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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Emily Pilkington
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Hello, 
I joined this forum to find out the best way to properly care for my fan. I have a vintage McGraw Edison 'Zero' fan (model 10499, 115 V) that I bought a year or so ago at an antique store. I've just gotten it back from storage after moving and would like to know how to properly oil it. I am a complete novice and know nothing about antique fans but love antique and vintage shopping and thought it would be a great addition when I purchased it! I didn't even know fans ever had to be oiled (I'm 28, so give me a break)!! Anyhow, I'd appreciate any information on what type of oil to use and where I might be able to purchase it. 

I try to lead a very eco-friendly, zero-waste lifestyle and think that the majority of today's products are made to be broken and re-purchased every few years so companies can stay in business. It's an incredible drain on our resources and landfills so I'm striving to consciously buy products that will last for years to come. I'd just like to learn how to take care of some older items that I'm not familiar with so they will last me a while! 

Thanks for any advice!
Emily

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Emily, get some 3N1 oil in the blue can (not red). Right behind the blade above the motor shaft is a small oil hole. Put about 4 - 5 drops of oil in there. On top of the motor near the middle rear will be another small hole that usually says oil in small letters, do the same thing there & you should be good to go.

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 03:17 pm
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Emily Pilkington
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Thank you!! How often would you suggest I oil it? 

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 05:40 pm
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If the blades turn freely on it, just once each year. I normally oil mine in the spring when they are fixing to be put to use.
If it is stiff, you may want to reoil it again in a few weeks (I don't think it is).

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Hi Emily, welcome to the forum. I think it is great that you appreciate the quality of vintage things that were well made with pride here in America and made to last. With a little TLC your fan will provide you with many more years of good service. I wish more people in your age group thought like you!

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 10:08 pm
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I've got this same fan. It's a great little, still American made fan. Mine oscillates so it may be a bit different but here's the jist. It runs HOT!  Like barely put your hand on it hot. From what I've read that's normal. I ohm checked mine and all checks out. For that reason, and if this fan were on all day/night I would oil at least biweekly. At least a few drops. Another reason for that is the wick is very small wrap around the bearing. Open air.  About 6 drops will saturate it. Next I would recommend a 'zoom spout oiler' due to the limited access to the oil hole. Unless you take the blade and cage off you won't be able to get to the oil hole. And even when you get there the wick is a bit below, inside the hole. Here is a pic of the front oil hole. If it oscillates you can't oil it from the back. Happy fanning!




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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 02:14 am
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Lucas, I hate to disagree, but if you oil one that often, the oil is going to get in the stator & start smelling. Been there done that on my grandmother's Zero back in my young days.

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2017 08:50 pm
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No worries Stan!  And I didn't mean to step on your toes.
I was actually paraphrasing from what reasearch I found while trying to determine why my fan was running so hot. A member posted what consumer report wrote on these Wizard/Bearsted/Zero fans:




I found that summation to be reasonable and apt, after refurb of my Zero.  Although I hadn't ran it for a week straight as the heat made it much less efficient as opposed to say a 77646.


The reality is these things could, and have, ran for years without any oil. The neat thing is once you tear it down and thoroughly clean, inspect, re-assemble, and re-lube... It kinda lets you know when it needs a drink. They will start vibrating a certain 'different' way or making a new little hmm, or chatter.  Equipment let's you know when it's unhappy. You just have to listen :light:

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