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 Posted: Sun May 15th, 2011 11:51 pm
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Rob Duffy
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What fan(s) do you refuse to use?

A bit catchy ain't it? :P

Anyways, here is my choice.

Vornado 60P 16" industrial pedestal fan

Why do I refuse to use it?

Meet Bertha, She makes a very big mess and refuses to clean up after herself. She has a very nasty habit of knocking over lamps, removing picture frames and curtains from the wall and dropping them on the floor. She is also a loud mouth.

What is your choice? :P

(Note: these can also be fans you simply just can't find a suitable use for.)

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 12:33 am
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Any fan made in the 1970's-1980's especially with plastic. I will use the cfs from those eras but not the table fans. They are just not the same. I did used to buy a bunch of those newer fans but they either got shot with a bb gun or went to the thrift store.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 01:50 am
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I had a ZERO a few years ago that I restored and I use to run that quite a bit, it was very reliable. It had a weird whine to it when it started up though.

Edit: opps..I just realized that this is for fans that you refuse to use

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 01:55 am
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i refuse to use walmarts 19.95 plastic noise maker special that only lasts 6 months and then burns out...

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 02:20 am
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Joseph Daniel wrote: i refuse to use walmarts 19.95 plastic noise maker special that only lasts 6 months and then burns out...Remember when they said "Premium Select" on the box? I laughed at that one.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 02:36 am
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Holmes fans. *shudder*

I actually like Lasko box/floor fans though (not the cheap Galaxy one) but the WindMachine and Cyclone. They are both daily runners and I've had the WindMachine about 6 years now (had to clean/re-lube the motor once) and I've had the Cyclone about 4 years now. They've both been great fans.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 02:37 am
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Interesting thread Rob....

At the apartment.....I rarely use my Honeywell HV-181. Absolutely love it, but it's just too **** loud. Same with my Patton U2-20. I honestly haven't used my two lakewood box fans lately either.

Back in West Plains...Most of the table fans past 1930 and the Lakewood HV-21. A really incredible fan, but it's "prop during takeoff" sound is usually too much to bear for a long time.

The ironic thing though is the hideously large box fan I bought from Geoff Dunaway last summer gets quite a bit of use in my mom's living room. Graciously helps out the window units and keeps a good area wide breeze.

Austin,

had you ever come across the 70's Lakewoods (I know you're not a fan of the brand) or Galaxy/Lasko's? Those make great bedroom fans to sleep to. On the flipside, they've plenty of power on high speed. I'd give a double thumbs up on the older plastics, despite the fragile nature. I know nothing tops the cast iron and brass, but there's good among the plastic world too.

-Mr. T

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 02:57 am
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An 8" Berstead / Eskimo - it spins at around 2800 RPM's so it sounds like a lawnmower, the motor has a funky smell when it gets hot (and it gets VERY hot) and it likes to run across the table due to the out of clock blades. It is rather amusing to bring it out and watch it scoot across the table and fall to the floor though.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 03:27 am
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I don't have a fan I don't use (or refuse to) use.

What's the point of that?

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 03:32 am
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It's funny, I do have a soft spot for those Eskimos, despite the noise, little air, and heat.  First fan to lead me to this organization was an Eskimo.  Originally bought at a yard sale for a dollar.    -I never use my 24" commercial fan head (courtesy of craigslist).  1750 RPM's is deafening on that 1 speed fan.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 03:54 am
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Rob, you should introduce Ms. Bertha to Mr. Variac.  I'll bet he could tone down her big mouth.

I don't think I'll own a fan that I can't use (excluding "parts fans").  Any fan under my roof must work to pay its rent.  They all get rotated into duty throughout the warm months.  No non-working paperweights or too pretty/rare to work "trailer queens" allowed (trailer queen is an antique car term, btw) :D


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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 04:10 am
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Jason Couch wrote: Rob, you should introduce Ms. Bertha to Mr. Variac.  I'll bet he could tone down her big mouth.

I don't think I'll own a fan that I can't use (excluding "parts fans").  Any fan under my roof must work to pay its rent.  They all get rotated into duty throughout the warm months.  No non-working paperweights or too pretty/rare to work "trailer queens" allowed (trailer queen is an antique car term, btw) :D


Just make sure your variac is prepared for 10 amps!

