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Forum topic by Kreegan posted 11-09-2012 09:19 PM 933 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2012 09:19 PM

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What do you folks wear on your head when turning? I’ve been wearing my goggles, 3m half face respirator (6800 series I think?) and a face shield on top. This arrangement just isn’t working. It’s bulky, annoying to put on and take off and tends to fog up. The fogging up I think I can fix if I put something over the exhale valve on the respirator. Or at least that should fix fogging up my face shield. My goggle fog up over time no matter what I do. So what do you guys wear when turning?


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#1 posted 11-09-2012 10:41 PM

I use a Trend Airshield that has batteries that pump in fresh air and filter it. Works pretty well. I also use a North full face respirator, for sanding, as I can put really fine filters on it.

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 01:10 AM

Safety glasses while turning. Add a respirator when sanding. Have a face shield but don’t wear it while turning unless what is being turned sends shavings at my face.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 12:40 PM

You should always were a face shield!! Do it on every turning and you will get use to it. There was a recent report of a professional woodturner who had several broken bones in her face when the piece she was turning flew of the chuck. She might loos vision on one eye. Not worth the risk!!

-- Pablo G

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 02:38 PM

The first item I every tried to turn flew off the lathe, slammed into the ceiling and ricocheted across the room. I bought a face shield the next day. A broken flyoff moves fast.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 04:25 PM

I always wear a face shield. It tends to get dusty and I have to stop and clean it, but there is way too much stuff flying around to not wear it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-10-2012 07:40 PM

nothing-(i hope to change my answer soon though)

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 12:04 AM

I wear a full-face shield when working with the lathe; even when I am sanding on the lathe. Of course, the majority of the sanding I do on the lathe is wet-sanding using DNA soaked sandpaper.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 12:43 AM

Wrap around ESS CDI Safety Glasses, a Hobart Face Shield, and a 3M 7500 Series half mask respirator. The 7500 series has a deflector on the exhaust port that keeps my shield & glasses from fogging. It sounds like a lot, but the whole setup is comfortable enough I don’t mind wearing it.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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