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 Posted: Wed Mar 21st, 2018 10:31 pm
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Harry Franke
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 This was an Ebay impulse buy. I thought it was cool looking and somewhat unique. The dent will be pretty easy to remove since it's not a double wall shroud like the Vornados. At first glance the blade appears to be backwards. It isn't! It blows air out the front like it should. However, the blade rotates counterclockwise! The rear oil port is hidden by the motor mounting bracket. At first, I thought someone just re-attached the motor wrong but you can rotate the bracket 360 degrees and it still hides the oil port. This makes me think it hasn't been oiled for a long, long, time. It's amazing these fans still run. This one runs fine without any vibrations. I did get both ends of the shaft oiled. Eventually I'll take the motor apart and clean it.
 I searched the forums and haven't found much on this fan. It seems to be scarce. Any input regarding date of manufacture, opinions, etc. would be appreciated. 

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 Posted: Wed Mar 21st, 2018 11:51 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Cool fan. BTW that's also what my wife calls me. :D

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Hello, nice fan, my guess is that the fan is from the early to mid 1950s by the type of switch that is on there (its a late style Cutler and Hammer 3 speed fan switch which the orginal switch was patented in the late 1930s and was used on the early GE Vortalexes and Hunter Centurys and on some of the old Eskimo "Cobweb" style table fans.
That fan will outlast any of the modern Lasko "Wind-Machines"  made now a days when properly taken care of (like keeping the motor properly oiled every year.)

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 02:44 pm
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Thanks for the info. It's crazy how they hid the motor oil port behind the mounting bracket. This requires the fan to be disassembled for oiling. The wiring seems to be brittle. I had two switch wires pop off immediately. One I know which terminal it came from. There is a red one that I'm not sure about. It's almost impossible to get a good picture of the terminals because of frayed wire housing.



 I'm 50% sure where the red one goes. I need to find my magnifying glass. I might be able to confirm it then. Otherwise, there's gonna be a lot of praying. I'm hoping I don't fry something.

UPDATE: Got it! Got all three speeds back and didn't fry my hand.


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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 03:13 pm
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Austin Ko
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I have the same exact fan and my blades are not affixed to the fan like that at all. I have seen a few others and they were not attached like it is on yours. You dont see these too often.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 04:37 pm
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 Some weird science going on here. I've never seen a fan that turns counterclockwise. I don't know anything about physics. There must be a reason they all turn clockwise. Maybe this was a deviation from the norm to avoid being sued by Vornado!!??

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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2018 03:48 am
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Lots of older fans do turn CCW...I thought it was weird at first too.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2018 04:09 am
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Thanks for the update.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2018 02:51 pm
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so did you put the blade back on reversed from your picture? how did it run?  

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2018 03:06 pm
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 I put the blade back on exactly the way it is pictured. The blue bracket is in front. The motor runs in reverse (counterclockwise).

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No matter which way the blade is facing, the motor is running the correct way and the blades will still be pitched in the same direction. The blue brackets need to be in back of the blade wing surface. The rotation of the blade will not reverse by flipping it over.

And trust me- it will run completely different!

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2018 03:25 pm
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my point is  with your blade mounted incorrectly your blade spacing is off for the design of that fan, reversing the blade on the rotor shaft will put the blade set inside the housing more & it looks to have more pitch-- try it you might like the result.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2018 05:12 pm
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Westinghouse, Roto-Beam, are among mine that run CCW. It does look a bit odd. My buddy also has a nice General Electric AUU that has a CCW blade on it and it runs CCW, strange.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 27th, 2018 05:51 pm
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You're right. I didn't realize this. Guess my brain can't comprehend this. I've never been able to get a Rubik's cube right either! Why would the cool decorative bracket be towards the motor and the shaft and set screw be facing forward? Maybe in those days the bracket wasn't cool??? I did spin it in hand to get a visual.
 Thanks for the advice. I'll try it in a few weeks. I just ordered some Eastwood 2K clear coat. It takes about two weeks to get here. Then I can reassemble the fan.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 01:32 am
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Pretty much all blades have the bracket behind to reduce turbulence and provide support for the wings, rather than all the force being on the heads of the rivets. Also, the wings are curved to push the air more in one direction than the other. Larger fans aren't unusual to see with the hub and setscrew out front. That thing will be a world of different with the "scoop" of the blades facing forward. Much smoother stream of air and will push it in a straight line rather than buffeting. It'll probably be a little quieter too.  :up:

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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 02:44 am
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 After this was brought to my attention, I noticed the rivets were rounded on the non-bracket side too. I did look at my Big 20. I see where the neck is towards the motor. I wasn't too excited about the amount of air being pushed when I first got the Big Windy. I'm looking forward to re-assembly the correct way. Sounds like that will improve the amount of air being pushed.

 Thank you for your expertise. I was only going to buy a couple of fans that lasted longer than the modern junk being sold nowadays. Now I'm addicted. I've learned a lot from the responses from other members; way more than expected.  

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