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 Posted: Mon Sep 4th, 2017 03:16 am
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Mike Howitz
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Hello,I've lurked around here a few times, but decided to join so I could participate.  I have an appreciation for vintage and antique items, but never got the fan bug.  I've always admired the older fans with their steel construction and superiority, though.  As of today, I own about a half dozen fans, mostly modern.  The best fan I have is a Patton High Velocity floor fan.  It's maybe 18"-20", and it really blows.  

I have used fans for many years in my workshop to ventilate fumes.  The fan of choice has always been a Lasko 20" box fan in the window blowing out as an exhaust closest to the fumes.  This served me well, as depending on the weather, I had either an air conditioner or heater running and didn't want to pull too much air out.  I have just moved to where the weather is nicer, so no AC here yet, but the shop has been getting very hot and now I want to move much more air to cool the shop.  The cheap Lasko doesn't move nearly enough air.  My Patton is a beast, it works really well, but to put it in the window, I need to put it on a box that takes up part of my workbench.  What I would like to find is a 20" box fan that will go in the window, but actually be strong enough to pull a decent amount of CFM in from the other open window and cool the shop down.  The fumes are from adhesive, but it's a very small amount being applied by a paintbrush.  Nothing potentially combustible is atomized, so I don't need anything explosion proof, just a good strong fan.  I came across the Lasko B20725, the modern, all metal fan that came out in the past few years, but it appears to be discontinued, and the reviews seem questionable anyway.  I have also been using the Patton in the house as a whole house fan to cut back on AC usage.  But again, since it's a floor fan, I have needed to put it up on something in front of a window.  This happens to be an ironing board, right in front of the washing machine.  My wife is getting irritated from having to move it all the time, so if I can find this good box fan to put in the windows, I will want to be able to find 2 or 3 to use both at work and at home.  

I really don't know where to start.  Obviously I want something powerful, as quiet as is practical without sacrificing CFM, and something reasonably common so I can find more than one.  I am mechanically inclined, I know how to tear apart a motor, so I'm not scared to look for fixer uppers.  But I am not after something collectible.  If I could buy something off the shelf brand new, I would prefer that.  I just haven't found anything that even comes close to good enough of a box fan available anywhere.  Any advice on what to look for would be greatly appreciated.  Looking forward to a new addiction!

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 Posted: Mon Sep 4th, 2017 08:53 pm
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Andrew Block
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Personally, I like the Emerson 16" window fan that came with a front grille for box fan use. Smooth deep pitch blades and whisper quiet on low.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 03:12 pm
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the key is really to check what you are doing, is t just fumes? or will there also be dust and paint spray in the air? There are fans that have open vents to the windings or those with closed motor cases. The grit from sanding and painting gums up the bushings and bearings  too . Frankly for a garage to exhaust "debris" in the air, i like a sealed motor industrial fan like the types from Grainger. I wont use a vintage fan that is in good shape, i like things shiny and clean! 

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