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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2020 08:14 pm
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Chris Wilson
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I bought a nice small fan: a General Deluxe fan.  It's seafoam blue/green.
Has 4 nice metal fans and is about 14" wide or so.  Photo is attached.
Runs like a monster.  Really puts out the air.  Just wonder if anyone
has any details on these.

Thanks,
Chris W




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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 02:50 am
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David Northam
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There were many fans like this with different names. I believe they were all from the 1960's or early 1970's. Some of the ones from the 1970's had plastic blades. I know many were manufactured by Galaxy/Lasko. I'm not sure if they made "all" of them and they were just rebadged with different names.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 03:05 am
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Gotcha. I've see the Lasko branded ones. Just has one speed.
Any general tips on oiling, lubing?

I did figure out that you really have to tighten the screws of the fan unit
to the case, or else they back out and rattle like crazy after a few hours!

Thanks for the info.  New to the board here!

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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 03:31 am
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There were a lot of these fans made into "turnabout" window fans. The "head" (the main metal case that contains motor, blades and cage) was mounted into a metal frame with expandable sides to allow it to be mounted in a window. There was a bracket on the frame that held the head in place with screws at top and bottom and the fan could be pivoted (turnabout) to allow for intake or exhaust. Lasko definitely made many of these.

We had a Galaxy version with plastic blades purchased in the early 1970's. The metal parts of the fan were aveacado green and the plastic parts were white. It was a terrible fan and we only had it 2 or 3 seasons before giving up and admitting it was useless. The plastic blades "roared" but moved almost no air. You're lucky you have the metal blade version. Those are much better.

The one we had could not be oiled. I'm not sure about the model you have.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 12:26 pm
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those fans can out in the early 60s made by lasko and for the durability and construction of the window panel frame, the blade and motor were cheap throwaways. Mostly sold by Lasko, with Eastern, Eldorado and many more foregttable store names attached. The floor version you have was just the window fan insert attached to a floor frame
The problem with them was the shaft and bushing are tiny and the RPM very high so they need to be regularly oiled to stay running. the bushings just wore out qucikly. They mostly were aqua but also came beig and brown. The later models had the rear grille cut out of the housing and not anything you could remove and they came in beige avocado and light blue. I actually had better luck with the plastic bladed version as the grille in the front was plastic and acted as a venturi. If the motor or blade was mis aligned you got no air if they matched perfectly then you got a good breeze...i have 2 of the window versions of your fan now aqua with metal blades they were carefully maintained and run good. the blade wings can come detached from the hub so be careful there


good luck with t!

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It has metal blades and they are all aligned well.  Yes, it really appears to have high RPMs.
It spins quite freely. The entire fan is pretty heavy.  But it has a lot of torque so if it sits on, say,
a wooden floor it will move all over.  On carpet it stays put. The motor assy is attached to the
back fan shroud (not sure what you call the metal circular finger protector thing).

Best recommendation on 1) type of oil to use, 2) how often to oil and any other tips.
So far it runs quite smoothly.  Would like to keep it alive for awhile longer!  Thanks all!!

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THE MOVING ON THE FLOOR LIKELY ALSO IS DUE TO VIBRATION. THE BLADES ARE PRESSED ON THE HUB AND THE HUB SCREWS ON THE SHAFT WHICH LOOKS LIKE AN AUGER 
DUE TO THE RPM OF THIS FAN I WOULD USE REAL MOTOR OIL OIL NOT THE MORE REFINED STUFF SUED FOR FINE FANS, THICKER IS BETTER LIKE A 20 WEIGHT OR 10W30. THE REAR GRILLE AND MOTOR CAN BE REMOVED IN ONE PIECE TO ACCESS THE REAR BUSHING. THERE ISNT A WHOLE LOT OF WICKING THERE TO PUT OIL IN BUT YOU WILL FIGURE IT OUT. SOME DROPS WHERE THE SHAFT GOES IN HELPS

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