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Iím thinking of getting the RZ M2.5 mask.
Looks like this: https://rzmask.com/collections/m2-5-masks
Is there a reason I should get a different kind or need a respirator style mask?
What do you wear?
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Joe, while it's never wise to inhale much of the dusts, smoke and chemicals us woodworkers encounter, the level of protection you may require depends on your own physical needs and your level of exposure. Some of us, wisely or not, have enjoyed our hobby without a care for dust masks. Others use simple throw away paper masks. While, a few need and use a full face respirator.
I can't speak to the particular mask you cited because I'm one of those who very occasionally uses the throw away type.
Inventory your exposure risks and your physical/medical needs and decide accordingly.
But, remember to always enjoy your time in the shop. If you're always worried about your health, that diminishes an otherwise happy experience.

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Joe, while it's never wise to inhale much of the dusts, smoke and chemicals us woodworkers encounter, the level of protection you may require depends on your own physical needs and your level of exposure. Some of us, wisely or not, have enjoyed our hobby without a care for dust masks. Others use simple throw away paper masks. While, a few need and use a full face respirator.
I can't speak to the particular mask you cited because I'm one of those who very occasionally uses the throw away type.
Inventory your exposure risks and your physical/medical needs and decide accordingly.
But, remember to always enjoy your time in the shop. If you're always worried about your health, that diminishes an otherwise happy experience.

Thanks I appreciate your take I may stick with throw a-away for now

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Joe, while it's never wise to inhale much of the dusts, smoke and chemicals us woodworkers encounter, the level of protection you may require depends on your own physical needs and your level of exposure. Some of us, wisely or not, have enjoyed our hobby without a care for dust masks. Others use simple throw away paper masks. While, a few need and use a full face respirator.
I can't speak to the particular mask you cited because I'm one of those who very occasionally uses the throw away type.
Inventory your exposure risks and your physical/medical needs and decide accordingly.
But, remember to always enjoy your time in the shop. If you're always worried about your health, that diminishes an otherwise happy experience.
Couldn't have been said better, Gene, you have a way with words.
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Joe we are not all created equal. Some can tolerate dust while others do not. The unfortunate truth is that all too often, if you are one of the ones who can't tolerate it, the realization comes too late. If you have any feeling at all that what you are using is inadequate then take steps immediately to improve on what you are using.
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Hi Joe. I'm not familiar with that particular style of mask... never seen one and never used one. Not saying it's a bad mask, just not familiar with it. I personally don't like the disposable ones, altho I have used them in the past. I find the ones with an exhaust vent in the center to be best because without the vent, my glasses fog up. My mask of choice is this one: 3M Mask Not saying it's the best, but it works for me. And, if I need to, I can put different filters on it for paint, fumes, and asbestos.

But, do use one, even the disposables are better than nothing. It's a proven fact, sawdust can kill you.
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@Pastorshobby , I second everything said. I greatly applaud your concern about the need for respiratory protection. Woodworking dust is a wide range of sizes, some particles large enough to quickly settle and seem to get all over everything. This visible sawdust is not the main problem. The particles that are the greatest hazard are those that are not visible. Particles the size of bacterial and smaller are the most dangerous. These particles remain in the air and can be inhaled. Once in the lungs they are treated as bacteria and get into the blood stream. There they spread throughout the body and put the person at increased risk for heart disease and stroke, in addition to the lung problems. These particles can be blocked by properly fitted disposable masks that meet the N95 specification, which blocks particles the size of large viruses
@Cherryville Chuck points out that we are all different and some of us will have greater risk for such thing as asthma attacks, allergy attacks, sensitivity to toxins etc.Please do keep in mind that some wood species are toxic and can cause anythng from acute allergic reactions to cancers.

I thought there was a thread in the Wood Species subforum, but I could not find it. I did find a link to a .pdf file originally published in Wood magazine in 1989. A colorized somewhat expanded version can be found here: http://mbwoodturners.ca/Documents/toxic_woods_chart.pdf
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All good thoughts about dust protection...

I have used the RZ dust mask now for about 1 year...excellent protection. Fits nice and tight yet comfortable. I use this mask when I'm sanding and generating lotsa dust. And use disposables

like the MXV Pocket mask from FastCap . These slip on and off quickly, are light and work very well.

I stay away from the cheapo ones that you find at big box stores, as they do not seal properly...so why waste your money & your lungs.

Breathe well...

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When I saw this thread I immediately clicked on the link, because like @BrianS I was not familiar with these RZ masks. Somehow a few minutes ago I looked at the web site again, partly inspired to do so by the post made by @johnnie_dr . This time I was able to see that they block particles down to 0.1 micrometer. The N95 spec s blocks down to 0.3 micrometer, so these RZ masks exceed the N95 spec. Hence they appear to be a superb value, probably more than really needed for hobby level woodworking.

Next question: can a person wear glasses and these RZ masks at same time?
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