Any use for Furnace Air Handlers?

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We are about to replace both of our A/C’s and gas furnaces due to age and failure. The air handlers in each are still functioning so I was wondering if there is any value in stripping those out and using them for something else or even trying to sell them? I don’t have an immediate need but I hate to see them go to the landfill. And, if anyone in No. Va. is interested, let me know.

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#1 posted 737 days ago

The Squirrel cage fans and motors can be reused to shop build ambient air cleaners for shop use…

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#2 posted 737 days ago

I recently came across a fan and a motor and was wondering what to do with it. I was thinking some sort of air cleaner or dust collector.

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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#3 posted 737 days ago

I’m in the process of building a sanding table that will include a furnace blower, see attached. It is also designed to function as a shop air cleaner, with space for 24×24x4 first stage filter and 24×24x6 HEPA filter.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

-- Danny, Houston, TX

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Thanks for inspiration. I’ll try to pull one or both while the guys are here Friday.

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#5 posted 737 days ago

Care to make a sander with one of your motors?

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#6 posted 736 days ago

I have vents on the side walls of my shop up by the peak of the roof. I put furnace blower fans in each. Now when it is cool outside i turn the fans on and they suck out the hot air and pull in cool air.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#7 posted 736 days ago

You could also use the surplus handler to ventilate a spray booth for non-flammable finishes.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#8 posted 732 days ago

I’ve been wanting to make an air cleaner with an air handler for a while now.

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#9 posted 730 days ago

When sanding on the workbench, I place an ordinary box fan with a furnace filter taped over the intake side which faces my work area. When I’m done, I take it outside to tap the duct off of it. It’s not the best solution – but it works…

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#10 posted 730 days ago

Here’s what I did.

Put them on craigslist for $20, they should go quick.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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