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jklingel 04-10-2013 11:47 AM

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.

djlandkpl 04-10-2013 03:24 PM

Peltor's are good. I used them when I worked around airplanes. Now I have them around the house to when I need protection.

leenamark1 04-12-2013 02:08 AM

Earmuffs are designed to cover your ears for protection.You can shop them on eBay. Also search on web, you will find many brands available.

md2lgyk 04-12-2013 06:51 AM

The muffs were doing what they're designed to do. Those soft foam plugs are almost worthless. I suspect you just weren't used to real hearing protection.

PoleCat 04-12-2013 07:11 AM

The plugs also cause ear wax issues. Back when I started out ear plugs where way more effective than head sets and didn't make me sweat. So I have been a plug guy since then. I need to have another look at ear muffs.

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