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Forum topic by richgreer posted 01-15-2011 11:54 PM 2527 views 0 times favorited 89 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2011 11:54 PM

I find the noise from my thickness planer to be almost uncomfortably loud and I always use hearing protection when running that machine.

However, to be totally honest, I don’t wear hearing protection with any other machine (unless my wife is around).

How about you?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 12:02 AM

jointer,planer,chop saw and compresser mostly.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 12:03 AM

Almost all the time, I hate noise

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 12:09 AM

with everything powered. I’ve seen too many people with damaged hearing.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 12:15 AM

Planer, jointer, belt/disk sander, compressor…....and when the wife walks in !

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 12:21 AM

Always. I don’t like the noise and I want to preserve my hearing.

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 12:21 AM

What was that you said, Rich? Could you speak up a little louder? I’m having a hard time hearing you. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 12:22 AM

As often as I can, especially for the shop vac. Seem to be getting really sensitive to the noise.
Rather use hand tools than noisy powered tools

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 12:23 AM

I can’t tell if these are shots at the wife’s gabbing or just trying to appease SWMBO. I wear it when mowing the lawn, weedwacker. Most of my shop tools aren’t so bad. The shop vac is a bit loud. Anything that makes me squint my eyes. But I do where my respirator half mask all the time when using machinery.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 12:28 AM

Router, at times, planer-jointer although haven’t done much of that yet. The other machines do not cause enough noise to be dangerous in my estimation. Actually if I start something and it seems loud, I stop and put on the protectors. Noise damage is a function of many things, including how loud, duration, and frequency. And probably a bunch of other things like whether the sound varies in frequency, etc. Repetitive loud sound damage accumulates.

If in doubt, I stick on the ear protectors…....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 12:29 AM

I found myself using it more and more. The other day I was vacuuming in the house and I even put my hearing protection on. (I’ve got an old vacuum just won’t quit).

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 12:30 AM

I wear hearing protection with all machines. I have a big old Shopvac I use for dust collection and it is a screamer. I’m waiting for it to “bite the dust” and I wiil replace it with a real dust collector.I also wear a face shield.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 12:32 AM

Tablesaw, router, planer, jointer, miter saw… even shopvac

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 12:32 AM

At times I’ve found that in this day and time not being able to hear too well can be a real blessing. ;)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 12:34 AM

all the time when using powered maschinery , since I discovered some loss of hearing around 12000hz
becourse I used to be shooting with all kinds off handweapons in contest while I was
in the military and I proppebly allso lost some hearing when I was a DJ
but I allso use other protecting gear all the time as well
including wearing helmet when bycicling (can´t tell my daughter to do it and not doing it myself)
and now its natural as it is to use saftybelt when driving in a car :-)

take care

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 12:40 AM

My hearing was severely damaged by jet engines, in the Navy. What little hearing is left is protected when using the power saws, routers and the planer.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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