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I have been meaning to acquire or make one of these for a long time… I recently upgraded my furnace in the house, so I kept the fan for just this purpose. There is nothing at all glamorous about this, but it works great (quiet too) and doesn't take up any more room in the shop. When I started this project, I was originally going to mount it to the ceiling (as there is a lot of advantages to that) but this seemed much simpler. It was extremely cheap and simple and only took one night to complete. At the original speed it nearly sucked the filters in, so I had to change the drive pulley.

I still have to put a grate on the fan, but I am contemplating changing the direction of the air flow to angle it more towards the ceiling so it doesn't blow on the floor.

If I had known what a difference it makes in air quality I would have done this much sooner. Normally after sweeping the shop I have to leave for a little while, but now I don't have to…

thanks for looking.

Sam.

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Great idea using the space under the stand. I like it better than hanging off the ceiling. More portable means you can move it closer to the source.
 

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I have one of these in the garage that I acquired earlier in the year but it was too big to put where I had intended. This is a great idea.
 

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Great idea - excellent use of some wasted space.
 

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great work, i wish i could get a blower for free. I've been looking for awhile now next step is to buy one from grainger. Nice set up though.
 

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Thanks for comments… I thought it would be a great use for the wasted space aswell..

I highly recommend trying to get a mulitspeed fan. But definitely don't pay for a new one… a few bucks for a used one is good to. I saw them locally for $25 on kijiji, just check out the bearings.

Still, I am amazed at the difference in air quality in the shop… it also eliminates the hot/cold spots as it moves so much air.

Sam.
 

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Great idea! You could just roll it outside and blow the filter off with the air hose.
 

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Great job, I intend to build something similar. I need something to set my small band saw on, and I need a air cleaner, was gonna combine needs.. Your turned out very well..

Thanks for sharing
 
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