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post #1 of 15 Old 02-20-2009, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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What type of woods do you NEED to use a respirator? Some people that will say “Any wood that you cut”, but I am trying to avoid the nasty woods for now. Until I can afford a good setup, I will just avoid them. I currently have a dust hood connected to a shop-vac and using dust mask now.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-20-2009, 09:36 PM
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What you don't see goes into your lungs - I wear mine most of the time - especially when sanding- that stuff goes everywhere.

Ya it is uncomfortable under a face shield but you only got one set of lungs - I also have the dust collector running - it keeps the air clear sucking that dust out of the way.

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I turned without one for the last couple months and finally decided to drop some money on a good mask...Didn't want a respirator. I got a "dust-bee-gone" washable mask and that thing is awesome. It is also very comfortable and doesn't fog my face mask. I thought about $40 was a lot until I priced disposable dust masks, respirators, and filters.
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It would be hard to say,what wood would bother you,as some woods bother some folks and don't bother others.What may not efect me may kill you and thats no joke.So I would get a dust collector and a respirator,ASAP.The best two investments I made since starting working with wood and thats many bucks ago.My lungs and sinuseses thank me every day for it and make me miserable when I don't
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Respirators? How are we to get our Recommended Daily Allowance of sawdust in the lungs?

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The kctermite. Where did you get your ( Dust-Be-Gone) washable mask? Sounds like what I would like. Thanks. HLW
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I did a search on the Dust-bee-gone mask - sounded good to me also. Many sites carry it including direct from the factory.

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I use a Triton powered respirator most of the time. Especially since I use a lot of heart rimu, the dust of which is very irritating to the nose and lungs.
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I am 59, and I have COPD.....my lung capacity is down to 36%. I end up in the hospital about every 2 years, because of bronchitis and pneumonia ( in 2009, I spent 3 months in the hospital Jan - Mar).....my lungs, frankly, are shot. This was caused by too many years of smoking.....dust can and does cause the same problems to your lungs.....I now wear either a rebreathing mask, or a heavy duty filtration mask whenever I work with wood. If you know what is good for you, and care about your health, you will get a good respirator now.....I know from experience, lung disease is not fun......sorry to sound so stern in my response, but I LIVE WITH IT EVERY DAY.....and btw: it is any and all wood.....
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I do not know of any situation in woodworking where a respirator would be needed. A good quality mask is generally the most that would be required.

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I am 59, and I have COPD.....my lung capacity is down to 36%. I end up in the hospital about every 2 years, because of bronchitis and pneumonia ( in 2009, I spent 3 months in the hospital Jan - Mar).....my lungs, frankly, are shot. This was caused by too many years of smoking.....dust can and does cause the same problems to your lungs.....I now wear either a rebreathing mask, or a heavy duty filtration mask whenever I work with wood. If you know what is good for you, and care about your health, you will get a good respirator now.....I know from experience, lung disease is not fun......sorry to sound so stern in my response, but I LIVE WITH IT EVERY DAY.....and btw: it is any and all wood.....

I've also got respiratory problems. Sawdust and chemicals are not good to breathe. My exposure was a little on the extreme side. About 40 years on a daily basis. I would recommend a two cartridge respirator for all procedures in the shop. A bad habit that's practiced is removing the respirator too soon. Ambient dust and vapors can linger in the air a long time.






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only when yuo get the price of some exotic wood george

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Did a little searching on-line; the cheapest I found the Dust-bee-gone was $34.95 (medium sz.) at Amazon.com. Check out their reviews as well.

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I do not know of any situation in woodworking where a respirator would be needed. A good quality mask is generally the most that would be required.

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some exotic woods are very toxic and harmful. I used to not wear a mask in the shop, after turning chico viga, i believe that was the wood, it felt like i sniffed cayenne pepper, and the effects lasted for quite some time. After doing some research and getting a wood toxicity report, i was shocked at what i was breathing in!!!! just google wood toxicity report!!!
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I would skip right to a dust collector that will suck the tool completely dry. Someone asked me about the lack of sawdust in my shop, and said I must spend half my day cleaning. No, we just have a dust collector that consumes all the air in the shop in less than a minute. Lean towards overkill on dust exctraction and the need for masks goes away.
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