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    Smile what can I make of this?



    With the closing of my masonic lodge building, I got an unexpected boon. I had mentioned that I was looking for an air handler from a furnace one night after lodge. One of the trustees remembered that I had said that, and when they were cleaning out the building, this was unearthed.



    And set aside for me.


    1/3 hp in dire need of a good cleaning on the air handler side.

    Everything turns... but no cord, so this is a project in the making...

    obviously, I'm going to make this into a shop built air cleaner...

    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 08-06-2010 at 11:20 PM.
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    Looks like the guts of a swamp cooler. Only works in hot dry climates though...

    Should make a nice air cleaner!
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    Maybe open a car wash That looks like it would blow the tops off a few convertibles
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    "Wind"

    I had a couple of those in my production shop when it was running and they can a great shop fan but have a very narrow area. Make a vent to spread out the wind.

    Also I have seen them used to make sanding tables with dust control

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    Box it up separating the suction side from the blowing side, add some cheap air filters and use it for a dust collector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Looks like the guts of a swamp cooler. Only works in hot dry climates though...

    Should make a nice air cleaner!
    My thoughts exactly. It'd make an room air cleaner, although it's probably a bit oversized for your current shop, it might be useful in the next one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Looks like the guts of a swamp cooler. Only works in hot dry climates though...

    Should make a nice air cleaner!
    cool wet and rainy won't wash, eh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Maybe open a car wash That looks like it would blow the tops off a few convertibles
    I'll have to see if I can put a drive through in the shop...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    "Wind"

    I had a couple of those in my production shop when it was running and they can a great shop fan but have a very narrow area. Make a vent to spread out the wind.

    Also I have seen them used to make sanding tables with dust control

    Jay
    Jay, I'll settle for puling air through some air filters like Darren suggested

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Box it up separating the suction side from the blowing side, add some cheap air filters and use it for a dust collector.
    That's the plan, build a box around it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    My thoughts exactly. It'd make an room air cleaner, although it's probably a bit oversized for your current shop, it might be useful in the next one.
    after I took the photos, I put it out in the shop... you're right it is a bit oversize, but hey, free is free!
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    Hi Ned,

    My local machine shop has one like that in a special opening he made high on the opposite wall from the garage door opening. Here in south Florida we get a little warm and muggy, but with the fan PULLING air into the shop and exhausting the high hot stuff out the back it helps a lot!

    Also, SAE 20 is NOT the same as SAE20W. You need to use the correct non-detergent lubricating oil for the bearings or you will have a problem sooner rather than later!
    Last edited by Bill Antonacchio; 08-07-2010 at 11:59 AM. Reason: Added comment about SAE 20
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    Bill, you just gave me an idea... thanks! Now... how to get a) the whole 80lb assembly up in the loft and b) remotely wire it in and c) still make the filters accessible... hmmmm
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    Hi Ned,

    If you blow the hot air outside do you need filters at that point?

    As to weight, I would want to take the motor off the fan assemble any way to replace that cord and for cleaning up both. That will cut the weight of the smaller heavier motor down considerably and then you just have the size of the fan to wrestle with.
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