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  • What Dust Mask do you guys use?

    I use dust masks (disposable cheapy ones) for heavy routering of MDF and other dust-heavy jobs. They keep the MDF dust out of my nostrils pretty good... The issue I have with them is that they fog up my safety glasses, so I end up using tape to stick the top of them so air doesn't get under my goggles.

    I would like to step up to something better... I'm thinking there may be something with a nice rubber face-to-mask union to keep dust and moisture from being an issue... and replaceable filters? This has to be somewhat reasonable as well as I sweat a lot when woodworking and I imagine I'd wreck the filter portions rather quickly.

    What do you guys use?

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    I actually usually ditch the goggles when working with MDF as MDF dust will just stick to the plastic lenses making me blind. Maybe not the safest practice, but I've never experienced chips or splinters with MDF like you get from real wood that will really hurt you and your eyes, and being blinded while using a power tool I think is rather unsafe.

    I do have the same problem as you with dust masks, I'd recommend using a dust mask with air vent in the front, this will allow the majority of your breath to escape out the front instead of around the sides of the mask. Keeps your face cooler too. You can also get safety goggles with airtight seals around your eyes which may be a solution. As a last resort, you can spend $50 on a full blown respirator mask.

    Here's what Amazon suggests:
    https://www.amazon.com/3M-8511PB1-Pa...G2BJD5M4CB1R3J
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    • #3
      The first step is to upgrade your dust collection methods to capture as much as possible from the start. Now, we all know you're not going to get all of it, so here's my recommendation: I use a full respirator when painting, and I've started using it for really dusty applications as well. The disposable respirators don't seal very well in my experience, and as you have stated, tend to fog up safety glasses. I use one like this:

      http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Large-...A1-A/100195886

      If you're using it for just dust, you can replace the "filters" and not have to replace the entire cartridge every time it fills up. You can also buy organic cartridges so you can use it for harmful vapors.

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      • #4
        This one https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009...anL&ref=plSrch And I wear these https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003U...zAL&ref=plSrch to keep the dust out of my eyes.
        Last edited by Jeff F.; 08-16-2017, 09:29 AM.

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        • #5
          I use a rubber 3m mask and it was one of the best purchases Ive made. Ive only replaced the cartridges twice in 6 years, though not the heaviest user. Well worth having. Only complaint is that moisture from my breath and sweat does condence inside the mask and then drip onto my workpiece. Can annoyingly raise grain while sanding. Also a little gross.
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          • #6
            I'm another user of the 3M rubber masks. They are of good quality for not that much money.

            I don't get that much dust when using my tablesaw or router table because of dust collection, but when using a router by itself, a mask is essential.
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            • #7
              I use a 3M full respirator too (not sure of the model). It works well, but I don't like wearing it. It's not uncommon for the temps in my garage to reach 90+ degrees, and that thing, along with my ear muffs for hearing protection and safety glasses, makes it feel even hotter and more uncomfortable.

              One of these days I'm going to buy an RZ M2 Dust Mask (https://www.amazon.com/RZ-Mask-Pollu...s=m2+dust+mask). It looks like it would be a lot more comfortable, and reviews seem to indicate it works well. Plus, it will come in handy if I ever feel the urge to rob a stagecoach or pretend I'm Bane from that Batman movie. :-)

              Ron

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              • #8
                Here's the issue with respirators, you must be clean shaven for them to work properly. If they don't seal completely, you might as well not be wearing it. MDF has formaldehyde has a binder, so in theory, we all should be wearing one. I'm of the fuzzy disposition, so I tend to use a mask that does pretty well called DustBGone. I still have to get my Jet air filter hooked up...
                Wolf
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                • #9
                  I'm fairly confident I am the most fuzzy here and I use a rubber 3m mask. Does it get EVERYTHING... no but it does a lot better than any disposable. I keep the pre-filter clean. If they are clogged up I notice more debris getting sucked through my beard.

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                  • #10
                    Ken, I'll bet your beard is filtering too. Is it thick enough to be HEPA rated?
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                    • #11
                      That Ken dude has shag carpet it's so thick!
                      Wolf
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                      • #12
                        This is what I wear. LOL
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                        • #13
                          Actually this is what I use, 3M 8210 N95
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                          • #14
                            3m 7000 series mask with 2091 pink filters. Super comfortable silicon mask works great with a beard and the filte Scare light weight. I change the filters every time I empty my dust collector bag. You won't find a better combination. Both can be found on the Zon and prime
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                            • #15
                              I also wear the 6200 series 3M half face respirator with the particulate filters 3M 2096 or 2097

                              I also have and use the organic vapor cartridges 3M 6001
                              John H

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