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Heyo everyone,

Tis I Drako : ) Well I am tired of using the little shop vac I have for a blower, I need a good, QUIET, electric blower that I can easily attach and run. Any suggestions? This shop vac is just killing me, and I am having trouble getting my hand crank blowers going. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

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Burden Sales Corp. also known as Surplus Sales, they are on the web. You want about 200-300 CFM (cubic feet per minute) unless you have a huge forge, which could possibly use up to 500CFM. When you find their website, search for squirell cage blowers. Don't bother with a motor speed controller, make a movable flap to restrict the inlet air (inlet to the blower). This is the best way to regulate blower air for a lot of reasons.

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I have pulled squirrel cage blowers out of copy machines, and other office equipment. An old kitchen range hood may also be a good donor. Look around for one of the old C tube fireplace blower units---a series of tubes bent into a C that the flames warmed while air was blown through them. Craigslist would be a good start, check the freebies first then the ads. Also check Upillar.com, freecycle.com/org? Garage sales, office equipment repair shops, appliance repair shops, and flea markets. nShould be able to locate one easy enough.

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I used an old oil burner gun, stripped the pump, transformer, cad cell, and primary relay off. That left me with a housing with a motor and fan. A little time and a bit of sheet metal to close up where the parts were pulled and away ya go.

Still need to do a bit of work to my forge, need to add a switch to turn it on and off, pulling the cord is a pain. And a bit more work on the air intake gate to control it better.

Chris

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I use a vaccum cleaner that is located in a shed next to my forge, I dont hear it and to control the airflow I use a stormwater direction flow tap ($12). I did have to dismantle the vaccum and rewire the on off switch so I can turn it on or off from my forge. To date it has been working a treat.

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You want about 200-300 CFM (cubic feet per minute) unless you have a huge forge, which could possibly use up to 500CFM.


By my way of thinking, any forge that needs 200 CFM is huge. I used to drive an enormous oil forge to a self-destructive, blinding white using probably not much more than 100. (I got rid of the oil forge because it was just too hard to control.)

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I have used a scavenged blower from a car heater system. Currently I use a hand crank blower. I also have a 3-phase electric motor run blower, but I don't have 3-phase service so I'll have to change the motor someday.

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Dayton makes a blower number 99080464 the sell it a grainger and they work real well have used the same one for 10 years. lots of cfm's you will need a damper in line


I couldn't find that on grainger's website. How do you find it there?

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Grainger has them. I forgot how they are listed, it's kinda weard. I bought bone last dec. $60. Use your ABANA discount. If I remember right they are 100cfm. Work great.
Travis

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Just be careful, Some blowers cannot be gated as that is the cooling air. Had one that would actualy speed up if you closed off the intake. I finaly found a wood stove blower
that is great.
Ken

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I am in the middle of setting up a forge, and am using the fan from an old central heating boiler. They are easy (and cheap) to pick up off e-bay, and they are already set up to blow through a cylindrical flue, so no need to fabricate anything.

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Thanks for all the great tips guys! I like the sound of the clothes dryer blower, I want whisper quite! I know where a clothes dryer is to, just gotta take the clothes out ofi t and get to work!! HAHA! XD Mom would kill me!

Francis Cole I looked on Daytona's website it looked like they had some good blowers, there was a 15volt blower actually might have been 12volt I don't remember, but that sounded kind of small would it work for a forge?

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Drako11 they have 12V 115V & 230V. I use a 115V it is great you can see how well it works in a video on my web sight Welcome to nokomis Forge - Hand-Crafted My Custom Ironwrok My forge is 11"x11"x 4" welded plate the tube is 4"x4" with a built in damper. It will get away from you if you run it full out.

Dragon lair I had that problem with my gas forge so I turned it around with the vents facing away from the forge. works fine now

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