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I'm seeking feedback from anyone that uses or has used powered full-face respirators for general shop use (not finishing).
I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I despise wearing dust masks, and now that I have to wear reading glasses for fine work, there is the added hassle of fogging. I do wear them when generating large amounts of dust, but often I forgo using one for smaller jobs even when I know I'm exposing myself.
I had the thought that some of the full-face masks with powered air-flow could be less irritating than a conventional mask, and I might be more inclined to use one, as such. They are a bit pricey, however, so I'd rather not fork out for one if I'm going to find it uncomfortable and not use it.
Any first-hand experiences would be appreciated.
I can't remember the brand I tried decades ago. It had a cartridge filter and fan over the forehead, and a face shield. The face shield takes careful handling and then battery and filter maintenance. It was nice to have a breeze over your face, but a lot of hassle to keep it going. I went back to face masks and then upgraded dust collection.
Check the 3M line. Yes, they might appear pricey at first glancee but I found that the thing to check first is listed weight. Saving cost on a powered other brand results in greater weight and bulk fit. My 3M non powered gives me comparable efficiency at less weight and more comfort with my glasses than my powered one.
For general use I would think they would be much more hassle than anything else. I have one for spraying when I can't use the booth and it is a hassle with setting up the unit next to power and messing with the air supply hose. They work great and give you a nice cool fresh air, but I would not want to wear one when trying to do my general cutting and fabrication, ect. Maybe you're considering something different then mine.