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 Posted: Sat Apr 7th, 2018 02:17 am
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Charles Tedrick
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Here is a cool one I found today. I've never seen one with this type of switch gear and an all steel front grill that weighs about 4lbs alone. It's a 2 speed reversible with a thermostat. The cabinet has a venturi and is also made with the heavy gauge steel. It has great quality attention to detail such as rubber bushings on the steel grills at the mounting points to stop noise and vibration. 

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Here is a shot of that heavy front grill. It even has a separate gold all metal trim cover to make it all class

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Check out this switch gear. I've never seen this type on a hunter and the wheel for a thermostat is pretty cool 

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 Posted: Sat Apr 7th, 2018 02:22 am
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 Posted: Sat Apr 7th, 2018 02:23 am
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Nice to see that handle still there too

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The backside is fairly normal except when you see the mounting hardware  with those rubber bushings. 

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Even the bottom has the good quality bumpers to help keep it quiet. 

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That's a very nice one! Love the heavy-duty construction and unusual controls arrangement!

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If someone knows when this one was made please post it here. The cabinet and grill design seems to be much earlier than the style of the switches.

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you are in the early 60s 1961 to 1964, that motor was in the window and convertible box fans with the triangle blade. The switch was also used in the 4 blade 18" window fan  with ribbonaire grille similar to all those from 1948 on. The design was called "Picture Frame Styling"  and if yours has the white knob on top front, then it has the telescoping window mount. I have three of a different version called the pushbutton deluxe. No fancy grille, 2 speeds each way thermo and signal light with telescoping mount. a very nice find....!!! 

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Tom Zapf wrote: you are in the early 60s 1961 to 1964, that motor was in the window and convertible box fans with the triangle blade. The switch was also used in the 4 blade 18" window fan  with ribbonaire grille similar to all those from 1948 on. The design was called "Picture Frame Styling"  and if yours has the white knob on top front, then it has the telescoping window mount. I have three of a different version called the pushbutton deluxe. No fancy grille, 2 speeds each way thermo and signal light with telescoping mount. a very nice find....!!! 
Charles and Tom,I guess I’ve got the later version of the Hunter Zephair 18” 4 blade window fan with the ribbonaire grill as you say Tom.The fan has the same speed control/thermostat configuration.So does this make that fan from the early 60’s ? Sure looks like the 40’s 50’s versions !! Fan works well Mike Heffernan had it and we traded for a spare 18” Hunter Zephaire lying around.


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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 02:56 am
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Tom Zapf wrote: you are in the early 60s 1961 to 1964, that motor was in the window and convertible box fans with the triangle blade. The switch was also used in the 4 blade 18" window fan  with ribbonaire grille similar to all those from 1948 on. The design was called "Picture Frame Styling"  and if yours has the white knob on top front, then it has the telescoping window mount. I have three of a different version called the pushbutton deluxe. No fancy grille, 2 speeds each way thermo and signal light with telescoping mount. a very nice find....!!! Thanks for all the excellent details Tom. As always, you are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to these box fans. This one does not have the window mount. I do have the pushbutton deluxe with a window mount listed on ebay right now. Its that armaid branded one I found last year.The picture frame model I have now does not have a pilot light like the pushbutton model has.
When I seen this new one sitting in the gravel lot at the auction I knew it was special.  The metal front grill is pretty impressive. I know that thing would take some time to manufacture and would have needed a pretty nice template to weld all of the louvers in place.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 03:04 am
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Imagine stumbling into this just sitting out like a junky old burned out pile of scrap metal at a consignment auction. They usually are worn out rusty eskimos but every once in a while you find a dandy

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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 03:05 am
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Just added my first box fan of any note today. Nothing is made like they used to do it. This is a pretty neat fan. Quick question about the thermostat feature. Did the thermostat actually kick the fan on when the room temperature raised to a certain level or do these fans also have a heating element? This feels like a noob question. But the Signsl that I picked up today has the same feature. I’d never seen a box fan with a thermostat until today.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 12:31 pm
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there is no heating element, yes the thermo kicks the fan on as temops rise. this one doesnt appear to hae the telescoping internal window mount 

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Not only does it turn the fan on when the temps rise,  it shuts it off when the house cools down. Some of the better fans also had a safety pilot light to warn you that while the fan may not be running it was still powered on and could potentially come on at any time.

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check the back of that angled switch cover INSIDE the back of the fan, there might be a pilot light in there, this was very common on Hunters 

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Tom Zapf wrote: check the back of that angled switch cover INSIDE the back of the fan, there might be a pilot light in there, this was very common on Hunters The one I have listed on ebay has the pilot light inside like that. This one does not have a pilot light

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 12:38 am
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Its finally hot enough to run a fan in the house again  :up:I waxed the paint and have it running on low through a  variac. It's a little close to the TV so I slow it down a little so I don't have to turn the volume up on the TV.  If you don't have a hunter box fan I can highly recommend them. The high end ones like this have a capacitor motor and move a lot of air and use probably half the electricity of a normal 20 inch box fan.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 11:11 am
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wow that hunter box fan is pretty neat charles

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 Posted: Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 08:17 pm
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Neat find Charles. Are you keeping this one?

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 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2018 08:53 pm
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Rick Swanson wrote: Neat find Charles. Are you keeping this one?Everything is always for sale here at the box fan warehouse  :cool:

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