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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 10:32 pm
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Richard Daugird
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1902 Pancake came today. My heart sank when I saw the blade was not removed for shipping. Sure enough it is bent. Any suggestions?

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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2018 12:29 am
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Steve Stephens
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CAST brass may not want to bend without cracking.   I tried to heat and bend a bronze? Crocker Wheeler switch bracket and it started to crack right away.   I left it somewhat bent.   I don't know about the pancake hub and fingers though.  Ask Paul Graves or Kim Frank?

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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2018 12:38 am
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Richard Daugird
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Thanks Steve. I’m sure Kim will see this.

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Before brass will anneal, it needs to reach at least 600 deg. F. for about 10 minutes. 
This can be done with a electric paint stripper gun set on high and monitored with a IR temp gun.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 02:58 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I recon this blade will need the wings removed before straightening. I paid top dollar for this fan, now I'll have to shell out to have the blade repaired. I tried to tell the seller to remove the blade and oil cup, but due to a typo on my behalf, he only removed the oil cup. Guess I can't really blame him, I guess common sense is not so common!

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 04:15 pm
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PM sent...

Last edited on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 04:16 pm by Kim Frank

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