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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 10:29 am
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Evan Atkinson
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Found a 12” 4-wing GE coin op fan in a store today.  It seems to be missing the coin op mechanism, all the gears, the knob and door in the back.  Oscillating gearbox is present and I see the oscillating drive wheel turning and possibly, the original oscillating gears in the neck cup underneath the motor head with the lever.also missing is the back “GE “ emblem ‘cap’.  Instruction door is there.

They are asking $450 for it: is this a crazy price or on point for one that looks to need restoration?

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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 02:53 pm
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James Henderson
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oscillating coin-op? Only one I've ever seen is Kim Franks collar oscillator 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 05:45 pm
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Evan Atkinson
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I wrote that message late last night.  I didn’t mention that where there might be a collar to tighten to activate the oscillating function, there was a black painted section, nothing to tighten.  So even though I can see the oscillating drive wheel, lever and gears when I shine the light down into the casing, I can’t see a way to activate it.  What does this mean...is it a non-oscillator?  How does that affect value?

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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 06:09 pm
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Evan Atkinson wrote: I wrote that message late last night.  I didn’t mention that where there might be a collar to tighten to activate the oscillating function, there was a black painted section, nothing to tighten.  So even though I can see the oscillating drive wheel, lever and gears when I shine the light down into the casing, I can’t see a way to activate it.  What does this mean...is it a non-oscillator?  How does that affect value?

If it's a collar oscillator coin op you may have hit the jackpot. I'm sure Kim will chime in.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 01:58 am
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If it is missing everything but the front transmission gears, then $450 is a bit much. If the side info plate, switch plate, and handle are present, along with the switch, I'd say $450 is about right. Problem now is you have to find a nickle knob and counter, and those just aren't out there. A continuity worm, continuity switch, bank door with lock, along with the tear down and set up will set you back around $550-600. You're getting real close to the retail value of the fan if it's a one speed. If it's a three speed, you'll be way ahead of the game, and if it's an oscillating coin op, then you better go buy a lotto ticket too, as there are only five known. Right now, the value of a one speed is around $1250-1500. Double that for a three speed, and the oscillating coin op is whatever you can get for it...…$7000-8000is probably about right. Here's a view of the oscillating coin op as found..

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 01:59 am
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Kim Frank
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Here's a one speed....

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 02:01 am
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And the three speed...The d/c coin op and the 40 cycle coin op command as much as the three speeds...The oscillating coin op is probably a short run. As of 2014, only four were known, along with the guts to a fifth one. Then, in late 2014, another one showed up. Found at an auction in Seale, Ala., it made it's way to my shop and I was able to acquire it for an arm and a leg, along with a working one speed coin op. Close examination showed a number 4 written on the inside wall of the base in grease pencil. It now resides in the AFC Museum at Fanimation in Zionsville, Indiana. For those collecting coin ops, there is the oscillating coin op, the three speed coin op, the one speed coin op, the one speed in 110v dc, the one speed in 220v dc, the one speed in 125v 40 cycles, and the one speed 110v ac mismarked as a dc. Have never seen the three speed coin op in dc....but then, never say never....right?

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