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 Posted: Sat Oct 10th, 2020 11:35 pm
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Cam Schuster
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Hi, I picked this gem up at an estate sale today. Google had zero information about this fan. It looks similar in style to fans made by Lakewood plus the P35 model # is similar to their model #s. The motor is a Universal Electric Motor. Can anyone tell me about this fan?

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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2020 01:55 am
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Levi Mevis
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My understaning is that those Universal Electric Co. Motors were notorious for going up in flames if they were allowed to become overheated, and in fact fans that had these motors in them were recalled at one time for that reason and the fans were retrofitted with a different motor, your fan may be an original survivor that was not altered and may perhaps have just sat in storage for many years because the owners just never bothered to take the fan in for the recall repair.


Nice find, it appears that it was a deluxe model with electric reverse and thermostat control, that fan dates to about the late 1950s as that style of push-button speed control was more common in the 1950s on the more deluxe fans.

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That fan is made entirely by International, I believe. Those usually used good strong motors. I'd get a picture of the motor. As long as it's not a General Electric "export" motor, you should be good to run it.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2020 11:58 am
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Thanks guys!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2020 12:02 pm
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This motor does have a lube sprout, the first time I've ever seen one on a box fan. At first the fan spun slowly in both directions until I put some SAE 20 in the lube port then it really came to life.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2020 01:47 pm
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Rob Duffy wrote: That fan is made entirely by International, I believe. Those usually used good strong motors. I'd get a picture of the motor. As long as it's not a General Electric "export" motor, you should be good to run it.Hi Rob, I found a few International Fans on eBay and I now agree with you that mine has undeniably similar features i.e. how the screen attaches and the stamping on the top around the carry handle as well as the same buttons and knobs used. Do you have any more information on International? Were they a division of some more well known company or was it a stand alone entity? It looks like they were based in St Louis.

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that is definitely international brand, and the universal motors i have never had an issue...they are a bit low on torque so if voltage is low on a heavy draw day they start up sloooow...great find ! 

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