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Perfect for my use. Beware if you have toddlers or climbing pets. Epoxy tips might help you
on September 8, 2016
UPDATE after 10 months:
This fan has been running virtually 24/7 for 10 months now, just to pull cooled or heated air from the next room that has a big heat pump air conditioner. It was an experiment, just to save the price of putting an a/c in this room. I used it during the winter turned around to blow the low-lying cold air out and pull in the warm air by way of the vacuum created at the top of the door, but during the coldest days I also ran a space heater in here. The fan runs on the mid setting and has kept this room quite comfortable when it's hot outside... and by hot I include 3 days that were over 100º outside. It is NOT ONE DECIBEL LOUDER than when I turned it on the first time. It has not been damaged, even though my wife turns it around occasionally for some odd reason.
OK I got this on sale from Amazon for $40, so I will judge this item on that price and my beginning grade is 4 stars. It is quiet enough that I can place it at the door to my office and it brings in noticeable cool air from the next room without enough noise to bother me. That's on HIGH speed. On low speed I can barely hear it at all. Reading the other reviews, I must have gotten one of the good ones... there are so many complaints. But this initially is very quiet and does make adequate wind to satisfy my requirements (my office A/C is broken, so I have to suck air from the bedroom).
WARNING! Though the following information might make your (working) fan last longer, it will almost certainly nullify your warranty and ability to return the unit for repair or refund!
This is made of cheap, soft plastic. The screws are adequate in size, but strip out VERY easily in soft plastic, so my advice is to make certain you are assembling this correctly (maybe put it together and then take the screws out one by one and dip them into EPOXY). Then screw them in just until you feel them hit bottom + a half turn.
You might want to put a dob of epoxy on the snap together tabs on the base and pedestal too...easy enough to see where to put it... just for a little more strength. Keep it on the inside of the pedestal and on the bottom of the base and it won't even show... don't use too much. Do this at your own risk... I'm experienced doing this sort of thing and so it's easier for me than for a first-timer.
It is obviously VERY fragile, so handle it carefully while assembling and whenever you move it. I do NOT recommend this or any similar fan for use when there is a toddler pulling up on things, or who likes to "tackle" stuff... find a more substantial fan... maybe even a cat might be enough to pull it down and smash it. Even at $40 it hurts when things break!
For my uses, this appears to be perfect. It might get noisier later or maybe fall apart in spite of the epoxy, but who knows, maybe not. Most fans last me a very long time.