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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 power respirator.
The weight and balance of the helmet, for example, are important. If a respirator doesn’t sit well on your head, you’ll take it off very quickly. And the face shield shouldn’t distort or interfere with your vision. You also should be able to wear some kind of hearing protection with the respirator on.
Testers found the Airshield comfortable because of its padded headband. And even though the fan, motor, filter, and battery are perched on your brow, its weight is reasonably well balanced.
Of the respirators we tested, the Trend Airshield and Airshield Pro distinguished themselves for comfort, clarity of vision, and overall user-friendliness.
This respirator is available at www.envirosafetyproducts.com.
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