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 Posted: Fri Oct 20th, 2017 08:06 pm
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Howard Dunton
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My wife and I have a Panasonic F-1205, and we're looking to take the cage off to clean it.  However, we're having trouble removing the blade from the shaft.  With other fans we have, when you unscrew the cap, the blade pulls straight off, but this one won't budge.  Turning it doesn't work, either, and we can't find a manual or instructions anywhere.  Could someone please help?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 20th, 2017 10:09 pm
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Levi Mevis
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A picture of the fan would help us help you. Some of those 1970s and 1980s tablefans had blades that uncrewed from their shafts and not just pulled off, it just depended on the manufacturer. I've never worked on a Panasonic fan before so I wouldn't know how the blades on those are held on, but I know Lasko, Sanyo, and some of the other brands from that time period had blades that just pulled off once you removed the center screwcap.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 20th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Howard Dunton
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Thanks for the reply, Levi. Attached is a close-up photo of the fan blade with the cap removed. 

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 Posted: Fri Oct 20th, 2017 11:51 pm
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Levi Mevis
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It looks like it might be that the blade assembly unscrews from the shaft. Try holding the shaft still with some vise-grips from behind the blades preferably needle-nose vise-grips and then turn the blade assembly clockwise and see if that releases the blades, if that doesn't work try turning the blades counter-clockwise, and see if the blades come loose.
Hope this helps.
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 Posted: Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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Thanks again for your help. I tried working with it over the weekend, but still no luck. There's no room to grip it from behind the blade, since the blade assembly is too close to the plastic nut that holds the cage on.

The only place with access to the shaft is the front. I tried carefully gripping it there (I'm worried about damaging the threads), but the blade won't turn either way. Any other ideas?

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 Posted: Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 04:55 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Nope, that's all I have most of my fans I have like this just have it where the blades just pull off the shaft, and I've never owned a Panasonic fan before so the info I was giving you was just a guess based on previous experience with similar fans.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 07:03 pm
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I HAVE HAD A BUNCH OF FANS LIKE THIS BUT NEVER HAD TROUBLE GETTING THE BLADE OFF. I KNOW A DUMB QUESTION BUT THERE IS NO SET SCREW IS THERE THROUGH THE BRASS? THE BRASS COLLAR MIGHT BE STUCK ON AND NEEDS A LITTLE PENETRATING OIL. ALSO IT MIGHT HAVE AN ADHESIVE ON IT.  THE ONES I HAD DID NOT HAVE THE BRASS COLLAR JUST PLASTIC MOLDING. I WOULD CHECK FOR A SET SCREW THROUGH THE BRASS. 

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 Posted: Wed Oct 25th, 2017 04:09 pm
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The blade on this fan is supposed to slide right off the shaft but I'm willing to bet that the shaft actually has minor surface rust which is holding the blade in place. Get some WD40 and spray it on the front side of the blade and let it sit for a few hours, then try again. Be careful though because if you break that blade, it will be very difficult to find a replacement.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 25th, 2017 04:13 pm
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Here's what the shaft looks like exposed.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 7th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Sorry for the late reply. I tried spraying WD-40 on the center and letting it sink in overnight, but unfortunately, I didn't have luck removing the blade this time. The fan is in storage now for the winter, but I'll try again in the spring.

I just wanted to thank everyone for the help. The photo was very helpful for understanding how the blade is attached, so I appreciate that, Rob!

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 Posted: Sun Nov 12th, 2017 12:04 am
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Try putting the knob back on about two threads, leaving a gap between the hub and the knob. Then, you can try to sort of squeeze the blade off by using both hands to pull the hub out toward the knob with your fingers while simultaneously pushing in on the shaft with your palms. Once it pops free, it should come right off.

DON'T pull on the blades- not even a little. They will almost always break right off.  :pissed


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