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Which brand model and approximate cost of your mask?

Effectiveness is #1 and then Comfort would be #2 for me...

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As far as actual dust masks you would be better off using the top that has a exhaust valve. https://www.allergystore.com/3m-n100...ator-8233.html Still some amount of dust will get by. If effectiveness is #1 I would use a paint respirator.
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I use the 3M, N95 rating from Lowe's. I have a respirator but can't use it as it throws my glasses out of focus.
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I use the RZ Industries M2.

Not a big fan of the bulky masks, and I can't stand rubber straps around my head. The M2.5 has been a blessing - very comfortable to wear.
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I use a 3M 6300 mask with 3M 2135 P2 activated carbon filters. No dust gets through and no smells either.
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I catch most of the dust at the source and rarely have any airborne dust floating around. When I know I'm going to have a little bit I use the 3M 8210 Plus; they work very well for my needs. One way I know there's very little airborne dust is that there isn't a fine layer of dust on everything and my mini-split filters stay clean for weeks at a time. I clean them every two weeks or so but they're just as clean as our whole house HVAC unit filter. When I spray lacquers I use a respirator with appropriate filters.

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I also use the RZ M2 mask. I like it overall but sometimes it's hard to seal up against my nose so my safety glasses don't fog.
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In industry we used downflow masks.

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I catch most of the dust at the source and rarely have any airborne dust floating around. When I know I'm going to have a little bit I use the 3M 8210 Plus; they work very well for my needs. One way I know there's very little airborne dust is that there isn't a fine layer of dust on everything and my mini-split filters stay clean for weeks at a time. I clean them every two weeks or so but they're just as clean as our whole house HVAC unit filter. When I spray lacquers I use a respirator with appropriate filters.

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It's just a simple HF 2HP with Wynn filter and a 20' hose I connect to each tool as I use it. There's a separate line running to the CNC so I switch out at the DC when I use the CNC. I built a room air cleaner out of a 20"x20" AC filter and box fan and placed that in the center of the room right above the table saw. That fan gets turned on low speed in the morning about 6 every day and is the last thing to get turned off at night about 10 o'clock.

When I use the table saw for more than a couple of cuts I turn the fan on high speed and let it run that way for a few minutes after I finish cutting. The filter gets cleaned (vacuumed and compressed air outside) every 3-4 weeks. If I've been using the table saw a lot then the filter is dirtier than when I don't use the table saw much. I know the blade throws chips back at me (no overarm dust shroud) but those aren't airborne and fall readily to the ground or saw top. I vacuum that up as soon as I finish with the saw so I'm not stirring anything up or creating anything airborne and before I can track it into the house.

It's rare for me to use compressed air to blow anything off in the shop, rather, I will vacuum all I can. The shop vac has a HEPA filter so it isn't blowing dust out the exhaust, either. When I use the ROS the shop vac is connected and catches all the dust. I built a downdraft sanding box a while back and when I use that the DC is hooked to it (on my YouTube channel if you want to watch).

If I was cutting sheet goods or using the table saw all day this would be a very different environment, indeed. Also, if the shop wasn't the attached two-car garage with the door open into the house and if it wasn't climate controlled then I would likely not be as concerned about the dust. It would probably be blown out the door and the DC and shop vac would see a lot less use.

So nothing special other than my built-in discipline and wanting to keep the shop clean and as dust free as possible and having the patience to clean it every time something hits the floor. I probably use the shop vac on the floor 3-4 times each day but it only takes a couple of minutes each time. And I simply don't run a tool without hooking up the DC hose, even if it's only to make one cut on the miter saw.

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The reasons you should keep dust to a minimum. WE had a cluster of nasal cancers in the UK connected with wood working.
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I use the RZ Industries M2.



Not a big fan of the bulky masks, and I can't stand rubber straps around my head. The M2.5 has been a blessing - very comfortable to wear.
I use the m2 rz mask. And love it so.


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I have Jet dust collector and jet filtration unit ceiling mounted. Do U find a mask is still needed?

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