37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2006
I have two of these fans which run 24 hours/day in a greenhouse. Other fans start to rust within about 3 months, and after a year the grills are falling apart and the fan is useless (even though the motor still works). In the greenhouse, I water for about 3 minutes each day, and the fans do get some water on them. The first fan has been there for about 1.5 years, and still works fine, and NO RUST. This is a very good fan, even though it is a little pricey.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
We have three of these fans in a server room to blow air around a dead spot, they move allot of air but are not balanced well and if they are not strapped into place they will soon vibrate themselves across the room. We've had them for over two years and one is now dead. The vibration overcame the strength of the metal cage around the fan blade and at points around where the motor is attached to the cage the bars have snapped. So after 15,000 hours the motor is still fine but it is no longer attached to the cage. Time for a new fan.
I'm impressed and adding another star to these fans and changing the title of my review from "good enough" to "Work horse". We replaced the one fan that broke apart 2 years ago, and the replacement was turned on and is still going. The original two are still going strong, but have developed a bit more of a shake to them, but they are also at 30,000+ hour, so total 1 failure in over 90,000 hours.
I have also since bought one for my house that is use periodically. I should pb put it in my will.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2011
Get the 20".Bigger blades means less noise.This is a serious fan,even on low it moves large volumes of air.It is made in the USA! This fan is a keeper,I recommend it highly.Very well made,and made to last.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2010
I ordered this fan after comparing it with Lasko and Patton fans. I was replacing a Lakewood fan of similar type. This fan is being used to help circulate heat in our home. We have electric baseboard heat in a large old 2 story farmhouse which doesn't begin to keep the house warm. Because of this, we have a large Buck type stove to supplement our heat in a downstairs room. Because of the layout of the house, with lots of rooms but little open space, we have trouble getting all the heat from the room where the woodstove is to circulate as well as we would like. The old Lakewood had been in use for about 5 years and just finally stopped working. It had worked well,(or so I thought) but like all fans of this type was a bit loud and had always been bad to 'rattle' when on high. This new fan is INCREDIBLE in the amount of air it circulates. I honestly don't see us needing any setting but low on it! It does make some noise, but it's the sound of the blades whipping through the air, not a buzzing or rattling noise. I can see it being a bit much if you were in the same room with it trying to chat, talk on the phone or watch tv. But for circulating a lot of air through numerous rooms, you couldn't ask for more and it really doesn't need to be in the same room with you to circulate the air. The construction seems as good as any I've seen in this price range. It's heavy enough to stay in place and allow you to pivot the fan without getting it off balance. It is just what I needed to do the job I needed done. The packaging was a little iffy, but it got the fan to me and it arrived in working order. I would buy it again.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2009
We use this fan to cool down the house in summer since we don't have air conditioning. This fan is a more than adequate replacement and blasts the hot air out of our house quite well.
I should note that it's very loud on the "high" setting, which doesn't bother us since it's up in our loft.
It does have a tendency to "walk" a little bit when set on "high." I put a couple of books on either side to hold it in place.
If you are looking for a high velocity, heavy-duty fan to blow a lot of air and don't mind the noise, this fan will do the trick.
Edit: It's just over five years (10/14) since I wrote this review and this fan is still going strong. My wife solved the "walking" problem by placing the fan on a bath mat--doh!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2010
Let me say I did a lot of research on fans before making this purchase. My requirement was that it be made in the U.S. and it be of good quality. I was hoping to find a fan that had a lot of power (which is CFMs') and would not be too noisy. This fan exceeded my expectations by far. It is very heavy-duty and well-made. It is somewhat more noisy than the cheaper box-type fans you get at Wal-Mart; however, this is a more commercial-type fan that will hold up for years to come. Thanks to Air King for making a fan of great quality and especially for keeping those jobs in America. Highly recommend.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2008
We purchased this fan for use in our church's parish hall, specifically to work in conjunction with the air conditioning. It does an excellent job, even on the low setting; on medium and high, it creates a virtual wind tunnel. It's not whisper-quiet like smaller fans intended for household use, but neither is it as loud as many of the other commercial fans we looked at. Solidly built (and made in America - always a plus!), this fan is exactly what we were looking for. If you need something that will circulate air in a large room, the Air King 9220 would be a fine choice.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
This fan will blow the paintings off your walls (I mean this in a good way).
