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 Posted: Wed Sep 6th, 2017 04:54 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello Everyone a couple of weeks ago I was at Mike Mirin's Fandango Meet and I brought back some nice fans, one of them was a 12" Hunter Zephair 3 Speed Oscillating Table Fan, that has Black Blades instead of Polished Aluminum blades (which apparently on the 12" models the Blades came in either black or polished Aluminum), anyways this fan works nicely on all 3 speeds but the switch which I'm assuming is the original switch is a bit finicky as it needs to be flipped twice to position the switch into the desired speed you want when turning it on (the switch functions like it has 6 positions when it only has 4) and I was wondering if there was anyway to fix that issue easily without having to replace the switch. Also I would love to know when this fan was made, I was thinking maybe 1930s or 1940s as it has a similar cage design as the old Westinghouse PowerAire "Darth Vader"  fans from that time period (the way the cage is held in place to the motor) but not sure if that should be the way to identify when this fan was made or not.Also this is my first Hunter Zephair I've ever owned and I would love to know a little more about these fans and what makes them tick and what makes them so desireable and also why its seems like there's only one oil port on this fan which is up front and why there isn't one on the back as well.

Any help with this fan would be appreciated.

P.S. Photos of the fan posted below.



The front of the fan.


The fan's ID Tag.



The serial Number on the ID Tag, notice that there doesn't seem to be a serial number on the Tag, just the Letter "A", and then a blank space after it.



The switch on the fan.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 6th, 2017 11:55 pm
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Raymond Lowry
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The 16 inch came with black blades also, i have 5 of them. 

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 Posted: Thu Sep 7th, 2017 03:56 am
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Raymond Lowry
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No need for hard feelings, I got about 50 of these fans from a office building in Fredericksburg Va. There were 12 and 16 inch. I think about 12 were black bladed in 12 and 16 inch and the rest were polished and they all were Hunter Zephair. I believe the black bladed ones were the later ones and there was not as many made. But yes you see the polished ones a lot more than the black....

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 Posted: Thu Sep 7th, 2017 04:18 am
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Raymond Lowry
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Ok, Those switches are a little tricky, take the base off and you will be able to see it good, sometime the nut is loose. There is a clip to come off if i remember right and switch knob pulls out. On the oil, i take the bullet off, take the cap off the gear box and oil the rear bearing, pack the gear box while your at it. I think it was made in the early 50's, one of the ones i have has a date tag on it that says 5/20/52. I have one of these i run at night all year, they are great fans.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 7th, 2017 04:43 am
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Andrew Block
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Just gonna leave this 1949 catalog right here....

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