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 Posted: Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 04:59 pm
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Tom Nordin
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I hope it's okay to list this intriguing fan article:

Retrofitting a Classic Desk Fan With Leather Blades
http://www.smragan.com/2015/08/01/retrofitting-a-classic-desk-fan-with-leather-blades/


Neat idea, and sure looks nice, at least on that Emerson.  Unfortunately the author didn't mention if his scalping of the heavy blade resolved the wobble issue.


Anybody here ever try something like this?

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 Posted: Sat Nov 4th, 2017 02:26 am
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Lane Shirey
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Not sure why you'd want to. Maybe install a clock in place of the cage badge too? To each their own I suppose. 

Leather will tend to warp and droop over time, and blade balance is not only about wing weight, it's also a problem if the wings are bent forward or rear also. Leather will be impossible to maintain this alignment. 

Last edited on Sat Nov 4th, 2017 02:34 am by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 02:46 am
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Levi Mevis
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Lane, then how did the Samson company and all the other companies that made the "Flex-Blade" style fans manage to make their fans work without any issues?

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 11:50 pm
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Lane Shirey
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They're made of rubber, which when new holds its shape. Leather does not due to heat, cold and moisture since it's organic. Trust me, I did leather working for about 5 years as a hobby. Also, the Samson blades were wide at the bottom and forced into a curved slot which gave them rigidity. Leather just pop riveted to a normal spider does not have that support. 

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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 12:16 am
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Levi Mevis
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OK. well what about that R & M fan that the guy referenced in his article? Did that really have leather blades or did that actually have rubber blades that he thought was leather? I'm not saying you're wrong saying what you did, I just want to know more about how those flex-blade fans worked for my own sake so that if I ever come across one I'd know how to work on it.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 02:34 am
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Duane Burright
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Just sounds like dumb hipster stuff.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 04:59 am
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I agree.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 11:50 pm
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It looks cool, and I agree with his observation that older stuff is better made... however I have a feeling that the leather will droop with time and it will be impossible to keep it in balance.
If I get cut by a fan blade, I would probably just try to be more careful next time instead of trying something like this. But then again I respect the creativity.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 02:02 am
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Why would you want to put different blades then what they were disigned for
Just be careful with the one you got

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