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 04:16 am
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One of my Variacs is rated up to 12 amps.  I only use a 2 amp fuse in it though.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 01:15 pm
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i also forgot to say that i have a 6 inch polar cub sitting on my dresser that is waiting to throw off a blade (its just barely hanging on there...

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 04:52 pm
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Joseph Daniel wrote: i also forgot to say that i have a 6 inch polar cub sitting on my dresser that is waiting to throw off a blade (its just barely hanging on there...
That sounds like an injury waiting to happen, Joseph, lol.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 09:44 pm
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There is not a fan that I own that I would not use at some point. If it is not in my workshop, it is ready to use.

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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2011 11:16 pm
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This came with my Vornado 48CT, so it's kinda like a "good luck charm" of sorts. It works great, and eventually I'll get around to putting some crazy finish on it just to make the beige go away. Unfortunately, it's of limited usefulness in my apartment. Perhaps after it's a little better lookin', I'll make up a use for it. For now, it sits in the closet most of the time. Such a sad existance...

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 Posted: Tue May 17th, 2011 12:02 am
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Closets and attics are what give us the best preserved fans.

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 Posted: Tue May 17th, 2011 12:19 am
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Cheapy dimestores with flimsy windings

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 Posted: Tue May 17th, 2011 01:21 am
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i ust to run my dime store fans but ALL of them have broken blades the motors are good and quiet but i seem to get the ones with a wing abaout to fall off or the blade fallingoff of he hub......

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Pretty much all fans on the store shelf today.  They break and burn out after 2 to 5 months, (and it figures because they are made in China!) a lot of them barely stir the air, they are made so that if it stops working there is no possible way to find and repair the problem area without totally ruining the fan, and now practically every type of fan on the shelf comes with those fused plugs that can be blown by something as minor as a power surge.:pissed  And not to mention the totally frail nature of the plastics those Chinese use!  Those fans from the 80s and early 90s used much more flexible and durable plastics.

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 Posted: Fri May 27th, 2011 01:48 pm
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put it under the desk in the kneehole area. quiet and wont send stuff flying

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 Posted: Sat May 28th, 2011 01:57 am
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Tom Zapf wrote: put it under the desk in the kneehole area. quiet and wont send stuff flyingYou know, I seem to recall you telling me that when I first got that thing. Shame I don't have an actual "desk"... I'm actually thinking of refinishing it and giving it to my boss to use in the salon on his boat (no- I'm not a hairdresser...) He has a 40' Silverton aft-cabin with a "living room" in the middle of the boat. There are two A/C units, but the volume of air output limits it's coverage inside. This might be the ticket! Plus, it's another flat surface to put your drink down on- another plus!:D

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 Posted: Sat May 28th, 2011 07:06 pm
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As far as moving some air around a room I don't really use anything smaller than a 12" fan.I still like to collect the smaller fans and use them sometimes.I never really use box fans even though I have alot.I use this Windsor below which is a rebadged Lakewood.I put it at the front door and raise the window then open the back door.This one moves alot of air.It has steeper pitched blades than most Lakewoods and has a big GE motor.

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 Posted: Sun May 29th, 2011 01:56 am
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NOTHING WRONG WITH THOSE OLDER LAKEWOOD BOX FANS, I HAVE A FEW LIKE LOGAN HAS SHOWN AND THEY RUN ALL THE TIME ,AND I THINK THEY THROW OUT GOOD AIR. NOW THE HUNTER, AIR KING, VORNADO, AND ESKIMO YOU CAN HAVE THEM. :down:  THE GRAY GE'S FROM THE 50'S MOVE GOOD AIR AND ARE QUIET.

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 Posted: Sun May 29th, 2011 07:55 pm
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Well, Bertha saw her first real use today, exhausting the smoke from a barbecue.

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my brass blade ge AOU.
its just so tight and smooth running i dont want to wear it out, i start it up and admire its sound once in a while.

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Logan Brownlie wrote: As far as moving some air around a room I don't really use anything smaller than a 12" fan.I still like to collect the smaller fans and use them sometimes.I never really use box fans even though I have alot.I use this Windsor below which is a rebadged Lakewood.I put it at the front door and raise the window then open the back door.This one moves alot of air.It has steeper pitched blades than most Lakewoods and has a big GE motor.

