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Blows Away The Plastic Fans
on August 13, 2014
=== WHAT IT IS ===
The fan is designed for commercial use. But... It can be used for residential applications depending on the intended use. I purchased the fan to move outside air from the front door upwards towards a vaulted ceiling to cool the upstairs. This helps minimize using central air-conditioning in the summer season resulting in saving a few bucks.
The model 9418 is the smallest pedestal fan made by Airking, but is sufficient for most if not all residential uses. The fan can be overkill for a residence, again depending on the intended use. This review is focused on residential use. For commercial use got to the manufacturer's website at airkinglimited dot com for details and technical specs.
=== NOISE LEVEL ===
The fan is louder than (subjective) most of the cheaper plastic fans. The "noise" is due to the excellent air moving capabilities. The fans has a 1/6 horsepower motor. You can't move the amount of air the Airking does without some noise. It's a fan. Keep this in mind if used in a bedroom or in the same room as a TV.
=== USAGE ===
The fan has three speed settings 1/2/3 and uses wattage of 125/150/180. I rarely need to use a speed above 1 which will blow away cheaper fans on their highest speed. The fan moves air very well. I set the fan where the air flow is parallel to the floor on speed 1 and the air flow was still good thirty feet away through a doorway to another room. Use level 2 or three if more air flow is needed. The air flow can be adjusted 360 degrees.
=== CONSTRUSTION ===
The fan is made mostly of steel and built very well. The only plastic is a cover over the motor on the rear of the fan, the speed control knob and part of four screws for height adjustment and positioning the fan for air flow. The threaded screw portion is steel and the plastic is a large "head" where you can use your hands to turn the screw. The plastic portion is high quality and not subject to any stress that can cause failure of the part.
=== RATING ===
I have been using the fan for a minimum of four to five hours nonstop daily for about four weeks. So far there are no problems. The price of the fan is reasonable considering the quality of the product. Other reviewers mentioned poor packaging. This is true. My fan arrived undamaged. Five stars.
***** UPDATE ***** 8/2/2016 - after about twenty four months the fan still works as good as new. Used mostly daily in the summer.
***************** UPDATE 9/4/2016 – RUST SPOTS *********************
Two years rater: I took the cage off the fan to clean it and the blades and discovered rust spots. The cleaning was done outdoors on a sunny day so the defects were easy to spot. No liquids were used for cleaning, just a shop vac and dry towel. Some rust was hidden until the cage was removed. This was because of not enough paint on some surfaces and a very rough finish on the metal on some spots causing the paint to rub off. This is poor quality control.
The fan is used and stored indoors only in an area of the U.S. with lower humidity than the national average. Use is mostly in the summer. The only contact with the fan is my hands moving it and the base touching the floor. The fan stays within an approximate seven foot radius.
Most of the fan has decent paint coverage, but there is no excuse for the defects considering the price paid for the fan. I was willing to spend more money for something that will last. So far this update is my only complaint.