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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2018 07:28 am
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Clint Eastern
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Hi, 
I’m new to the forum and I’m looking to gain some info regarding this GEC Fan which I purchased from a local swap meet (in Australia)

I’m thinking of restoring the fan but unsure if I will hurt the value. I’m unsure on what these were originally purchased for? Industrial use? The colours they may have come out in etc etc...




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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2018 06:19 pm
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Clint Eastern wrote: Hi, 

I’m new to the forum and I’m looking to gain some info regarding this GEC Fan which I purchased from a local swap meet (in Australia)



I’m thinking of restoring the fan but unsure if I will hurt the value. I’m unsure on what these were originally purchased for? Industrial use? The colours they may have come out in etc etc..







Very nice industrial pedestal fan!  I'm not an expert on these, but I believe we have a few here who have GEC fans in their collections.

That one does look neat with the tripod base and curved blades.

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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2018 11:39 pm
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Clint Eastern
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Yeah I can’t find any info on it on google or anything, not sure if I should touch it as it may be valuable?

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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2018 06:50 pm
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GEC is General Electric of Canada if I'm not mistaken, so actually your fan was originally meant for the Canadian/North American Market so its meant to run off of 110V household current and not the 220V household current you have in Australia, so you'll need a variac or a stepdown transformer in order to run this fan on your country's 220V Household current.

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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2018 07:36 pm
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Levi Mevis wrote: GEC is General Electric of Canada if I'm not mistaken, so actually your fan was originally meant for the Canadian/North American Market so its meant to run off of 110V household current and not the 220V household current you have in Australia, so you'll need a variac or a stepdown transformer in order to run this fan on your country's 220V Household current.

Hi Levi.  Not saying you're wrong, but don't forget how many companies sold products for the "overseas" markets.  General Electric (USA) sold their Monitor Top refrigerators for the Australian market with 220V 50Hz motors in them, for instance.  Otherwise they were the same. :P

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 01:01 pm
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Pretty sure GEC is a UK manufacturer.

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 05:22 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Yes but I've also seen those initials used in reference to the Canadian fan market as well.

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 05:30 pm
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Agreed, but those are usually in this order: "CGE"

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 05:34 pm
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OK,  that's what it was,  I kind of forgot,  I knew it was something like that but wasn't sure which order the letters were in,  sorry for the mix up.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 1st, 2018 05:56 am
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The USA is the only one that uses the 125 volts, witch is less efficient!
the 220 v is more efficient that is why the bigger motors run on 220 v and the real bid run on 440v

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