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Old 05-31-2018, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Can anyone suggest a good respirator to use for turning, sanding and buffing wood and acrylic? Thanks!
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Can anyone suggest a good respirator to use for turning, sanding and buffing wood and acrylic? Thanks!
Do you have a good dust collector system set up for the lathe or for where you are sanding things.

What type turning are you doing?? Is it just pens?? If you are doing things like pens, spin tops, bottle openers and small items, all I use is a nuisance dust mask and either safety glasses or a face shield. I have dust collection and do not do large items on my lathe.

If I do anything larger I have a Trend Airshield Pro.
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I’m only turning small things- mostly pens right now. I am going to set up my dust collection system to the lathe, so that should help too. I’ve just been reading that micro sanding and using a buffing system should include some sort of respirator usage. Thanks for your thoughts and reply!
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This is the one I use https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...rch_detailpage.
It's reasonably comfortable, has the quick release I like and you can put charcoal filters (or combo filters) if you are doing finishing work.
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Great, thank you. Is there a particular filter that you use with this respirator? 3M 2097 or 3M 2297 filter?
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For light duty, I use a Resp-O-Rator. It's less bulky and doesn't get in the way of safety glasses, mask, or ear protection.
Resp-O-Rator - Duxterity LLC

When working with fine dust or more problematic materials, I go with a 3M like the one listed above. Even with a beard, it works well when cinched up tight.

I also often wet sand, which helps trap a lot of the dust.
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Thanks for the information!
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It has been my own personal experience AND observation of the need of people on this forum that there is a wide range of specific needs and in the end each individual must match the specific respirator to their own needs.

1. Many people here get by with the white dust mask type; some use the face mask approach that have a valve.

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Non...ust+face+masks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078GN1G1Z...&pd_rd_w=xqRzC

2. Then there are the kind RESPIRATOR kind as mentioned and linked by RileyD
I have used these types for years.

3. there are the full face mask type that run close to $100 such as this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Holulo-Respir...ds=respirators
the problem with this one is there is no air circulating inside and unless in an air cooled shop, it will get sweaty.

3b. This type below, and there are two or three brands of different varieties that have air flow in them. They use battery packs for the air flow. I had a Triton that I used for a while (about 10 years ago) but it had nicad batteries that eventually quit working. replacements were too expensive.
https://www.amazon.com/TREND-AIR-PRO...rds=air+shield

4. Then there is the one that Cjester linked to - some people like it just fine; others not so much.

The type needed depends upon your physical needs. I am not huge 220lb, 5'10" and not really barrel chested but have big lungs. I have climbed 12,000 to 14,000 ft mountains and never got short of breath while others with me would struggle for breath; the point behind that is that my lungs seem to grasp a lot of air. I cannot wear those white mouth/nasal masks as air shoots out and fogs my glasses, even with the glasses coated with anti-fogging cleaners. I cannot wear a full face respirator without air circulating or the mask will fog up in a couple of minutes. The Triton mask worked great as long as the batteries were working. For me, and some others here, the ones like Riley mentioned work well. I have three. I always keep two on hand, but lost one set (stored it in a box and recently found it again.

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Great, thank you. Is there a particular filter that you use with this respirator? 3M 2097 or 3M 2297 filter?
You can get this dual particulate/vapor cartridge for this mask:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

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