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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 03:35 am
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Dave Dube
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I found this on the local Craigslist.  Apparently the seller found it in the trash and grabbed it to see if he could mak a couple of bucks.  It runs, has a functional pull switch, and surprisingly no damage.  No blade irons unfortunately.
I haven’t decided what to do with it.  I’ve fixed a number of more modern Originals but nothing this old and am intimidated by the 80 year old wiring.  I’m concerned that when I start moving things around to clean it up and paint that the old cloth insulation will disintegrate.  It will need new main leads and the switch leads that go up the shaft for sure to be safe.  It’s also not as quiet as my early 80s Originals.

Any advice?






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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 12:19 pm
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I have some of these, Hunter knew a good thing when they built one & you will find very minimal differences between these & the originals. I use heat shrink tubing on the choke leads & stator leads. The rest of the wiring is easy to replace.

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If you were to properly restore this fan, you'd be removing the "trouble wiring" anyways. Your fan appears to have been made in 1941. I have a chrome R52 from the same year in my living room and it performs perfectly.

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If you get stuck, bring it over & I’ll help you with it.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2020 01:35 am
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Thanks, Stan.  I'll do that!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2020 04:24 am
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What is not quiet about it?

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2020 04:36 am
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The motor makes a singing sound.  Its higher pitched than the standard Hunter shaded pole hum.  When you cut the power, the noise stops instantly while rotor continues to freewheel.  
There is some bearing noise too, but I'm sure they have 80 years of dirt in them.  It was dry of oil when i got it and the bearings were sounded like they were being tortured.  I put half the required oil in it and 90% of the bearing noise went away.  Hopefully the bearings are ok.  It actually takes longer to coast to a stop than the 80's original I have temporarily hanging in my garage!

I hear guys saying these R-52s are quiet, so I'd like to get this one that way.  My wife won't let me hang this in the house if it isn't quiet!
  






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Other than having to disconnect that PITA switch in the bottom, that fan is built exactly like a newer original. You should clean out the bearings and the shaft archimedes.

I guess I'm deaf but almost none of my Hunters make any noise. If you post a video, we can tell you if it's electrical, magnetic, or mechanical.

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Dave Dube wrote: The motor makes a singing sound.  Its higher pitched than the standard Hunter shaded pole hum.  When you cut the power, the noise stops instantly while rotor continues to freewheel.  
There is some bearing noise too, but I'm sure they have 80 years of dirt in them.  It was dry of oil when i got it and the bearings were sounded like they were being tortured.  I put half the required oil in it and 90% of the bearing noise went away.  Hopefully the bearings are ok.  It actually takes longer to coast to a stop than the 80's original I have temporarily hanging in my garage!

I hear guys saying these R-52s are quiet, so I'd like to get this one that way.  My wife won't let me hang this in the house if it isn't quiet!
  


Everything mechanical makes noise if you don't maintain it.  I will ga-ron-tee that an American made Hunter will beat a Ta-wan-ese Hunter in every respect.



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