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willhime

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10-23-2014 02:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: safety respirator finishing work tip

As far as respirators, what’s a good brand to get and where? I’ve been looking around but don’t really know what kind I should get, or if I’m getting ripped off. I do a lot of sanding, finishing work, oil and water based painting.

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 02:50 PM

I think any that meet NOISH standards will do the job,just make sure you get the correct filter for what your using them for spray painting, dust,chemicals etc.

Here’s one that seems like it might be comfortable

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/elipse-p100-dust-mask.aspx

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 03:12 PM

3M 6000, accepts multiple cartridge types, and they are cheap. $16 gets a mask + a set of particle filters. Organic vapor cartridges are cheap as well, I think $9 for a set. I don’t think it’s going to last for many years to come, but it’s also $16. I think if you wear it often, as I do, it will last about a year or two before the elastic wears out.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Series-Facepiece-Respirator-Medium/dp/B000FTEDMM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1414076811&sr=8-6&keywords=3m+6300

-- -Dan

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willhime

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 01:49 AM

Thanks. Yeah, those both look good; should I worry about getting the attached eye protection mask, or just keep using my sturdy side-protected safety glasses? Is the advantage just the fact that they’re attached so it’s one less step, or is there something to it, like it’s keeping the fumes away from the entire face because it’s all enclosed?

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 03:48 AM

Besides some 3Ms, as Dan mentioned, I have a Miller LPR-100 that looks, curiously, identical to the Elipse P100 that Jim mentioned. Its very comfortable and lightweight and it fits very well to the face. It doesn’t go under the chin, like the 3Ms do, but rests on the chin ridge, which feels strange at first. It’s biggest disadvantage is the one-piece neck strap which means you have to put it over your head first rather than having a clasp to connect the neck strap like the 3Ms. That is why when I want one to throw on real quick I choose the 3M but if I want good protection from fine dust I go to the Miller.

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#5 posted 10-24-2014 05:10 AM

Something you might want to do with respirators. It helps save the life of them and helps keep bacteria out of them and off of your face.

When you get through using your respirator wipe the inside of it with a little regular alcohol.
Then put it in a zip lock bag and keep it as air tight as possible. This helps kill the bacteria in and on the respirator.

If you put your respirator on and it begins to make you itch on your face it most likely has bacteria on it. Sometimes you can clean it with alcohol and sometimes it’s safer to trash it and get a new one.

And common sense should tell you if it’s not easy to breath through you need to replace the filters.

Always take care of your respirator and don’t abuse it or it might abuse you and cause you some unhealthy problems.

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#6 posted 10-24-2014 02:30 PM

3M’s are good. They have a 6000 and 7000 line, I think. I have the 7000 line. My respirator and my full face shield are the two best investments ever made in my shop. Get one and you won’t be sorry.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 10-24-2014 02:48 PM

I have been using this type of mask almost daily for about 6 months now, but with the 6035 filters ( http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/291091930193?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0 ) and have had no problems with it at all. I have no dust collection in my shop and have suffered no ill efects. I find that a pair of these filter cartridges lasts me about 10 to 12 weeks, so great value and good dust protection. Highly recommended!!


3M 6000, accepts multiple cartridge types, and they are cheap. $16 gets a mask + a set of particle filters. Organic vapor cartridges are cheap as well, I think $9 for a set. I don t think it s going to last for many years to come, but it s also $16. I think if you wear it often, as I do, it will last about a year or two before the elastic wears out.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Series-Facepiece-Respirator-Medium/dp/B000FTEDMM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1414076811&sr=8-6&keywords=3m+6300

- Pezking7p

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 02:56 PM

All are good and rated by NIOSH, the most important part is to get one that fits you face. the easiest check is to put your hands over the filters and breath in. This should cause a suction and it should keep a suction. if not it isn’t fitting and is pulling air from around the seal, which also means that it would be pulling in unfiltered air so dust and ect. I use a msa comfort fit I would not recommend it for wood working it is more for chemical work. I also have a neoprene carbon filter dust mask from harbor freight. It is nice but its a on size fits all and it is comfortable. As Bruce said keep it clean and dry alcohol wipes are your friend.

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 03:22 PM

Can anybody comment on the 3M respirators for someone who has a beard? Not a bushy santa beard, but trimmed short.

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#10 posted 10-24-2014 03:34 PM



Can anybody comment on the 3M respirators for someone who has a beard? Not a bushy santa beard, but trimmed short.

- BinghamtonEd

As you may see by my pic, I have a “goatie” beard, and find that the 3m 6000 series is fine for me!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#11 posted 10-24-2014 03:34 PM

Ed , I also have a short trimmed beard that looks kind of like what I see on your photo and the 3M 7000 masks fit around it just fine. Just depends how far back the beard goes as to wheather the outside edges of the mask will clear it or not. You should be able to tell by looking at it in the package if it will clear or end up on the beard which would not work good at all.

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#12 posted 10-25-2014 02:25 AM

My grandson has a lawn mowing business (he is in high school). When he first started he was having allergy problems. I ordered a couple of masks from McFeely because they were on sale there and cheap. They were 3M. When it came time to replace the elastic straps and their anchors he found that he could replace the entire system for less than he could buy the head cradle. I have used a 3M for a bunch of years and I agree that you have to get the correct size. There might not be a correct size for some faces. That is the reason some people like different brands. I change my pre-filters when they get dirty. This depends on what you are doing. The filter cartridges last me a LONG time. I have been known to seam mine to my face with Vaseline. I clean it every day after use with alcohol as mentioned above. I also store it in a zip lock bag then inside a plastic tub that is stored in a metal cabinet. Glad I am doing something right. BTW the Vaseline does not harm the rubber.

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#13 posted 10-25-2014 03:54 AM

Never can be to safe. Be it dust or Ebola, got you covered.

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willhime

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#14 posted 10-25-2014 06:32 AM

I didn’t even consider facial hair as an issue. I’ve been sporting the somewhat unkempt russell crowe from gladiator, 1/3 way down my neck for a good 10 years. And I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let a little cancer and allergies effect my vanity. And by vanity, I mean it’s nice to never have razor burn and fits extremely well into my 5 minute leave the house routine.

Ebola. Great, lol, I live 15 minutes from Georgetown, TX (one of the affected towns). Might have to convert the shop into an Outbreak/Dexter motif.

I really like the full face ones, or at least I think I do in concept. But man, price goes from 20 up to 120? to 220? I’m sure I’ll be bemoaning the savings though when I’m layin in the hospital, “really? $100 was too much? You just had to have that niesen block plane didn’t you?” Well, supposedly Turmeric is good for your respitory system and mental health. It’s probly just popcorn salt, but I can dream. Mickey Mantle knows best, “if I knew I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself”.

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#15 posted 10-25-2014 11:47 AM

Before I retired, I worked in an environment that required respirators that were rated N100 which means they get 100% of particulates. We all had to go through a fitting and test of the fit and with the beard, I could not pass. I trimmed it down and kept it short and was able to pass the test.

The dust in the environment was quite toxic and it was not worth the risk to have a poor fitting mask. I have read some comments on the forum of people who are very allergic to the dust or have breathing problems. For them, I would make certain that a mask fits perfectly. For the others, you just have to find out what your body can tolerate.

Of course, catching dust at the source is the best solution.

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