i bought this fan for my office when the AC unit was not working. It does a good job of moving alot of air- even on low. It isn't as quiet as I'd hoped but for the price it does the job. I had a little trouble getting the stand together and had to find someone with more hand strength to finish it. The pole is powder coated metal but everything else is plastic which makes it light weight. I wonder about the oscillating fan head- it rotates (maybe figure 8) rather than just moving back and forth. This must be why it can move so much air but it seems to be a little heavy for the weight of the stand and flops around a bit but doesn't seem to be getting worse. I have it on carpet in a vacant corner so it works well for me. I would be careful if i were using this near children though. All in all I'm pleased with my purchase and wouldn't hesistate to recommend the unit.