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Question about face/lung protection

Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by Christopher Welte, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. dbonertz


    Oct 16, 2007
    Fort Collins, CO.
    Jeff and Alan,

    I only want to add that people with neck and back issues should use the trend from a friend prior to purchasing one. I tried everything to balance mine but found I could get it balanced in one stance but not another. I couldn't wear mine for more than ten to fifteen minutes before my neck hurt so bad that I would have to take a long break or quit for the day. Thus it became a dust collector and not a dust collector for my lungs sake. I finally sold it for a $100 loss and found something that works. Many people swear by it, which is great, but try it first to insure that your neck and back can tolerate it.
  2. ebrannon


    Oct 22, 2009
    Milford, PA
    go whole hog

    I started with a dust mask and ended up going whole hog and getting a 3M personal fresh air system. It brings fresh air via oilless pump thru a low pressure hose. My face is washed in fresh outside air, so I never worry about dust or fumes from finishes or epoxy. It may have saved me on a few occasions. It is light, quiet, and comfortable - THEREFORE I USE IT!

    A year ago, I had a reaction to either dust or glue fumes. It jarred me into spending the money. However, if you are willing to take a small risk with the fan or air pump, a friend built his own fresh air system and essentially tapes the air line to the back of a painting hood with a plexiglass panel. Not OSHA certified, but it works well. It does not provide any face protection from flying objects, but for sanding and finishes, it seems to work great. He found a heater squirrel cage fan that seems to do the trick, and it runs it thru a filter.

    As an added feature, I had the same idea that Odie had and found a hockey mask that fit near perfectly to my old helmet. I put that on when I am working on an ugly piece with a higher risk of coming apart.
  3. Andy Chen

    Andy Chen

    Jul 14, 2010
    College Station, TX
    Ed, 3M has so many "fresh air systems", seemingly countless models and configurations in just the Versaflow family alone, in addition to Airstream and Breathe Easy. Which one do you have?
  4. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Dalworthington Gardens, TX
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    I think that he means, "supplied air system", but even then there are a number of choices.

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