Ok before the nieghbors get together and convene a special meeting of
the HOA and push some iminant domain thing, I am in the process of
quieting down some of my tools in the garage, from insulating the walls
and dry walling to creating a vibration separation of rubber between
plywood on which the planer (Delta 22-780X X5 15") sits on roller
While the rubber/plywood has removed any vibration I used to feel
comming up my legs from the concrete floor, the sound is still loud once
the vacuum is turned on. When running the planer without the vacuum,
its fairly quiet, but once the vacuum is turned on and pulling wind
across those blades the planer can be heard a short distance from the
garage -not good.
My next move is to limit the amount of vacuum force by opeing another
port on the vacuum line. But other than that Im out of ideas and was
hoping someone out here would have better ideas.
my neighbors say that the noise from my tools is not as loud as I think it
is. once you get outside the garage the noise drops off considerably. If
you want to please them make them something and let them see what is going
on there and what the noise is all about it will make it harder for them to
The air moving past the blades gets "chopped" similar to how an old
fashioned siren (rotary) works. There is a substantial sound level
difference on my planer as well when I pull the DC line off.
The bottom line is if you cut back too much on the DC, you'll start having
chip imprints in the wood.
In cut quality a bit in particular with some maple I was doing at the
time. I still got some tear out but not near as much as I used to. As
far as noise a BIG reduction, even through the muffs I wear with just
about any power tool. The planer is a two blade 12" Dewalt and it came
with a second set of knives. I sent the first out for sharpening and
I'll be interested in seeing if how the sharpness compares to the
original on the DeWalt set when I swap them out.
Move, and stay far away from homeowner associations? Do you have a
basement? You can put the really noisy stuff in the basement.
Basement shops absorb a lot of noise with the earth packed around the
Other than that, maybe make the home shop a neander shop, and rent a
small industrial condo, or a corner of a pro shop for the big iron.
I know of an owner of a woodworking school who has a home shop in a
condo bedroom. His only power tool at home is a band saw.
Most big planers I seen make most of the noise with the cutterhead,
not the motor(s). The cutterhead can sound like an air raid siren.
Everyone I've ever met that has some sort of passion outside of golf,
(woodworking, amateur radio, musicians, classic cars, tiddlywinks,
etc...) that has purchased a home where an HOA exists has regretted
I live in a 2 1/2 story townhouse, shop in half the garage. The garage
opens out onto a city-owned alley, with condos on each side, running
about 2 blocks. Even tho I buy my tools with low noise in mind, I was
getting an occasional complaint from one neighbor across the way, who
would leave her windows open and get too much noise. It's been my
experience the buildings actually amplify noise.
We live under an airport flight path (in certain wind conditions), a
4-5 daily helicopter flight path, have gardeners who use loud leaf
blowers, and have kids skateboarding and riding those chainsaw
motorized scooters in the alley, but of course my tools are the only
thing she complains about.
Over the last 5-6 months, she's been having her place extensively
remodeled, with lots of contractor noise. Funny, havn't heard a word
from her lately, and I was kinda hoping to, so I could put her in her
place. Seems HER noise is somehow less bothersome than MY noise (same
or less level)
I even built a cabinet lined with sound board for my router table that
holds my shop vac, formerly my loudest motors. Now I have a real dust
collector that's much quieter.
The portable planer is my loudest tool, along with my router, so when I
use them, sometimes I remember to shut the garage door just when
they're on. Other times, I need the light and air. It gets over 90
there in the summer.
When I'm not making a commission for someone, I've moved on to turning
on the lathe, with occasional bandsaw to cut blanks. Very quiet and
enjoyable, and can be profitable. Ever tried turning?
While not amplified, the noise can be traveling is such a manner as to be
heard at higher levels than you think. I've seen situations where you can
be 5 feet, 15 feet, from the source of the noise and it is not a bother, but
100 feet away it is very annoying. The sound wave just travel up and over
it seems and reach certain areas loudly. Maybe a simple baffle at your door
would shut her up.
When our town has concerts in the park, I can sit on my deck and listen to
them and hear them better sitting on my deck 1.5 miles away that if I was
just across the street from the band shell. Friday night we enjoyed the
Coast Guard band in the comfort of our own yard.
I used to do sound at a nightclub that had an underground sewer pipe
of the perfect dimensions to transmit and amplify certain bass
frequencies, ala pipe organ.
Several homes the perfect distance from the club became unbearable
while the band played.
The club is now a steakhouse.
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