April 29, 2011

3M 8511 Sanding and Fiberglass Respirator with Cool Flow Valve - Review


When it comes to standard jobsite dust protection, we swear by the 3M 8511. It's the best light-medium duty (sanding, demo, etc) dust mask we've ever used. It's way better than those flimsy painter ones and it's not a bulky mess like the full-on, tuna can, toxic respirators.

So a while back we read a description of another 3M respirator and it sounded great. So great, in fact, that we thought it might rival the mighty 8511. We asked the company to send us one to try out and they did. Well, a few days later, it showed up and, what do you know? It was the 8511.

If you've never used one of these, you should give one a shot. They're a little more expensive than the aforementioned lame painters masks, but they're definitely worth it. They fit well, they've got two straps (not one), and the little valve thing keeps the temps down in the mask, so the bottom half of your face isn't completely drenched in sweat.

Note: usually with our reviews we post up pictures of the items as we've used them. Unfortunately, the 8511 that 3M sent us ended up in the trash before we could take any photos. But is that really a bad thing? Do you want to look at a used dust mask? Didn't think so.

At Amazon.com (a 10 pack is $8, which is waaaay better than what the local lumber yard sells them for).

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 29, 2011 2:39 PM
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If you ever wear eye protection with your dust mask you'll get to experience the joys of having your glasses/goggles fog all the time. I love my 3M 6800 full face respirator and P100 particulate filters. No crap in my eyes, nothing fogs up, and I'm not breathing nasty stuff.

Posted by: Ross at May 1, 2011 6:26 AM

thats what I use 95 percent of the time, only when removing something suspect or working with vapors do I wear my doughboy mustard gas set up.

I sometimes tape the top to my nose to prevent fog up my glasses from fogging up.

Posted by: Kevin at April 30, 2011 4:40 PM

Have you guys ever tried the 8271??? I dunno about the 8511 but the 8271 has a rubber seal around the mouth piece to keep out dust and debris from around the area it contacts your mouth...most dont have this feature but it is really nice and makes the mask much more comfortable (for me at least).

Posted by: DC at April 30, 2011 3:34 AM
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