View single post by Levi Mevis
 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 01:42 am
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Levi Mevis


Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2015
Location: Elkhart, Indiana USA
I've owned several of the "Standard" desk fans over the years, they are great runners when they are in proper working order but when they have issues (like gummed up bearings and what not) they are a pain in the pitootie to take apart, clean and relube and put back together, especially putting back together because if you don't put it back together properly then the motor binds up and won't run, that's happened to me twice with a few old GE fans I've had, the first time was with an early 1960s 9" GE "Standard" Desk fan with OSHA guard that I had to take the fan apart to rewire the fan and to attempt to relube the motor as it wasn't running right, and when I went to put it back together the fan wouldn't run anymore it just would bind up and over heat, so I tossed that fan to the scrap heap. 
The second time this happened to me was with my 20" 5-Wing Electrically Reversable GE Box Fan like the one in your picture above, the fan ran fine for about a month or two after I got the fan from the recycling center near me, but then the fan wasn't starting up on its own anymore (it was to the point that I had to hand start the fan and even then it wasn't even running at the proper speed), so I attempted to disassemble the motor to service it, but it turned out that the motor on that fan apparently wasn't meant to be serviced as the rear bearing housing was hermetically sealed (meaning it had a metal plate over it that could only be removed by brute force using a hammer or a drill and once that metal plate was removed you couldn't put it back on again) so I hit that back plate with a 10# hammer the plate came off which revealed the oil wick and the rear bearing for the motor but when I went to remove the rotor from the motor housing/stator the only way to get it to come out was by tapping it out with a hammer (which apparently buggered up the rear shaft of the rotor a little bit, not enough to be seen visably with the naked eye but apparently just enough that the rear bearing noticed it because when I went to try and put the rotor back into the fan it wouldn't go back into the stator/motor housing without a little brute force and even once I got the rotor into the stator the rotor wouldn't freely spin in the stator it just sat there and no matter how much you tried to turn it with your hand, that rotor wouldn't budge an inch. 

So I had to take that as a learning experience for me and just junk the fan out and basically just told myself that I just won't bother buying or salvaging any late 1950s early to mid 1960s vintage Standard table fans or GE Box Fans as it seems that they just weren't meant to be serviced and they seem to be more hassle than they are worth.

Just my 2 cents worth concerning GE's Standard table fans and their Box fans from the late 1950s into the 1960s.