thats what i wont to use cuz of the weight but jus cant weld it really got the stuff for steel is tigin all that hard figure i can do it jus never haveSteel is great. when I had my fan it was built out of aluminum. I think the most tension and torque on a fan is when it's bouncing down the road. the stand that came with my boat wasn't built for that. I was fixing broken welds all the time. That's the primary reason I took it off the boat. When I do get around to building another fan, i'm going with AL again. I am just going to brace it well and make it more functional.
yea i jus have never tiged and dont have a tig welder.
Yea that's a good idea im pretty decent with all metal jus not the welding of aluminum. But can build the stand out of steel and have the shroud made Prly cus I wont a round one and I don't have the stuff to role it.If I was building one I would build the shroud out of alum. But I dont know if I would do the whole fan stand out of alum. I like mudfish's idea of steel on the pedestal and alum stand but I might just do all but the shroud in stainless.
Did my last one in 1" square tube and it worked great but after 5 years rust would find spots. You can paint it really well but you ding it just right and it knocks the paint off and it rusts...SE Texas is like that.
Alum would be lighter but you will have to brace it more so are you really saving that much weight? maybe so, maybe not. I know my shroud was much heavier than I thought it would be. Alum shrouds are pretty nice.