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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2013 02:38 am
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Lee Friedman
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Greetings All,First, I'd like to introduce myself. I am a 26 year old high school wood shop teacher. Naturally, I am interested in woodworking, and restoring old woodworking machines.
How I got started with fans: Well, as a little kid, I always thought they were cool. Here is me, back in 1990 with my dad, a now retired shop teacher. He also has a furniture restoration business I grew up working in. As you can see, he had a cool Diehl pedestal fan, which he used for exhausting fumes from spraying lacquer out of aerosol cans. When he upgraded to a better spray system, he went for an explosion proof fan, and gave this fan away to a local upholsterer who used it till it died. 
Now I have my own collection of vintage woodworking machines, and ready for my own shop. I thought it would be appropriate to have a vintage fan to keep me cool while working on my old machines, so I found this almost identical fan on craigslist: 
And finally, what brings me to you fine folks, I saw this desk Diehl fan at an antiques store we do work for (repairing furniture) and why not have a desk version of the huge Diehl? By the way, being born and raised in NJ, its cool to have these fans that were manufactured in NJ. Picked this up for $75;
Now, this fan starts kind of slowly. when switched directly to HI from a dead start, it spins up quickly to a medium speed. Then after about 2 minutes, it seems to speed up to full HI speed. 
This fan does not appear to have the wick system, but I did remove a ton of grease from the lid of the gear box for the oscillating feature. I have no clue why there was so much grease on the outside of the box, and the outside of the fan for that matter. There is a hole on the blade side of the motor that I assume is for oil, but I don't want to drop just any 3 in 1 type oil in there. Any advice would be great!Thanks,Lee

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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2013 04:18 am
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Hey Len, there is a certain kind of 3 in 1 oil for fans.  Specifically this one (20 wt. MOTOR OIL) that is dressed in BLUE.  You don't want to use the black can of Multipurpose Oil.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2013 04:25 am
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But I'm a bit allergic to the odor of 3 in 1 so I use this one that can be found at most Ace Hardware stores and other places.  The flexible spout is handy.  It's a 10 wt. oil but fine for fans, at least the standard desk fans if not your beautiful big Diehl circulator.
For oscillator gearboxes a good grade of multipurpose grease will do the trick.  Enough to coat the gears but not FILL the gearbox.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2013 01:20 pm
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Sweet. I already have the blue 3 in 1 but didn't know if that was OK for fan motors, as opposed to larger fractional HP motors. I may also have a zoom spout oil tucked away at school somewhere. I will get it oiled and see if this helps. Thanks guys!
-Lee

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 Posted: Fri Jul 12th, 2013 12:56 am
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Im guessing you got that fan from Red Bank antique center. I remember seeing it and asking for a price because it wasnt marked when I went. I think I ended up buying a little brass blade GE instead. Diehls are awesome fans and the early ones are built like tanks. My great aunt used to work for Diehl so that must be where I get my fascination with Diehls.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 12th, 2013 01:55 am
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No, I got the large fan from a place in Connecticut. It was only a 20 minute detour from our trip to Massachuttes to see family. The small Diehl I got from Hopewell Antiques, in Hopewell, NJ. Also did not have a price tag on it. The business partner of the lady I normally deal with was the owner, and her father was a pretty big deal (no pun intended) in the company, if not the owner...Naturally, I was shocked she was willing to sell it.
At school, I found a similar motor oil to the "ZOOM SPOUT" brand, same container, different brand, and it seems to have really helped. Thanks everyone!!
-Lee

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 Posted: Fri Jul 12th, 2013 04:56 pm
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Those table model Diehls are awesome!  And if you really want something that will knock you back, get the same thing in a 16" blade.  Nail down everything in sight with that baby on high.  :D  Only slight complaint I have with them is the high current draw.  They gulp electricity.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 12th, 2013 07:46 pm
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hah!! Talk about timing! My father just drove up in my drive and opened the trunk and what did he have? A 16" Diehl Model H16912. It runs good but the oscilator lever is not connected, but is there... My pop gonna take it home and play with it. I will post pics later...
grasshopper geo...

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 Posted: Sat Jul 13th, 2013 01:09 am
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Lee, is your hair still red?
I was somewhat captivated by a large Diehl bulletback oscillator circulator fan at the local flea market last year.  I think he wanted $7-800 for it and it was in very good condition.  Then it reappeard in his booth earlier this year with a SOLD tag on it.  He said he sold it for something like $400.    I have no room for such a fan but the fact that it was a bulletback and oscillator and so huge was neat.  My tastes in Diehl are with their earlier fans as below from c.1906.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2013 02:20 am
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Cool fan Steve! Sounds about the same price I settled on for my large Diehl. I never did have red hair, but now that you mention it, the lighting makes me look like a ginger. I was born blonde, and soon it naturally changed to a brown hair that has stayed with me :)

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