||04-10-2013 12:47 PM
Safety issue; ear muffs
I just had a weird, sort of eerie experience w/ new ear muffs. It was kind of spooky, actually. I usually wear only the soft stuff-'em-in ear plugs when working w/ power tools, but I was just at a friend's and we went shooting. I used his Peltor ear muffs, and was amazed at how sound deadening they are. I bought a pair for the range. A few days later I put them on and picked up his power saw to cut some 2x4's. At first I thought his motor was toast and the blade was barely going to cut a 2x4, if at all; that made me a little nonchalant about where the saw blade was. I just lost my respect for the darn thing. But when the blade hit the 2x4, Holy Chitina! The saw was screaming and ripped the 2x4 effortlessly. Even then, though, I was not quite convinced I was running a real power saw and it took my full concentration to pay heed to the machine. I think I'll not wear these puppies henceforth, as it seems I need some noise to keep me on my toes. Weird.