Hope everyone is doing well out there. I am considering upgrading my 15 inch planer to either a helical head or buying a new planer that is already fitted with one. Besides the benefit of a “better” finish, diminished noise output is also claimed as a feature for these heads. I have a 15 inch Delta that exhausts through a 5 inch hose coupled to a 6 inch line to a very substantial cyclone dust collector nearby. Run separately, the planer itself is not very noisy – 85dB – and the dust collector registers 78dB at the planer. In operation with the dust collector on and the blast gate open, the planer emits 106dB. If I run the planer without using the dust collector the noise level is in the low 90s (but the planer winds up full of chips; this was done for scientific purposes only and is not recommended for you to try it at home). The cyclone resides in an adjacent room separated by 12 inch concrete block so its noise contribution is minimal.
Has anyone here gone from straight knife to helical and noticed a welcomed noise reduction? I know the manufacturers claim it but I’d like to read from real folks who have experienced a difference. I’ve only witnessed one demonstration of a jointer with helical head and the cutting noise was not uncomfortable.
I’d appreciate any comments from you all and to all of my Christian friends here’s wishing you a very Happy and Merry Christmas with your family and friends.
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