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    How I used my Stihl gift certificate!

    As many of y'all know, I was fortunate enough to be the lucky winner of July's Green Tractor Talk Giveaway. I got a $100.00 gift certificate, good towards any Stihl product at my local dealer. I received the prize a couple of days after finding out I won, it's just taken me a little bit to decide how to best use it.

    I'll spare you the description of my decision making process. Suffice to say, it was long and doesn't make a good story. Stihl really has an awful lot of great products to choose from.



    It's a set of noise canceling earmuffs with a built in AM/FM radio, and a connection for an MP3 player. I will shamefully admit that I have operated power equipment for too many years with no form of ear protection. It's not a smart thing to do, and I finally took a half- step in the right direction a few months ago. During a clearing project in some nasty brush, I started wearing an old, basic set of shooting muffs. Not noise canceling, not electronic, just some foam muffs. They were better than nothing (I think), but hardly suitable. They cut out the highest pitch ringing, but that was about it.

    I haven't tried the new Stihl earpro out with my power equipment yet, but I did take a cruise around some fenceline with them on in the Gator this afternoon.



    They cut down on the engine noise very noticeably. My Gator is louder than most with the hard cab, even without the doors on. While I could hear the engine in the driver's seat, it was much quieter than usual. The radio in the earmuffs was easily heard over it without being turned up very loud. When I stepped a few steps away from the running Gator, I couldn't hear it at all.

    The radio reception seems fair so far, I believe my results were hampered by the steel top on the machine. I was listening to 650 AM, and it picked up fairly well. It did drop out a couple of times, but I attribute that to the top on the Gator and driving down into the holler. I haven't tried them on FM yet, because the only FM stations I think are worth listening to are too weak to be heard at my house. I'll try the FM setting when I cut the grass, in the interest of science. So far, I'm very happy with them.

    Thanks again to GTT, and Stihl. I promise a more in depth performance review when I start on my yard in the next few days.
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    Interesting choice! I'm in the same boat as you, almost never wear hearing protection. Brush hogged for close to an hour an a half this afternoon and after running that long I hear the 'purr' of the 5410 for about as long after as I was using it. I've been looking casually at them for a while, but always felt they were built cheap, or too expensive (go figure I got to pick one or the other!) Haven't had a Stihl let me down yet, but you'll have to share how you like them. May make a good Christmas present to myself
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    Hearing protection...
    I started wearing ear plugs about 8 years ago.
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    Good thread and good review on your Stihl product.
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    Very cool! With the MP3 player jack and a phone, you can listen to just about anything.



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    Congratulations on winning the contest. You also give good advice to the guys who have not been around equipment a lot. I have been around equipment nearly all my life and never wore hearing protection, except for shooting. I now have a set of headphones with an AM/FM radio that works very well.

    I also have a constant ringing in my ears from not using protection. Use ear plugs, muffs or some type of hearing protection. You will appreciate it later in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post

    I also have a constant ringing in my ears from not using protection. Use ear plugs, muffs or some type of hearing protection. You will appreciate it later in life.

    Don
    Good advice Don. I too have been suffering from Tinnitus for about a year or so now, but I've been to stubborn to go to a doctor. I always have a radio playing, it seems to help "quiet" it down some for me.
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    Yep, My wife has hearing loss, it only cost us $4,500 every three to four years for hearing aids.
    A set of ear plugs $2.89 X 3 pair a year is $8.67 X three years is $26.01 plus tax. Pretty good deal.
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    My wife has severe hearing loss as well. She has worked at Carrier for 20 years. Being in an industrial setting, with huge presses and the like has escalated it over the years. The hearing loss is so bad, that she doesnt realize her voice doesnt carry very well either. Try holding your hands over your ears and then talk...you'll see what I mean. To her, she thinks she is talking loudly ...but she aint. You should listen in on our conversations....we repeat EVERYTHING, constantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    My wife has severe hearing loss as well. She has worked at Carrier for 20 years. Being in an industrial setting, with huge presses and the like has escalated it over the years. The hearing loss is so bad, that she doesnt realize her voice doesnt carry very well either. Try holding your hands over your ears and then talk...you'll see what I mean. To her, she thinks she is talking loudly ...but she aint. You should listen in on our conversations....we repeat EVERYTHING, constantly.
    Same here and let's not forget closed captioning TV. And if my wife does not have in her hearing aids the TV has to be so loud I can go out side and listen. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts.
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