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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 02:37 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Well I mean, just look at it!  It's adorable, isn't it???  What if I added that the seller was in town so I saved on shipping?  It's a 2-speed ball-bearing 16" mini-hurricane, and easily one of my dumbest ebay purchases I've made in awhile now, but I REGRET NOTHING.  On that note, does anyone have one of those generic pole/base outfits for air circulators so I can turn this baby into a countertop fan?  I don't have strict criteria for this, but no dents, cracks, holes from rust etc. would be ideal.  Just needs the single "lip" to fit inside of the neck as shown.







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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 02:46 pm
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purty nice! i wouldnt say bad purchase. go in to graingers and buy a wall mount or floor base for it 

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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 04:58 pm
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It may be an impulse buy, but it's only moronic and asinine if you paid more for it than for a complete fan with pedestal and cord; new. :tease

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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 05:51 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Eh, at $80 I couldn't pass it up..:up:

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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 08:42 pm
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One of the places I used to work at for a while which was called ADEC Industries, which is a local sheltered workshop for people with disabilities to work at who need to learn job training skills, had at least 10 1960s vintage Dayton/Grainger wallmounted and pedestal oscillating fans that were 3 speed fans located around the building and boy those fans really moved the air, I mean they easily blew papers off of the group leader's desks from 20 feet away when they were running! 

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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2017 01:22 am
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What really sweetens the deal is how quiet this thing is, despite the appearance.  With 4 blades steeply pitched and 1075/750 RPM, you get a lot more of a "whooshing" sound instead of the deafening Cessna airplane noise.  I have a 24" 3-bladed fan head somewhere that only runs on 1725 RPM.  That thing is pure insanity.  

Once I find a proper base (or make one), I just might use the 16" fan at work to hang out with my Patton U2-20.

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Trevor Soundararajan wrote: What really sweetens the deal is how quiet this thing is, despite the appearance.  With 4 blades steeply pitched and 1075/750 RPM, you get a lot more of a "whooshing" sound instead of the deafening Cessna airplane noise.  I have a 24" 3-bladed fan head somewhere that only runs on 1725 RPM.  That thing is pure insanity.  

Once I find a proper base (or make one), I just might use the 16" fan at work to hang out with my Patton U2-20.

What's rather interesting about those old Patton Fans is that they were (don't know if they still are or not) made not too far from where my grandmother grew up over in New Haven, Indiana which is near Fort Wayne (where Magnavox was based for many years). Also when I was in elementary school the school I went to had a couple of old 1970s vintage Patton Pedestal Fans that were probably about 21" in diameter and they were 2 speeds and they oscillated, they of course trashed them as soon as they installed AC in the school in my 4th grade year.

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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2017 01:52 am
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Love me some Pattons.  Back in the day, that company made a fine air circulator.  I used to frequent the fan section of Walmart for the privilege of getting my hair blown back by these fellas.


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Levi Mevis
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Agreed, just like Magnavox used to make a fine Stereo System back in the day, but now anything with the Magnavox name on it is garbage.  :cry:

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