You definitely get what you pay for. I've purchased other fans in the past that were supposedly "high velocity" and yet they barely pushed any air. This fan, on the other hand, is absurdly powerful. The low setting alone is easily more powerful than any other fan I've encountered set to high. Obviously, this makes for a slightly louder fan... not the best if you want something relaxing to put on while you sleep. But, it's built like a tank and so far and doesn't have any annoying vibrations like other fans. And, if you want something this powerful, the fact that it's slightly louder is unavoidable. If you want something super quiet, get a less powerful fan. It's nothing but the sound of air getting pushed really hard.
Now a few negatives... The fan is amazing, the packing job was horrific. Per other reviews about this fan, the fan was shipped with no packing materials whatsoever. It was loose in a cardboard box. Add this to the fact that UPS is absolutely terrible and abuses packages (at least here in the NYC area), and you're going to have problems. The first time Amazon sent me the fan, it was banged around in shipment so badly that the handle broke off the fan and the wiring was bent all around the top of the fan. The box was literally crushed. Mind you, this is a very sturdy fan. Fortunately, Amazon luckily provides great customer service and they sent me out a replacement right away.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
This is a good quality well constructed fan. It has a sealed ball bearing motor that will ensure a longer life in terms of hours of use. You won't need to re-oil the bearings. You could make a sleeve bearing motor run for many hours too, but you must blow the dirt and lint out of the motor and re-oil the bearings with good quality light weight spindle oil, every 1000 hours of operation. Who does that? Consumer duty fans are cheap and all have sleeve bearings. Most consumers fans eventually slow down and overheat, eventually stopping completely. Then the hopefully thermostatically protected motor cycles off and on until someone notices. Sealed ball bearings are the sign of a serious, continuous duty fan.
This fan moves the air without excessive noise. On low it is quiet. But not like a small fan. If you want to move large amounts of air with a fan this size, you will hear it.
The power cord is 9 feet long! That reduces the necessity for extension cords.
This fan does not vibrate excessively!
Who packaged this fan? When I received it FedEx the box was mangled and the flaps were open. The fan was falling out of the box! That is a sign of a careless vendor. I'm amazed the fan was not damaged.
The grill spacing on this fan is a bit excessive in the rear, enough that you could easily amputate your finger, if your were dumb enough to handle the fan by the grill, while in operation. This fan deserves respect, and it won't hesitate to remove your finger tips if you are careless.
I highly recommend this fan if you have the need for continuous duty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
I bought a 20 inch Patton that is outstandingly powerful. I was hoping to find a similar one for my house, but Patton doesn't make it anymore. It appears their manufacturing has changed for the worse.
This fan is strong (which is what I want) and, like the Patton, not quiet. That's okay--I expected that. I would say my Patton 20 was stronger than this.
The first problem that I see is that the base is not very deep. This makes it less stable. As others reported, I see how this would easily tip backwards. The back of the housing protrudes significantly and is all plastic. Other reviewers had the fan fall backwards and shatter the knob and housing. I can see that.
The second issue is vibration. The motor vibrates rapidly. The rubber footings are minimal. With this fan sitting on wall to wall carpet the vibrations travel through the wood floor of the house and into my sofa. Lying down on my sofa with my head on a pillow I can feel the vibrations through the pillow, sofa arm, floor across 10 feet to where the fan is. Definitely feel it on 2, don't recall if the vibrations are significant on 1. Other reviewers spoke about the fan vibrating and breaking housing. I can see this happening if everything isn't well crafted.
The fan isn't best suited for a living room or bedroom due to noise. However it is great when working, venting a room or attic, moving air down hallways, etc.
April 2015 Update - The fan continues to last with no issues. I use mine on carpeting so I don't experience the movement ("walking") that others have. No breakage or wear.