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 Posted: Thu Jun 28th, 2018 10:41 pm
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Ron Shterenvaser
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So it seems I have stumbled upon a unicorn. This is a Kenmore fan that seems to be a facelift vornado b28, with an alt cage, base, and support arms. I haven't seen this before. Are they rare? Should I buy it, its only 35$. Opinions?








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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 03:14 am
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Designer Richard Ten Eyck designed the new fan for Kenmore in 1949, this is the original sketch for the re-design of the Vornado base model for sale in Sears department stores.  



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I'd say go for it, A vornado is a Vornado even if its rebadged as another brand!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 01:57 pm
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REMEMBER THAT SEARS BOUGHT A LOT ITEMS FROM OTHER COMPANIES AND PUT THEIR NAME ON IT, FOR FANS, HOMART AND KENMORE WERE PUT ON OTHER BRANDS. YOURS IS DEFINITELY A VORNADO... VERY NICE FIND! 

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Well, I guess I better go pick it up. If I end up not needing it, I'm sure somebody here would want it. I better brace myself for the hour drive. I would also like to thank everyone for their Information and insight.

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Very nice find!  It's a VornadeMore... or maybe a KenNado?  Either way I'm sure it will be a nice addition to your collection!

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Well, I bought the thing. I'm going to call it "Kenado" as David suggested above. I brought it home, and as I do with all fans, I tore it apart, or at least I tried to. Apparently aside from slapping their name on it, Kenmore made it 4x harder to work on. I don't see how they really improved it. The fan is the exact same size as my 20c2-1, and has the same blades, but a beefier motor rated at 1.15a vs .95a on the 20c. When I got it it made a horrible distressed hum every time I plugged in, as if it was saying "Just leave me alone, I don't want to work". Some magical fan oil (the purple stuff) helped a great bit, but I was still unable to clean all the dust out of the motor. I was only able to get the back cover off and clean in there. After it was plugged in for about 10-15 minutes, I noticed the motor was hot, not warm to the touch, it was hot to the point where it was uncomfortable to touch it for more than 5 seconds. Not sure why this is, maybe I need to somehow remove the motor and clean the whole thing. It also was originally a brownish gold color, the same one in the picture above, and I have never seen a worse paint job in my life! It was re-sprayed black, but only 70% of the fan was actually painted. The bottom of the main hoop wasn't painted, the inside of the base wasn't either, or under the small cover on top of the base. I could have done a better job blindfolded, and that is not an exaggeration! It's also missing the choke coil, and the switch, so it is directly wired right now. Overall, Kenado is in pretty rough shape, with spots of surface rust, a small dent, a horrific paint job and missing parts. At the end of the day I have a rare mixture of Kenmore and Vornado parts in the form of a little fan that only cost me 35$ :D.

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Ron Shterenvaser wrote: Well, I bought the thing. I'm going to call it "Kenado" as David suggested above. I brought it home, and as I do with all fans, I tore it apart, or at least I tried to. Apparently aside from slapping their name on it, Kenmore made it 4x harder to work on. I don't see how they really improved it. The fan is the exact same size as my 20c2-1, and has the same blades, but a beefier motor rated at 1.15a vs .95a on the 20c. When I got it it made a horrible distressed hum every time I plugged in, as if it was saying "Just leave me alone, I don't want to work". Some magical fan oil (the purple stuff) helped a great bit, but I was still unable to clean all the dust out of the motor. I was only able to get the back cover off and clean in there. After it was plugged in for about 10-15 minutes, I noticed the motor was hot, not warm to the touch, it was hot to the point where it was uncomfortable to touch it for more than 5 seconds. Not sure why this is, maybe I need to somehow remove the motor and clean the whole thing. It also was originally a brownish gold color, the same one in the picture above, and I have never seen a worse paint job in my life! It was re-sprayed black, but only 70% of the fan was actually painted. The bottom of the main hoop wasn't painted, the inside of the base wasn't either, or under the small cover on top of the base. I could have done a better job blindfolded, and that is not an exaggeration! It's also missing the choke coil, and the switch, so it is directly wired right now. Overall, Kenado is in pretty rough shape, with spots of surface rust, a small dent, a horrific paint job and missing parts. At the end of the day I have a rare mixture of Kenmore and Vornado parts in the form of a little fan that only cost me 35$ :D.

Glad you got it!  As for the hot motor, the stiff bearings and dust in the motor will both make it overheat. It's probably in need of a good cleaning of the winding with solvent and then re-varnishing. That and then clean and relubricate the bearings with some nice new SAE20 oil. :)

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