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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 11:49 am
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Kim Frank
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Back in 2014, Steve Sherwood organized a spindown contest that was a lot of fun. Comparable models were pitted against each other and judged on how long it took them to quit spinning once power was shut off to them. Is there any interest in resurrecting the contest for Fan Fair? There would be classes to compete in and awards given for winners in each. Post here if interested in participating.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 02:20 pm
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If there’s a class for a fan that looks like total junk surprised it even runs, then I have a 16” Century to throw in the mix. This thing is pitiful but spins like crazy. 

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Kim how about a Emerson vs. GE competition? Could be divisional with 12’s and 16’s. I have a 16 that is on nos.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 05:31 pm
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Run what you brung…...my guess would be size class, desk fan class, ??? If you want to participate, post it here. If no interest, then we won't do it.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 06:30 pm
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Count me in, I might as well further humiliate myself!

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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 07:30 pm
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Rick Powell wrote: Count me in, I might as well further humiliate myself!When it comes to looking stupid, if I can’t be first I’ll sure as heck be next. I’m in. 

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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2019 09:22 pm
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Let me tell you a story about humiliation.....Steve Sherwood had the Spindown contest back at FF14 here in Indy. I had a 1903 12 inch GE cake that had a spindown of 1min 7sec. Well, prior to the event, I'm sitting in my shop down in Florida having a couple of cocktails and thinking I can improve on that time by polishing the bore of the brass bearing and the rotor shaft. So, I went to work, having another cocktail in the meantime, and low and behold, after all my work, I improved the spindown to 47 seconds. Okay, now I was really thinking and I concocted a lubrication mixture that was sure to do the trick. After another cocktail, I went to work and did the magic to this Cake and after cranking it up on high and killing the power, the spindown improved to 31 seconds. At that point I said F#@& it and retired to the pool. My Dad's old adage kept playing over and over...."if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Another cocktail took care of that....At Fan Fair, Steve beat that Pancake with an Emerson.....my butt is still chapped over that...….I'm looking for redemption. I have a Cake that has a spin down of 1 min 12 sec....I'm pretty sure I can improve on that time...…...

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 Posted: Sat Apr 6th, 2019 01:45 am
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My 35" Freshy with cast aluminum blade has a heck of a long spin down -- I will test

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Ray Hane is the spindowm king

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 Posted: Sun Apr 7th, 2019 11:42 pm
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Any size or make of fan will do?

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I have an early 1960s Eskimo 3 speed box fan that has an incredibly long spindown time, a whopping 75 seconds! 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 12:39 pm
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Greg Mauer wrote: Any size or make of fan will do?I would think there should be classes. 12 inch against 12 inch, 16 inch against 16 inch, and so forth. I'm open to suggestions. We're just trying to see if there is an interest. If not, we won't do it. If you have a fan and want to participate, post on here.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 01:16 pm
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I would be interested in a 20"+ size category.




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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 01:20 pm
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Greg Mauer wrote: I would be interested in a 20"+ size category.




Me too if I can get a ride down to Indy to attend as I really want to attend fanfare, just not comfortable with driving around Indy by myself, but if I can get a ride with someone I have a fan I could enter.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 01:34 pm
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Cool. I have a 1905 12 inch trunnion cake that I'll enter. So what I see here is Levi, Greg, Rick, Steve B., Steve D., and myself so far. If we can get a few more, I bet Steve Sherwood would organize this for us.

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Meet “Bertha” Emerson 26648 ready to compete.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 10:40 pm
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Meet big blue! This is my 20" Eskimo box Fan I rescued from the junk heap at goodwill when I worked there she has the longest spindown time of all of the fans I own, tabletop or box fan models, I recorded a spindown time of 75 seconds on it which has Kim's pancake beat by 3 seconds. Never underestimate a dimestore fan! 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 11:09 pm
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I won't even hint at Kong's spin down time!


:eyes

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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 11:11 pm
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Greg Mauer wrote: I won't even hint at Kong's spin down time!


:eyes

Whatever you say Greg! Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more! ;-) ;-)

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 01:49 am
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I bet I have a contender for the spindown contest here!  Might be disqualified though for having more than a 1-phase motor. :pissed 
https://youtu.be/O7TBQSh9KjU?t=411

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 02:23 am
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David Allen wrote: I bet I have a contender for the spindown contest.....
  
