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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. 

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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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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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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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Just sounds like dumb hipster stuff.

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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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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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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 05:01 pm
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Lane Shirey wrote: 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. 

I tend to agree with your thoughts too, Lane.  We all know just how important a trued blade assembly is, and how difficult or impossible it can be to correct a blade that Johnny stuck a broom handle into while running.


It's been fun reading the comments to this subject.  Even had some yuks with members via PM regarding this  :P


As a followup to the group I can report that I actually located this author's email address and carried a short dialog about his work with that fan.  When asked if the blade scraping resolved the wobble he emphatically indicated it did.  So obviously I asked him for a short video clip via YouTube or as a simple email attachment, ya know, just for verification - twice asked...  Been three weeks now and  :sleeping:


Funny

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 Posted: Sat Nov 25th, 2017 10:35 am
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Tom, I see that you've turned from orange to green!! 

Congrats and welcome as a full-fledged member!  Wait till you get the next Fan Collector magazine! 

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 Posted: Sat Nov 25th, 2017 11:52 am
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Lane Shirey wrote: Tom, I see that you've turned from orange to green!! 



Congrats and welcome as a full-fledged member!  Wait till you get the next Fan Collector magazine! 


That happens to a lot of people just after thanksgiving... Too much leftover Turkey Tetrazzini will make them turn green! :evil

Oh!  His name turned green!  Now I got it! :hammer:

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 Posted: Sat Nov 25th, 2017 01:32 pm
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Lane Shirey wrote: Tom, I see that you've turned from orange to green!! 

Congrats and welcome as a full-fledged member!  Wait till you get the next Fan Collector magazine! 


Thanks Lane!  It's great to be here...

I'll be in contact shortly regarding our PM's...   :D

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