Air helmet or Dust Bee Gone?
Well, after turning a couple spalted maple bowls in the middle of December I found out that I'm apparently still highly allergic to the mold spores in the sawdust I created. Several years ago I turned a spalted maple bowl and spent the evening in the ER trying to breath.
This time I thought I was doing good by running my dust collector with a hose right at the lath so it would suck up all the dust and I would avoid any problems. Not so much.... After I shut everything down I found a very fine layer of dust all over the shop. I spent that night unable to talk, I could breath but I was coughing like crazy. After a couple weeks of antihistamines I'm breathing normal again. I don't want a repeat of those problems so I'm taking some positive steps to upgrade my dust collection system.
I just finished my Thien baffle and mounted it on a galvanized trash can. I've contacted Wynne filters and have a nano filter upgrade coming for my Grizzly dust collector. I want to make sure that I'm as safe as I can be from future dust inhalation issues so I'm thinking about going with either a forced air helmet/facemask or a Dust Bee Gone mask. Since I got sick I've been wearing a chemical respirator in the shop when I'm sanding or sweeping up but that's too cumbersome. I can't wear my face shield over it when I'm turning anything on the lath and I don't turn anything unless I have both my faceshield and safety glasses on.
What's the opinions here regarding the air helmet vs the Dust Bee Gone mask?