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From Dr. Richard St. Cyr’s Weibo

2011-10-10 from
By Dr. Richard St. Cyr in Beijing

The best reusable N95 mask I have seen is from It’s clear plastic with small reusable filters, really easy to switch. You can buy them on their website at or in Beijing at the Torana stores, their website is

Dr. Richard St Cyr in Beijing

Weibo is a popular micro-blog platform in China.

Scrollsaw workshop

Steve of Srollsaw workshop testing Totobobo mask

Steve of Srollsaw workshop testing Totobobo mask

I heard about Steve through his informative blog of Scrollsaw Workshop. Steve did a good review of Dust Bee Gone back in April 2010. He likes the Dust Bee Gone:

“The mask comes in three sizes so you can find a good fit. It has a double strap design that is fully adjustable and a mold-able wire nose piece. Fit is obviously an important consideration to get a good seal from the dust. After adjusting my Dust Bee Gone it fits great and is by far the most comfortable mask I have used.

I have only worn the mask for a short time but I am thrilled to report it does not fog my glasses at all. I am feeling comfortable that I can wear this dust mask without the need to rip it off in the middle of a job. A dust mask is only useful if you will wear it so this test is looking good so far.”

I was curious how Steve would feel about Totobobo mask. I send him an email and ask if he would be interested to review Totobobo. Gladly he did! After testing he posted a quick review in the Scrollsawwworkshop blog:

“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.”

We didn’t pay Steve anything except providing the mask for him to evaluate. We also agree that he may decided not to do a review if he don’t feel like it. Steve want to share his honest opinion because he feel protection from dust is a serious matter, as he say:

“Everyone should be aware of the dangers of breathing the dust from our saws. Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer. It needs to be taken serious. Some people will see symptoms almost immediately while others might work for years before they realize their health has been affected.”

Thanks to Steve’s review, I notice a rush of orders from the scrollsawerworkshop readers. They are not only scroll saw hobbyist, but also other woodworking related field such as woodturning, and wood crafting. Many of them said they want to try Totobobo after reading Steve’s review. To me it is clear that Steve’s blog is highly trusted and regarded by his thousands of subscribers. You can find FREE scroll saw patterns, video demonstrations, scroll saw links, reviews, and much more. Steve’s website is mainly supported by donation and the subscription is free.