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 Posted: Sat Apr 21st, 2018 12:33 pm
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James McInnis
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Hi everyone,
I'm not a fan collector (yet) but consider myself high risk for becoming one. So far I've accumulated a few old fans that I like and that need a little maintenance.

In a couple of weeks, I'll be heading down to Gulf Coast Alabama to do some work on a house and would like to take my old fans with me. Before I put them to use down there, is there anything I should do to reduce the risk of unnecessary wear? Is a drop or two of oil on the shaft or oil port adequate for a couple of months' use?

If you say I shouldn't run them until I can properly disassemble, clean and lubricate, that's OK - I have cheesy modern fans for back-up. Fans are a mix of before 1950 and after; most are after so I posted here.

First is my Arctic Air pedestal fan (model not visible or absent). I put this fan in storage 40 years ago and don't recall if it works. I'll have to dig it out and test it. (Sorry for the lousy photo - that's as close as I could get without taking on the project this morning.)




Second is another pedestal, a Westinghouse Mobilaire. I oiled the ports (front and back) on this one.




Next is a GE FM10V41. I don't see an oil port on this one.




Another GE (model label partially destroyed - ???9X718). It's a wee fan with an octagon base and cage.




Not shown are an Emerson 77646AK, which I know is pre-1950 (1938?) and an SMC DC42 ceiling fan that's only 20 or so years old. There's another small black fan with chrome (or nickel) blades which I have yet to unearth from storage.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! It's wonderful to see all the beautiful old fans here and see the work being done on them.

Thanks!

James




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 Posted: Sat Apr 21st, 2018 02:38 pm
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Lawrence Smith
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I would run them, after blowing out the dust bunnies & adding oil (zoom spout or 3 in1 in the blue can). As long as the wiring isn't frayed (contacting each other or the metal frame) go for it. look underneath the blade mounting point on the vortalex fan it might still have an oil cup---(clean  re -oil) The main thing is when first running these be in the room with them , after the've warmed up & are working fine I wouldn't worry too much-- enjoy!! Lawrence

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 Posted: Sat Apr 21st, 2018 11:56 pm
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Thanks, Lawrence. I had to look up Vortalex to learn which one that was. The long cap came off a spring with what appeared to be an oil wick in the center, so I soaked the wick with oil and re-assembled.

Another Westinghouse Mobilaire has come available locally. Since my destination is Mobile, it's too tempting to resist. If everything looks OK, I'm adding another to the herd tomorrow.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 02:57 am
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Duane Burright
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As long as the wiring and switch are good you should be fine.

I currently use this R & M -



The head wire is original but the capacitor has been replaced. This fan is silent on low.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 10:16 am
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James McInnis
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Duane, could you post the link? The video has an error message. Thanks!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 01:23 am
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James McInnis wrote: Duane, could you post the link? The video has an error message. Thanks!
Should be fixed.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 09:41 am
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Great-looking fan. I like the Deco detailing, the exposed oscillator and, of course, the silent operation. I'll have to keep an eye out for R&M fans locally.

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