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notdan

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07-19-2018 01:27 AM

I’d like to put a ceiling fan in my shop, which is the third bay of a 3 car garage. Should I be worried about sawdust or any other reason this would be a bad idea? Any type of ceiling fan a better choice? I mostly do hand tool woodworking with occasional mitre/jig/circular saw.


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Sawdust4Blood

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 01:35 AM

Maybe not appropriate if you mostly use hand tools but food for thought… my Jet air filtration unit moves about the same amount of air in the shop as a ceiling fan (and cleans the air as bonus).

-- Greg, Severn MD

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 01:39 AM

Same here, my ambient air filter moves air just like a fan and cleans the air.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 01:52 AM

One of my Dad’s friends did it. This was his issue after a year of use. To many times he had it on and came in with a large piece of wood and got it tangled with the blades. So he took it out and got a pedestal fan.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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WoodES

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 05:10 AM

I have two in my shop. Fans only, no lights. I have learned to work around them and it makes the hot California central valley summers tolerable…

Some day I’ll need to replace the blades but I don’t have an issue with that….

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becikeja

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 10:21 AM

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I use one of these high velocity fans. Have had it for years. Typically have the shop bay door open, put this at the back and blow towards the bay door at about a 60 degree angle toward the ceiling. Keeps good air circulation throughout the shop and doesn’t stir the dust too much. Also can be moved around the shop as needed.

My opinion is that ceiling fans hang too low, and would get in the way. Also could not be moved if I needed to work in that area and did not want the air to be stirred up. Just seems like too many limitations for me.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 07-19-2018 10:31 AM

I think in your circumstances you’re good to go, though you will have to be mindful of swinging the longer boards around.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 07-19-2018 10:56 AM

I have a cheap one in my garage and works well.

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 07-19-2018 11:49 AM

To the first couple of posters I think his concern is that it is not an explosion proof fan. I don’t see an issue, and it’s probably more comfortable than a box fan.

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Bill White

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#9 posted 07-19-2018 12:02 PM

Have 2 52” on 6” downrods. Rheostat on the wall switch to change speeds. Use ‘em summer and winter. 9’ ceilings so I don’t mash ‘em up.

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#10 posted 07-19-2018 12:10 PM



https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81hlxWMMEcL._SL1500_.jpg

I use one of these high velocity fans. Have had it for years. Typically have the shop bay door open, put this at the back and blow towards the bay door at about a 60 degree angle toward the ceiling. Keeps good air circulation throughout the shop and doesn t stir the dust too much. Also can be moved around the shop as needed.

My opinion is that ceiling fans hang too low, and would get in the way. Also could not be moved if I needed to work in that area and did not want the air to be stirred up. Just seems like too many limitations for me.

- becikeja


Ditto.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Fresch

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#11 posted 07-19-2018 12:56 PM

12xx16 shop have one running 24/7 I believe it cuts down on rusting.

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Tony1212

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 01:11 PM

My grandfather had one in his shop as long as I can remember. But he also had a self-installed wood stove and threw away the splitter on his tablesaw. I had to duck to get under the fan.

A ceiling fan was never a consideration in my personal shop. I found a $20 window A/C unit at a garage sale. It has kept my 3 car garage at 67 degrees during Chicago’s latest run of 90+ degree days.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 03:53 PM



I have two in my shop. Fans only, no lights. I have learned to work around them and it makes the hot California central valley summers tolerable…

Some day I ll need to replace the blades but I don t have an issue with that….

- WoodES

Same here. I have two that were originally in the kids rooms. I removed the light kit and hung them up.
It hasn’t been a problem at all.
Yes, it does get hot in the Valley. (Madera)
I use them in conjunction with my WEN air filtration unit.
I do turn them off when applying a finishes so I don’t get dust in my finish but other than that they run all the time.

No problems to date

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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WoodES

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#14 posted 07-20-2018 05:53 AM


I have two in my shop. Fans only, no lights. I have learned to work around them and it makes the hot California central valley summers tolerable…

Some day I ll need to replace the blades but I don t have an issue with that….

- WoodES

I’ll wave twice as I pass through Madera on Saturday, maybe create enough of a breeze to cool you off some… ;-)

Same here. I have two that were originally in the kids rooms. I removed the light kit and hung them up.
It hasn t been a problem at all.
Yes, it does get hot in the Valley. (Madera)
I use them in conjunction with my WEN air filtration unit.
I do turn them off when applying a finishes so I don t get dust in my finish but other than that they run all the time.

No problems to date

- fivecodys


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JCamp

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#15 posted 07-20-2018 12:34 PM

I would say they ain’t a problem but I smacked mine pretty good last night with a board. It does help keep it cool tho so I don’t think I’ll b taking it down anytime soon. A window AC sounds good but I’m to tight to pay for the electric

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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