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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2017, 05:12:13 am »
The scraper chain broke right after lunch. That door way mid picture is 6'6'' high.

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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2017, 07:13:23 am »
Good advice Andries..kinda like my old boss used to call me a bruiser..ive been getting better about it sorta kinda:  Should see the guys down the rd at the pallet shop, them guys are double bruisers..you know the kind Iím sure.


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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2017, 10:39:35 am »
Dust is definitely a hazard.  Around here they talk about "farmer's lung" from working around dust....tillage work in dusty conditions, grain dust, mold, hog dust, etc.  It's all dangerous and cumulative.  My  brother got a bunch of corn mold dust cleaning out a bin a few years ago and had a cough for over a year.

It was basically what killed my dad after a life time of farming.  Went in for hip surgery and his lungs failed....nurses asked how many years he'd smoked....but he never had.

I wear a mask a lot, whether it's sawing, grinding steel, or any other dusty work.

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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2017, 11:24:07 am »
I know it's not much help to the portable guys but a 42 inch barn fan at your back does wonders it's the only way I could saw black locust.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2017, 05:30:15 pm »
My favorite wood to saw is western juniper but because of the dust, I also hate sawing it. In my lungs in my eyes in my pockets, boots and underwear. I can wear goggles and mask but that doesn't help with all the other places it gets. Last week I cut juniper again and ran the water almost wide open and at last the dust was not too bad. Mill didn't need water neither did the band but this sawyer sure appreciated it.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2017, 05:36:19 pm »
Milling Western Red Cedar, outdoors, super bright sun on snow, loud loader and mill, cold temps.

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Dan'g - with this much protection, I might live to be as old as D-U-G.
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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2017, 08:59:34 pm »
I wear the same dust mask, its great.

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« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2017, 08:19:11 am »
Is that a p100 dust mask?
if so, where is it available
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2017, 08:55:28 am »
Andries Iíve made it this far without wearing that stuff so ima bet youíll lap me!! 
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2017, 11:06:23 pm »
Is that a p100 dust mask?
if so, where is it available

I've had good luck with these folks:
https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/elipse-p100-dust-mask.aspx
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2017, 12:07:27 am »
Did somebody mention dust?
 

 
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2017, 06:09:36 am »
Did somebody mention dust?
My fan won't help there.  Time to move. :D :D
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2017, 08:00:21 am »
Is that a p100 dust mask?
if so, where is it available

I've had good luck with these folks:
https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/elipse-p100-dust-mask.aspx

What he said.  Same for me, it's a great mask, low- profile, replaceable filters, they even make a protective case for it that goes on your belt.

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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2017, 08:09:29 am »
My shop seems difficult to use fans since the dust producers are all over the place.  Dust collection helps, but as we all know there's still plenty that gets in the air.  The radial arm saw is my biggest offender.  It just doesn't work well with the dust collector.
 

Here is my setup for radial arm and chop saws. 

You are correct about normal collection on these as a lot of dust gets thrown out the back before it makes it up into guards to be collected.  Those are HVAC boots you can get at any of the home improvement stores and they do a nice job of catching the back splatter.  I have almost zero dust that escapes at these stations using this setup.  I also use one of the ceiling mounted air cleaners as a second line of defense.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2017, 08:24:33 am »
That's a good lucking setup Treehack.  Thanks for the pic.  If I had room behind my radial and chop saw I would copy what you have there.  My problem is I would need a complete remodel to get me that space behind the saws.  What I basically need is a bigger shop.   :)   I may just get a couple of those P100 masks to tide me over.  I like the way they look.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2017, 07:13:11 pm »
Not saying in this case, but bands fed too slowly produce a lot of real fine dust. I think most of us feed too slowly, faster feed equals coarser dust. Circular mills produce saw chunks not dust. Frank C.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2017, 09:33:06 pm »
Way I look at it Frank circles produce saw dust and bands produce powder.  :D

Even with circles I'm often surprised by the fines content we get: harder timbers require slower feed speeds so a fair % must be boiling out of the gullets and gets reduced by following teeth. Up the feed and the surface suffers. In softer wood though it's almost like shavings... I got good markets for the coarse dust and have often thought about putting a separator on the line.  One day jobs.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2017, 09:46:49 pm »
I added goggles to my PPE because safety glasses were not helpful with sawdust.   And I agree the wind always seems to into me and into workshop.
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Re: Dang sawdust...
« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2017, 10:48:05 pm »
Walnut, cedar, anything over 120 grit mask up.

The lean in that picture is impressive, on a wet log there is a 50 / 50 chance of slippage and landing on your keester (always fun) but I appreciate the dedication to make it happen.
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« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2017, 09:41:48 am »
I can consider myself lucky as I only remember a handful of occasions when I had to wear dust mask. Only do portable sawing, so I guess it is pure luck. The one thing I did figure out is how to keep sawdust out of my eyes. I ALWAYS wear safety goggles and to keep most of the sawdust from falling in from the top, I use a simple baseball cap pulled right down on top of the goggles. It eliminated most of the sawdust from getting behind the goggles. It took some getting used to as I don't normally wear a ballcap, but now I can't run the mill without it.
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