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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 04:08 am
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Alec Burns
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Hi all,

So I'm currently working on this fan, and have run into a problem. I took it completely apart, cleaned it, rewired it, and reassembled. I didn't touch the gearbox at all aside from cleaning up the exterior. It runs just fine at the stationary position, but once I rotate the knob to engage the oscillation, it doesn't. If I tighten it too much, the fan slows down to a stop. By hand I can push the rotation of the oscillator shaft about 1/3 around, but only that much.
So, any ideas??? I'm dumbfounded. The fan oscillated beforehand.

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Thanks guys.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Lawrence Smith
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you need to clean the neck area of that fan- gummed up oil, the gear box needs to cleaned & new grease installed. hopefully your gears inside the gear box are ok, sometimes when that heavily gummed up the gears get chewed up & create a stationary fan, Eskimo's are famous for this, goo d luck .Lawrence

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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 05:46 pm
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How do I access the grease reservoir? The box is riveted to the motor housing. The flathead in the picture unscrews, and on the other side there's another screw with a C Clip around it.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 07:36 pm
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Alec, any chance you had the head off and got it back on backwards? Just a wild guess.

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Lamar Bass wrote: Alec, any chance you had the head off and got it back on backwards? Just a wild guess.
Hey Lamar,

How do you mean?

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 Posted: Mon Jul 17th, 2017 12:36 am
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i had the same thing happen with a much newer fan a knapp monarch and when i took it apart, this little washer came out of somewhere in the lineage of the tightening wheel which grabs the oscillator arm and without this little hunk of junk washer (or having it in the wrong place) it wouldnt oscillate!. put the washer back by trial and error and it works fine, go figure!

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Tom Zapf wrote: i had the same thing happen with a much newer fan a knapp monarch and when i took it apart, this little washer came out of somewhere in the lineage of the tightening wheel which grabs the oscillator arm and without this little hunk of junk washer (or having it in the wrong place) it wouldnt oscillate!. put the washer back by trial and error and it works fine, go figure!

It looks like your oscillator output shaft is locked up. Remove the link, adjust the knob to a center position and see if you can easily turn the output shaft by hand. If so, your knob may be locking the shaft up because of a misplaced washer like Tom mentioned.

If the shaft remains locked up then something happened inside of the gearbox when you were cleaning the fan.

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