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|Kylambs||Posted 08/01/12 08:59PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|We just built 36 x 36 pole barn and are planning to move my daughters lambs in this weekend. We need to purchase a fan and wondered if anyone had any suggestions. Rural King and Tractor Supply both sell 36" and 42" barrel fans and we were thinking of buying one of those. We have been using box fans from Wal Mart in my mom's old dairy barn but is it is much cooler than my pole barn.|
|SnarkyArkie||Posted 08/01/12 09:04PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|We found 48" box fans on craigslist for $25 each. Needed cleaning and rewiring for 110 outlet but they really move the air|
|JJOHIO||Posted 08/01/12 10:19PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|House ceiling fans work great and can be pretty reasonable if you don't add too many fancy features.
Company called "BigAssFans" in Ky has some really nice fans. John
|DownWithHair||Posted 08/01/12 11:03PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Second the "bigassfans" them things move some air let me tell ya! Missouri state fairgrounds coliseum has 2 in it and Iowa state fairgrounds swine barn has a couple too. I would save the money on the barrel fans and put that towards a Sullivan fan... I don't have that much to spend on one myself, but I've been stashing some money away for one! |
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 08/02/12 12:29AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Those big ass fans cause a stir of dirt at waco lol but keeps it fairly cool.. Hey i would try out a portocool from TSC.. We go buy boxfans from dollar General for about $10 a pair and they work fairly well..|
|mm||Posted 08/02/12 12:44AM Changed 08/02/12 12:47AM|
|Bigass fans are huge and very expensive. I would get a couple of sullivan fans or comparable. The box fans form walmart are ok for the individual pens The portacool fans are great but can also be expensive. They work great here in Cali but don't know about high humidity areas.|
|SnarkyArkie||Posted 08/02/12 01:55AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Look up poultry house fans on craigslist. We found an ad for 4 of them for 25 each. One on each corner and these are more powerful and durable than those you get at TSC or sullivans.
Http://www.southern-tool.com/store/trifan_ag_fans.php is what we have but ours are 3 blade with these exact specs aside from the electical specs. http://188.8.131.52/Dimensions%20pdf/PFG%20Dim%20Sheets/PFG4815D.pdf
These fans of ours have sat out in 4 days of soaking rain and never shorted out or over heated in 110+ degree heat. They were stored in the yard covered in snow through the winter and a fresh coat of rustoleum primer gray and back in business. And I bought 4 of these fans for half the cost of one new TSC barrel fan. Now wished I had brought the trailer and got all he had at that price. He had about 60 fans at that price but I have never tried them out. By the time I knew I wanted to go back, he was sold out. Lots of great deals to be had on craigslist.
|bigiron59||Posted 08/02/12 09:07AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
| If I was to build or remodel any "tin shed" I would put insulation in the ceiling. Money would be well spent. The ones I have been in are 20 degrees cooler than uninsulated in summer and 20 degrees warmer in winter. also no roof condesation, and quieter. That said, the fans like snarkie mentioned are great. Also check out ventilator "type" of fans at costco, walmart ect. They can be had for about 45 to 50 bucks, will move as much air as a sullivan, will last as long, and some have a thermostat feature. I like the ones with thermostat very much. Set ours to shut off at about 55 or so. the lambs would have long been out from under them if it gets that cool any how. I also have a barrle typr, and like it very much as well. It moves large volumes of air, and is quite . the sullivan "type" fans are way to noisy and for the noise they make, should move lots more air than they do. Just not that effecient of a design. Aslo could look at industrial ceiling fans to keep air moving in the whole barn , if head space is not an issue. Both my tin shed and timber frame barn have low enough walls that they would not wolk for me|
|lm1668||Posted 08/02/12 09:52AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Hard to beat a squirrel cage fan for moving air.|
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 08/02/12 12:11PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|shoot if money was no object than get cool box like TRC has big and cold but it works, I see them at fairs shooting the livestock.
|bearkat||Posted 08/02/12 01:20PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|bigiron59 - Do you have a link to a picture or something on those ventilator type fans?|
|bigiron59||Posted 08/02/12 06:16PM Changed 08/02/12 06:17PM|
|http://www.walmart.com/ip/Optimus-18-Industrial-Grade-High-Velocity-Fan/11250078 don't know if that link come through, but one that walmart has. No thermostat on this one, but we get about 3 to 4 years out of these running,24 7 from may until october. and they run much cheaper than any sullivan unit|
|bearkat||Posted 08/02/12 08:18PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Thanks for the link. That looks like a pretty good deal. |
|dari||Posted 08/02/12 09:42PM Changed 08/02/12 09:43PM|
|We use those ventilator fans and they are great. They move the air really well as bigiron59 states.|
|redschietti||Posted 08/03/12 04:05PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|im 1668 hit it on the head, and if you poke around a little you can find them for free...but I guess if you have a $2000 lamb you better buy a $500 fan...you aint kool if ya dont|
|bigiron59||Posted 08/04/12 10:08AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|redschietti, that is part of the "show Mentality".
People will have a $50,000 truck pulling a $15,000 trailer, with $5000.00 worth of blankets, clippers, show boxes,trimming stands, fans,generators ect. and will not want to spend more than $150.00 on a lamb , then feed cheap feed, and expect to be "competitive".Want to see some funny stuff.Go to a cattle show. This summer seen some bring 2 trailers with thier stuff. Thier kid showed 2 calves, and had cattle stuff on one trailer , and "people" stuff in other trailer. It took them longer to set up camp, with tent , and all the stuff to fit the 2 calves, than the show took.They had a regular camp set up,grill and tv included and had 4 "bull combers" working on thier calves, while kids set in the shade in front of a portacool. When it got to hot, the kids retired to the AC camping section in the front of one of the trailers. They were still "tearing down", 4 hrs after the show. That there is nuts.This was a little jack pot that paid 250.00 to win and some class money. The 300 or so they picked up did not pay the fuel it took to drag all thier stuff the 100 miles they came, l
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