Mask that actually fits?

  1. julianf

    julianf Member

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    I've never found a mask that fits. Not the disposable ones, nor the (very limited) number of units with separate filters.

    Can anyone recommend anything?

    I'm only really after somthing for particulates. Just general dust etc. I have an air fed for proper toxic stuff.

    I realise face shape will mask a difference - pointy, boney, with some hair.

    Ie the opposite to fat, round, and smooth!
     
  2. Climber

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  3. zzr1200

    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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    See if you have an "Arco" somewhere near you, they should allow you try the masks on they have in stock, hope you find a comfortable one.
     
  4. akdaka Member

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    +1 for the 3m mask
     
  5. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    I've never found a disposable "paper"mask that fits or is worth wearing (even the expensive ones.)

    For disposable I like the 3m 4000 series and for replaceable filter type the 3m 6000

    I find the 4000 nicer to wear but the only facial features I share with you is the hairy bit.
    You need to try for yourself but 3m do offer 3 face sizes in their masks.

    A face fit test would be well worth doing.
    ARCO offer the service.
     
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  6. Turbo Member

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    I'm blessed with a large nose & the only mask that's comfortable for me to wear plus seals properly is a 3m 7000 series. They come in 3 sizes, small, medium & large, mine is a 7502 medium. It's made from nice soft silicone rubber & I can wear it all day with no problems.
     
  7. hotponyshoes Member

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    If you don't mind a full face the scott vision series come in 4 sizes with a choice of filters
     
  8. Maker

    Maker nEw mEmBeR

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    I believe mine is the same, fits me well enough but I don't have Julian's face so that doesn't really mean anything. :whistle:
     
  9. Anguz

    Anguz Forum Supporter

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    Face fit test is the way to go
     
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  10. gaz1

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  11. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    As said get yourself along to an Arco, they have the largest range of selection of respirators that can be tried on.

    Take some sterile wipes with you !

    One thing worth noting is that if you have even the smallest amount of facial hair or stubble the level of protection is drastically reduced even with a correctly fitting mask.

    If you’ve got the air fed, stick with that and save yourself some money on masks and or filters
     
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  12. morssdn

    morssdn Member

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    3M 7502 Series comfy and effective, fits under Speedglas welding lid.

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    you get pairs of twist fit filters that go on the side. recommended. I find disposables a bit useless.
     
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  13. Jim Davey

    Jim Davey R H Davey Welding Supplies Ltd

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    I use this one quite a bit, very good fit (for me) and comfortable, if a little sweaty during the summer.
     
  14. MattF

    MattF Member

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    If it's just for nose & mouth, (if they still make them), those little alloy clip frames where you used to fit something resembling a sterile patch to them were ideal for weird shape faces. You moulded the frame to fit your mush.
     
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    WorkshopChris Forum Supporter

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  16. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    That’s called a Martindale Mask

    Save your pennies and just use a tissue, it will be more effective
     
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  17. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Bandana tied round your face, like Le Salvager :laughing:

    Personally I get on well with a Scott Profile2 Halfmask. Very flexible around the face fitting. And no steaming issues with glasses.

    For disposable, the 3m Aura 9322 are okay, but need a little squeeze now and then to readjust.
     
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  18. chris pruteanu Member

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    If you can live with an air feed mask then look no further than the speedglas 9100FX with the adflo extractor on it- really worth its weight in gold ! A bit cumbersome to wear as its a bit heavier than a simple mask but so versatile ! The grinding face shield is really good and peripherial viewing angle is huge ! Yes, they are pricey but a really nice bit of kit altogether !
     
  19. MattF

    MattF Member

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    I always liked those masks, personally.
     
  20. Turbo Member

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    Having used a Trend Airshield Pro at the Men's Shed I would buy one of those if I could afford it. It will only protect from dust but it's oh so nice having cool air blowing round you face on a hot day.
     
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