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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 05:26 pm
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Michael Mirin
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One sweet running fan and a 3 speed!









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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 06:47 pm
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David Northam
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That is really a beautiful fan Mike! It looks like great original condition. Just don't aim it at those houseplants I see in the background or you'll have leaves all over the house. :shock:

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 06:53 pm
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Michael Mirin
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Thanks! They are far enough away😨!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 08:51 pm
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Jeff Jones
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Was this the one that was at the Lehigh Valley meet?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 08:54 pm
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That is awesome

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 09:28 pm
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I've never seen a fan like that before! Very nice, too bad its not an oscillator as well, or it would be the ultimate pedestal fan! 

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 11:07 pm
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Making me wish I'd gotten that one home! It turned out great at a master's hand.

AFAIK GE never made an oscillator 24" fan.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 11:30 pm
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Levi Mevis
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I'm kind of surprised because I know they exist because the sheltered workshop I worked at for a while had several of them (not GE Vortalexes but some other brand that I can't recall right now unless I saw them again) so I know large "industrial grade" 3 speed oscillator pedestal fans are out there and exist but its kind of disappointing that GE never made one. The ones that the Sheltered Workshop I worked at had I think were possibly Daytons? But not sure, I know the ones they had on the walls were Daytons from the 1960s that were 3 speed oscillators and were extremely powerful fans (they could blow the papers off of a desk that was 15' away from the fan when the fan was on high!)
Anyways just a little information for you about my encounter with "industrial fans".

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 11:33 pm
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I don't think either GE or Emerson made 24"+ oscillators. Westinghouse did make a oscillating Whirlaire 24" fan.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 11:44 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Yes, but like I said though there were other companies that did though like Dayton for example and they do exist out there because I have seen them before, I was just curious to hear your thoughts on that, and what all manufacturers you knew of off the top of your head that did make large 3 speed oscillating pedestal fan of the 20"+ variety like the ones I saw at the Sheltered Workshop I used to work at.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:36 am
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Airmaster,Serf, and later Dayton's had oscillators along with Westinghouse.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:40 am
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Levi Mevis
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That's all? I would of thought there would of been more companies than that.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:59 pm
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Catalog listings..... 1950:











and 1951. Not found in the 1952 fan catalog.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 12:35 am
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Levi Mevis
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So apparently they only made them for 2 years and then discontinued them...

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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 02:10 am
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I don't believe that's the case Levi... the large vortalex was around earlier than 1950, I just don't have catalog pics to support 1940's production.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 02:50 am
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Levi Mevis
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I see. Even so it still means it wasn't made for very long even if they initially started production post WWII (around 1946 or thereafter).

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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 11:34 am
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Michael Mirin
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The Black 24 inch Vortalex production was 1938to 1945. No fans were made during WWII 1941-45. The tan and Brown 1946-49 and the Blue was 1950-51. Production of 24 inch pedestal fans ended in 1952.

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Hey Michael do you know the amps your fan runs on each speed? Trying to figure out where mine should be at.

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The late 1940s Tan & Bronze example had a dual voltage capacitor start motor using the 220 windings for low speed. 120 VAC run through the 220 windings = Low speed. :D  

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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2018 07:32 pm
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Russ Huber
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The Aqua blue & chrome posted here has a beefy 3 speed transformer in the rear. 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2018 10:25 pm
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Hi Mike!

Big Ass Fan!


Geo...

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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2018 10:56 pm
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Levi Mevis
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George Durbin wrote: Hi Mike!

Big Ass Fan!


Geo...

No George this is a Big Ass Fan...




That's just a Big Old Fan...

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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2018 11:56 pm
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I have a blue 3 speed one that is drawing 2.4-2.5 amps on high and 6 amps on low and 5 amps on medium. I have been through the wiring many times and even disconnected the speed coil and still at 2.4 amps. I do not know what is wrong?

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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2018 05:28 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I'm no electrical engineer, but 2.5 amps doesn't sound bad on a 24" fan.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2018 05:32 pm
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Michael Mirin
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What does the tag say?:wondering:

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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2018 02:53 am
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Richard Daugird
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"I see" said the blind man.

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That's a nice looking fan Mike. It seems like those big pedestals usually get beat up from heavy service. Obviously not the case with this one.

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