That is some pretty serious spin down time, David.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 02:25 am
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David Allen wrote: I bet I have a contender for the spindown contest here!  Might be disqualified though for having more than a 1-phase motor. :pissed 
https://youtu.be/O7TBQSh9KjU?t=411

I'd be more concerned about all the smaller fans and the tables getting blown away in the event center!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 03:05 am
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5 seconds to get up to speed then turn it off .
Youll have to watch George  D. and Rick P as they will try to blow on the  blades and have a shim under the base to help it keep going longer

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Charlie Forster wrote: 5 seconds to get up to speed then turn it off .

Youll have to watch George  D. and Rick P as they will try to blow on the  blades and have a shim under the base to help it keep going longer


That's got to be hilarious!

Imagine the scandal if..... someone were busted with BATTERIES... hidden in the base! :shock:

This is getting serious! :D


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I was just  joking around ,
it could be done if someone wanted to cheat.
One of those battery's that goes in a computer, wouldn't have to turn it fast just keep it going
Could be remote controlled.
Im done here

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What about rules regarding hotrodded fans, like maybe 16" motor with 12" blades with all the pitch taken out and some securely attached lead weights out near the tips of the blades?  And other things I can think of.  Jim

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 06:19 pm
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Well it looks like  they will have to do like they do at the tractor pulls at the county fairs
Have one class for original stock and another for the modified
Hopped up ones and  and a duel between the two winners.
I did hear that George D. is going to couple a fan to that walking beam meat cutter he cant sell. Iherd  he was going to have the walking beam hid under the table and activate it with the foot.!
Levi is that the blade I gave you on that Eskimo box fan?

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 06:37 pm
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Charlie Forster wrote: Well it looks like  they will have to do like they do at the tractor pulls at the county fairs
Have one class for original stock and another for the modified
Hopped up ones and  and a duel between the two winners.
I did hear that George D. is going to couple a fan to that walking beam meat cutter he cant sell. Iherd  he was going to have the walking beam hid under the table and activate it with the foot.!
Levi is that the blade I gave you on that Eskimo box fan?
No, I used it as an example to get my original blade straightened out because I couldn't get the rust off the blade hole. 

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 Posted: Tue Apr 9th, 2019 06:43 pm
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put it in the elctraliss for a while and it will come clean.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 10th, 2019 12:27 pm
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So Greg, Levi, Charlie, and David. Can I put it down that you guys are coming to Fan Fair and entering the spindown contest since you're posting on this thread? 

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Kim Frank wrote: So Greg, Levi, Charlie, and David. Can I put it down that you guys are coming to Fan Fair and entering the spindown contest since you're posting on this thread? 
Hi Kim!  I would love to!  I just don't know how my work schedule will be. I do on-call work and some assignments take weeks or months. If I am available, I would come, however I think my large Ilg would be a chore to bring to the facility! :)

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I'm trying to locate a ride to make it down there as I've never driven around Indy before and don't know how it would work out for me to drive around in Indy traffic by myself. I think I might have a ride but I need to know the dates of when fanfair is happening to know if the person I've asked could actually take me or not.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 10th, 2019 03:24 pm
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I've asked Steve Sherwood to look at this thread and see if there is enough interest for him to want to put it on.....

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Tell Steve that the entry fee is a beer from each contestant that he gets to collect. 🍺

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Charlie Forster wrote: ...if someone wanted to cheat.
As Billy once wrote,

"Cheating is in the
eye of the beholder,...
usually, the loser!"

Feel free to use any of
my ideas.  Posts 6 & 8.

http://afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=31549


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No way Jim each fan will be brought to the same rpm then the switch will   be turned and that will disconnect your fan from the power and at the same time the clock  will be energized  for the count down.
If caught cheating  you'll have to drink out of Kim's spittoon

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Can’t attend, but I wonder how this original 16” Signal 1251 would fare. The best spin time of any of my fans! 




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Since you can’t attend may I borrow your fan?

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LOL :clap:    

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Scratch this off the events list. Steve said not enough interest. So unless someone else wants to step up and organize it, it isn't going to happen.....

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