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Any mods to keep the exhaust fumes away while chainsaw milling?

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by agurkas, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. agurkas

    agurkas ArboristSite Lurker

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    I have MS660 with stock muffler and while I love milling in general, the exhaust from that beast is just unbearable. I can't find a position just right so I don't have to breathe that stuff. On 660 port blows exhaust at the top of the bar which then bounces off the log and goes half up your nose and half down.

    Any recommendation for mods I can do to get exhaust fumes away? It would really make milling much more pleasant for me.
     
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    Maybe a shop fan to keep air moving past you?
     
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    Wood processing area just too far from my house. And since it is close to my neighbor, I don't want him to murder me, because now I am not only running a saw but a generator too :-(
     
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    We use a leaf blower when our 880s stink us out.
     
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    Wonder what would happen if I figured out how to bolt on a moped or go-kart muffler that points away... I don't know much about these small engines how they react to change in backpressure
     
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    I use a coal grain dust mask whenever I'm processing toxic gas producing entities.
    Pretty much like an ordinary dust mask but with coal grain to consume the toxic fumes.

    Safe and odorless... 3M is your buddy.
     
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    I have some small cheap ones like that and love them.
     
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    I wonder if you could run a flexible metal tubing from the muffler somehow to further away
     
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    That's a wish thought in practical terms.
     
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    I looked at that for stationary application - putting portable generator in an enclosure and then exhaust out of it to reduce the noise. I stopped testing the solution, because I found it would not hold under vibration.
     
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    Not necessarily...if you had a piped muffler and you attached ducting to it, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work to route the ducting along the mill away from your face. It may not be easy but it seems doable at least in my mind.
     
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    I mean from the saw itself
     
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    I did use Miller ELECTRIC Half Mask Respirator with LPR100 filters, but fumes get through it. I will check out those masks with carbon. I do have respirator with carbon cartridges, but wearing that with eye protection for hours does not work, since damn glasses fog up bad and then dust sticks.
     
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    If fumes get through, that's not a certified mask.
     
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    There is always a solution if you look for it, might not be the best or easiest though.
     
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    I agree. I’m not saying this is an amazing solution but I like to think things up. May be ridiculous, I don’t know...
     
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    Nope, that's not ridiculous.
     
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    Thanks...

    It’s fun having to think outside the box. I would imagine if ducting was used you’d probably want a screen at the other end as well so little bugs and critters don’t think it’s a good spot to build a nest. Like mud dobbers around here
     
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    What you need is a PAPR. Purified air powered respirator. Full hood with a hose and a fan/filter clipped on your belt. You can put the intake behind your back away from the fumes and dust.


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    I was thinking about getting one of those respirators with my welding setup... but as my wife tells me, I will use elaborate setup when a spanner wrench will do.
     
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