When it comes to staying cool on the job site, you’ll want a fan. This review highlight four of the most popular job-tough fans on the market today.
Milwaukee Jobsite Fan (0886-20)
Having had this fan for a while now, I can definitely say that is a quality job-ready fan. I really like the durable plastic construction of it as well as the nice, thick handle. I also like the simple dial control knob — great for when you have gloves on. The easy load/un-load battery compartment also makes for easy changing when the battery dies. That said, there are a few things that I’m not terrible fond of. While the Jobsite Fan might technically be considered hybrid, it’s far from, what I would call a true hybrid. In order to run it off a wall outlet, you must use the adaptor — it’s pretty frustrating. It’d definitely be better as more of a stationary fan if you were to use the adaptor. I was also bothered by the fact that there’s no way to hang it well. That’s why I drilled a 1/2″ hole in the handle of mine.
Arctic Cove Two Speed Misting Bucket Top Fan (MBF0181)
Don’t let this fans swamp cooler appearance fool you, it’s a great little workhorse. While it definitely puts out a lot of air, it also has the added bonus of misting. While this obviously presents a problem in some areas, for outdoor uses (landscaping/paver laying, etc), this would be a great option to keep you cool. I really like the fact that this fan is very controllable — with six possible fan combinations it gives you a lot of control over what you want/need. Additionally, the fact that is has a hose feature means you don’t have to worry about running it when dry. It would be nice if they had some sort of warning/alarm/beep, etc that let you know when the water ran out or was low. I highly doubt that it’s good for the motor to run on “E.” As an added bonus, it runs on the Ryobi One+ platform.
RIDGID Hybrid Fan (R860720)
Now part of the new Gen5X family, this fan is a welcomed addition to the new wave of Ridgid tools. I really like it’s infinite controls and the rubber handle. It also features a unique retracting handle system and true hybrid power. This fan has been a staple in the office lately and I can’t say just how much I’m enjoying it. For a more stationary placement, like in the office, I highly recommend plugging it in, but the battery life, with the new 5,0ah battery in incredible and I have yet to run it down in one day.
Ryobi Hybrid Portable Fan (P3320)
Definitely the smallest of all four fans, don’t let it’s size fool you, it’ll put out some air. Like the Ridgid, the P3320 is a true hybrid powered fan, able to accept battery and an extension cord plug. The two-speed tyke is a great bang for the buck and also doesn’t lock you into a particular battery platform. Additionally, while it may be a small thing, the Ryobi green is the easiest to spot on the jobsite and, thus, might be less likely to be tripped over. I also love the fact that, like the P720 light, it has several places to be hung/or suspended. This is really nice for when you want/need to get it out of the way.
Overall, you really can’t go wrong with any of these jobsite fans and, if you’re already on a particular platform, then go with it. That said, here’s my 2¢: Best Overall: Ridgid Hybrid Fan. Most Versatile: Arctic Cove Mister Fan. Best Bang for the Buck: Ryobi Portable Hybrid Fan. Non of this is to say that the Milwaukee fan is bad, but it is the loudest, it’s not truly hybrid, and it only has 3 speeds. Regardless of which one you choose, stay cool when you’re working and enjoy a cool breeze and a cold one for me.
All photos taken with the FujiFilm X-E2 w/18-55mm & 55-200mm lens.