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Steve from Scrollsawwworkshop
Steve from Scrollsaw workshop
I opened the package to find the plastic mask already fitted with filters and a supply of extra filters. The first thing I noticed was what looked like a delicate head strap. After a closer look it is actually quite durable. It’s obviously made from some high tech plastic. The strap is a single loop that goes around your neck through the mask and then over your head. There is a small clip that allows the mask to be tightened for a good seal. Because the strap is so thin it is very comfortable.

The body of the mask is also made from a transparent plastic. The transparency is actually a feature. When you put the mask on your face you can look in a mirror and see through the mask. This lets you see the seal where the mask contacts your face. The body of the mask is made to be trimmed for a perfect fit. A good seal is very important for dust masks. This one seals very well. In my opinion it is easier to get a good seal with the Totobobo than the Dust Bee Gone.

It’s also important that a dust mask be comfortable or you are less likely to wear it. The Totobobo might be slightly less comfortable than the Dust Bee Gone but not by much. After you get it trimmed the comfort is very good compared to most non-fitted masks on the market. I wore the mask for nearly an hour with no serious discomfort. The plastic body of the mask is very soft and feels good against your face. Breathing felt natural and like the Dust Bee Gone I had no fogging of my glasses. If you wear glasses and have worn other masks you will probably know how much trouble fogging is. The Totobobo and the Dust Bee Gone do a great job in this area.

“So far I like this mask. This will probably be my go to mask for emptying my dust collector. I get a large amount of dust in the air during the process and this mask seals better than my Dust Be Gone. If it filters the dust as well as I think it will then I might give this mask a slight edge over the Dust Bee Gone.”

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Bob Edwards, Texas wood turner & demonstrator at SWAT, from San Antonio, USA.

Bob Edward, Totobobo is the most efficient, least expensive, most comfortable dust mask
Totobobo is the most efficient, least expensive, most comfortable dust mask I have ever used.”

“Wood turning has been my hobby for over 30 years but for some time now I have been concerned with a safety issue inherent with our hobby, dust. The older I got the more I noticed that after a day at the lathe without some sort of protection I developed a bad sinus headache. I figured if it was getting up my nose it was also getting into my lungs. I do several things in my own shop to keep my lungs safe but nothing is as important as wearing a good dust mask.

After a lot of trial and error I started using a rubber face mask with disposable filters. It wasn’t too expensive but it was heavy, hot, and not comfortable.

Three months ago I stumbled on a new light weight inexpensive mask (TOTOBOBO) on the Internet. I talked to the manufacturer and discussed my particular needs and agreed to give them a try. After using them for several months I am convinced they are the most efficient, least expensive, most comfortable dust mask I have ever used.”
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Danny K. Wells, LA, USA
“Bob Edwards is a friend of mine. He lives in Texas and I live in Louisiana, but we meet about once a year at a woodturning symposium. Two years ago he gave me one of the totobobo masks. I had not used it until my powered respirator had problems and I had some turning that I had to get done. I really liked it because, as others have said, breathing through it is easy. It seals well and is very effective. I liked how comfortable it was, and I could use it easily while wearing my glasses. Thanks for a great product!”

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Leo Lichtman, woodturner, Califonia, USA
Bob Edward
The TOTOBOBO mask is very comfortable. Because the material is flexible and clingy, it’s easy to get a good seal. It’s easy to feel the negative pressure while breathing – unlike some other masks the back pressure is not noticeable. I think this contributes to the quality of the seal–less pressure, less leakage.”

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Andrew Kertesz – Ohio, USA
Andrew Kertesz, woodturnner
I am using Totobobo mask in a woodworking shop. It is comfortable, easy to put on and fits well. I am very happy with the mask and will recommend it when ever possible.

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Stan L. – Ontario, Canada
I like the collapsible form of the mask. It can be kept in a pocket with no damage. Also the replaceable filters are small. That way you can have extra capacity without carrying complete masks.