So I'm ready to roll, but let's take stock of our safety equipment first. When using any blasting equipment where there will be fine particles, you certainly don't want to be breathing them in. As someone who is an ex-smoker, I'm pretty keen on keeping my lungs clean! I use a N95 dust mask, and have an additional high-grade respirator. I use full safety goggles and long thick rubber welding gloves as you don't want to accidentally abrade your hands.
I'm doing my test run outdoors in the backyard. This stuff produces a lot of dust. When colder temperatures forces me back indoors, I will be building a sealed blast cabinet, and attaching a dust collection system like a shop vac.
I did try out a few other specimens not pictured here. It seems to do a pretty good job on some brachiopods. I still have a great deal to learn about how to properly use this tool, and will be asking advice of prep experts, and practicing.
Stay tuned: my next anticipated trip will be a return to Penn Dixie in October.