The cheapest home-built football fan is the bladeless one.
It’s simple: put the fan into a sealed container and it’s up and running.
You can find cheap bladeds online for as little as $15.
And the cost of making one is relatively low: a few thousand dollars.
But what happens if you need to replace it?
What if you get sick of it?
How to buy cheap home based fans in Australia 1:22″There are people who are really unhappy about the bladed fan,” says Paul Molloy, a fan-maker and former Australian Rules footballer who runs a website dedicated to fan-made football equipment.
“There’s a very high turnover rate for the bladers.
They come and go but people are still going and buying.”
Molloy says the blader is one of the cheapest ways of keeping your own fans healthy.
He explains that while fans are made from wood, PVC and metal, PVC is less prone to mould and rot, making it easier to transport.
“It’s a good material to use because it’s cheaper to make than metal,” he says.
“If you’re going to buy it from a supplier, they’ll send you a little sheet of PVC and they’ll cut it out for you.”
You can put it in the fridge, it’s fine.
“In the US, the US Football League and NFL have been working on a solution to this problem.
One of the biggest hurdles is the amount of metal required.
But a US team is considering making the fans from carbon fibre.
It seems unlikely, however, that fans will be sold in Australia.
It’s more likely that the manufacturers will focus on the UK, where there’s less of a demand for fans.
Molloys’ site has been running since 2007 and the blads have made a name for themselves.
The site has helped him grow his business from nothing to more than a small operation.”
I’d say I’ve sold over 600,000 blades in Australia,” he said.”
My current business is around $5,000 a year.
“But he admits that, in the UK and US, it could be difficult to compete with the blasters made by overseas manufacturers.”
We’ve never really been able to compete in the way that the British and US companies have,” he admits.”
In the UK it’s a pretty straightforward thing to make blads.
“The bladless fan is likely to have a few disadvantages over traditional fans: it requires no electricity and can’t be turned on when you’re away from home.
But there are other benefits, such as less noise and a wider range of colours.
And you can get them in cheaper prices.”
So you get to use a lot of the energy from the bladic.”