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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 08:57 pm
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Joey Farrington
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This fan is in my late great-grandfathers workshop. It is now my workshop and I am really curious about this fan.





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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2020 04:14 am
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From Super Moderator Stan Adams: " They originally subbed their motors out, but were making some of their own in later years. If it has the stick on badge, that was one of their later fans as the earlier ones were an aluminum badge. They were made at a factory in Houston I was able to tour when I was 10. They were in operation until the early 80s. They mainly made industrial applications. Every school in my hometown of Galena Park had Windmaker fans in every class. If I remember right, Phil turned the company over to his son Hershel in the early 50s. Hershel Rich was a Houston philanthropist & died in 2012All of their fans say Phil Rich Fan Co, but Windmaker was their trade name.Most of their fans including the small ones sat in a cradle, but had a unique mounting where they could be turned as well.Attached Image (viewed 2366 times):


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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2020 04:15 am
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Mike Kearns
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1981 -
                          Universal Electric HE3G088N Motor for Phil Rich Windmaker Fans Universal ElectricMotor for Rich Windmaker Fans Model HEG088NEnclosed vintage fan motor1/4 HP115 Volt3.35 Amp1085 RPMXM-24-30-2S New Old Stock

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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2020 05:30 am
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Wow! Thank you that was more info than I could find online. This thing is like an airplane prop! It really moves the air out of the shop. Probably why my GGF had it.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2020 03:52 pm
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Richard Daugird
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Houston, eh? No wonder I saw so many Windmakers growing up.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2020 04:22 pm
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Yep Richard, the old building on Caroline (shown in Mike's picture) is still there, it is a seafood wholesaler (or was last year when I drove by). Their newer & larger manufacturing plant later became Carolyn Thompson's Antique Center of Texas. It was demolished to make room for the expanded Katy Freeway.

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