|Forum topic by Thuzmund||posted 12-10-2013 05:14 PM||912 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-10-2013 05:14 PM
I will say something that amazes you, then say something that will probably make you scratch your head, then ask a question.
- I do a lot of woodworking in a basement apartment in the middle of a 5-apt unit. My two neighbors both work during the day and don’t mind the noise at night. I make them things and it’s a good fit. I am the luckiest idiot around! But I would never take this kindness for granted, so…
- I had an idea to use variable speed controls (like those used with routers) to run my noisy table saw at 75% power. It’s much quieter, and actually the quality of the cut is good! Seems like a win-win: I can work a bit later at night and my basement doesn’t sound like a jet engine laboratory.
- The only drawback would be if this practice risks damage over time. I don’t know much about electronics so I thought is best to ask. I run 15A Craftsman table saw most often. What do you guys think?
PS, assuming that this is not a foolish practice, i suggest others give this setup a try. You have to play with the setting because each motor has a diffierent minimum level of power. TS: 75-80% power, BS/Miter Saw/Sander: 40-65%, etc. Play around with it. I mean, isn’t less noise a big selling point on some high-end tools?
Looking forward to reading everyone’s insight.
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