Okay, what I do is first take the blade arms off of the blades, so the blades can be flat. When I shipped my fans to Troy, I tightly crate-wrapped everything, with padding and bubble wrap on the outside of things. I put the motors so they were NOT sitting on the switch housings, this can mean the difference if your fan is to arrive safely, depending on the fan. Then to fill in the gaps, newspaper works really well. You just fill the box 'till it's bursting with crumpled up sheets paper, and things stay put. Plus it's recyclable.
Hope it helped!
Last Edit: Dec 30, 2008 20:28:08 GMT -5 by Cole S.
These are pretty standard and general. If you need more specific ones let me know.
Take the fan apart as much as possible. Remove the blades, downrod, and canopy from the motor. Remove the canopy from the downrod. Remove the blades from the blade brackets, and the badges from the blades. Put all screws in a ziplock bag. Be sure to include the mounting bracket and wall control, if there is one. Wrap each part (except the motor) in newspaper. Wrap the motor in a thick layer ofbubble wrap.
Get a box big enough to hold the motor and long enough for the blades. Crumple some newspaper and lay a bed at least 4" thick at the bottom of the box. Place the wrapped motor in. Place all the other wrapped parts around the motor and nose, fill in all other space with more crumpled newspaper. Lay the blades on top of everything, and then more newspaper.
BTW you can also use styrofoam, DONT use air pockets or packing peanuts.
The point is that there should be at like 6" of packing material between the motor and the sides of the box, and nothing should be able to move around at all.
Post by oliverjfinch on Jan 31, 2009 20:06:51 GMT -5
One un-conventional way to pack something is with expanding foam. Take a black (thick) plastic and put it in the bottom of a box, tightly grasp the opening of the bag; stick the tube of the expanding foam into the opening, be careful not to use too much because it will expand. Once you've filled what you need to seal the opening, then place your components: motor and other fragile parts onto the plastic bag. As the foam expands it tightly conform to the motor and your parts. You won't have to worry about ANYTHING moving!!LOL! And you can also re-use it to store your fan. The cans cost about $4-5 a can and can be kinda costy, if you do alot of shipping. But, it is great to make sure nothing moves and you don't have to spend alot of time packing... Anyway, just a thought>>>>Oliver ;o)
The thing you want to put in mind that your fan package should be able to withstand a 4 foot drop or fall . I had a small desk fan come USPS and the driver just opened the car window and shoved it out!!! It helps if you get to know your carrier . mine puts the packages in my truck not the mail box. I did buy a Emerson desk fan off ebay and I asked the guy to pack it well and it came with a 2 inch Styrofoam on the bottom of the bov then two pillows then the fan and two more pillows then another layer of Styrofoam ,no damage at all to the fan. those Emersons where the base flares out at the bottom is very thin cast Iron and breaks easily.