Re: Workshop in the garage, noise and neighbors
If it's a hobby then there is nothing the neighbors can do once you follow local noise regulations. These usually regulate the time of the day when some extra noise is, or is not allowed. It's no different than running a gas powered mower, edge trimmer of power washer. They are very noisy so you don't use them at midnight.
Having said that, I close the garage door before using my planer and jointer, especially when working with wider material.
That may be true if your are jointing a 3/4" edge on a 3/4HP 6" jointer. With my 12" j/p combo (yes, induction motor) there is no way you could scream through the noise for any kind of communication resembling a conversation. Add to that the dust collector, and the noise the air makes while rushing around the cutter-head. The motor is not that loud but those cutters hitting the material is not exactly what I'd call a nice background to a conversation.
Originally Posted by J. Vibert
I hear that the spiral cutter-heads reduce the noise by 1/2 but as things are, just the noise of the spinning cutters and the air sucked in by the dust collector eliminate the possibility of a chat.
A rather "quiet" dust collector produces around 70dB. Mine is rated at 74dB. Hearing loss zone starts at 90dB (some dust collectors are even louder than that). An average conversation is around 55-65dB. Hearing loss zone starts at around 90dB, but it could be lower as the correlation depends on the duration of exposure to the noise.
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