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    face shield recommendation

    My face shield finally bit the dust and I need to buy a new one. I'm not really a turner but I have a lathe and use it occasionally but not without a face shield. I'm looking for recommendations for a reasonably priced one. Thanks

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    Re: face shield recommendation

    Tom, you say you turn occasionally - that really doesn't tell us what sizes of wood are you throwing on the lathe.

    You have 3 levels to choose from: 1) Effective but cheap, 2) Good but moderately priced, 3) Great protection - very expensive. Check out the search link at Klingspor's below.

    https://www.woodworkingshop.com/sear...?q=face+shield
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    Re: face shield recommendation

    I have both the plastic (I think it's polycarbonate) and the mesh face shields and I like the mesh much better, no fogging. However, the vision is not quite as clear but this has never been a problem. I have never been smacked in the face wearing either one, so I don't know if there is any protection difference.
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    Re: face shield recommendation

    I have this one, with the antifog shield I believe (was a gift). UVEX Bionic face shield.
    I haven't used it much, and have not 'needed it' (i.e. not been hit in the face with a flying chunk), but suspect that the jaw piece will add significant protection compared to an open ended (open jawed) model. Not cheap, not expensive; way less than a significant injury! Worth it I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bionic-Shield...dp/B001VXXUWK?
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    Re: face shield recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry W View Post
    I have this one, with the antifog shield I believe (was a gift). UVEX Bionic face shield.
    I haven't used it much, and have not 'needed it' (i.e. not been hit in the face with a flying chunk), but suspect that the jaw piece will add significant protection compared to an open ended (open jawed) model. Not cheap, not expensive; way less than a significant injury! Worth it I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bionic-Shield...dp/B001VXXUWK?
    Same one I have.

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    Re: face shield recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry W View Post
    I have this one, with the antifog shield I believe (was a gift). UVEX Bionic face shield.
    I haven't used it much, and have not 'needed it' (i.e. not been hit in the face with a flying chunk), but suspect that the jaw piece will add significant protection compared to an open ended (open jawed) model. Not cheap, not expensive; way less than a significant injury! Worth it I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bionic-Shield...dp/B001VXXUWK?
    +2 for this one. I'm an occasional turner and have been very satisfied w/ it. The head strap adjust easily for different size heads.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: face shield recommendation

    I have the UVEX Bionic. It replaced a cheap harbor freight face shield, and it was well worth it. Get the one with an anti fog visor.

    Adjustable and comfortable. I can also comfortably wear my half mask respirator with it.
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    Re: face shield recommendation

    Another person with the Uvex bionic. Had it for years, used it a lot, like it.

    Tom

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    Re: face shield recommendation

    Uvex for me too. I also have a 3M but it is broken. I should just throw it away rather than try to get repair parts. I use it more when grinding metal than turning wood though. the ones with fans seem interesting but I really don't have a problem with mine fogging up since there seems to be plenty of space. I have a bad neck so any gear like this needs to be light weight so I probably wouldn't like the motorized ones.

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