich. I think that’s the one I have for spraying finishes. You think I should just use it all the time, for tasks like sanding too? I do like the Darth Vader bit, and I’ve been known to tell other people in my shop that I am their father while wearing it.

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#3 posted 08-09-2008 02:51 PM

I do, though I have to replace the filters a little more often, about every 6 months depending on how heavy usage it gets.

It also holds your pencils better.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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Zuki

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#4 posted 08-09-2008 07:15 PM

I have the same one however my filters are pink. Any large amounts of sanding I pull it on.

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TedM

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#5 posted 08-09-2008 07:17 PM

I switched to the Dust Bee Gone dust mask a year or so ago and couldn’t be happier (well, really I could but that’s another story :)). The best thing about it is that my glasses don’t fog up. A quick wash now and again and it’s just like new.

http://www.dustbeegone.com/

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ramon68

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#6 posted 08-09-2008 10:17 PM

I just picked up a box of Moldex N100 masks. Comfortable, vented, 30 bucks for a box of 5. Niosh and osha approved whereas Dustbegone is not. And one Dustbegone costs more than a box of Moldex or 3M masks.

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MackTheSaw

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#7 posted 08-09-2008 11:46 PM

Rich and Zuki, I’m having a hard time imagining wearing the big respirator all the time. It’s just too heavy and bulky; I might come around to it as the right thing to do, but first I think I’ll try something else. Thanks very much for your input.

I am somehow intrigued with the Dust Bee Gone mask. It seems a little on the gadgety/gimmicky side, and I’m skeptical, but it does look lightweight and comfortable. If it works, does its job as a filter, and truly cleans up with a quick washing, it could be a good solution to the problem. It could be cheaper in the long run than any of the ones with disposable filters. Does anyone else have any experience with this?

Ramon, I guess I’m skeptical of the Moldex ones too. They don’t look like they would be flexible enough to make a good seal. Plus, they’re pretty expensive when compared to other disposables.

I’ll be very happy to take more suggestions and opinions.

Thanks!

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd

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Zuki

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#8 posted 08-10-2008 12:59 AM

I understand Mack . . . I felt the same way. However the way I look at it now is that a little inconvenience will pay off 20-25 years in the future. Pls let us know what you finally decide.

Cheers

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Rick

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 05:26 PM

I wear a 2 cartridge (vader style) mask nearly EVERY minute in my woodshop. I bought it cause I was getting a sore throat after being in my shop. I didn’t like wearing it at first but I couldn’t argue with the results and I don’t want to come down with an illness some day from the harmful dust. I bought it 2 years ago and I wear it ALL the time. It’s just as much a habit for me to put it on as it is to wear my seatbelt now. You will get used to it but it’ll take some time. Your health is worth it.

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nailbanger2

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 05:36 PM

3M respirators are great, the only problem I have with them is my safety glasses don’t fit right while I’m wearing it. Does anyone have an answer for this problem?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Rick

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 05:37 PM

Why don’t your glasses fit? Mine isn’t a 3M brand so maybe those fit differently, but I put my safety glasses on under the mask straps.

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nailbanger2

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#12 posted 12-23-2009 05:41 PM

The nose piece pushes the glasses up, leaving a good sized gap.

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Rick

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 05:43 PM

Oh. Ya that would be a problem. Well I know that the particular brand I bought doesn’t have that issue. I have the one with round cartridges. I think the 3M cartridges are triangular.

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nailbanger2

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#14 posted 12-23-2009 05:48 PM

Well, don’t keep us in suspense, Rick, what brand is it?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 12-23-2009 06:04 PM

Check this one out from my review by Rockler.

I’ve had it a couple of years now, & really like it.

Garret Wade now sells the same mask, but it also comes with a painting filter.

-- -** 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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