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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 02:44 am
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Dan Foley
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Found this on Craigslist and picked it up this morning.  The previous owner picked it up from an estate sale, it used to belong to a World War II vet.  The gentleman I purchased it from was glad to see it was headed to a good home.  Aside from oil, gearbox grease, and a new headwire, I plan to leave it as-is.










Seems to be in great shape, although it runs a little slow right now.  Probably hasn't been serviced in a long time, so I'm willing to bet I'll find a gearbox full of solidified grease.  The headwire is a little crispy feeling...which is unfortunate since I wanted to keep it all original.  But the line wire is still pliable, so I'm leaving that alone.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 02:52 am
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Levi Mevis
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Kind of interesting its only a two speed...

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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 04:08 am
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HI Dan,I have the very same fan,got it from my aunt years ago when she moved from Jersey to Pennsylvania.Nice fans kinda commercial run well just somewhat noisey.The power cord should be grey in color,they are somewhat slow starting but run fine after warming up.Just clean out the oscillator gearbox and regrease it and oil the bearings.Its from the mid 50's.Nice find !! :cool:

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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 10:23 pm
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Pretty much have it all cleaned up, and I popped a new headwire on it.  Now that everything is all oiled and greased, it runs beautifully and it's extremely balanced.  Whether it's stationary or oscillating I can barely feel any vibration, which is nice for a 16" fan.  It's actually fairly quiet on low speed too...overall I have to say I like this fan a lot.







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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 10:56 pm
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Duane Burright
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Nice find Dan!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 1st, 2018 09:45 pm
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Dan Foley
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Thanks Duane! For the price I'm very happy with it. I'd really like to find one with a Torrington blade, but most of those seem to be priced somewhat high.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 2nd, 2018 01:22 am
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I found a black one recently. It runs slow on the low speed for the first few minutes and then it's like a switch gets flipped and it speeds up quite a bit. I changed out the grease and lubed the bearings and it still does the same thing. It seems to run perfectly well and doesn' get hot so it might be normal.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 2nd, 2018 02:56 am
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Dan Foley
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Those 12" models are nice too, they have a pretty fat cage on them.

A few more shots, taken with my DSLR:






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 Posted: Tue Mar 6th, 2018 04:46 am
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Levi Mevis
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I saw a 1920s vintage 16" Diehl fan for sale near me at one of the local antique shops but the fan was missing its switch and speed coil assemly in the base, its base plate, its oscillator mechanism wasn't complete and its headwire was hanging there dangling off the back of the fan's bullet assembly, and the owner of the booth that the fan is in wants over $80 for the fan inspite of the fan's poor condition, I would love to have that fan and see if I can go through some of the people on here in the BST to find the parts to make the fan whole again  and what not (the fan's paint job is still intact and original its just missing those aforementioned parts to make it complete and working) but I can hardly justify paying almost $90 with tax for a fan that is only 60% complete when I would have to put some money into the fan to make it complete and working again, and I'm guessing some of you guys on here would suggest that I try to talk the guy down on his price, which I would do but the problem is that this guy is the same guy I bought a rather beaten up but mostly functional Emerson 77648 fan from for $60 and the guy inspite of me explaining to him that its not really that rare of a fan and that the fan was in rather rough condition would only knock $5 off the original price (in other words the guy doesn't listen to reason and he thinks every thing he has is some sort of rare and valuable antique so because of that he prices everything as such using "eBay" pricing.He also has a 1930s Westinghouse Stamped Steel 3 speed oscillator fan that he has $125 on which I didn't think they're worth that much and also I thought they were rather common fans... so yeah now you see my predicament with trying to pick up older fans for a decent price around where I live.  :pissed  :X

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 Posted: Tue Mar 6th, 2018 03:34 pm
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It's also quite hard to find reasonably priced fans around here, too. I've been lucky with a few Craigslist finds, but going to antique stores or fairs is pretty much a waste of time. Anyone offering fans at those places will tend to want way more than what the fan is worth, and they won't negotiate on price.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 6th, 2018 03:46 pm
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Exactly, now here's the kicker, there's actually one antique mall near me that is actually much more reasonably priced with their items including their fans but the only thing is that I don't get up to that mall very often and their selection of fans changes quite often because the fans are so reasonably priced and are in really good condition that they get bought up quickly. Although I'd like to know where this booth owner at this mall is getting all of his fans from... :wondering:

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