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Favorite dust mask?

  • 08 Jun 2017 8:22 PM
    Message # 4888590

    I have a fabric dust  mask, which is slightly better than one of those paper masks. Over the last couple months I've gotten a bad cold and sore throat within 24 hours after sanding projects. What's your go to dust mask or respirator?

    Granted I need a better sander and a better dust collection system... 

  • 09 Jun 2017 7:06 AM
    Reply # 4889624 on 4888590
    Roger Crooks (Administrator)

    I've used the Elipse P100 for some time and find it very comfortable and works well.

    Check out on Amazon

  • 09 Jun 2017 8:17 AM
    Reply # 4889693 on 4888590


    I would recommend that you go to Sanderson Safety gear for a mask. Something that is not advertised anywhere is that the face masks come in Small, Medium, and Large. If you have the wrong size it doesn't do too much good.  Sanderson has all three sizes there to try on.  Also, I would get something that has changeable cartridges, date the cartridge when it is installed and then change them every couple of months, depending on their use. Also, the cartridges are designed to filter different things, get one that is for dust.

  • 09 Jun 2017 9:11 AM
    Reply # 4889867 on 4888590
    Bob Oswald (Administrator)

    I've been using one (my second one now) from Home Depot.  Very very effective on some wood that kills me.  Also on a spray varnish situation in a closed room.  They change models over time but here is one.

  • 09 Jun 2017 10:15 AM
    Reply # 4889957 on 4888590
    Ken Hall (Administrator)

    I have an Eclipse P100 and agree  with Roger that it is a very good, comfortable mask.

  • 10 Jun 2017 7:34 AM
    Reply # 4890989 on 4888590

    If your not in a hurry, I bring about 6 different dust masks to the table saw class which is once a month. I am always there about an hour early and I can show you them. Also I am attendent often and I could bring them all with me if you left me know in advance. One thing good about the 3m half mask is with a single flip the mask releases so you can talk, eat or drink without removing the mask. Their are three sizes which is very important. There are some new mesh masks out, that I hear are very comfortable. You can try them at Rockler, one of our sponsors, with a discount for our members. P100 filters are the correct dust filter type. They are usually pink. 

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