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7060 Overhead Quartz Radiant Heater

W.B. Marvin Manufacturing - 7060 Overhead Quartz Radiant Heater

This small heater draws just 12.5 amps but produces enough heat to make a difference in a cold workshop

$60.00 (As of 11/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Small Quartz Shop Heater

review date: November 1, 2002

Even when you're out of the sleet and snow, relentless cold affects productivity and job safety. So when I heard about this light, compact, and easily installed (it's hung on either a central screw for swivel mounting or a pair of keyhole slots for quick-connect) heater, the idea of trying it out was, shall we say, warmly received.

Radiant heaters warm objects--like tools, furniture or humans--rather than the surrounding air. At its higher setting (1500w, as opposed to 750w), the 7060 raised my shop's temperature from 38 to 50 degrees in 15 minutes. This reading was taken with a thermometer on my workbench, about 6 ft. from the lamp, roughly its maximum effective range. Nevertheless, such spot heating can provide the seemingly slight difference that makes all the difference.

Here in the Northeast, the concept of heating with electricity sets off alarm bells, but at its highest setting, this heater draws just 12.5 amps. Running this unit costs me about 12.5¢ or 25¢ an hour, depending on its setting. One or two bucks a day is a pretty acceptable price for allowing me to work in far greater comfort.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer W.B. Marvin Manufacturing
Manufacturer's Web Site www.wbmarvin.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-733-1706
Weight 6 lb.
Dimensions 3 in. by 11 in. by 23 in.