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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 04:47 am
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Italia Cos
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Hi all, i have a GE 9'' that i bought from ebay. It's in great conditions and seems to work fine except the oscillator. I believe oscillator doesn't work because a part is missing. If you look at image below, there's this arm bracket that is supposed to be connected to that round thing where the mechanism is. I think there should be another part in between which i don't have. I do have the screw though. Can anybody please post a photo of the missing part if they have some model, and maybe suggest where i can get the missing part? original or not, as long as i can make this work. Thanks!



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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 10:13 am
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Lane Shirey
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You are missing a shoulder screw to attach the lever arm to the drive wheel. It may possibly be left hand thread. 
One of our members, Darryl Hudson, makes reproduction ones. He has his own website that lists all the parts. 

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Hi, is this below the shoulder screw? because if it is i have it. If i attach the arm to that round thing using this screw the arm is not long enough to 'follow' the oscillation of the fan. I think i miss something else, as you see in the pic of the bottom on that round part there's to holes. Anybody has this same fan and can share a photo? Thanks


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There’s nothing else needed. If the geometry doesn’t work, then you have something installed wrong. Perhaps the motor is in the Yoke backwards?

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2 photos below. See there are two holes in that wheel, why are there two holes and i only have one screw? Also, that wheel is not something that moves. It's fixed. If i were to screw the arm to either of the two holes the fan would not oscillate as it's tied to the wheel by the arm. If i look at the bigger GE vortalex there's some kind of part that connects the arm to the wheel. I think my problem is that the wheel is stuck and doesn't move... is it sopposed to rotate? But still, why there's 2 holes?




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Center hole is to stop oscillation.
Rim hole is for oscillation.

Can you provide a shot of the fan from the back, angling downward, that shows the top of this gearbox?

In other words, with cover on.

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Got it, so if i screw the arm to center hole then it doesn't oscillate. So... Is my oscillator not working because that wheel is stuck and doesn't rotate? Why do you think it is stuck? How do i unstuck it? Thanks!I am trying really hard to move that wheel with my hand...

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When it was still assembled, with screw in outer hole, did you try to turn that brass "oscillation" knob in or out?


Remember there are two ways to stop oscillation with this fan, (1) moving that screw from outer to inner hole, and screwing that brass knob in or out.

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I think that the top of the gearbox has a knob sticking out that threads onto the shaft sticking up just below the worm screw in your photo in your last post.  When you install the top of the gearbox, the knob gets screwed down, and if you tighten it securely the wheel should revolve when the fan is running.  If it doesn't, the gear that the worm screw on the rotor shaft engages may be worn out.  It's possible that this fan is supposed to continuously oscillate, so there would be no knob to tighten.  If so, then something is worn out in the gearbox.
Oops, didn't see the previous post.

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yes i turned that brass knob in / out, the wheel doesn't move. And also i can't move that wheel with my hand by twisting it. Should the wheel move if i force it by hand? Mind doesn't move at all, it's stuck

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Hi Jim, i get what you mean. I played with the knob and wheel doesn't move. If i look at the mechanism everything seems to be working fine, everything is connected and 'moves' together. What i don't understand is why i can't move the wheel forcing it with my hand, as it is glued in or stuck somehow...

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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 04:02 pm
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Jim Humphrey
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Italia, if you run the fan (or just spin the blades by hand) does the upper worm drive the gear on the lower worm shaft?  Does the lower worm shaft worm drive the gear that is on the vertical shaft that has the wheel attached at the other end?  Jim

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It is possible the wheel is stuck and unable to rotate. It is a friction operated oscillator, with the cover off try rotating the wheel. If it is stiff, it is stuck and would cause it to not function. Use some oil to loosen and free it up. Also, the two holes are for different oscillating modes, the one on the outside will move back and forth more than if installed on the other. 

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You should be able to turn the vertical shaft that the screw attaches to by hand. I had the same fan same problem. Soak it with penetrating oil and get it free. Then clean it out and reinstall with fresh grease. 

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Thank you all for the help! i think i understand this now. The wheel where the arm is connected was very stuck and now with oil it seems to be moving a bit. Will continue to oil and clean it and then it should oscillate hopefully! Will post again in case it doesn't work! Thanks

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 10:49 am
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The wheel /shaft may be bound up from corrosion or old oil. Try penetrating oil, but you’ll have to remove the gear and washer on top of the vertical shaft. Don’t lose that washer. . All of those gears and shafts must spin freely. 

Maybe it’s the angle of the picture, but the engagement knob shaft looks bent. That would prevent it from screwing in far enough to engage it, though I’ve never seen a bent one.  

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