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Charlie Forster
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I picked this up this weekend at a auction in Indiana .
 It is a Phil Rich  Windmaker.

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This is the back side.
It dose run nice on all 3 speeds but the oscillator  dosent work

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Hmm, been messing with Windmaker fans for a long time since they were made here in Houston. That is the first one of those I have seen, Intersting fan.

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The first one I seen and got it for the starting bid.
 It dose move a lot of air.
Do you know anything about the oscillating system on these?
 It looks like the oscillator shaft coming out of the motor in down to far and if I push it up it tries to work.
plastic gear?
 The badge and the tag on top of the motor say PHIL RICH .
The tag on the motor is in pretty bad shape and hard to read.both are the stick on and the badge is starting to peal.
 Is that the real company or is it a re badge job?

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Charlie I never knew them to rebadge anything. 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 2012
All 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.

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I have never seen on, they aren't common around here at all. Interesting that it has the C_Strap base like a GE ...interesting!

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Ill see if I can get a picture of the front of it today  if things go right.
 Thank you for all the history on this fan Stan Iii copy and save it.

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I've got the same fan. Mine is date stamped 1969. I took it to Ray Hane as my oscillator didn't work either. He put a nut inside the gearbox and clamped it down tight, thereby engaging the gear and works beautifully now. I tried to sell it several times and no one wanted it, lol. Funny thing, it runs great and is very quiet...

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Here's mine:

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I have one of those.  About two years ago. It was in an abandoned storage closet that was being cleaned out at my job.  It took to save it from the landfill.  It works but, I haven't messed with it.  Mine has a bent blade and the oscillator knob appears to be missing.

Interesting my has a non-OSHA guard unlike the others shown here,  It must be older?

This is the only one I've seen in person and this is the first I've seen them mentioned on the forum.

Interesting that the neck/base design is similar to that of a 50s/60s GE quiet blade.

MODEL PR0-16-70 115V .55 AMPS
SERIAL-11DA63876A

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Oddy, I think it dates from the same period. Look under the base. There might be a date. The 70 at the end of model number should be the year. And the yellow cord is original.

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December 1969

Same as yours.

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I dont see a nob or anything to engage the oscillator but I did get some more pictures.
 There probably no way to prove it but this fan may have been in the Studebaker plant in South Bend Ind .
 There was a lot of Studebaker cars and trucks and a Studebaker road tractor a wrecker a flat bed truck with a snowplow that were from the Studebaker and never titled! they wee rough and only brought around $350.00 ea. Ididnt buy any vehicles.
 

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This is the tag on top of the motor and is very hard to read

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 This one is  a Pro 1670 So I think it is a 16 inch and made in 1970?

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Chris and others,
here is a picture with the  end opened up and you can see the open gear box.
 The problem was someone pushed that nose cone on too far and I had to take some of the cage off and I used a file and put it against the nose cone and several whacks it came loose.
The other thing is that the hex in the plastic  oscillator arm is stripped and someone drilled it and put a paneling nail in to hold it and the screw on top of the gear was loose . so I think ill put some lock tight on the screw and get a new panel nail and put some red and tacky on the gears and bearings.I dont suppose Stan or anyone would have a new oscillator arm?
Otherwise it looks like a well made fan for the era!

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Charlie Forster wrote: Chris and others,
here is a picture with the  end opened up and you can see the open gear box.
 The problem was someone pushed that nose cone on too far and I had to take some of the cage off and I used a file and put it against the nose cone and several whacks it came loose.
The other thing is that the hex in the plastic  oscillator arm is stripped and someone drilled it and put a paneling nail in to hold it and the screw on top of the gear was loose . so I think ill put some lock tight on the screw and get a new panel nail and put some red and tacky on the gears and bearings.I dont suppose Stan or anyone would have a new oscillator arm?
Otherwise it looks like a well made fan for the era!
Oh ok. So it's essentially the same fan only mine has a knob to turn the oscillator on and off. Very interesting!

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That brass bushing  is rather loose fitting in  its holder .
 I think Ill take it up some..

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I have one, oscillator doesn't work on mine either. In fact, most of the oscillator parts were missing when I got it. Runs good, though.

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I have the Phil Rich up and running and oscillating .
It is full time oscillating.
I straightened the stick on badge the best I could and glued it back with super glue.

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If any one else has any of the Phil Rich Windmaker fans let us know what you have?

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Found this Windmaker at a Houston estate sale this weekend.  Aluminum label on the motor shows Model # is 121N and Serial # looks like N (or W) 2815G6.  Motor made by Universal Electric Western Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Interestingly the fan blades are made by The Torrington Mfg Co, Torrington, Conn.
Tried to start it when I got it home but it sounded like it needed cleaning first.  Of course, now I also have to replace the head wires to the switch!   I will post some additional photos.  Any ideas of year of mfg!

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I will be looking for more pictures. could you get a good shot of the badge
I still have mine.

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Since these were made in my home town & were in every school classroom when I grew up, I have always liked Phil Rich fans & own a number of them. With that cage & badge, yours was made in the 50s to very early 60s. They changed the badge & went to a safety cage in the early 60s. That Torrington blade is extremely efficient! I had the privilege to tour their facility in the late 60s.
Their original building on Caroline is still there, but the large facility they had on Katy Road was demolished for the I-10 expansion.

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That's awesome you got to tour the plant. I have always been curious about this company.Chris

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Chris, my dad had one (pedestal) in our service station & the motor burned out. Dad was ready to ditch the fan, but I called the company & convinced them to sell a motor to this kid. The salesman was really nice & seeing my fascination with fans, gave dad & I the grand tour. When Hershel Rich sold the company to Sunbeam, the building became an antique mall. Ironically Fan Fair 2000 in Houston spent part of a day & had lunch in that building which had become an antique mall.

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Thanks for the aging estimate, Stan.  Estate sale was in the Heights just north of 610.  Picked up a Mathes Cooler Model 546 as well.  Thought I would a little variety to the assortment, first box fan!  Sorry for the screwed orientations on the pics, looked good on my PC.










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What a great story. I had no idea they sold to Sunbeam. Thanks for sharing  
Stan Adams wrote: Chris, my dad had one (pedestal) in our service station & the motor burned out. Dad was ready to ditch the fan, but I called the company & convinced them to sell a motor to this kid. The salesman was really nice & seeing my fascination with fans, gave dad & I the grand tour. When Hershel Rich sold the company to Sunbeam, the building became an antique mall. Ironically Fan Fair 2000 in Houston spent part of a day & had lunch in that building which had become an antique mall.


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