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I want to buy a filter for when I'm grinding but there are so many diffrent masks/filters/types that i don't know where to start. Any suggestions?

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I'd recommend a 3m 6000 series mask with p100 filters. 

Read up on them and get a proper size that fits you. Also learn about performing a fit test. Should be on the 3m site. 

If you have a big beard or are not shaved where the mask fits your face you will need to look into other options like a supplied air mask. 

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Well.....considering that I'm 16 I don't think facial hair will be much of a problem. ;) but thanks for the advice 

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Not knowing who is typing on the other end of the keyboard, it's hard to tell and we try to be thurough. I didn't know if you were 16 or 85.  :) Plus, others may find this thread in searching for the same info and they might be older, with a full beard, and not realize that wearing a regular respirator over it will minimize the protection of the mask. 

Also keep in mind that the filters regularly need changed out every so many hours of use or over time. You can prolong the filters life by putting it in a sealed ziplock bag between uses. 

Glad you asked and are thinking about this now at 16. You've got many years to go and protecting yourself now will keep you going healthier a long time. 

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What Daswulf said. You've only got one set of lungs; protect them. Get in the habit of wearing your dust mask, safety goggles, and face shield EVERY SINGLE TIME you approach the grinder. 

In the 19th century, two thirds of the grinders in Sheffield, England died before the age of 30 from breathing silica dust and metal particles.

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1 hour ago, Daswulf said:

Not knowing who is typing on the other end of the keyboard, it's hard to tell and we try to be thurough.

Sorry, it was not meant to be an insult. Thanks for the feed back.

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Don't worry, he didn't take it as an insult, it wasn't. Das has good reading comprehension and this is the getting to know each other phase. You're learning how to ask good questions, we ALL had to learn and still do depending on the subject. Learning how to ask good questions and interpret the answers is a skill, it takes practice and we'll help.

Right now it's breathing PPE. I have a beard and masks are an issue. I rigged a filtered exhaust system for my grinder but it's iffy so I haven't nor will I post pictures. It's pure 0.5 donkey lashup and only part of the layers I use. For the B A D stuff I have a 3M White Cap supplied air welding helmet. Yes, it's a helmet literally, even has temperature controls. With the proper suit it's even rated for biohazard environments. Search it out and check the price. I enjoyed a discount I'm not going into. 

We're with you on this, safety is important we all push it. And there's Das, we're typing at the same time. Happens all the time.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Thank you much guys, I do apprecate the help.

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The one subject that you are almost guaranteed to get responses on is SAFETY.

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