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Oct 5th, 2016 at 3:30pm
 
I have a full beard that I'm not willing to shave off so I'm looking for a full face respirator that will work with my beard. The airshield pro looks good but is very pricey. Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheaper effective model?
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Re: respirators
Reply #1 - Oct 5th, 2016 at 7:20pm
 
Many respirator experts say that only positive flow powered respirators will work with beards, because the facial hair prevents a good seal.  That's why firefighters aren't allowed to have beards.
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Reply #2 - Oct 5th, 2016 at 8:29pm
 
In my opinion, the Air Shield pro is the best bank for your dollar.  There may be better alternatives but they are more expensive.

I have had one for about five years and am very happy with it.
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Reply #3 - Oct 5th, 2016 at 8:44pm
 
A friend of mines uses a Resp-O-Rator. Looks super goofy, but works for him, he's been using his a super long time.

Seems to be one of few options for someone with a beard.

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Reply #4 - Oct 5th, 2016 at 10:09pm
 
Len, have you had any problems with the batteries, how do they stand up over time and many recharges?
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Reply #5 - Oct 6th, 2016 at 11:39am
 
Bill Godber wrote on Oct 5th, 2016 at 10:09pm:
Len, have you had any problems with the batteries,



I purchased it with two batteries and had a solid 3 years without any problems and that is with a lot of use.  When they did start showing their age I rebuilt them. Similar to as show here.(Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register) It was easy to do and very inexpensive.
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Reply #6 - Oct 6th, 2016 at 11:44am
 
Not intending to butt in here but I have had a Trend Air-shield Pro for five or six years and feel it is one of the best respirators for turners. I have a full beard and it works well.
The question came up about batteries. Three years go I got a "smart charger" and get 4-5 hours from a charge. Still on the original battery packs.
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