On in-line fans…

In the past, I’ve been an outspoken critic of in-line fans for a lot of reasons, many of them annotated elsewhere in this blog. Lately, I’ve heard of a company that manufactures in-line fans that are far beyond anything else available in this style of fan.

The company in question is Fantech. http://www.fantech.net/index.htm They are located in Sarasota Florida and provide a variety of fans that can easily be used by glassworkers almost anywhere.

I’ve looked over their offerings and can recommend the following fans:
(Note that the CFM rating is free air, or 0″ of static pressure)

FR Series (for wet locations — can be mounted outside with proper wiring)
FR 200 – 8″ ducting – 115 volts – 408 CFM
FR225 – 8″ ducting – 115 volts – 429 CFM
FR250 = 10″ ducting – 115 volts – 649 CFM

FG Series
FR8 – 8″ ducting – 115 volts – 461 CFM
FR8xl – 8″ ducting – 115 volts – 502 CFM
FR10 – 10″ ducting – 115 volts – 513 CFM
FR10xl – 10″ ducting – 115 volts – 589 CFM
FR12 – 12″ ducting – 115 volts – 741 CFM
FR12xl – 12″ ducting – 115 volts – 940 CFM

FKD Series
FKD8xl – 8″ ducting – 115 volts – 836 CFM
FKD10 – 10″ ducting – 115 volts – 910 CFM
FKD10xl – 10″ ducting – 115 volts – 1266 CFM
FKD12 – 12″ ducting – 115 volts – 1305 CFM
FKD12xl – 12″ ducting – 115 volts – 2016 CFM

Fantech also has a line of in-line fans designed specifically for square and rectangular ducts. While I have not personally used these fans myself, based on the recommendations of those who have and whose opinions I trust, I can fully recommend these fans to anyone who is considering a glassworking ventilation system, and looking for an alternative supplier to Grainger and the squirrel cage centrifugal fan.

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3 thoughts on “On in-line fans…

  1. Mike – what do you think about the Vortex and Can Fan inline fans? They’re very similar to the Fantech but seem to be more efficient at a slightly lower price.

    Thanks.

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