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 Posted: Sat Apr 25th, 2020 08:49 pm
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David Dachowski
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So I scored two great Reed Unit Fans from a pal back home in New Orleans. One is the rounded blades and tubular support, and it seems to run just fine.The other is an older square blade fan. It's motor runs, but the pulley is shot. Also, part of the cradle is gone so securing it would be difficult.To err on safety's sake, I think I'm going to just get a new motor. Suggestions on size/rpm/brand? I've also seen a lot of comments that the sleeve bearings tend to fail. Mine seems smooth enough, but is there advice on lubricating it? Unlike my numerous Homarts, I see no way to apply grease. Or, if the sleeve bearing does fail, it would be great to get advice on how to purchase and install pillow block bearings.Thanks in advance!

PS This is a duplicate post. I originally posted this in "Pre-1950" but that seemed inaccurate. I cannot figure out how to delete that post. Sorry.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 25th, 2020 08:50 pm
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David Dachowski
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Here's the working side.

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I love those Reeds! I would try to save that motor, is the cradle broken or missing the clamp? You can get a motor sheave at ACE Hardware.
Those sleeves are famous for wearing out, but if yours is good, just oil it.

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That's a pre-1950 model. It's like the second iteration, after the the model with the same support but the ridged case (or maybe the other way around, I don't know for sure).

I'd keep that motor if its working; it's better than most you can find today. If not, I'll take it off your hands.

You can get new mounts from Grainger or on the net. I usually take the pulley off the fan shaft and pull the shaft out and clean and lube the shaft bearings. Some had oilers, some did not. If it has no up and down play, oil it and run with it. Just make sure the belt is *almost loose*. You want it just tight enough that it looks like its slipping when it first starts up but catches. That's the downside to these, is people changed the motors over the years and left the belt on too tight and wore down the bearings.

Great fan and quite the air mover. I have 2 on my back porch.

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1948 - "In your office..", good luck keeping your papers on your desk!  :shock:

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I have several Reeds, but this all original at my church is my favorite.

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in your post you mentioned greasing Homarts, the 2 screws on top are actually for oil, grease will not penetrate the sleeve bearing. I have original instructions for those and Sears sold special oil for that, not as thin as regular oil. sorry not any help on Reed but thought you might like to know about the Homart.

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great fan indeed!

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Actually the two screws on the shaft ask for grease. We had my grandparent's Homart fan with the original owners' manual and care kit which included a small tube of light grease for the shaft. It was recommended to oil the motor with machine oil (which i can still find). This is vs. the grease for the shaft. I might in the end find a new pulley for the Reed motor (cannot tell who mad it, too dirty).  That motor does have two ports for oil.

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I LOVE this one.

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Mike Kearns wrote: 1948 - "In your office..", good luck keeping your papers on your desk!  :shock:

Where did you find this ad? Is it from New Orleans?

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Stan Adams wrote: I love those Reeds! I would try to save that motor, is the cradle broken or missing the clamp? You can get a motor sheave at ACE Hardware.
Those sleeves are famous for wearing out, but if yours is good, just oil it.
I think I'm going to try to take a motor sheave from a Homart of mine. I think it will fit. 

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