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 Posted: Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 03:09 am
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone today I found a 1970s vintage McGraw-Edison 12" Box Fan at Goodwill where I work but the odd part about this fan is that the style of the fan screams MCGraw-Edison but it has no brand markings on the fan anywhere, but does seem to be the brother to the Edison 12" variable Speed Box Fan that was at Fandango pictured in the 8th post of the thread linked here except this fan doesn't have a cage badge anywhere on it and it's just a regular 3 speed fan and not a variable speed fan like the one pictured in the link above. It is missing its knob but I think I have some old chicken head style radio knobs with a set screw that I could install on the fan to get it to work. The fan does work on all 3 speeds and another unusual thing about this fan is that unlike most 12" box fans I've seen this fan has a full size box fan motor in it (like the size of box fan motor you'd expect to see on a 20" box fan from the time period but not on a 12" box fan), and the fan is able to be oiled externally because it does have oil ports on the motor, the fan is really dirty so you can't see them right away without really looking for them.Could someone maybe tell me what I have and what the brand might possibly be? 
Pictures of the fan posted below.




Front of the fan, note that there's no cage badge anywhere to be seen.




The back of the fan, note that the back cage is a metal cage riveted onto the back of the fan and also note the size of the motor and how its mounted to the fan. As you can see this fan has a much larger motor than most 12" box fans of this time period have, it is actually a fullsize box fan motor like the size of motor seen on a 20" box fan from the time period.




Top view of the fan showing the still intact handle and the knobless switch, interestingly enough the "OFF, HIGH, MED, LOW" markings are engraved into the fan's cabinet but is barely visible, but it is there.




Close up shot of the switch showing the "OFF, HI, MED, LO" markings on the cabinet, note how the marks are barely visible but they are there, also note the original knob is missing, anyone have any idea what that knob would of looked like? 

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 Posted: Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 10:56 pm
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Levi Mevis
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No comments on this one? I'm surprised! Well I figured out that the fan might be a Toastmaster (which is still a McGraw-Edison Product) or at least the motor is anyways, but there is no model number or serial number anywhere on this fan, it does say on the back grille that the fan isn't to be used in a window and the motor as I said is a fullsize 20" box fan motor mounted to a 12" box fan which is unusual, and the motor says its thermally protected. other than that no other information is on the fan. Also when I look for other fans like mine on the internet I don't find anything other than similar fans but instead of having the large 20" box fan motor like mine does, they have the normal 12" box fan sized motors (the smaller ones meant for smaller box fans) and they don't even have the same blade assemblies and mine doesn't have a name badge on the grille anywhere whereas the ones I find online do have name badges. So like I said I don't know what I have, and I'm hoping someone else on here does know what I have.  

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 Posted: Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 11:02 pm
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I saw one of these in the trash a couple years back but didn't get it. I wish I did.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 11:11 pm
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Levi Mevis
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I know, yesterday at work at Goodwill I lost out on a chance to get a late 1960s vintage Kmart by Lakewood box fan that had the metal blades and everything that they were throwing out because the front and back grilles which were plastic had damage to them and I told my boss who was working in the drive thru that I was interested in the fan and she said she would try to price it and put it out for me but of course that didn't happen and it landed up in the trash compactor. :cry: :X :pissed

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 Posted: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 02:16 pm
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levi i think your fan is a 14"  and it used the 20" box fan motor. I have never had one but it is from the late 70s early 80s when they became so cheap at that company. Motor mounted to the rear grille which was riveted to the frame, no labels just imprinting the details on the fan itself was cheaper, the motors often werent even painted...how does it run? 

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 Posted: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 03:58 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Well it runs pretty decently although the handle rattles a lot which makes the fan noisier than it normally would be, without it rattling, so I take it this fan wasn't as good of a fan as their previous models? And its interesting you say that the motors weren't painted often times on these fans because on mine the motor is painted and seems like its still a somewhat servicable model where you could still take the motor apart and oil it and what not.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 11:59 am
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Cool fan! Big motor for a small fan!

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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 03:31 pm
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James Pinette
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neato

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 Posted: Mon Sep 11th, 2017 05:46 am
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Saw another at a local swap meet and they wanted $28. No thanks.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 11th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Levi Mevis
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yeah but for $3 you can't go wrong. And it does move lots of air.

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