We recently moved into a townhouse complex . have yet to start with some new
projects, as we are still unpacking. My planner is a Delta ( old and loud) .
You guys with the newer planners . are there ones with lower decibels, that
are less annoying to neighbours?
Any of the portable planers the use a universal motor are going to be loud. A
planer with an induction motor would be somewhat less noisy. The least
expensive unit I can think of would be the Grizzly G1021 15" planer. See:
Buffalo, NY - USA
Based on recent magazine reviews, the benchtop ones range from Quite Loud to
*VERY*LOUD*. I think the quietest one was measured at 98db, and the loudest
at 106db. Some of the bigger floor units may be somewhat less obnoxious (at
least 'at idle', when not actually cutting wood), mostly due to different
By the nature of the beast, it's not easy to quiet it down a whole lot,
I use hand planes and hand tools for this very reason. The only
stationary power tools I have are a 14" Delta bandsaw and a 10" Dayton
drill press which are relatively quiet machines when being used.
If you have your own garage with a door I'd suggest closing it was
planing with the Delta and then open it when you're done.
On Sun, 14 Sep 2003 17:07:54 GMT, "Gordon Menzies"
One thing you might consider. Around here (Chicagoland), the local Delta
service center had refurb Delta 13" finishing planers (22-580) for $299. I
picked one up and have been very happy with it so far. If you get it, you
*must* get the dust collection port for it...it's so pointless to not have
it I don't know why they don't sell it with it (ok, I do, but seriously, you
need it like you need the power cord).
I live in a townhouse complex too and I worried about noise too. I checked
the bylaws for my complex and start 30 minutes later and finish 30 minutes
earlier then the posted times. I have a delta planner, dust collector,
cabinet saw, jointer, bandsaw, and routers that all make noise. In three
years I have never had a complaint from any of the neighbors. I do close
the door when using the tools but have it open for fresh air and visitors
when working with non-tailed tools. You might think about putting some
insulation on the cheap metal garage door. I used the foil covered bubble
wrap from Home Depot and it cuts the heat lose, or build up and also cuts
If you make the effort to be polite to the neighbors you will be on good
ground if any one else complains.
Lumber Yard near where I used to live put an insulated box around their 48
inch planner. Plywood and pink insulation, plenty of holes in it to allow
wood in and out, adjust controls etc.. cut the noise level a great deal but
still not silent.
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