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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 09:31 pm
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Dan Walters
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I give up. Can't seem to figure out how to remove this cage. :pissed

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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 09:32 pm
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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 09:33 pm
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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 11:24 pm
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If I recall they’re friction fit and you must tap them out. Those were of the beginning of the era of fans not meant to be serviced but they’re very good fans when restored. Westinghouse never thought we’d be trying to restore these old fans so many years later. 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 28th, 2018 02:08 am
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I'm glad they made such a good product that we can. Thanks for the info.  :D

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 Posted: Sat Jul 28th, 2018 02:52 am
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They weren't intended to be removed. Those pins usually were squeezed a bit to flatten them out and make them fit tightly into the holes. That said...you usually can tap each pin out a little at a time with a punch or dowel that's just slightly smaller than the hole.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 28th, 2018 03:04 am
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I'm hoping they hold tight when put back in.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 28th, 2018 07:28 am
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It appears to be a Westinghouse PowerAire fan, which I happen to have one myself except mine's a 16" PSC motor unit and the cage on mine just unscrews off as its held in place with 3 large standard bit screws, although I have no idea how long Westinghouse made the PowerAire Fans for especially the ones using the grey body with the chrome insert in the base. 
I know they started making that design in the 1940s to replace the old "Darth Vader" style PowerAire design that was originally introduced in the 1920s, my PowerAire may be an earlier version of the Second Generation PowerAire Design which might be why mine is a completely serviceable unit whereas the one the OP has is probably a later version of that design from around the time they were getting ready to discontinue the PowerAire line of fans. 

This was probably around the late 1950s, early to mid 1960s, seeing as that was around the same time GE Discontinued their famous Vortalex line of fans and their Standard line of fans, my guess is that Westinghouse was following along the same lines that GE did with their fans which was cheapen up the design and make it less serviceable towards the end of the product production life.

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Dan when you get to the re-assembly step be mindful of the torque used on the stator bracket-- it will effect the rotor & stator housing. ( I found out on a 10 pa2) alternate tightening &  check rotor for tightness. Yes, that cage is a pain I actuall tapped at the outside base on each wire & it popped loose. 

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will do. thank you!  :up:

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