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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 07:19 am
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Nicholas Denney
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There has been a bit of, ah, 'behind the scenes' work going on with this fan. As I prepare it to be displayed at FF '12, I discovered one thing, which led to another, and another.

ONE of my 6 brackets is pitched differently than the others. Is that significant? Yes! Far as everybody seems to know, these brackets didn't change in pitch over production.

Fall back to 5+ years ago when I first saw the 'pink lady' another 6 blade ceiling helicopter... :wondering: A little study reveals that my 5 brackets appear to be pitched differently than those... but my ONE bracket appears to be pitched the same!

Now... what would really make this a sweet story is if the OWNER of that there pink lady can step out of the shadows... at long last. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 07:20 am
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Nicholas Denney
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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 08:00 am
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Time Trahan posted that pic of the "pink lady." I think it originally was a whole house fan.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 04:42 pm
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Andrew Block wrote:
Time Trahan posted that pic of the "pink lady." I think it originally was a whole house fan.

That's it! I believe I asked him about it after hearing about it from others. He wasn't the owner, was he?

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 07:36 pm
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and I am STILL the owner of that pink monstrosity! ..........here is some proof that my fan was designed to be an attic fan.        the fan is currently not working, but I think it just needs new capacitors as it only hums when power is applied.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 08:09 pm
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Woohoo!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

However, my fan being 'reversible' with a 3 speed switch and no capacitor... it clearly does not serve that same purpose. :up: ... or does it? :shock:

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 08:12 pm
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But if you look at the pic of my fan closely, the blade brackets are made like yours.

 The only difference is yours being a 3 speed and mine a single speed.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 08:26 pm
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'Flawed' bracket on bottom with lesser pitch...

Mine is a Cat. 44986, before the 'X' system. As I initially stated, it appears your brackets are pitched differently(less) than mine.

I almost want to think that GE took this ceiling fan and later turned it into an attic/exhaust fan. Your bottom housing has an extender of sorts on it. I'd be willing to bet that there are empty cavities in the bottom of the motor casting where the speed coil and switch originally were.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 10:50 pm
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A CF as an attic fan? Who came up with that? Must have been a bean counter.

"If we stick a CF in an attic opening, we can convince the public it is an attic fan and eliminate the production of real attic fans."

Doesn't seem to have worked out well, does it?

In the process, various configurations of the CF/attic fan would seem possible. A rotor drilled for 6 blades got put in a "regular" 4 blade fan. Factory or post production, the wayback machine is needed to sort it out.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2012 12:17 am
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Too true... it looks stupid and probably works stupid!
The motor is very open on top and has huge vents on the bottom. Imagine the crap that would get trapped in that baby over the years. :imao :imao imao

The fact that the fan also has reversible brackets makes it all the more hilarious. Who the heck would bother changing them?

Tom - the 6 blade rotors aren't a modification of the 4 blade ones. GE didn't go that low. :clap:

I'd be interested to know what stator is in these compared to Tim's and yours, Tom. (if ya still have it)

Mine has only(!) 12 poles and is rated at 2.2 amps. :shock:

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2012 02:35 am
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Should have looked at mine.

I plan on changing them. My CFs go 24/7/365 and must be able to reverse airflow. 13 foot ceiling and 3/4 inch pine tongue and groove raised flooring (not even a subfloor) can mean a large temp gradient floor to ceiling in unstirred air.

I haven't touched mine yet. I hope to before FF. Too much house paint to read any info.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2012 04:03 am
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I'll check mine when I go back to Louisiana at the end of the month.......the fan is in storage almost 500 miles away. I will take some pics of it and maybe bring it back so I can get it running again and start restoring it.   

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2012 05:13 am
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Tim, yours is a capacitor motor? That must be the extension on the bottom. All of mine are regular 4 blade speed cool units.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2012 05:41 am
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Yes Andrew, there are 2 capacitors.....I don't know the uF or voltage on them at the moment but one is leaking, probably is the reason why the fan only hums.  I haven't tried giving the motor a spin to see if it will run like that, but I am sure that's the problem. I'll take it apart in a couple of weeks and take some pics.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 19th, 2012 03:06 am
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HELP ME OUT FOLKS... THIS IS GETTING TOO WEIRD.

Catalog #44986. This is the number of not one or two, but THREE different CFs.

Candidate #1... a 4 blade bottom-mount

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Candidate #2: 4 blade top mount CF

DO NOTICE that the wattage rating is.... 125. This is important. :thumbup

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Candidate #3: 6 blade top mount

This is the tag on it.
NOW... look at that amperage. 2.2 amps!!

I had a thought that maybe, just MAYBE some trolling trickster put a 6-blade rotor in what was really a 4 blade motor of mine. No dice. 2.2 amps is a whole different animal than 125 watts.

Now what? :cry:

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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2012 03:02 am
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I finally got back to my storage and drug out the pink GE "Attic" fan......I took a few pics and there are quite a few differences.

The top



The bottom



Tag



Capacitors



Capacitor Info



I'm thinking the fan was made in the 1940's, but the tag and capacitor info date it to 1937.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 07:21 pm
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Sorry to bump the old thread, but I feel this is a worthy reason. I found another 6-blade GE topmount with the help of Larry Hancock. He went and grabbed it for me since he lives close by, and I picked it up yesterday after a 3 hour drive each way. Totally worth it for this bad boy!  :up: Also got a lead on a Century open-top as an added bonus. 













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