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#1 posted 03-02-2011 09:19 PM

I always advise spending the extra dollars for a planer powered by an AC induction motor. Last year I read a magazine review on benchtop planers, all powered by universal motors, and all of them produced over 90 dBA, one as high as 94. Hearing loss is greatly accelerated at these levels.

Sadly, hundreds, perhaps thousands of woodworkers are losing their hearing little by little every day. Spending extra dollars for a planer today is much better than spending much more for hearing aids later on. Benchtop planers are among the worst offenders in this regard.

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