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Dust collector noise at jointer6/16
Just set up a porter 300 jointer last week. It's a fairly quiet running machine, but when the dust collector is turned on, the air being pulled past the cutter head makes a deafening noise, the kind that you can feel in your bones. I have tried opening other blast gates varying amounts, but nothing eliminates the noise. I have never noticed this on any other jointers or any equipment for that matter. Anybody come across this before?
Yup, dust collection will generally increase the noise level of jointers and planers. Good hearing protection solves the problem.
I have a porter 16" jointer with the same problem. We open the blast gage abiut half way and that helps. The biggest help was pulling the tables a little farther away from the cutter. I have noticed some European jointers have slots close to the blades possibly to help with noise. we have gotten used to it but it is annoying.
I have recently purchased an old 12" SAC. Same thing: rattle your fillings out,and make you nauseous feeling, just from the incredible noise. . I hated running it even with good ear muffs. I waited 3 months for a Byrd Shelix. , Turned it on the first time- heavenly. It was the biggest difference I have ever experienced in a retrofit. It really was quite unbelievable. You can talk over the machine running now. Inside voices. Collection on or off does not affect it now either.
I had the same experience with the Byrd Shelix head on our 12" Powermatic planer. We can now talk to one another in the shop when the machine is running.
I never considered that the dust collector air might have added to the noise level on the old steel knives head so that is an interesting new thought.