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Never too Close for Saftey Glasses

I can’t think of any job in the workshop where safety glasses aren’t warranted — even just sweeping the floor or using a Dremel tool. You’ve only have two eyes, and you’ve got to protect them. But what happens when you’re working on small parts (or your eyes just aren’t what they used to be? Forget those granny glasses you got at the drug store. Get some dioptric (reading) saftey glasses.

These glasses feature magnifying lenses molded into the lower third of the lens. Like most reading glasses they come in powers from 1.0 through 3.0, but otherwise they’re just like normal safety glasses. Just make sure the glasses you choose are American National Standards Institute (or ANSI) certified.

ANSI tests safety glasses to make sure they can withstand the impact of a quarter inch steel ball traveling 150 feet per second. Certified lenses will have “Z87” molded into or printed on them.

Other features to look for are ultra violet (UV) filtering and various tints and colorings that offer benefits depending on what sort of lighting conditions you work in. Street pricing for a set of these starts around $10.

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4 Responses to You’re Never Too Close For Safety Glasses

  1. Tyrone says:

    Saftey, you say huh?

  2. Dan says:

    Using a dremel is the one time I _always_ wear goggles — those little cutting disks snap way too easily, and the fragments shoot off at an amazing speed..

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    Dan: You’re not kidding. I think we mentioned this on the podcast a while back, but it’s a good idea to wear a face shield, too, when you’re using anything with a spinning disc. When a disc lets go, it goes sailing everywhere.

  4. Kurt Schwind says:

    I have had my dremel for maybe 2 months and I’ve gone through 3 cutting discs. When they fail, they fail in a spectacular way. I wondered why it came with a big stack of the things. I love cutting away bolts and nails though, so it’s well worth loosing a few discs.

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