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 Posted: Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 10:14 pm
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Ryan King
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Bought this little fella at the Swap Meet today for a steal, at 20 dollars.I was really excited to finally find the small Vortalex model. Guy said it ran. Which, was a lie. Rewired it, repacked the grease, it runs beautifully...

However, the blade is totally shot. Wobbles like crazy. So I am in the market for a new blade that isn't ruined. 
I would also be willing to give someone the old blade, if you have the expertise to fix it, at your cost of shipping it. 
Hope someone can help me out. 

-Ryan

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 Posted: Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 11:19 pm
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Ryan,

Use a cable tie to check runout.  In other words, is one or more blades bent forward or backwards??  The problem with vortalex blades is that when they get bent forward or back it also messes with the clock because the spiders are part of the hub piece and are mounted at an angle. It'll make sense when you look at it.   

So if you get every wing tracking good, usually the clock improves also. 

Try that first. 

Use a cable tie firmly pinched with your finger to the strut.  Rotate the blade by hand and compare the wings.  The cable tie will tell if a wing or more are bent forward or back.  Start by checking at the innermost part of the wing (the spiders) and work your way out to the tips of the wings. Adjust (bend) as needed.   Be very aware of what you're bending.  If the spiders don't align, make sure you're putting your bending pressure there and not the tip of the blades.  Likewise if you get the spiders in line and the tips are out, just adjust the tips and don't bend the spiders. 

16" Vorty blades are a bear to get trued up, but the small ones are not too bad.  Before you search for a new one.  Try to adjust yours first. 

HOWEVER, be aware that aluminum fatigues easily and will crack if bent forward and back too many times.  So you don't get an unlimited number of tries before the spiders will crack.  So make intentional adjustments. 

You can do it, but it takes patience.  You don't always need a strobe.  I adjust 60% of my bent blades by this method.  The other 40% need a strobe. 

Good luck!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 01:19 am
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Lane, do you think that the blade from the Vorty that you sold me would work in this situation? I know that you made that one usable. I don’t know what kind of life can be expected. If you think that it might work, then I can pass it along for this fan. 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 09:56 am
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Have him measure the blade but if it’s the same size fan it should work

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 Posted: Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 11:37 am
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Ryan that 9" Vorty blade is fairly scarce. Like lane said, if the hub isn't cracked, it should be able to be balanced. If the hub is cracked that is another story.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 11:51 pm
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PM sent

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 Posted: Tue Jun 4th, 2019 04:19 am
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Responded to you John!

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