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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2018 06:54 pm
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Mike Lemish
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Hi all! Picked up this fan from my shelf for restoration. What a beast! Don't even remember where I found it. It is an Artic Aire manufactured by F (E?) A. Smith in Rochester New York. When I cleaned the data plate I also erased the model number. I was using just denatured alcohol. It appears that this unit was rewired once or twice in the past. The wire nuts were a giveaway. It apparently uses a transformer for multiple speeds. A wiring diagram would be of great help. Thank you for your time and consideration. Mike.


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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2018 06:57 pm
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Any history on this fan would also be appreciated!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 01:19 am
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Levi Mevis
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Your Fan is made by F. A. Smith Co. (FASCO also known as) and it dates to the late 1940s and they are fairly decent fans they were 3 speed fans that oscillate and are made of Cast Iron (which was uncommon at the time because most companies were making their fans out of either pot metal or Cast Aluminum at that time).
Anyways if you need a switch for your fan I have one I took off an old Spartan fan that was made in Rochester New York like your fan was (except mine was a dimestore model with a super cheaply built oscillator gearbox that was made of pot metal that was broken so it wasnt worth fixing) so if you want the switch I can send it your way (just send me your mailing address through PM).

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 12:32 pm
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Mike Lemish
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Thanks so much!  I haven't checked the switch or anything else with an ohmmeter yet.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 02:37 pm
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Ok, when I look at your pictures I saw what looked like your switch's lever was missing.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 04:02 pm
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Hi Mike, your fan is the 3rd gen Arctic Aire made from circa 1940 to around 1945-46. The base is cast iron and the motor cover is cast aluminum.Cast iron bases are not uncommon. Fasco
used cast iron bases from the mid 1930s (when F.A. Smith started) until the mid to late 50s when fan manufacturing switched over to stamped steel to save costs. Those earlier Arctic are well built fans and are underrated.They move a lot of air. Other names that they were made under were Spartan,Viking,Fasco,Royal Rochester, and Arctic Aire. F.A. Smith was started around 1935 and the name was changed to Fasco in 1948. Hope the info helps.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 08:09 pm
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Thanks Michael for the information. Much appreciated. I always like to find the history behind different fans.

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