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For all the woodworkers in the Southwest, is a swamp cooler a good idea for the workshop?
I'm thinking it's cheep to run, but introduces too much moisture into the air.

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For all the woodworkers in the Southwest, is a swamp cooler a good idea for the workshop?
I'm thinking it's cheep to run, but introduces too much moisture into the air.

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that is and does..
few here use them for their shops...
their homes.. yes...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I walked into a business a few years ago late in the afternoon on a very hot day. The swamp cooler had been going for hours. It felt like I was walking into a swamp. The humidity was oppressive and made it feel even hotter. Once the humidity reaches a certain point the sweat stops evaporating off you and your personal cooling system stops working. And that much humidity can't be that good for your tools.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Works fine here in SW Oklahoma, been running on for many years in my shops. I run two in my large shop now and have never seen any problems with moisture on tools or wood. I don't think I could work in the shop in summer without them. NOW, if the humidity goes up you may as well turn off the water and just run the fan.
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Yea, they work well in the Southwest where the humidity sometimes reaches the single digits while the heat is 100 +, but here in the East where the humidity is usually well above 40 % and usually closer to 90& in the Summer, the only thing that makes you comfortable is to get rid of the humidity and some of the heat as best as you can. Air conditioners are the only thing that works here. Yet, when I go to Northern in the Summer they are trying to sell evaporative coolers, and they probably do sell some of them, to the uninformed.

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Live in the desert and had a swamp cooler in the shop for several years. Very dry here (understatement), so it was good for up to about 94-95 degrees, after that it lost the battle with the heat, despite the insulation. I kept all steel surfaces coated with paste wax, so I didn't have much rust problem. Much happier with AC, although it costs more to run it, it has the advantage of cooling things down faster, and as soon as I finish working, off it goes. Cost is slightly more for an AC in a small size, but by the time you mess with running water to the unit, it comes out even on initial cost. We have freezing winters, and the copper or PVC pipes were always bursting, wrapped or not. In a larger size, the AC is going to cost more. But the newer AC units are more energy efficient. I don't mind a little heat, so I set the AC to about 74 degrees, so it doesn't run constantly.

Last thing, with the swamp cooler, you MUST have a vent to let the moist air out, otherwise you'll get condensation and reduce the cooling effect. I just kept a window or two open in my small shop.

That's my Southwest swamp cooler experience--just go to AC in my opinion, and only run it when you're in there.
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Also, in a dust storm, the water filters the dust out of the air.....

Just remember to change the water after....

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I'd consider a mini split, instead of a swamp cooler. I have 4 wall units in my house (using 2 outside condensers) and love them. A mini split is more expensive than a swamp cooler, but presumably your tools aren't cheap, either.
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swamp cooler is great in arid climes...
you could move to high desert mountain... very low humidity cool day is the norm...
can't ever remember wanting cooling here...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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