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    Ultra light overcoat

    Looking for something very light (cool, not hot) cover up for turning. These look interesting. But I have to buy 30 of them to find out. If they are comfortable and I can get a month or two of use from each one, it would be good. Anyone ever use similar, woven polyprolene cover ups that could give me their opinion on comfort/durability?

    https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Co...hi&sr=1-5&th=1


    the ideal cover up I'm looking for:
    • light weight, very cool, breathable
    • fits over tee shirt
    • high collar
    • elastic wrists
    • to the knee or below


    I use a lightweight welding jacket in the winter, but I need something for warmer conditions that doesn't break the bank.

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    In 2013 I bought medical staff jackets for less than $3 for 5, I bought med and large. I don't see them now. this is the closest I see on Amazon today:https://www.amazon.com/ValuMax-3630C.../dp/B00GV894UW
    Maybe check a medical supply house.

    Some girls wear them backwards to protect better from shavings. I usually cut the cuffs and part of the sleeves off. Very light weight. The staff at my dentistís office wears them. Ask your dentist - she gave me one to try before I bought some.

    JKJ

    Quote Originally Posted by tom lucas View Post
    Looking for something very light (cool, not hot) cover up for turning. These look interesting. But I have to buy 30 of them to find out. If they are comfortable and I can get a month or two of use from each one, it would be good. Anyone ever use similar, woven polyprolene cover ups that could give me their opinion on comfort/durability?

    https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Co...hi&sr=1-5&th=1


    the ideal cover up I'm looking for:
    • light weight, very cool, breathable
    • fits over tee shirt
    • high collar
    • elastic wrists
    • to the knee or below


    I use a lightweight welding jacket in the winter, but I need something for warmer conditions that doesn't break the bank.

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    I was about to recommend the Easy Wood Tools Cool Smock, but man, they're asking $70+ for them. Pretty sure mine was $50 a few years back. It's definitely not worth that kind of money.

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    Several years ago, I purchased a "Walls authentic Ranch Wear" brand 100% cotton western style snap front work shirt on sale for $8. I am not sure what is so different about it, but the weave is very tight with a high thread per inch count. My wife cares where I may wear it but the critters in the barn don't. Long sleeve and Khaki color. I took notice when I wore it to bale hay, that the hay chaff and dust did not cling to it. So I tried it for wood turning. Chips and dust simply do not cling to it. So now it is my turning smock with the long sleeves cut back almost to the elbow. The lathe and wood do not care that the collar is worn and frayed. It just works. Take it off when I am done and shake it out side.
    Last edited by Perry Hilbert Jr; 02-12-2020 at 5:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John K Jordan View Post
    In 2013 I bought medical staff jackets for less than $3 for 5, I bought med and large. I don't see them now. this is the closest I see on Amazon today:https://www.amazon.com/ValuMax-3630C.../dp/B00GV894UW
    Maybe check a medical supply house.

    Some girls wear them backwards to protect better from shavings. I usually cut the cuffs and part of the sleeves off. Very light weight. The staff at my dentistís office wears them. Ask your dentist - she gave me one to try before I bought some.

    JKJ
    John,
    I think those are also polypropylene too. I'm OK with a "lifetime supply" of 30 for less than $40, if they are indeed cool and effective. I just don't want to lay out that much for something I won't use if it's not right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom lucas View Post
    John,
    I think those are also polypropylene too. I'm OK with a "lifetime supply" of 30 for less than $40, if they are indeed cool and effective. I just don't want to lay out that much for something I won't use if it's not right.
    They are SMS: tri laminate non woven fabric. It is made up of a top layer of spunbond polypropylene, a middle layer of meltblown polypropylene and a bottom layer of spunbond polypropylene.

    Advertised as disposable, but with wood dust instead of bloodborne pathogens we haven't thrown one away yet. Come in jacket and knee length.

    JKJ

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    I like the AAW smock. NOT cheap. It's cool. I really liked the Craft Supplies smock, but it was thick and hot. Thick is good for those chips that hit you.
    Personally I don't like long sleeves for turning. I think they get in the way. Lots of times I choke up on the tool (scrapers) and use my forearm to help steady the tool. Just my $0.02. On sleeves......

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    I got the Craft Supplies USA smock ($45)a couple of months ago. I like out so far

    https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p...ock&term=smock

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    I have purchased used cycling tops off e bay which are practical (frequently have pockets at the rear), designed to keep you cool and are a fraction of their original price

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Endura-Cy...YAAOSwMWxeP-gj
    Last edited by Brian Deakin; 02-14-2020 at 4:27 PM.

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