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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 04-16-2009 11:32 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2009 11:32 PM

I was wondering what types of protection people use for dust and finishing fumes. I used to use just the standard 99 cent dusk mask, however I always found my glasses fog up. Im thinking a respiratory may be a good choice for both woodworking and finishing. But i have no clue about respirators. Are there different types? Are they good for woodworking or should i mainly use one for finishing?

As of now I have been working outdoors and not using anything, but obviously I should rectify this situation.

Any help is appreciated

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 07:32 PM

I feel your pain Jeff…..for years as a young man I never wore anything, not even the “99 cent” filter. (dumb I know) and while I still find myself grabbing a sander or spraying a finish and not a face mask more often than not. I bought a painters face mask at my local Lowes and several filter packs.

For just making saw dust, I still just use my paper filters for my face and trust my shop filters and vacs. to help me out. But the painters mask with the replacable filters is for finish work (To hot and bulky for everyday work) I know there are much better units out there and I am sure they are worth every penny. But my $100.00 face mask seems to help alot.

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#4 posted 04-18-2009 09:37 PM

Try “pinching” the top of the mask to fit tighter on your nose, and you’ll eliminate most of your fogging problem. I’m also using (and very happy with) Jet’s Air filtration unit. It mounts to the ceiling and really does a nice job on that fine dust. Some of the guys here have also made their own using a discarded furnace blower, box and disposable furnace filters.

Fumes on the other hand, will require something more elaborate. There’s a full face mask out there that has a fresh air blower assist. Keeps the fumes out and the mask fog free. Looks pretty cool, although I haven’t personally experienced it myself.

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