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Key Features to Look for in a Gear Drive Fan


Gear drive fans represent the ultimate in heavy-duty utility fans. In 1998, the founders of MacroAir, Walter and Eddie Boyd, invented the very first HVLS fan. Today, the company continues to be a leader in the HVLS fan industry. They truly understand everything HVLS fan. They are fearless innovators who believe in moving air precisely, smoothly, efficiently, and infinitely.  A MacroAir gear drive HVLS fan is tried and true. It will run for the long haul in even the harshest of conditions. In this blog, we will explore these fans in more detail.

Gear Drive Motor

MacroAir’s gear drive fans use a proven industrial gearbox-driven power unit in combination with integrated network technology. Dependable gear drive fans use a series of gears to create major torque at an unbeatable price point. They deliver heavy-duty reliability for even the harshest of environments. Fan motors range between .75-2.0 hp depending on the fan size and model. This equates to unparalleled energy efficiency and superior fan performance.   


Gear drive fan speed

At the end of the day, your gear box fan is designed with one thing in mind – to move some serious air. That is exactly what you get. They move significant air. These fans aren't just about size; they're about precision in air movement. One gear drive fan can effectively cover up to 20,000 square feet. With that coverage, people experience a cooling effect leaving them feeling up to 15°F cooler as they work or play. 

Energy Usage 

HVLS fans have always been a cost-effective way of helping to heat and cool business locations. Running fans can save you money on traditional AC and heating costs, as those sources do not need to be used as frequently. This extremely efficient operation can save you as much as 30% or more on your overall energy costs. That means you can recuperate your initial investment in as quickly as six months. 


fan weight

Direct drive motors are smaller and lighter than gear drive motors. Therefore, they weigh much less. The weight range of a MacroAir gear drive fan is between 122-270 lbs depending on the fan size and model. That includes fans between 8-24 feet in diameter. MacroAir’s anodized aluminum airfoil blades also contribute to the overall lighter weight of the gear drive fans. These anodized blades are unique to MacroAir. The premium finish makes them more durable, rust and corrosion-resistant, and easier to keep clean.  


fan maintenance

Most large ceiling fans are made with extruded aluminum. It is recommended that you conduct annual fan maintenance, which is as simple as 1-2-3. This will lead to a longer lifespan on your investment. MacroAir has created a simple fan care card to help with the process. Download your card today by clicking the link below. 



MacroAir Warranty

One of the first things that you should think about when choosing a direct drive fan is the type of warranty provided by the manufacturer. A short warranty is a bad sign during your HVLS fan selection because it means that the fan’s manufacturer does not have as much confidence in its products. A long warranty can save you a significant amount of money over the life of the fan if repairs are needed, which is why a long warranty is a huge benefit when it comes to finding fans with low maintenance and repair costs. 

MacroAir gear drive fans come with an industry-leading warranty. Our mechanical warranties vary between 10-15 years, while our electrical warranties range between 5-10 years depending on the fan model. 

MacroAir Gear Drive Fans

MacroAir gear drive fans

There are three gear drive fans in the MacroAir product line. A gear drive fan uses a series of gears to create major torque at an unbeatable price point. They deliver heavy-duty reliability for even the harshest of environments. These fans are extremely durable for rough and tough applications. They are great options for warehouses, distribution centers, auto shops, barns, and equestrian facilities (among others). They work great in indoor and outdoor spaces. 

1. AirVolution - The O.G.


The AirVolution is designed to withstand even the harshest of environments. Sizes range from 8 to 24 ft, cooling up to 20,000 sq ft per fan at just $0.35 per hour. Efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. Includes a 15-year mechanical/7-year electrical warranty for a confident purchase.

2. AirLegacy - The Legend


The AirLegacy fan is designed to endure demanding conditions. It efficiently cools extensive areas of up to 20,000 square feet per fan at a very affordable price point. Operating at just $0.35 per hour on average, it ensures optimal airflow and comes with a 15 year mechanical/5 year electrical warranty.

3. AirLite - The Underdog


The AirLite is a cost-effective fan suitable for any budget. Its plug-and-play design allows easy installation for additional savings. With 8-14 ft diameter options, it's ideal for small and medium-sized barns or rooms. Fan operation is simple, and performance is stellar even in harsh conditions. Includes a 2 year warranty.

The Bottom Line

You really can not go wrong with a gear drive fan by MacroAir. By adding one, you can make your location more comfortable for both people and animals. We recommend speaking with a fan specialist before you invest to ensure you fully understand the features, benefits, and application of the gear drive fan. They can work to find the very best model and size to fit your specific needs.