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O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 24, 2018 06:25AM

Enough with the pizza oven summer temps in my shop.

They have lots of choices...I have it down to this unit.

Square footage is pretty close and not crazy expensive.


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Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: September 24, 2018 06:51AM

Ahh, the Swamp Cooler. I forget where you live, Phil, although I seem to recall Cali somewhere. If used in a low humidity environment, it can make a big difference. As the humidity in the air rises, the efficiency of these coolers falls off and then you get the "Swamp" end of the cooler.

Ive been in warehouses in Phoenix where the only cooling was several rooftop Swampers. It was quite comfy. On the other hand, I;ve been in a few places here in Tejas where it was gross - cooler at times, but mildew everywhere.

my monday morning 2 cents.

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North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
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Posted by: junkman ()
Date: September 24, 2018 06:53AM

In the old days, we called that a swamp cooler. Hang it off the car window, and as you drive it would cool the inside of the car.

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: Lalkie ()
Date: September 24, 2018 06:58AM

buy one at home depot and put wheels on it.

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 24, 2018 07:13AM

Now days I'm into buying stuff that is nice and designed to do what I want it to do...no more backyard mechanic specials.

Seems to me that the holding tank capacity is key with these machines...fill it up and forget about it for a few days.

Where I live in Paso Robles, CA we get an ocean breeze every night and as soon as the sun gets over head the humidity burns off.

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Date: September 24, 2018 07:34AM

Phil,
If you buy via Amazon, don't forget:
Use smile.amazon.com and designate the Corvair Preservation Foundation and you will be helping the CPF!

More info HERE


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: September 24, 2018 07:44AM

They work great in the dry desert heat. Not so much when the humidity rises.

In case you might not like it for some reason, my suggestion would be to buy it through Home Depot as a local return to their service counter is much easier than shipping it back through Amazon or other online seller that doesn't have a brick and mortar store nearby.

Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
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Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 24, 2018 07:47AM

What about rusting things in your shop with all that added moisture?

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 24, 2018 07:59AM

Phil your shop is huge!

Build a Plastic Room where the walls can be rolled up... and put a wall unit in
with heater for those cold days..

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:03AM

Home Depot's offerings

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:11AM

I know Motohead had the rust problem that Joel brought up.

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Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:18AM

We use that cooling here commercially.

Rule:

#1 Bigger is better. For your shop, at least a 4ft X 4ft I would recommend.

#2 Be have a lot of minerals in our water here in So. Kaly. The minerals will accumulate and build up on the cell decks. Some of this helps add to surface area on the. But will eventually obstruct air flow. So you have to keep the water cleaned by flushing it from the cooler sump each day. This will only reduce the build up, but make the efficiency last longer.

#3 Be sure the pad material and pump are easily replaceable and available. Some units they sell have proprietary parts.

#4 Thicker cooling pads are better. Our pads are 3 inches thick. 1 inch thick pads have a tendency to break down and calcium load quite quickly. The pads we have here are a honeycomb paper like material. Kept clean they last 6 - 8 years.

$5 Occasionally add bleach or put pool Bromine tablets in the water sump. The water there can get nasty!

Over all the portable evap cooler should work great in work areas. Especially where you are. The one your looking at looks to have the same looking pad material we use here.

Corventure Dave



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Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:31AM

Thank Dave...an expert opinion based on real world experience.

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Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:44AM

My son works as a collision technician here in Georgia in an non-airconditioned shop. Temps in the shop in the summer can reach 100+. He bought a Porta-cool unit a couple years ago and loves it. Makes work much more bearable. In a body shop where I worked a few years ago the paint shop had no A/C. There were a couple of similar units in the area that made life much better for those that worked in there. Next best thing to air conditioning I think.

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Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: September 24, 2018 08:55AM

Sorry I don't have anything to help you with your decision.

I do know that swamp coolers work great in your kind of climate.

My good friend has an entire house one in Tuolumne, CA and he had one when he was in Boulder, CO. That is when I first learned of them.

Sure wish we could use them here. They are much cheaper to operate than AC...

Good Luck

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Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: September 24, 2018 09:47AM

The portable coolers with which I am familiar are NOT swamp coolers, but real refrigeration units with a flexible hose to vent the warm air to the outside.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: O/T-Who Knows About Portacools?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 24, 2018 10:45AM

I use one of those portable vented real air conditioners in my office...it kicks butt.

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Posted by: Dan ()
Date: September 24, 2018 03:12PM

Everyone is talking about using evaporative coolers in low humidity. While humidity is a component the real statistic you need to look at is the dewpoint. Evaporative coolers work very well at dewpoints of 40 and below and work fairly well up to a 55 degree dew point. Over 55 degree dew point they just don’t cool the air, they fill it full of humidity.

In the Phoenix area I use mine from April through June and from mid September when it cools off. Good luck! smileys with beer

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Chandler, AZ
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Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 11, 2019 06:44AM

Still working on this...Summit offers a unit that is way more efficient.

The Ranger Products Cool Boss CB-30 that is actually a Bend Pak item.

They are sorta local so I called them...the pads are not proprietary.


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Posted by: viewmaster ()
Date: January 11, 2019 07:07AM

Phil, we have these at my work. They have a hose fitting and a float valve. Very nice units. Lowers temps about 10-15 degrees. Dont use them with an open garage. An enclosed space works well. 👍👍

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'65 '500' Sedan 110 PG
'65 Monza Sedan turbo'd 110 SU conversion
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