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Old 10-15-2015, 10:42 PM
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I am going to buy a hand crank blower for a forge. I am looking at a Champion 400 and a Buffalo 200 (not a silent 200).

After reading the post "Buffalo Forge and Blower 12" silent 200" by Allessence, I am leaning towards the Buffalo 200. But, the "200" is different from the "silent 200". Externally it looks pretty much the same. The gearing looks the same, I think. But access to bearings is NOT the same. In fact the 200 may have bushings instead of bearings. Does anyone know?

The fan housing fits around the fan shaft boss on the gear housing, and is held stationary with a set screw (the larger one in photo). The other set screw has been added by an earlier owner and screws into threads that were cut into the shaft boss. Before the added set screw the fan housing could be positioned at any angle. There is no way get to a bearing from this side.

I have no idea if it is classed as a 12" or not, but the dimensions are:
fan shaft diameter = 5/8"
6 bladed fan
fan from tip to tip = 9-3/4"
fan housing id = 12-5/16"

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Old 10-15-2015, 10:55 PM
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:03 PM
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The Champion 400 seems to be like all others I have been able to find by googling. The deminsions on it are:
fan shaft diameter = 3/4"
6 bladed fan
fan from tip to tip = 9-7/8"
fan housing id = 11-7/8"

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Old 10-15-2015, 11:12 PM
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:40 AM
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I am going to buy a hand crank blower for a forge. I am looking at a Champion 400 and a Buffalo 200 (not a silent 200).

After reading the post "Buffalo Forge and Blower 12" silent 200" by Allessence, I am leaning towards the Buffalo 200. But, the "200" is different from the "silent 200". Externally it looks pretty much the same. The gearing looks the same, I think. But access to bearings is NOT the same.

In fact the 200 may have bushings instead of bearings. Does anyone know?


Photos of the Buffalo 200
Nice job on the pictures. I cant help with your question but this should bring this thread back up to the top.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:47 AM
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Thanks, GWIZ.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:56 PM
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Well, I bought the Champion 400. It cost more, but, it was smoother and quieter.

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Old 10-17-2015, 09:38 PM
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Mule, I'm sorry no one showed up with any advice for you but I don't remember anyone other than Jennifer who has ever posted anything about these blowers.
She seems to be busy with trying to to maim herself with rough terrain bicycles these days & only pops in from time to time.
I hope she reappears to discuss the details of the Buffalo blowers sometime soon.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:55 PM
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Well I'm not an expert but the Champion in MHO is better, crank can be rotated in either direction, Buffalo only works when the crank is turned CCW , does not look like a problem but CCW is awkward when blower is mounted on the left of the fire pit.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:27 PM
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Well I'm not an expert but the Champion in MHO is better, crank can be rotated in either direction, Buffalo only works when the crank is turned CCW , does not look like a problem but CCW is awkward when blower is mounted on the left of the fire pit.
duckman903, I took the fact that it was directional into consideration. On this particular Buffalo 200 blower I'd call the crank direction CW. Go back and look at the first picture I posted. My problem with directional is that I am an ambidextrous lefty.

I am a new member of a local Blacksmith group, "Four States Iron Munchers Blacksmith Association". http://www.fourstatesironmunchers.com/
The people in the know, in this group, say the Champion 400 is the very top of the line.

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