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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 02:22 am
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Gary Wheeler
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I am servicing a 1949 GE 16" Vortalex Fan and want to know what kind of grease I should use in the oscillator gear box and how full I should pack the gear box.  Also, would the grease that is recommended for this fan be good to use in a Emerson oscillator gear box as well?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 03:25 am
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There’s quite a lot of opinion on this. Red n tacky is good. Others just suggest a good multipurpose.  Still others do a white lithium. I’ve been in that last camp but am not thrilled with it as it’s separating out. Anyway, here’s a link to a good discussion on it to include suggestions on how much to use. Hint: Don’t fill the oscillator box to the brim!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 05:01 am
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I thought about using mobil 1 full synthetic, but the way the gearbox is made it relies on some of the grease melting to lube one of the gear shafts through a small hole. I don't think Mobil 1 melts as readily as general purpose grease. Anyone have any thoughts on this.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 09:43 am
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Lane Shirey
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Valvolene bearing grease. You can pick it up at any auto parts store. The Lucas is synthetic, and the Valvolene organic, I use either of them depending on my mood. Lol. The valvolene is probably more likely to provide oil into that bearing. Frankly, if you run that fan a lot, on occasion, I'd open up the oscillator lid and give the rear bearing a few drops of real oil. You don't need to remove the rotor, just tip the fan forward and let the oil run into the bearing. 

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 03:28 pm
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Thanks for the information Lane, you folks are a wealth of knowledge.  Thanks

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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2018 12:41 am
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Still learning my friend! Always learning, but I try to help when I can. 

Last edited on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 12:47 am by Lane Shirey

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