Better to protect your hearing and be more cautious with you power tools
than to get into the habit of not making certain that it has come to a
complete stop before letting go of it. There are all kinds of noises in the
shop that can drown out the sound of a router or circular saw coasting down
to a stop. A DC, VAC and or radio can easily cover the sound of a power
tool. I learned the hard way to always keep an eye on a power tool until it
comes to a dead stop.
no but it has a chaperone.
Actually I'm "between" C-saws now. Last one I had was pre-owned by Fred
Flintstone and was hurled into a skip before it claimed any more lives
.. and Elric's mighty saw Stormbringer drank the souls of all who dared cross
its path, shrieking its mournful song...
I'm very familiar with hearing protection of just about every kind, and
the noise canceling aspect has little to do with my concerns. My wife
wonders how I can hear the things she hears, when I'm wearing ear plugs.
I tell her the plugs don't remove the sounds, they just make them
softer. It's only when I add an audio input to the plugs that I don't
hear anything from the outside world.
There are things I want to and should hear in the shop. If I'm wearing
headphones that are blocking outside sound *AND* adding noise that masks
that sound, I'm asking for trouble. IMHO
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Ahhh the playing music in the phones at the same time part, I did not catch
that the first time. You bring up a good point with playing music in the
head phones. Music in the shop, in the back ground is not such a bother for
me, I keep it down so that I cannot hear it when a tool is running.
On Thu, 09 Apr 2009 05:28:59 -0700, the infamous Ralph E Lindberg
I bought the Harbor Freight ANR muffs for shooting, but they work very
well in the shop, too. For super muffling, I add a pair of those
super spongy foam earplugs inserted backwards. They seal off my ear
canal better and I can sleep with them like that without my ear
hurting in the morning. That's good for a 50+dB noise reduction.
We're born hungry, wet, 'n naked, and it gets worse from there.
Hearing protection runs the gamut from crushable foam earplugs to $200
electronic audio isolation devices. Go to your local gun range and see what
they are using. Some devices do nothing but stop ALL sound. HF sells
adequate items for under $10. I've used them on the range for years. They
work fine. The more expensive electronic muffs will stop LOUD noise, but
allow for normal conversation. $100-200 is typical. DO NOT buy "sonic" ear
valves or other bogus ear plugs with moving "valves" that allegedly stop
LOUD noises. I've found them to be expensive and useless. If you do use
crushable foam earplugs, get the ones with flat ends (EAR), putting the flat
end in your ear. The one's with rounded ends are useless.
I abused my ears for years and know about ear protection. From jet fighter
test stands and full afterburner takeoffs in the USAF, to gun ranges and AA
fuel dragsters that are so loud they will knock you off your feet and the
exhaust concussion will stall your heart, I've experienced it all. You want
max protection, wear foam ear plugs under maximum silencing ear muffs.
Everything else is a comprimise. As for Bose, it's all junk.
I like Blockade Earbuds ~ $40 from Amazon. They work SO well, I can
watch my Shop Vac top get sucked down and hear NO noise! <G>
I have Bose ANR headsets in the plane, and they work at different
frequencies, leaning towards low and low-mid frequencies.
Blockades are cool, LIGHT, and easy to clean.
Be cautious on the earbuds - they can blast the ears.
I use a small bore pistol headset. I upgraded to a big bore one for the range -
even if I shoot small bore (22lr) the guy next to me is a 45 or so.
They block levels of sound not frequencies. They are fast acting and
allow talking to a person or hearing light sounds.
They are battery operated so they cost a bit to run.
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