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Forum topic by Marcus posted 12-12-2013 01:51 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2013 01:51 PM

Interested in getting a powered respirator and wondered what the options were? All I am seeing out there is the trend unit and the smaller unit offered by rockler (which is not appealing as I have a beard and wear glasses).

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 03:54 AM

Keep us posted, I am interested to know what you find. Are they positive pressure units?


-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 06:41 AM

I was just looking into powered respirators.

Rockler and Woodcraft offer relatively low priced options.

Moving up from there are Trend and Triton.

Then you start getting into real money. 3M, Honeywell/North and MSA sell serious powered respirators. The better ones retail for over $1000.

I just bought a MSA Optimair 6A from the auction site. It was mailed today, so I will see how it works.

I didn’t go for the lower priced ones because I wasn’t sure if they would filter the really fine particles. The serious ones are used for things like removing lead and asbestos, so I’m confident they will do fine for me. I think I got a good deal for the one I picked up. Still not cheap, but I have had asthma since childhood so I needed this.


-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 03:35 PM

I used to have to spray some really toxic paint occasionally when I was building boats. I made my own by mounting a bathroom fan in a panel of my shop door and running 3” dryer vent hose to the 3” filter mount on one side of my respirator. I blocked the other side and left the straps a bit loose. I was painting nasty stuff and I could smell the flowers outside the door. Also the air flow over my face was nice and cool. Later I used the same rig with a full hood.

It’s not a great permanent solution perhaps but it is really cheap and works like a hot damn.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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