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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Lawrence Tarnoff, May 4, 2012.

  1. Lawrence Tarnoff

    Lawrence Tarnoff

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    I've been using a cheap-o HF face shield and I'm looking for suggestions on higher quality protection that accommodates prescription glasses. Specific brand suggestions will be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Larry

    PS: I'm now turning my first bowl and got my first catch ... but wow is this fun!!
     
  2. john lucas

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  3. John Altberg

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    Uvex User Review

    I will second John's recommendation on the Uvex. I have been using one for a year, now. It is so comfortable that I forget that I am wearing it. I wear safety glasses and a respirator with it, too, with no problems whatsoever. I reluctantly spent the extra money for the anti-fog lense; it actually does NOT fog! In the FWIW category, Al Stirt uses the same shield. Unlike most other demonstrators he wore it continuously during his demo and wears it for big and small turnings, alike. And, yes, we could hear him just fine courtesy of the small microphone that he wore UNDER the shield!

    I used to only wear mine for "big stuff" until a bottle stopper split on a hidden crack and hit me directly on my safety glasses. Had it hit anywhere else I would have been cut badly by the jagged edge. My Uvex has taken one direct hit by some heavy purple heart that flew apart on me. It took the blow like a champ and saved my teeth and prevented an expensive trip to the dentist.

    GET ONE AND WEAR IT!! It will do you no good hanging on a hook in your shop while you are at the lathe. At the end of a session I hang mine on the banjo. It is impossible to forget to wear it this way!

    John
     
  4. Gynia

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    The Uvex is a good face shield. Safe turning practices are also good. Find a way to turn wood without putting your face shield in the "line of fire".
     
  5. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    another vote for the Uvex it is comfortable so you won't mind wearing it.
    And Al Stirt wore mine for a few days while he was here in central fla.

    Al
     
  6. John Lawson

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    I got the Uvex because I felt the shape of many other face shields was too open on the bottom, and could expose me to a dangerous shot in the throat if I were leaning over the lathe.
    I hang my Uvex from a hook where it hits me in the head when I stand at the lathe. It has saved me from a number of small but nasty objects. I wear a dust mask underneath it, and sometimes, if I am doing something exceptionally dusty, I also wear safety goggles under it as well.
     
  7. Alan Van Art

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    Just ordered the very same one from amazon.com for $32
     
  8. john lucas

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    I'll have to dig a little but I think there are 2 versions. One is more expensive. Can't remember off the top of my head what it is but I remember other turners telling me that you see 2 different prices but often there are 2 models. However I've also heard that they can be purchased less expensive than the place I listed. Hope someone will chime in on the difference. I have to head off to work again today and have to cut my computer time short.
     
  9. MichaelMouse

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    Only if you were leaning waaaaay over to where the motion was up, not down. Of course, if you're a coward like me, you never put your face or body into the throw zone. You push the tool at arm's length. A whack on the knuckles from some birch bark is about all that can do you then.
     
  10. John Altberg

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    The two versions are a plain lense and the lense with the anti-fog coating. Like many items, it can be had for less on Amazon than at your link.
     
  11. John Lawson

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    I admit the odds are slim, but it makes me more comfortable this way. I don't turn big, green bowls on a 3520B. I turn little things on an LA200, and sometimes I have to get close to see the details. It's actually time for new glasses. I've been resisting trifocals for years, with the predictable consequences of not being able to focus at all distances.
     
  12. Allen Howell

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    I have used the UVEX for over a year and have had one BIG hit on it from a wood projectile. It performed as well as any expectations I had. I got the anti-fog lens and have never had any problems seeing through it (at least not from fog). I highly recommend it.
     
  13. Michael Mills

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    John may be thinking of this difference.... the + rating was about $15 more.

    MOST shields sold at woodworking stores are Z87 and not the Z87+
    ANSI Z87.1 and Z87.1+
    Standard: Z87.1
    Withstand a 1” Steel Ball dropped from a height of 50 Inches without fracture.

    High Impact: Z87.1+ Faceshields must withstand two test.
    High VELOCITY Impact Test
    Projectile Specification Diameter:-1/4" diameter steel ball. Velocity: 150 feet per second (102 mph) Quess that may be a tiny bit faster than a ball dropped a whole fifty inches?
    High MASS Impact Test
    A pointed projectile is dropped from a height of 51.2" onto a lens.
    Projectile Specifications: Length:-5" Diameter:-1" Weight:-1 pount, 1.6 oz

    As additional protection, you can also buy Dewalt saftey glasses (with the + embossed on all frame parts and the lens) for about $10 on line or $25 at the Borg.
     
  14. Lou Kinsey

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    I have a Uvex at home, but on this most recent living on the road excursion I found one by sellstrom that I really like. It's got hard plastic both top and bottom, plenty of room under it for glasses or googles and the fresh air respirator when I get back home to use it. I'll have to hunt up a photo, but I picked mine up in Maine at an industrial supply house. The bottom plastic really firms up the shield. has Z87.1+ rating


    http://products.sellstrom.com/details_new.asp?seriesID=54
     
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  15. john killian

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    Eye and face shield protection

    has anyone taken an impact resistant riot helmet face shield and attached it to a light weight baseball helmet for top of the line protection!!!!!!!!!!!!! As technically with the uvex, safety glasses are still required beneath the mask
     
  16. john lucas

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    A gentleman that I stayed with In Atlanta did just that. He purchased a police type riot shield with the steel grid mask that goes in front. He attached this to a baseball type hard hat ( I think that's what it was) and it worked extremely well. He had taken a massive hit to the face a few months earlier and was still having dizzy spells from it. He decided there was not such thing as overkill for this kind of protection.
     
  17. ray hampton

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    THIS is only a play on words but a hardhat are use by construction workers
    bikers and the sport players wear helmets, which are better at protection your face since helmets use a face mask sometime
     
  18. Ryan Ron

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    It is important to protect your body from all the potential hazards that are harm you. It is especially important to protect the eyes, ears, and the lungs.Wearing of protective eye gears or goggles protect workers from debris flying from using hand tools . Also, these protective eye gears should be worn while applying wood finish because the chemicals might dry the eyes. Wearing clothes that aren’t loose and gloves are recommended to prevent skin irritation.
     
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  19. Jeff Eckrich

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    I just bought the UVEX face shield and I am pleased with the fit.
    But, pay attention of how your face mask fits underneath it.
    My face mask fits but not as well as I would wish it would.
    The other issue is noise. Does your ear protection fit?
    Jeff
     
  20. Glen Perye

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    I too have the bionic UVEX shields I have one for the wood shop and have one for grinding, and drill in the metal shop They are great head gear is better than most on the face shields. I have taken some cut off disks chunks and metal bits and it hasn't been a problem.

    So far the best price has been Amazon.
     

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