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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Steven Lawson
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This is obviously in the pre restore state. I have it broken down, repainted and in the process of replacing and updating wiring to heavier gauge and include a ground. if Anyone has a replacement rubber sleeve to go over the handle let me know. 



I'm restoring a (1960?) Lasko Louvered Box fan. It has the RMR motor instead of Westinghouse.It has two speed forward/reverse with thermostat control and push button louver control.
I need help with rewiring. Does anyone have a diagram or know how to wire it? I would really appreciate any help.


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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 08:15 pm
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Levi Mevis
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A picture of the fan would be helpful so we can see what you're working with. Also in the archives on here there are various wiring diagrams available for diffrent model fans, I would take a look through there and see if you could find your fan in there or one like it anyways and see if that can be of help to you.Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 7th, 2017 04:07 pm
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This is the finished product. Added better feet, New updated wiring, new motor bushings, Couldn't find front grille clips so I fabricated these. It had rust in the louvers as was in the cabinet bottom. balanced the blades as it danced on High when I got it. She's smooth as silk now. Only thing is not in great shape is the handle but i temporarily repaired until I find one. In my opinion it's as good as brand new. 







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 Posted: Mon Aug 7th, 2017 11:05 pm
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it came out great and i give you a lot of credit. i had three of those and a Frigid version at one point and they are harder to work on because of the ability to get inside being constricted. anyway that was called a Lasko Executive and dates to 1958-59 and the blade then changed in the later 60s version and there was a sussessor version where literally the blade and motor unit oscillated inside the cabinet. They weigh a ton and the window bracket panel is almost always lost... great work ! the exhaust function actually blows air out over the motor and does a good job for running "backwards" 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 7th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Thank you. I know collectors will cringe at the color change but I intend to use this one daily. I had wanted one for years and decided get and restore this. after overhauling the motor and balancing the blades its very smooth. My biggest challenge was cleaning all the rust and crud off the louvers. It was a fun project.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 01:43 am
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That is an invaluable piece of history and I like the color choice!  Nice work!

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Yes, well needless to say maroon was not a factory color for any fan manufacturer during the 1950s when this fan was made, it was usually some variation of gray, white, blue, brown, or green and that's it, there were never any maroon or other oddball colors like that used on fans. And really to be honest those basic factory colors for fans haven't changed much over the years seeing as even today most fans are still painted in some variation of the aforementioned colors except green and brown, but grey, white and blue are still the main colors used on fans even now a days. 

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 02:43 am
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Thank you

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 02:46 am
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Yeah well that's why I deviated from the norm and went with this color. It actually looks better in person than the pictures. Thank you for the comment.:bigfan

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 10:30 am
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I had a Lasko Executive in the original box but sold it a couple years ago. The box had a factory printed price of $99.95. That was a lot of clams in the late 50's when these were sold. The Laskos were made in West Chester, PA. The plant is still open and manufactures their products to this day. 

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 11:31 am
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That was a lot of money back then. I'm sure it was a small price considering AC wasn't that common back then.One thing is for sure, a $99.95 fan of today won't be around 58 years from now. It's kind of sad we live in a disposable society. I purchased a Hunter oscillating new 4 years ago. 3 speed switch went out. I called hunter to get a new one. No longer made, No parts available, obviously no warranty. They wanted to just sell me a new fan. I removed defective switch, wired a toggle. It only runs one speed but it runs. I'll likely use the this one I just restored.

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