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I want to buy my last pair of safety glasses

Discussion in 'SAFETY ISSUES & EQUIPMENT' started by digiex_chris, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. digiex_chris

    digiex_chris Canada Active User Active Member

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    I'm tired of these plastic safety glasses getting fogged and scratched over time. A while ago I had a normal pair of glasses with glass lenses, and could let them rattle all over the dash of the truck without a scratch, and could always clean them. I've seen glass lensed safety glasses a long time ago. Do they still make such things? How's the impact ratings?
     
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    You can still get glass safety glasses for laser safety. They meet ANSI Z87 (basic impact), it looks like all of the High Impact lenses are plastic (polycarbonate)

    Check McMaster and Grainger.
     
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    Might look into some tear offs like we use for off road goggles.
     
  4. stupoty

    stupoty Active User Active Member

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    I ware normal glasses (in addition to safeties when required) i have issues with some fluids degrading the coatings, ive never come across a handy table of what chemicals are bad for the plastics and coatings.

    i have had some success with glass polishing goo for car glass in making the safety googles more transparent when they have got light scratches.

    stuart
     
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    digiex_chris Canada Active User Active Member

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    Hmm I keep thinking I would prefer high impact. I guess poly it is then. I'll try the glass polish.
     
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    I have just remembered seeing a video on u tube about polishing scratches out of acrylic watch glass, they did the thing of sanding the surface with 2000 grit and buffing with a compound like wet sanding paint.

    some googeling i think, sorry i cant remember the name of it.

    stuart
     
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    Cobra United Kingdom Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Unless they are prescription, you will spend more money and time on polish than simply buying another pair of polycarbonate.
     
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    Consult your eye care professional. I am sure he can grind some impact resistant lens for you even if you do not need a prescription. The guy I use loves doing oddball projects. He spends a lot of time with me to make special shooting glasses. Last set of prescription lens he made for my frames were $35. That was made for one eye only to focus clearly on the front sight 31" away.
     
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    There is a thread a little ways down the list called "Magnifying Safety Glasses". Here is a link: http://www.hobby-machinist.com/showthread.php?t=23662

    I found bi-focal safety glasses in my prescription on Amazon, and they are so comfortable and clear that all my old safety glasses are now in a box on the shelf. Use the cheap microfiber towels from Harbor Freight to clean them. These are clearer and easier to see through than my real prescription glasses. Here are the ones I got for $6.58:

    http://www.amazon.com/Radians-C2-11...20277&sr=8-2&keywords=bi-focal+safety+glasses

    They are available in a number of magnification levels. I bought four different styles and one pair with higher magnification for welding and really small parts or reading very fine print.

    Hope this helps,

    GG
     
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    I thought exactly as you did. I get one pair of insurance covered glasses a year.

    Last year, I told my optometrist I had an odd request... I wanted my reading prescription put into safety glasses. I thought he'd think I was crazy, but he brought out a whole bunch of frames for me to choose from that could be fitted with safety lenses and side guards.... I could take the guard set off, and they looked just like regular glasses when I did (albeit a bit big). They were marked z87 and everything.

    I got the polycarbonate lenses, but he said he could do my prescription in glass if I wanted. Next time I will.

    John
     
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    Poly lenses have a coating on the for scratches. If you buff them you remove the coating and then thay scratch verry easey. Alcohol is about the only thing that won't degrade them. Put thay arethe safest lenses to use. Glass safty lenses are good just have to be more carfull with them
     
  12. MARVIN GARDENS

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    I lose mine so often that I'm a long way from buying my last pair.

    There's a bunch of them around here somewhere.:confusion:

    Regards.

    Bob
     
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    I've had good luck with Uvex lasting for 7 years of home shop use. These days, I just keep 4 pair of the cheapest glasses that are suitable for my needs around.

    Cleaning them, I just use soap, hot water and a very soft cloth.

    You bring back the memories of the safety glasses provided to us in shop class in the 70s. Horn rimmed, wire side shields and weighed a ton.
     
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    At least in Indiana you can still get glass lenses they generally take longer to get and might cost more. I have had glass for several years myself, I continue to get them because the grinding dust at work kills the plastic lenses!
     
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    You can buy an allfull lot of $1.00 safty glasses for the cost of glass. And thay are safer.
     
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    I don't think any of them are shatterproof, you have to read the fine print on them. And when I used a face-shield but it would cloud up too. I used regular safety glasses before I had to use prescription glass. I had used a plastic one in front of the glasses. I tried cheap plastic goggles but the band kept stretching.

    In either case definity need side shields.
     
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    I also wear Glasses and need them to see what I am doing, I was doing the wearing the one pair over the other, but now think I need a proper set that are designed to go over normal glasses or something, A sliver got in my eyebrow then fell down into my eye recently. Also decided maybe I should wear a cap while doing work. At this point I will try even the cheap ones if it will do the job, If anyone knows of some good ones that you can wear over my glasses. Let me know. I normally have to pay over 200 even after insurance for my glasses, and that gets expensive if I mess them up, and I have.
     
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    Hah hah Bob!

    I also would like nice glasses, but can't keep a pair in the same place twice, so I keep a cheap pair hanging on every machine. I still have times I Chaz's find one!

    Bernie


    Bernie
     
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    My cousin was blinded in his one good eye a couple of months ago. He was born with no sight in his left eye. He was uncoupling a hose from from his Craftsman compressor and it broke loose, striking him and smashed his right eye. I now won't even drive a nail without safety glasses on and usually buy a pair every time I am in Lowe's or the Home Despot.

    I can pretty much tell you where every tool, bit, or punch I own is but can't seem to keep to keep track of my safety glasses. I find them in my truck, one my desk, dresser, or anywhere else I've stopped to write something or talk on the phone. My wife tells me that I am getting to where I am lucky to find my butt with both hands.

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    My cousin was blinded in his one good eye a couple of months ago. He was born with no sight in his left eye. He was uncoupling a hose from from his Craftsman compressor and as it came loose, it struck him and smashed his right eye. I now won't even drive a nail without safety glasses on and usually buy a pair every time I am in Lowe's or the Home Despot.

    I can pretty much tell you where every tool, bit, or punch I own is but can't seem to keep to keep track of my safety glasses. I find them in my truck, one my desk, dresser, or anywhere else I've stopped to write something or talk on the phone. My wife tells me that I am getting to where I am lucky to find my butt with both hands.

    Regards.

    Bob
     
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    Boswell United States Hobby Machinist since 2010 H-M Supporter-Premium

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    So far I have been doing pretty good with Reading glasses and a face shield. I really like the face shield, I have not had any problems with it fogging up so far.
     
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    I wear a face shield as well. Depending on the job I am doing, I often wear safety glasses and a face shield.

    I am a gather of old stuff and found this sign after my cousin's accident.

    It now hangs in my shop. I think it is cool but also acts as a reminder for me.

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    Regards.

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