Trend’s Airshield Pro protects your face from projectiles and debris, and your lungs from airborne particles. Built-in attachment points allow you to add optional ear muff accessory for more complete protection.
- 8-hour rechargeable NiMH battery
- Motor positioned at the rear to reduce noise
- Face-seal and hood for improved protection
- Up to 98% filter efficiency
- Balanced for comfortable fit
Street pricing is about $380 for the shield respirator combo, which includes one battery pack and charger, and $390-$410 for the kit that comes with the ear muff attachment.
Thoughts and Concerns
I wear eyeglasses, so kicking up a storm of sawdust during a woodworking project often means safety goggles (not glasses), a disposable or half-face respirator, and even ear muffs. This can be a lot. When working with high-velocity projectiles (such as when grinding or using a high-speed rotary tool), I will wear a face shield on top of all that.
Goggles + respirator + ear muffs + face shield can be a lot. It gets hot, sweaty, foggy, and uncomfortable. Because of this I find the Airshield Pro to be highly appealing.
There are a couple of concerns that pop out at me of course. For one, the filters are pricey at about $55 per pair (you need two). And what happens if Trend – a UK company – comes out with an updated product and stops shipping the filters to the USA?
Less than two years ago I purchased a small JET air cleaner that fits in my space better than their more popular sizes. While it works great, nobody sells the filters. I can’t find any retailer that even sells the air cleaner itself anymore. One of these days I’m going to have contact JET again to buy filters as spare parts directly from them – if they even carry the filters anymore.
Because of my experience with JET, I’m hesitant to buy into respirators, air cleaners, or dust extraction systems if replacement filter availability could potentially be an issue.
As an example, Triton’s powered respirator is currently off the market and replacement filters seem hard to find. The same could very well happen to Trend.
The price is also a potential issue. For my potential usage, an air cleaner plus conventional non-powered respirator seems to be a better buy.
What do you think about powered respirators like the Trend Airshield Pro – yay or nay? Any input about this particular model or any other powered respirator would be much appreciated.