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richgreer

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1313 days ago

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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Roper

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#1 posted 1313 days ago

jointer,planer,chop saw and compresser mostly.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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b2rtch

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#2 posted 1313 days ago

Almost all the time, I hate noise

-- Bert

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Manitario

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#3 posted 1313 days ago

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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jim C

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#4 posted 1313 days ago

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

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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FumblesWithTools

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#5 posted 1313 days ago

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

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 1313 days ago

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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1313 days ago

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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spunwood

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#8 posted 1313 days ago

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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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 1313 days ago

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

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Radu

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#10 posted 1313 days ago

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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quartrsawn

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#11 posted 1313 days ago

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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spamfilterman

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#12 posted 1313 days ago

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

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 1313 days ago

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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1313 days ago

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
Dennis

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lew

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#15 posted 1313 days ago

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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