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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 02:31 pm
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Erik Moller
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Hello, I just joined your site because my brother found a diehl fan in the garbage and donated it to me, as I have an old house and it will look great. Needs a total restoration and I am looking forward to tackling it.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Post some photos so we can see what you got.  Diehl made fans from the 1880s into the 30s and probably well past that but I don't know about the newer Diehls.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 10th, 2017 02:25 pm
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Erik Moller
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Thanks, will do. Psyched to get started on it.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 11:56 am
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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 04:17 pm
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What do you guys think? Year? And looks like the oiler is broken off the rear of the housing...

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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Late teens probably. There is a C16512 in the galleries circa 1920. Oil it and see if you can get it running. Can't tell about the oiler, maybe some closer pictures of the back. Looks like it might clean up good. The steel cage might have kept the blade from getting bent. I like it, it's worth saving. :D

Looks like it might be missing the gear box. There is an oscillator arm on the neck. 

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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Geoff Dunaway
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 I agree with Craig , worth saving. That is a well built/designed group of fans with the sad exception of their choice of industrial casting material for the gear box (pot metal) which is what is broken off the back of the fan. Your only option here is to like it as it is , or keep your eyes peeled to the ebay auctions for  another fan or stump that has a gearbox intact.There were 2-3 styles of that same gearbox design so you would have to pay close attention to the motor details and the method of attachment to the  cast iron motor housing.  Good luck with your project.

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It dates 1924+

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 Posted: Sat Aug 12th, 2017 12:31 pm
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Erik Moller
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Wow that old! Thanks for all the answers. Do you think I should plug it in or take it apart first? I really appreciate this.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 12th, 2017 01:13 pm
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You can always wire a 60 watt bulb in series with the fan first. If the bulb burns brightly, the fan won't work. If the bulb is dimly lit, the fan should run fine.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 14th, 2017 01:18 am
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Mitch W. Romero
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style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 238);"I have one like  that I got from Fan -fair in Texas two years ago  are was it three and I did not know it was that old  and non oscillating in great shape for 30 bucks - I found it to be a great fan

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 Posted: Wed Aug 16th, 2017 02:06 am
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Jamie Williams
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Nice find. I have several Diehl's from this era, although I don't own this particular model. Here are some things to think about-

1. Philip Diehl was a pretty smart cat. Nobody is arguing that he belongs in the Einstein/Tesla/Westinghouse conversation, but THEY saw him as a competitor/collaborator at certain times and he did good work.
2. The early Diehl stuff is of the best quality, on par with R&M as being "watchmaker quality", not to take anything away from the more widely distributed manufacturers but the Diehl stuff was top notch.
3. Diehl fans generally have deeply pitched blades and move lot of air. They make great runners and I use mine daily.

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