Remember the post a long time back about the BMW airhead? We didn’t mention the part about cleaning out the bad gas in the tank. That was my job, and it sucked. Let’s just put it this way: I figure I took at least a year or two off my life. What I really needed was one of these powered respirators. Take my advice now: If you’d like to live to be an old shop guy, you’ve got to look out for yourself — and that includes avoiding the nasty stuff like as grinding dust, smoke, and spoiled gas fumes.
Update: See the next post for better fume protection.
The powered respirator pictured above comes from Triton, and protects not just your lungs but also your eyes, ears, and head. It may be hunter orange and look like something the guys with keys from E.T. would wear, but it will keep your head on your shoulders and your lungs filled with the good stuff while filtering out the nastiness.
A filtered stream of air flows down the inside of the visor, supplying clean air for your lungs. Your head and eyes are shielded from airborne debris by a lightweight hardened plastic hard-hat fitted with a high-impact hinged visor. You also get hearing protection in the form of built-in earmuffs which rotate and position away from your ears when not in use.
The power pack/filter is carried on a waist belt and filters 95% of dust under 1 micron. Airflow rate is 5.3 CFM. Respiratory protection conforms to NIOSH N95 standards. While this isn’t a rig built for style — or for spray painting as the paint particles would clog the filter — it can be quite a help to your continued breathing in a hostile shop environment.
Street Pricing Starts at $199.