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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 09:35 pm
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Greg Mauer
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What is your favorite oscillating fan of all time, particularly the ones with the most unique or interesting mechanism?  Show us right here.


If you can include a video of the action that will be even better.

Verity Orbit 1

Verity Orbit

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Steven P Dempsey
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Until it flamed out - - my 16646 (Lever Oscillator) was cool, the exposed gears & levers

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Steven P Dempsey
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sold to another member to finish, ran for less than a minute total

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Steven P Dempsey
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GE/Westy Side Gears, Martinot, Veritys, R&M Vanes, etc. exotic & out of my budget but very cool.Plenty of Youtube videos but we don't have band width for video.

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Steven P Dempsey
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And those crazy Ceiling Fans that rotate!

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Derek Warnecke
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I agree with Steven, I'm pretty fond of my 16646 lever oscillator.

Of fans that I don't own, the Century S4 Sidegear would have to be at the top of the list.

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For me it has to be my Jandus Ball motor Oscillating fan I love this fan!!!!!
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Nice Jandus.

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that is super cool but the one that spins 360 degrees is pretty cool too.and the roller coaster one.
and the walking foot one

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For me it’s this.



Peerless/ Colonial Tab Foot Front Oscillator. Very beefy fans.

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I’d vote for the Rollercoaster, Lollipop, and the earliest Menominee.

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Steven P Dempsey
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c-frame R&M

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Steven P Dempsey
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Bring one to the museum & run it!!

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Not exactly an oscillator, more like a revolver......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFmvkkqolcE

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That is awesome!!!!! What a beautiful fan !!!  That piece you installed on the cage is that what makes it rotate? I have never seen a pancake rotate like that
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Cam, the piece acts as a sail to turn the motor. Here are pics of the final configuration. The chunk of brass on the rear cover is the counterweight. On the front cage, the sail is to the right and the brass piece on the left slows the speed of the spin. I tried many different size sails and dampeners and this set up worked best. The bearing assembly and slip rings are based on the Westinghouse Vane oscillator





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I like the vanes and sidegear ge and ecks, but i'm partial to this one. I personally think the stuff Paul pulled out of Europe are the best mechanical oscillators though. Real quality. 

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That's funny Michael as that is the fan (Fidelity geared oscillator) I was thinking of posting but I have no photos of it and it runs well and oscillates smoothly.   Nothing fancy but a mechanical wonder, quiet, and fun to watch.

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David A Cherry
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you asked my favorite of all time..Although I don't own it ..I know someone who does.. maybe I'll get him to put a video up.. anyway here's a picture of it





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Nice ECK.

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The 16" Eck sidegear with ming blades and R&M lollipop are two of my favorite in my collection.I thought I would add 16" Menominee snowflake.

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The reason that fans oscillate is due to the widely held belief in the past that drafts cause disease. Quite the opposite is true, actually.
Oddly, I rarely use my fans in oscillating mode, even though 95% of them can do that. 
When I do, I tend to prefer a figure 8 or orbit type of oscillation. 
My personal favorite is the Lokelani. I count this as one of my very best designs. I've used it daily for several years and it sits right on my desk. Since I recorded this video, I've installed a much more sedate orbit motor.

I have a friend who is part Hawaiian. Her name is Hula lei. This is the only fan she ever showed any interest in. She said I should never sell this one. I probably won't.
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Hey Bill, still got a video of the "Tangerine Dream" I got from you? I can't find it on Youtube.

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Probably because I named it the Tangerine dream after I made the video. It was originally the Model 1803 Robotic fan.
Tangerine Dream
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I feel like this one deserves a spot on the list of weird oscillators. It's a Frigid from Belgium. (not mine)











 

It could really benefit from a new blade.

Edit: Actually, it appears the blade is correct. Check out these other two Frigid fans with the same blade.

https://www.catawiki.com/l/8623055-frigid-belgium-fan-type-vx-a-induction-1930

https://www.catawiki.com/l/15761567-frigid-antique-table-fan


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Here's a rare one.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-6KINfQFmI

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And another rare one.

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

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 Here's one of my favorites- Westinghouse Double Lever. Still on the lookout for a vane and lolli.

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Side view.

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I believe there are roughly 20(?) some patents in the US patent directory connected to the Storm Wave fan.



American Electric Fan Co. 'Rollercoaster' pt. 1 - YouTube

American Electric Fan Co. 'Rollercoaster' part 2 - YouTube

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All the ones posted so far are great. I would also love to have a Diehl walking Foot.








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