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Shop fan?

Post by tom4018 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:00 am

Any suggestions on a fan to move some air in a shop building? Been looking at some 24", 30" and 36" fans. Some say the drum fans are real noisy, which I don't want.



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Re: Shop fan?

Post by Caustic Burno » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:15 am

tom4018 wrote:Any suggestions on a fan to move some air in a shop building? Been looking at some 24", 30" and 36" fans. Some say the drum fans are real noisy, which I don't want.


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Re: Shop fan?

Post by M-5 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:15 am

36" pedestal fans will move alot of air. All fans make noise
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Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:26 am

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Re: Shop fan?

Post by circlebllc » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:03 pm

Squirrel cage fans. Build a box on wheels, insert fan and plug in. Move a lot of air, not very loud.
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Post by ClodHopper37869 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:34 pm

circlebllc wrote:Squirrel cage fans. Build a box on wheels, insert fan and plug in. Move a lot of air, not very loud.


That's what I did, found a old junked gas furnace, cut the fire box off and part of the sheet metal case, it still says Carrier on it, mounted 4 caster wheels, Works Good.

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Post by JMJ Farms » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:57 pm

I installed one of these last year for a customer in a horse barn we built. 10’ “wingspan”. Came with a $5k price tag but boy it moves the air. It’s has a VFD and when it ramps up it sounds like a helicopter but once it reaches top speed it’s really quite and only draws like 2.8 amps if I remember right. It was very minimal. I almost couldn’t believe it was that efficient to run. It’s made by Bigassfans.
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Re: Shop fan?

Post by snoopdog » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:56 am

I don't know who sells them , Ill look today , our truck mechanic has a real small portable squirrel cage that is both quiet and moves loads of air.
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Re: Shop fan?

Post by wbvs58 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:20 am

If you don't want to spend a lot of money yet want to get something that will make a real difference then you can't go past a 36" pedestal fan. I only paid about $160 for mine and it has made such a difference from being only able to work in my shed for about 1/2hr in summer to being able to work comfortably all day. Our humidity is usually fairly low when it is hot and I suspect that will help things a bit.

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Post by Lucky » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:34 pm

If you can make yourself spend the money a Porta-Cool is the way to go.

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Post by callmefence » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:04 pm

2 30 inch drum fans worked better for me than 1 48 inch drum fan. I'm thinking about putting the 48 inch in the bedroom.
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Re: Shop fan?

Post by Texasmark » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:26 am

tom4018 wrote:Any suggestions on a fan to move some air in a shop building? Been looking at some 24", 30" and 36" fans. Some say the drum fans are real noisy, which I don't want.


Youngest son is a HVAC tech. Has access to squirrel cage motors from old units. He pulled one out of an old unit and I have it on the floor in my shop, 50x30 and it moves air throughout the shop and does it quietly, like squirrel cage blowers do. It's about 13" in diameter and has different taps for fan speed. He must have wired it on high. Power cord plugged into regular duplex gets warm and it's a new enough duplex and I just put a new plug on it after I thought the old one was lossy.....it's the amps, not the plug. But it works and at 11 cents a kWH, I figure a buck a day is worth it.

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Re: Shop fan?

Post by Texasmark » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:36 am

Texasmark wrote:
tom4018 wrote:Any suggestions on a fan to move some air in a shop building? Been looking at some 24", 30" and 36" fans. Some say the drum fans are real noisy, which I don't want.


Youngest son is a HVAC tech. Has access to squirrel cage motors from old units. He pulled one out of an old unit and I have it on the floor in my shop, 50x30 and it moves air throughout the shop and does it quietly, like squirrel cage blowers do. It's about 13" in diameter and has different taps for fan speed. He must have wired it on high. Power cord plugged into regular duplex gets warm and it's a new enough duplex and I just put a new plug on it after I thought the old one was lossy.....it's the amps, not the plug. But it works and at 11 cents a kWH, I figure a buck a day is worth it.


Clamped my Amprobe on it yesterday and it's sucking 7 amps. Must be a ¾ hp motor. So, at 11c/kWHr that runs me less than a dime per hour. I can stand that.

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