Hello all! I have been reading here about a month or so now. I don't have any equipment. I have been wondering about something the past few days. Some of the posts from the regulars here I read that you wear ear protection, which is a good thing. My question is, which todays modern Auto technology, why haven't the mower manufacturer come out with quieter mowers, and I am mainly talking about the muffler. For at least 10 years now the modern new car can barely be heard while parked running. Why hasn't some of that technology made it to mowers? Has it ever been tried in the market place? Or is my impression of the noise level wrong? I would think offering a larger, quieter, more expensive muffler would at least be an option given by most manufacterers since you probably run a mower more every day than your car or truck. I guess trying to put a larger muffler on a trimmer or blower would not be practical because of weight, right? I am still learning a lot from here, I look forward to your responses, Thanks!