I Wish you the best of luck with your Windsor. make sure your windings are not aluminum and copper mixed!  :violin:

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It's exempt.

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I've used all my fans at least Once.:D

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 Posted: Tue May 31st, 2011 01:49 am
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Duane Burright wrote: An 8" Berstead / Eskimo - it spins at around 2800 RPM's so it sounds like a lawnmower, the motor has a funky smell when it gets hot (and it gets VERY hot) and it likes to run across the table due to the out of clock blades. It is rather amusing to bring it out and watch it scoot across the table and fall to the floor though.

ha! i have a kool aire 8" and it just SCREAMS along, it tries as hard as it can, it does walk around too, reminds me of the old vibrating football game.

rubber feet fixed the problem.

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Know what, I don't really use my Zero either- not for any particular reason, just too many nicer fans that I can use instead. Mine actually runs pretty good, too... I just don't use it much, if at all. I used to run it all the time- days at a clip even, but I have nicer stuff than that and it just sits on the shelf.

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that zero looks like someone got it and they imedeately put it in teir coset adnever used it looks god to!

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Joseph Daniel wrote: that zero looks like someone got it and they imedeately put it in teir coset adnever used it looks god to!Dumpster save- it was pretty ratty when I got it, but a buddy of mine does powdercoating, so I figured it was so easy to take apart, I'd go nuts on it. Black wrinkle powdercoat, super-mirror black on the guard, and a little Nev-R-Dull wadding on the blades. The rubber feet?... plumbing washers. Oddly enough, they were identical in every way to what I took off, other than that the originals crumbled the second I touched them... Now it just sits on a shelf in my living room, seen but seldom heard...

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Michael Mirin wrote: I've used all my fans at least Once.:D

ive used all my fans at once... in the same room:evil

 

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No old fan collection is complete without at least one Zero fan!! Your black wrinkle-finish Zero is cute!!

I have absolutely no interest in Vornado fans...they're ugly as sin, noisy as he ll and I'll not forget what the new Vornado owners did to the AFCA.

I use every fan in my collection, rotating them and also using them in pairs or more. Today, my mighty 8" Zero is fanning the diningroom area, my 1895 HC is doing bedroom duties, and my 12" Swan is breezing the livingroom. There is no reason to own an electric fan if you aren't gonna use it!!

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Fred Berry wrote: I have absolutely no interest in Vornado fans...they're ugly as sin, noisy as he ll and I'll not forget what the new Vornado owners did to the AFCA.

All my Vornado fans are incredibly quiet for the air that they move, they're even quieter than some of my brass bladers.

They made some of the best fans out there, especially if they had the Sutco motors, which were made by Vornado themselves. I don't see why people hate them so much.

Just because of what the new owners of Vornado did to the AFCA, why hate their old products?

I guess that's just my personal opinion, I think they're great reliable fans, far better than what Hunter put out, and I like my Hunter fans, especially their window fans.

Fred, have you ever had a bakelite blade Vornado? I have an 8" Vornado that is super quiet even on high and it out performs every 12" fan I own, even the Tesla which I hate to admit.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 6th, 2011 03:23 am
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i want a vornado to say i have one. i dont know, my 12" air castle and 1927 GE 12" BB put out some mad wind, plus the ge sounds cool as heck brrruuuuaooooowizzzzzzzz and the 95watt air castle is wooizzzzz thing kicks on like nobody's buisness.
PS you have blades and bearings for the air castle pm me:bow

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Tom Zussman wrote: i want a vornado to say i have one. i dont know, my 12" air castle and 1927 GE 12" BB put out some mad wind, plus the ge sounds cool as heck brrruuuuaooooowizzzzzzzz and the 95watt air castle is wooizzzzz thing kicks on like nobody's buisness.
PS you have blades and bearings for the air castle pm me:bow
Get yourself a 12" Vornado. You will be impressed.

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I don't hate Vornadoes. I just think that they're ugly as sin, bulky-looking and as I have never had much interest in air circulators, I have had no interest in getting a Vornado. They never made true desk fans back in the day, my major interest.
My Tesla's put out more than enuff air for me...more air than that would be uncomfortable!!
Vornado fans have a huge following, and I respect that. I just don't want one.
Now if Vornado made a 20" venturi boxfan without all that ugly cowling then I WOULD be interested in glomming one!!

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