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Phillip writes: “This makes an awesome shop fan.  The maker claims it can move air some 80 feet!  It’s got a heavy-duty 3-conductor cord, cord wrap, and a lifetime warranty.”

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Some other features that caught our attention: By loosening a friction knob, you can rotate the fan to point it wherever you’d like, and the handle on top looks quite sturdy.  Best of all: the front is easily removable so you can clean the inside of the fan.

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It’s been our experience that if you can’t clean it, there’s no place for it in the shop.  Though our shop is usually quite clean, it’s no accident.

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The Vornado Heavy-Duty fan MSRPs for $100, but it’s available for around $95 from a wide variety of vendors as well as Amazon.

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10 Responses to Reader Finds: The Vornado Heavy-Duty Fan

  1. MikeR says:

    I’ve had a smaller Vornado fan for several years and it’s held up very well. They aren’t cheap but they are worth it.

  2. Old Donn says:

    This thing pays for itself the first time you’re in the garage under the car and it’s 85-90 degrees. Makes work in a tight space a lot more bearable.

  3. Eli says:

    I noticed the Special Effects department started using them a few years ago. When I saw they made a fan/heater I bought one from OSH for about $80. It works well.

  4. Paul says:

    Don’t get me wrong I like a good tool, and the vornado has a great set of features, cleaning, power cable management, tilt, etc.

    But I could buy a whole bunch of the standard box fans for $95. Even better a box fan is easy to throw a paper filter on to act as a simple filtration system.

    Does this direct air very tightly to dry floors or something to that ilk?
    I don’t get a $100 fan for use in the shop.

  5. nrChris says:

    I am with Paul on this one, that is a whole lot of money for a fan. You can swing a real industrial fan for that kind of scrape. But I am really excited about the prospect of needing a fan in my workshop. C’mon Spring.

  6. Royski says:

    I have a regular vornado and it does direct air amazingly well. It is like an air laser. Pretty quiet too.

  7. Zee says:

    air laser is a good way of putting it. My friend has a cheaper home one and you can basically shoot a jet stream of air wherever you want and it travels, his room wasn’t big enough to fully test the distance

  8. Brew says:

    If you are looking for a good fan you should get a squirrel cage one. It will put out much more air and is MUCH quieter. I have this one and absolutely love it. It was $50 at Sam’s

    http://laskoproducts.com/fans/model_4900.html

    They don’t carry the same one anymore, but they have a similar one,

    http://laskoproducts.com/fans/model_4900.html

    Lasko also makes the little yellow Stanly one, but I think that one is overpriced for it’s size.

  9. Looks sturdy, but I don’t have a sense on how big it is. I gather it’s pretty small.

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