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shop fan suggestions

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some suggestions on shop fans. I work in my garage and get absolutely no air flow. I can't put a window unit in because I usually have the garage door open so it would be pointless. Anyone have any suggestions on the best fan. I'm tired of working in an oven. Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-28-2015, 10:35 PM
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combine two operations ....

Use a box fan from the home store and put a furnace filter in a channel or tape it on the intake side. This will clean the dust out of the air and provide air circulation. Hanging it from the ceiling will give you more circulation.

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Do you put a furnace fan on the back where the plastic cover goes to catch dust etc...?
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-29-2015, 12:19 AM
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Do you put a furnace fan on the back where the plastic cover goes to catch dust etc...?
A furnace fan is an air filtration unit, NOT a dust collector. They are completely different animals. Dust and chips will best be collected by a shop vac, or better yet a dedicated dust collector. These are also completely different units. A shop vac has a high velocity/low volume air flow. A dust collector has a low velocity/high volume air flow, with much more filtration area than shop vac.

All three types of units are needed in a good woodworking shop.

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Mine is mounted from the ceiling and I can swivel it for changing direction but it works as woodnthings said for an air cleaner (fan is mounted upside down so I can easily reach the switch). I also have an oscillating fan on a pedestal for additional air flow in the shop.

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Any box fan I have used doesn't blow much air.
I have a couple (only use 1) fans that look the same as the one in the picture. They push a lot of air. I wish I could rig it to oscillate, on a a pedistal. My metal building shop in SW Fl, is an oven. I bought mine at yard sales. New, they are usually listed as hi velocity fans. They are a little louder than I would want to use in the house.
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I have, but don't use anymore, a belt drive squirrel fan with a 3/4 HP motor. Stopped using it when I checked how much juice it used. I think is was around 12 amps. I believe the hi velocity fan is 1.5 amps.
Northern tool has one for $40. Draws 1.2 amps.

Some day I will build a grate to go in front of the fan to direct the air to a wider area.



http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FUWRHwodiREKqg

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+1 on what Pirate said. I never met a box fan that was worth a darn.

I have 2 HV's like the picture he posted and they're awesome.
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I have two ceiling fans that I bought at Home Depot a number of years ago. They are all white, no light kits, and four speeds. They are designed to move more air than a normal ceiling fan. They do a nice job and didn't cost that much.
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+1 on what Pirate said. I never met a box fan that was worth a darn.

I have 2 HV's like the picture he posted and they're awesome.

That's kind of true. But they're cheap and I have a couple because I can just point them on me where ever I'm working at the time. My wood shop is in the sub tropics so the heat is really high almost all the time. It took years to get used to it.

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That's kind of true. But they're cheap and I have a couple because I can just point them on me where ever I'm working at the time. My wood shop is in the sub tropics so the heat is really high almost all the time. It took years to get used to it.

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I have a PhD in uncomfortable warm weather. I have lived in VA all my life and have been around the US and Mexico, and aside from the Amazon or Congo, I can tell you the mid Atlantic see's some of the worst 'hot' weather fathomable.

Dry heat I can take, but hot water in the air I despise.
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I do not know if they still stock them, but I bought a great blower from SAMS CLUB. It is variable speed and really blows a lot of air on high.

It is a Lasco Max piviting utility fan. For some reason the page with the info will not come up so I cannot give you a link.

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Hi
I had the same problem last summer. When I had the metal garage built, I neglected to put a door or window in the back wall of the garage, and living in Texas that wasn't such a good idea. Last summer I could stay out here till about 10 in the morning, and couldn't take the heat any longer. This spring I installed to 12" Fan Tech shutter fans on the rear wall. It's still gets pretty warm, but I have good air flow with the two shop fans in the front. I have been able to stay in here all day playing with my toys....woohoo!
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If "Bigger is better"

That's a fan! 24' dia!
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