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 Posted: Wed Sep 16th, 2020 07:15 am
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Mike Kearns

Joined: Fri Nov 24th, 2006
It's a Bendix "Silent-Nite", I believe Bendix Corporation made them to use up leftover inventory/parts stock of the Bendix made "Aeriet" fans. The blade is rotated via a motor-driven, spring-biased rubber wheel engaging and rotating the interior of the blade hub. The rubber wheel is almost always mushy/gummy/decayed, and has even been know to "glue" the hub frozen, so cleaning and replacement of the rubber is usually necessary. Vincent Bendix bought Aeriet and it's top inventor Chapman to obtain the rights to the then new and different fan, for which Chapman had Canadian and U.S. patents, creating an appliance division of Bendix Corp. called Air Devices Corporation in 1935. After Bendix, who had a lot of patents himself for everything from car transmissions to carburators, got into a great deal with Studebaker Corporation, who made cars in South Bend, he started dealing with and accepting money from General Motors, and they eventually performed a hostile takeover of his company. He was so sickened by the betrayal that he resigned from the company that bore his name in 1942. Meanwhile, Studebaker, General Motors and the newly taken over Bendix Corp. got really fat from a large number of government war contracts during World War Two and the Korean War, and branched into other products, like brakes, vacuum tubes and aviation and rocket missiles. Honeywell owns them now, I believe. 

Last edited on Fri Sep 18th, 2020 02:37 am by Mike Kearns