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I recently tested a large selection of masks and respirators, and had the editors at Fine Woodworking do the same. After all of our testing, it’s clear that there are a few key features that make for a great mask. An exhaust valve is an indispensable feature. You also should look for a mask that is made from face-friendly material. An adjustable nosepiece is important and adjustable straps are a big plus.
Testers applauded the versatility of the Moldex Handy Strap, which allows you to hang the mask comfortably around your neck.
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Overall, however, two masks really stood out from the rest in our tests: the 3M 8511 and the Willson Saf-T-Fit.
This dust mask is available at www.labsafety.com.
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