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 Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2017 03:55 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Hey guys,

I recently picked up this fan, which I bought solely for the look.  I was curious, to the other owners out there, does your fan fluctuate on low?  All of the speeds run well on this fan, but I can hear this fan move up and down in RPM (bearings are silky smooth) without the oscillator engaged.  Fresh grease in this thing as well.  Could this be the lead-in to a bad capacitor?  I could be overthinking this........


  Love this thing!!!









Thanks,


-Mr. T

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 Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2017 06:46 pm
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Stan Adams
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Hey T-man, I have had bad capacitors do weird stuff on these Hunters. I had one which would run for several hours, then start the RPM swings, then just slow down. A new cap solved the issues.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Stan, you wouldn't happen to recall the capacitor type or model, would you?  I know that's a tall order!  I've run this pretty continuously the past few days with no actual slow down, but regular RPM swings.  Reminds me of riding the bike at the gym.

Great seeing you at Fan Fair!


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 Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I don't think those were government fans. My family bought one from Krauss on Canal Street, they were sold for "retro" styling.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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But can you verify 100% they were NOT government fans?  OSHA was established 3 years prior......

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 Posted: Fri Aug 25th, 2017 12:41 am
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Levi Mevis
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I agree there are some modern "retro" fans with the Hunter name on them with that kind of OSHA guard on it that were made within the past 20 years but those fans look nothing like Trevor's fan, I think Trevor's fan is a late 1950s early 1960s vintage Hunter Fan that was equipped with an OSHA Guard, Much like Emerson did during that time period on their 77646 and 77648 fans, and GE did the same thing as well. 
Trevor, what does the ID Tag on your fan say? 

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 Posted: Fri Aug 25th, 2017 03:42 am
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These fans were made in the early 1970s. Since they were probably made for several years, I would date this fan between 1970 and 1975.

The church I grew up in, renovated all of the Sunday School classrooms sometime in the early 70's. They installed these fans (wall mounted) in every classroom. These fans moved a decent amount of air, but were LOUD... not motor noise, but air noise.

Ironically, there were the open-ring cage dark gray Westinghouse Power-Air fans in the classrooms before the Hunters were installed. As far as I know, all of the Westys still worked fine and moved a lot of air QUIETLY. I have no idea what happened to those fans (I shudder to think!), but it seems they were replaced for no other reason than just having something new. The fans were mounted high enough that having an OSHA cage or not made no difference.


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Well, government fans are usually a specific type that deviates from the standard models and this was for sale for many years. I remember them. The last version got a larger art deco style badge and had fake "s-wires" overlaid over the OSHA guards.

Mike Mirin had fans with OSHA guards from back in the 20's. Almost every manufacturer would sell an OSHA type fan on special order. Emerson switched to OSHA guards in the 60's on their fans that continued to be sold until almost 1975.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 25th, 2017 03:26 pm
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Hey T-man, when time allows I will look at that cap size, I don't remember.
I remember well them selling these in the 70s, they were available in a lot of commercial catalogs but were very expensive for their time. Sadly China with its cheap junk won the battle. The church bought one in the 70s for the copy/work room, it is still there & used every day.

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Got what I think is an earlier model. There were a lot of those fans at my high school and college.






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 Posted: Fri Aug 25th, 2017 08:19 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Duane, yours might be from the 1960s.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 1st, 2017 05:05 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Switched out the capacitor.  John McComas, you are the man!  The Hunter is putting out a consistent near silent breeze on low as I type.  Just a very solid fan.  Thanks again.

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