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Ok i know its not the safest thing to do but i got an ipod and i have been listening to it when i go mow and man it gets me moving. Especially if i have fast songs on it. Does anybody else do this or am i the only jerk
 

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What kind of ear plugs (buds?) are you using to hear anything. I considered buying something to listen, but tried a small radio with ear buds, inside my Stihl muffs. I couldn't hear hardly anything on the buds -- just enough to know if the audio was speaking or music. I don't want to spend money on something if I can't hear it anyways!

My trial was done while using my Exmark, 15hp Kohler (single cylinder), 36" hydro. Maybe other mowers are so much quieter that ear buds will produce enough sound to be heard. Or, was my trail flawed?
 

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Do a search on hearing protection and you'll find a TON of good ideas. I use Peltor Select digital hearing protection. They have 24 db of hearing protection with a built in digital FM radio and active hearing via two small microphones, one mounted on each earmuff. They cut out all loud noises but let me hear everything going on around me. Best part is I can talk with customers, hear someone approach me or hear strange noises in my equipment without taking them off. Very pricey for the digital ones, list price of $178.

You can get some cheap Peltor AM/FM analog hearing protection at Home Depot for less than $40.

Mike
 

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I too have the $50 peltors. Great on Batt. life, good reception, my only complaint is the radio stations in Austin. I'm looking for a great setup using XM radio, with some good ideas on here if you search.

Considering Ipods, where exactly are you getting your music from? Cd's that you own, or an online site as well? If so which site?
 

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I have a set of peltors with an AM/FM radio. If I leave them at home it makes for a long day.
Same here, I almost can't mow without mine on now, music passes time and I mow quicker with tunes. :)
 

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I picked up a pair of Peltors earmuff headphones. It has an AM/FM radio. The volume is limited to 82db so you son't damage your hearing by turning them up too high. I got them at Canadian Tire $50. Wish I had them years ago as it sure beats listening to the drone of engines, makes the day go by quicker. The only downside might be you problably look a little silly to someone watching you if you start to sing along to the songs. :p
 

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I'm planning on getting a dell digital jukebox along with hearing protection/ built in radio. I was wondering though do any of you guys have problems wearing sunglasses, a hat, and the hearing protectors all at the same time?
 

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I have a RCA mp3 player and I listenED to it all the time...

however, i found that employees wanted to follow my example and it didnt make for safe working conditions for the workers and people around us...

We discourage use on properties where people are in close range; however, large fields (bush-hoggin) are more than fair game
 

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Roger said:
What kind of ear plugs (buds?) are you using to hear anything. I considered buying something to listen, but tried a small radio with ear buds, inside my Stihl muffs. I couldn't hear hardly anything on the buds -- just enough to know if the audio was speaking or music. I don't want to spend money on something if I can't hear it anyways!

My trial was done while using my Exmark, 15hp Kohler (single cylinder), 36" hydro. Maybe other mowers are so much quieter that ear buds will produce enough sound to be heard. Or, was my trail flawed?
I use Koss earbuds with my IPod and they fit well inside my Stihl muffs. Great sound too.

I've also been subscribing to a number of Podcasts since the new ITunes release. Music and entertainment...
 

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Roger said:
What kind of ear plugs (buds?) are you using to hear anything. I considered buying something to listen, but tried a small radio with ear buds, inside my Stihl muffs. I couldn't hear hardly anything on the buds -- just enough to know if the audio was speaking or music. I don't want to spend money on something if I can't hear it anyways!

My trial was done while using my Exmark, 15hp Kohler (single cylinder), 36" hydro. Maybe other mowers are so much quieter that ear buds will produce enough sound to be heard. Or, was my trail flawed?
I use a portable sports Mp3 player (you need the sports version to keep it from skipping) and use KOSS earbuds, you can order extra foam-pieces from Koss, matter of fact you can order the buds as well, they are these here:
http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/04ProductDetailCall?ReadForm&Portable+Stereophones^THEPLUG

Then wear mickey mouse ears over top of them, and you can't hear the wb.
p.s.: they get ROCKING loud!
 

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True Harbor said:
I'm planning on getting a dell digital jukebox along with hearing protection/ built in radio. I was wondering though do any of you guys have problems wearing sunglasses, a hat, and the hearing protectors all at the same time?
Only thing you have to pay extra attention because for one you can't hear anything so you rely on feel and sight exclusively, also be careful with the wires from the earbuds getting tangled, but run them up inside your shirt and the problem is minor.
 
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