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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 12:41 pm
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Tom Nordin
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Kinda' a long-shot, but might as well try.  Picked this up last Summer even though it's been kludged.  Oscillator parts are gone, and the motor mount has been permanently glued with JB Weld.

Basically I'm needing the top-end, minus the cage & blades.  I wonder if there are other fan models that may have the same motor & mechanism?

Thanks for looking!










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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 03:30 pm
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Hey Tom, I could be wrong but I don’t think that was ever an oscillating fan. The rotor shaft does not extend or have a worm drive for a gear box. Also the neck does not have a collar or swivel for a lever. I think it’s a cool looking fan though. I think it’s a Bersted. Zero and Eskimo are other brand names I believe. Bunches of them on eBay. Good luck 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 05:30 pm
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Tom Nordin
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Hi Craig,

There is in fact a version of this fan that does not have a oscillating function, but this particular model does/did.  Here's a picture of one that I believe Russ Huber owns:





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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 11:41 pm
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Can't tell for sure, but it looks similar to a Zero.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 11:47 am
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Darrell Koller wrote: Can't tell for sure, but it looks similar to a Zero.
I agree, Darrell - very similar to oscillating Zero fans, but still different.  I think the key here is the top of the bullet-back has 5 slots that are in-line with the motor, along with the attachment screw being at the very back of the bullet, rather than the top near where the oil hole is located:




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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 12:48 pm
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I think there are at least two other fan makes like this Mastercraft that you might source from. The Eskimo and a Wizard brand.  Here’s a picture of the Eskimo. This ones an oscillator. 





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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 12:49 pm
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  Hey Tom , look at the neck of the fan. It appears to have original paint on it but the site for the bracket to hold the oscillating arm has never been tapped or drilled. I'm leaning to siding with Craig that this particular fan was not originally made as an oscillator. Probably could be converted to an oscillator with the right size Bersted motor & osc. linkage.   my 2 cents..... :D

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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 02:03 pm
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Tom Nordin
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Guys, great observations, and thank you for them!

Geoff, I had never directly noticed your observation - good catch, kinda'  :)

Here's another pic at a different angle:



I still think this fan was an oscillator at some level. I think it's just been heavily bastardized, right down to a different motor possibly.  In addition the fan cage has the half-moon bend at the bottom-rear - you can see a bit of that on one of the pics, above.  Heck, when I got it the cage was upside down and the top was on the opposite side of the base - the poor thing!  :)

Dave, I love your find!  If I could obtain the entire pivot assembly along with the motor and oscillator parts that would be ideal.  I'll keep an eye out for that model too - thanks!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 02:36 pm
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Tom: They show up regularly but the oscillators usually don’t work.  More than just grease, mechanical failure with the gear.  I lucked out.  Here’s a picture of the motor, etc for the Eskimo by comparison. You can see the oscillator gearbox on the back end. 



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Hey Tom,
Saw this little Wizard at a local antique store today.  Looks a lot like the Mastercraft.  I started to carry it to the cash register, but didn't make it past the wife's disproving glare.  It had $23.95 on the price tag.  If you are interested, I can run by and get it - ship it to you.



---Darrell

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 Posted: Mon Feb 26th, 2018 02:00 pm
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Tom Nordin
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Guys, thank you all so much!

Darrell, thank you for such a wonderful offer!  I'm glad you didn't grab that because based on Dave's info I too found what appears to be that exact Wizard/Bersted fan on eBay in really great shape and decently priced so I bid/purchased it a couple days ago!   :D




I'm very hopeful this donor will do the trick.  I'll post something up to the forum either way once received...

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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 04:58 am
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Hey Darrell, I just now noticed something.  I'm doubly glad you got the glare because on close inspection I can see that your find has openings/louvers going perpendicular to what I was needing.  i.e. - different  :D
If there's one thing I've learned from this thread it's just how many different variations these cheep little dime-store fans morphed between manufactures over a few years - I bet I've closely eyeballed close to ten different versions of these things in order to find the one that just might match...

Thank you all for some really good education...   :up:

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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 01:57 pm
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Just a final update to this thread.  Received the donor Wizard fan, and it's spot-on perfect - exactly what I needed to restore this guy!  Thanks again, everybody.

Here it is after parts swap - presently in line for full restoration.



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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 08:53 pm
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Nice. I really like the lines on that base. Just be careful when you get it done and fire it up. The RPMs on these really seem to fly!

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