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Dust mask
« on: March 04, 2017, 10:14:09 pm »
I have been told that ERC dust can be very harmful and was told I should were a mask when sawing it.  I have never worried about it before but after someone said something it got me thinking what do you guys think/do.  Not crazy about wearing a mask I always do when cleaning grain bins but would rather not when I'm outside sawing ????

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 10:33:21 pm »
I never saw anything without my mask on.
 

 
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 11:28:59 pm »
Breathing any sawdust is considered harmful, just some a re way more harmful than others.

Generally the more durable the wood, the nastier the chemicals it contains. Things like cedar, walnut and various tropical exotics produce all sorts of nasty chemicals to help them resist decay and bugs. Just because they are "natural", doesn't mean they aren't nasty.

So it's fairly well documented that guys that worked in cedar mills in the old days had lots more lung problems as they got older. Now commercial mills have better dust extraction, and breathing protection is more common when needed.

Allergic reactions are also more common with that sort of wood, and obviously you don't want to get an allergic reaction in your lungs.

So if you find yourself working in a cloud of cedar sawdust because the wind is swirling around, break out a dust mask for sure.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 11:58:50 pm »
Yep, didn't think much about it when I started a few years ago, but after coming home after day of sawing and coughing up a storm finally started wearing a mask.  Hemlock, black locust, black walnut, oak, (and others) like Ianab said durable wood comes from strong natural chemicals, all stuff I've been sawing over the past few years.  I've tried the 3M masks and don't work for me.  My dad got me a "dust bee gone" washable reusable mask (http://dustbeegone.com/dustmask.html) and I can wear it no problems so far.  Take it home and wash it in the sink and it's like new.  No more agitation in the lungs when I get home either.  Gotta take care of yourself. 

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 07:36:38 am »
I have just started wearing a dust mask for all sawing.  What kicked in the pants was a builder of traditional birch bark canoes passed away recently and the cause was cancer of the sinus.  The guy telling me about it said the doc said he was 95% sure it was sawdust that caused the cancer.  I researched a little and sure enough it is a cause of sinus cancer.   

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2017, 08:01:14 am »
The best part of using the 3M valved respirator mask that MM shows above is it is the only one I have found that does not fog up my safety glasses while using it. I was a shop teacher for 20 years and it is imperative that one either has a good dust collection system or wears a mask when dealing with sawdust from any tree.

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2017, 09:01:47 am »
I got those 3m ones with the valve but they don't work for me.  I have a big honkin nose and a supersize chin, so I haven't found any respirator or mask that works.  plus I wear glasses and the breath
gets deflected and fogs them up.  Anyone know of a custom face mask company?  I was looking at some of my fathers old mx pictures and noticed they all wore bandanas around their face.  He said it was to keep from breathing in all the crud.  I might try that.  I'll get a 5 micron bandana lol
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2017, 09:25:58 am »
Thank you for the replies Im new to sawmill so haven't sawed much but will defiantly get some masks.  I new in the back of my head it wasn't the best but to stubborn to wear one but I will know. 

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2017, 03:18:16 pm »
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2017, 08:29:55 am »
Hey 4x4 you are a combination of Jimmy Durante and Jay Leno?
this thread has given me food for thought.
I only get the sawdust near me when the wind is swirling and in the wrong direction.
I saw mostly with the rubber chute up but put it down when the wind is wrong.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2017, 08:53:42 am »
This is a timely thread for this rookie sawyer. I sawed my first Walnut Saturday, just a couple shorts that most wouldn't have fooled with, maybe an hours total sawing but I was double cutting with the Peterson which tosses more dust toward the operator and the wind was coming my way too.  Sunday I woke up with very irritated sinuses and red eyes. I am normally not overly sensitive  but obviously I need to get my sawing PPE in order.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2017, 01:24:08 pm »
I have used quite a few different dust masks over the years...right now I have an Elise P100 mask - it's great, the best mask I have ever used!  I would highly recommend it... it is the first mask that I don't mind wearing, which says alot!  The mask is reusable, with replaceable filters.

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 07:11:20 am »
I use ERC to make shelves and furniture pieces and it sure makes me sick to run it through a planer without breathing mask.

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2017, 11:17:52 am »
Rocker has quite the selection of dust masks, some are washable.   http://www.rockler.com/search/go?w=dust%20mask%20respirator   

I often wonder if 50 years from now all people will wear a dust mask doing their daily tasks.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2017, 12:27:15 pm »
Rocker has quite the selection of dust masks, some are washable.   http://www.rockler.com/search/go?w=dust%20mask%20respirator   

I often wonder if 50 years from now all people will wear a dust mask doing their daily tasks.
Not if they are dumb like me and just to stubborn to do it.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2017, 05:17:51 pm »
Another vote here for the sort of mask MagicMan spoke of. Been getting into chainsaw milling of p/u-loads of hickory, black locust and sugar maple. Often I'm in the midst of a cloud of wood-flour, which I was not designed to breathe. Much more such work awaits.

Another potential gotcha- one big sugar maple I'm working on has sections that are "spalted", invaded in wave-fashion by fungi. Those fungi can mess up some sinuses something terrible, for many weeks. DAMHIKT.

When it starts breezing-up I've got to find suitable means of keeping that poo out of my eyes too.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2017, 07:54:14 pm »
I never thought about it much. After reading these and other post, I bought two of the mask mentioned here. One for me and one for my wife who helps me.

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2017, 08:09:17 pm »
They are much more economical to buy online in the box(es) of 10 which is less than $1.50 each.  They regularly sell for $6-7 each in stores.
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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2017, 11:21:33 pm »
I'm glad I brought up this topic sounds like a few other including me will be breathing a little easier from know on.  Thanks for the replies

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Re: Dust mask
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2017, 09:38:58 pm »
Hey 4x4 you are a combination of Jimmy Durante and Jay Leno?
this thread has given me food for thought.
I only get the sawdust near me when the wind is swirling and in the wrong direction.
I saw mostly with the rubber chute up but put it down when the wind is wrong.




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I do have a Jay Leno chin, but I guess my nose isn't as big as Jimmy Durante!  Holy honker that guy has!  I do remember in high school on time, I went up to get a tissue to blow my nose, and the teacher goes "take 2 you have a big nose"  and I was about rolling on the floor laughing so hard!
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