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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 01:09 am
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Christopher Walsh
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I know that we all love old fans and the style and build quality of fans that were made decades ago may never be surpassed.  I know that if I spend 50 dollars on a used fan from the 1970s it's ten times better than a new fan built today that costs 50 dollars.  So, old fans are definitely 10x better than new fans.  However, old fans aren't getting younger and new fans are being made every day.  Most new fans are crap, but I wonder if are decent?  Is anybody making a decent fan these days for the home market?  

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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Tom Zapf
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I AM GOING TO CHECK OUT THE NEW 5 BLADE VORNADO PEDESTAL, IT IS OVER $300, BUT I LIKE THE LOOKS...

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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Christopher Walsh
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That is a nice fan, thanks for the tip.  Looks like Amazon has it for two hundred.  Is it the same one?

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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 10:11 pm
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I wouldn't buy a new fan for almost any purpose, EXCEPT if I needed a fan for utilitarian purposes and I thought it might get damaged or ruined. (Such as using a fan in a dirty garage or for an exhaust fan in a place with poor conditions like a machine room)

The new Vornado fans still have motors (and maybe other components) made in China. With the availability of reasonably priced older fans through this club, I can't think of many reasons to buy a new fan. At FanFair this year, there were MANY great (but slightly more common) old fans that could be bought for $20 - or less!

I saw one of the early 1970's Frigid 10-inch turnabout window fans (the bronze/brown ones) that was in pristine condition sell for $5 in the auction. Those fans had deep pitched metal blades and were far superior to the Lasko/Galaxy fans of similar design but with feeble plastic blades and. $5 freekin' dollars!!!!!

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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 11:00 pm
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David Northam wrote: I wouldn't buy a new fan for almost any purpose, EXCEPT if I needed a fan for utilitarian purposes and I thought it might get damaged or ruined. (Such as using a fan in a dirty garage or for an exhaust fan in a place with poor conditions like a machine room)

The new Vornado fans still have motors (and maybe other components) made in China. With the availability of reasonably priced older fans through this club, I can't think of many reasons to buy a new fan. At FanFair this year, there were MANY great (but slightly more common) old fans that could be bought for $20 - or less!

I saw one of the early 1970's Frigid 10-inch turnabout window fans (the bronze/brown ones) that was in pristine condition sell for $5 in the auction. Those fans had deep pitched metal blades and were far superior to the Lasko/Galaxy fans of similar design but with feeble plastic blades and. $5 freekin' dollars!!!!!

I love those tan frigid's.  I have 2 of the stand models, and my parents had one of the window ones when I was growing up.  Love the startup sound they make and they move air well too.

I don't even use a modern fan in my garage...I picked up a 16 inch vorty for that.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 4th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Jeff Jones
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The only place I would use a modern one is around small children or pets that may get injured. 

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 Posted: Sat Aug 5th, 2017 01:00 am
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I have a 100+ yellow Lab and a  5 pound Yourkie and they  both learned to stay away from the fan./
 The Lab has gotten his tail in it several times and  has never even whimpered.
We run a 16'' R& M desk fan on the floor the central aid dosent cycle as often  doing this.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 5th, 2017 09:43 pm
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Levi Mevis
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I use either a 12" GE Standard Fan from the early 1950s, or a 16" Westinghouse PowerAire fan from 1948 and now with the latest Addition of my 1950 12" GE Vortalex to my Collection I also use that as well to help circulate aire in my side of the house, I also have an early 1960s Eskimo 20" Box Fan and a 1970s vintage Berns Air King 20" Box Fan that I use as well. I also have a late 1970s early 1980s vintage Lakewood Box Fan that does have oil ports on it, and moves quite a bit of aire for what it is, being that its a 5-wing plastic bladed model. I also have an Edison/Toastmaster/McGraw Edison 20" Box fan from the 1970s that also has a 5-wing plastic blade but it does move quite a bit of aire for what it is. So yeah, the newest I'll go fan wise is 1980s, because they were still making halfway decent fans yet then that were still made in America, like Lakewood, Galaxy, and Lasko for example. 

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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 03:58 am
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Jeff Jones wrote: The only place I would use a modern one is around small children or pets that may get injured.
My German Shepherd figured out not sticking a nose or tail into a running fan after getting zapped once. Now he just enjoys the breeze.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 12:48 pm
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The vintage-styled Vornado 5 blader fans are probably the best you're going to get. Expensive price tag and partially made in China, but they aren't all that bad. Mine has been running non-stop since I bought it during the release date. They use ball bearing motors and do the job effectively. The overall metal construction of the fan is on-par with their vintage counterparts.

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