Know Your Equipment's Decibels Before You Use It

Discussion in 'Support' started by Earing, Jul 9, 2019.

    1. Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      I just checked my Stihl FS 240 Brush Trimmer, and it is at about 110 dB. I checked my chainsaw a Stihl MS 261 and it is rated at 216 dB.

      So I used the trimmer today with foam plugs and then a pair of Browning 37 dB muffs. This should give me a 20 dB reduction, or take me down to 90 dB. I worked with it for about 20 minutes and my ears are hissing louder than ever. I will most likely never be able to use it or my chainsaw again.

      Boohoo.
       
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    2. eagerUser

      eagerUser Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, Pressure
      Don't play with fire. IMO 110dB even with double protection is too loud and dangerous.

      But the spike will most probably go away soon.
       
    3. AUTHOR
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      Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      I agree. I thought it would be at maybe 100, but at 110 it is too much. I bought a brand new 27 ton woodsplitter with a Honda motor. I haven't even put oil in it. I don't think I can even use it, although it will be a 4 stroke motor... Maybe if I can get someone to block up my tandem load then I could split it, but I don't know if it is worth it.
       
    4. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

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      I don’t think you're measuring that right. A chain saw at
      216 dB would immediately blow out your ear drums and make you deaf.
       
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    5. AUTHOR
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      Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      Oops. 116dB. No editing the op though.
       
    6. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      I have some slightly less powerful saws around 110db that are fine. I use LiON for everything I can; LiON weedwhacker is effective, and actually the LiON chainsaw I have is fine for felling and sectioning stuff up to about 24". Bigger trees need gas saws.

      I bet my mower at redline is more than that, though, and you have to redline it a bunch. We've been here 2 summers now and it's been fine so far, fingers crossed...
       
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    7. eagerUser

      eagerUser Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, Pressure
      216 dB doesn't just make you deaf, it may literally kill you!
       

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