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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 04:14 PM
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If you are just using portable tools, a shop vac with the clean stream style heap filters works great. I used to use drywall bags in my 20 gal. vac to keep the dust contained. I started with the little rigid ambient air cleaner, and upgraded to the Jet.

I tried a bunch of different masks until I found what worked for me, but I enjoy using a respirator more when humid in the summer.

Try to collect as much at the source as you can. Some of the tools don't make dust collection easy, so I take them outside when possible.

I would start with your option A and go from there.

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I have a respirator but can't wear it. It changes the position of my glasses and that gives me a headache. Can't afford the self-contained respirator.

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I use a wood lathe the most. I wear a Trend Power Air Shield and have a vac recovery system that is hooked to a Festool Midi with a Hepa filter and above me is a Powertec Air Filter hanging from the rafters. I make lots of Pens and Seam Rippers and use some exotic woods that are not good for you to breathe in the dust. I have one of those Rockler multi-fit dust extraction hoses, so anything that has a small dust fitting goes to the Festool Vac and anything larger goes to a Jet Dust Collector with a 1 micron filter and a Super Dust Deputy Cyclone. If you come in to my Garage, be careful I suck your brains out with all of the dust collectors and Air Filters going at the same time. I have spent way to much money in dust collection and air filters but I only have one set of lungs. I just wish I had been smarter in my early years and had not smoked. But I did quit 19 years ago.

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Hi, FYI on the Rockler mask. It doesn't have an outflow valve, so with my mask, there is a mild air leak across my prescription (and shatterproof) glasses, which fit fairly well over the mask. That outflow also keeps my glasses from fogging in summer. It gently pressurizes the mask with filtered air, which is effective at keeping sawdust out. It is also fairly light weight, with the battery pack being separate so it's pretty comfortable.

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