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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2018 01:21 am
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Derek Warnecke
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I purchased this oddity from Brian Hicks last weekend - an early ‘20s Emerson 47641 ceiling fan in very good condition. I consider myself a bit of a ceiling fan guru but I was not even aware that this model existed. It’s a 48” fan, but with a motor housing sized more like a Longnose (45641) or Roundnose (85641). The blades are short and stubby (see pic comparing them with my Longnose blades), and the short irons have just a 10 degree pitch. The fan doesn’t move a ton of air compared to its more conventionally-designed peers.
The shaft and oil cup are located far up in the housing, and the bottom sports a massive cast iron switch housing (Original snap switch has been replaced with an on/off toggle). The speed coil is missing and the fan is high-off now. It makes a nice startup sound that is absent on the Roundnoses and Longnoses that I’ve seen running.

I’ve cleaned it up a bit and will probably not bother stripping and repainting it, but I do plan on replacing the on/off toggle with a 3-position toggle and wiring a 20uF cap up for a low speed.

Anyone else have one of these? Can anyone date it based on the tag?






















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 Posted: Wed Dec 5th, 2018 02:27 pm
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Derek Warnecke
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UPDATE: I've disassembled, cleaned and reassembled the fan.  I added in the 20uF capacitor and three-position Hi-Off-Low toggle in an attempt to get a low speed out of this fan (Original speed coil is MIA).  Unfortunately, the modest 10 degree blade pitch seems to make this method ineffective... the motor just takes a full minute getting up to full speed using the 20uF capacitor.  Perhaps if this fan is ever hung on a set of very long chains, this super slow starting speed would be useful  :P
I've included some pictures and videos in the clip below.  This motor has an awesome start-up whine  :clap:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM0MVfPXmVg

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