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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 12:55 am
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Clayton Geenen
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Hello, my name is Clayton and I am new to the group. I was recently gifted a fan and really like it, but don't know much about it. It works. It is a bit noisy. Is it possible to "tune up" a fan to decrease the mechanical and clicking sounds? Is the noise just part of the charm of an old fan? It looks like this may have been a three speed fan but now has a toggle on/off switch. If any of the members could share with me what they know about this type of fan I would love to hear that. I don't know the vintage of the fan but could guess from the styling and the weight.

Anything you experts can share with me is much appreciated.

Thanks,

Clayton

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 01:09 am
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Tom Morel
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That looks like a 1940s Bersted Mfg. fan. These were drugstore fans and not built as well as the higher end fans. That lower quality translated into being noisy and having issues with speed coils and oscillators. Hard to say what noise your's is making.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 01:20 am
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Polish the blades & oil the fan. Yours has already been modified, so do with it as you please. 

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 01:41 am
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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 01:48 am
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Clayton Geenen
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Thanks Tom. I am new to the vintage fan thing. You said "already modified" as that was an undesirable thing. Is it possible to return the fan to original condition? Does being modified mean that it was originally a three speed? Please forgive my ignorant questions as I am new to the vintage fan idea. I have no interest in selling the fan, as it is a memento from a friend.  

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 01:52 am
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Clayton Geenen
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Thanks for your knowledge.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 09:59 am
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Welcome to the forum!   As Lawrence said it’s a dime store fan, so the value is very little. Yes it appears it was a three speed fan, but likely the speed coil is missing as well as the obvious 3 speed switch. Those fans are known for weak oscillators and are commonly broken. 


While the fan can be maintained to decent running condition, you’ll need to attend to the various mechanical and electrical maintenance and repair it might need before it can be considered safe to run.   And even then, it’s not a fan I’d run unattended. They just weren’t built to be quality fans. 



If you decide to restore it, you can use the search feature to find how to do the various steps. You’ll need moderate electrical and mechanical abilities to complete a proper restoration. 



Best of success with your restoration 

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