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Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by joe marra, Mar 29, 2016.
Any suggestions for dust mask protection that will fit under Bionic face shield. Thanks
Dust Bee Gone will. Also Lee Valley makes a low profile mask which works. There is also a new low profile mask that Highland carries called Elipse. Problems some of these cause is when turning these other than the Dust Bee Gone could require you to bend your head over to see around the mask and that gets old.
[Edit 7/10/f16: This mask didn't work as well as I thought. The exhale function does not keep up with volume inhaled, and I end up breathing too much CO2, and it collects moisture after a very short time. Bummer.] I've been wearing this one for a couple weeks now, under my face shield, and have found it much more comfortable than even high-quality disposable masks. The crown-pieces do not interfere with putting on the face shield, and the mask fits within the space available under the shield, and it's much easier to wear my close-up-glasses since the dust mask has a soft interface that can sit anywhere on my nose.
I have no experience with this, but I've been interested in it for a while now. Fits under a mask and uses a scuba-like mouthpiece connected to two hepa filters behind your head (99.7% of 0.3 microns?). I've seem Jim Duxbury (sp?) demo it twice now, and it looks like it would be a good solution. Here's a utube video he put together. Jim's a pretty ingenious guy.
Biggest drawback for non-divers is learning to breath through your mouth only...
I have the resp-o-rator, and it's been my preferred method of lung protection for about 5 years now. It fits under the bionic shield, is light, no batteries, and works. I also have an Airstream helmet, half-face respirator, disposable dust masks, and a dust-be-gone......but the resp-o-rator is still the preferred method. I normally don't use the resp-o-rator when creating shavings, but do use it for sanding. The exception is when turning spalted woods, and some other woods that tend to be toxic.
A drawback is......I've never been able to get used to the nose plug provided with it. As much as I'd hoped I would eventually learn to not do any breathing through my nose, after extended sessions on the lathe, there is still dust that gets into my nose by going without some method of preventing breathing through the nose.....this problem needs to be addressed. After trying the nose plug supplied with the resp-o-rator, I've also tried nose plugs used for swimmers. Using all these external nose devices is uncomfortable for extended use, and dust does get between the plug and the skin on the side of your nose......causing an irritating effect. I once experimented with using soft ear plugs in my nose, but that only worked somewhat effectively, because they tend to work their way out, and are not cheap if you use several sets per day. Some will probably gawk at this idea, but I've found that a little piece of paper towel wadded and soaked with water is very comfortable for sustained use.....cheap and effective. I guess it all depends on what you are willing to do and endure, if your objective is to turn every day, all day.
I use the Resp-O-Rator without a problem. It works very well and I guess I'm lucky as I have no nose problems while using it.
Well, I managed to go back and post to the wrong thread. Hate it when that happens...
I think it's a 3M respirator I wear under my Bionic. There seems to be plenty of room and I like the face mask.
I have been using this type for around ten years. It fits fine under the bionic face shield. I tried the trend air shield but with my neck problems it just didn't work.
Thanks to all.
I have been wearing this 3M model under my Bionic with no problems whatsoever: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Facepiece-...1459601981&sr=8-1&keywords=3m+respirator+7500
I don't have the Bionic face shield, but I like these 3M N100 filters. They are soft and comfortable and have a low profile. The down side is that they are a bit pricey and you have buy a box of twenty.
Bill, how long do they last?
The one that I have now is sort of brown. I've used it for several months. Being cheap I probably use them too long ... until I can't stand wearing it.
Thanks Bill, got them on Ebay for $5.24 each no minimum with free shipping. Thanks again
3M 6000 Series Half Face Respirator
This one works for me. http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-6200-half-facepiece-respirator-919.html. Don't forget to order particulate filter cartridges separately. I use 3M 2071 P95 Particulate Filter. http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-2071-p95-particulate-filter.html. - John
I ordered 2 of these, one for my kid and one for me to wear under my mask and while we sand. it's great because I wear glasses and my son doesn't like to wear one with large filters on it. it's very comfortable and if you use the code APRIL from april wilkerson you get free priority 2 day shipping and a free pack of 3 filters. good deal and very comfortable.