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 Posted: Sun Jul 29th, 2018 12:29 am
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Ron Shterenvaser
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To start, this fan came from ebay. I have bought multiple fans from there with mostly good luck, aside from that 6 wing BMY GE tank fan that turned out to have a burnt stator. But I never bought a fan by accident before. What happened was, I bid 55$ on it and was instantly outbid, oh well I thought there will be another one. As I was bringing my cursor across the screen, somehow I clicked the button to automatically increase my bid to 66$. This was a few days before the auction ended, so I might have a chance of getting off the hook, if someone else bid. And as you already know, nobody out there was crazy enough to spend around 90$ including shipping on a non-working Vornado. Note: I did find a 15$ coupon which knocked the price down to around 75$, still a lot. This fan's new name is going to be "Oops". As soon as it arrived an entire day late, I got to work and realized it needed open-heart surgery. The lead connecting to one of the coils was frayed and not making a good connection.


So I quickly soldered a new lead on, and taped it back up with electrical tape.








I'm done, I thought, I was just about ready to enjoy a nice breeze. But as everything was going so far, that would not be the case. As soon as I plugged it in, the motor turned a little then a pop was heard and nothing. My reaction was ":censored did I just fry the coil" I took it back apart and found the tiny wire connecting the two coils had burnt. Luckily there was some extra length neatly wrapped up, so I pulled both ends out, cleaned both ends and twisted them together.




I then applied some solder, covered it up with a bit of electrical tape, and put the motor back together. This time, it worked fine, I was very relieved. After putting the fan back together, it had an excessive amount of vibration. I narrowed it down to the blades being out of balance. Now, I have no professional equipment capable of bending the blades to the slightest degree so it is stable. So I had to get creative.




What I did, was take the motor shaft of the same diameter out of a broken modern fan, and fitted it to the Vornado's blades. I then lined up the rotor shaft with the lines in the wood paneling on my wall (yes, my house still has wood paneling, and yes, it also has popcorn ceiling in the living room. It was built in 1968) and rotated the assembly to check each blade. I then flipped it over and did the other side. The end result was not perfect, but much improved. Here are some pictures of the fan.












It works decently well now, the bearings are pretty smooth, and it is pushing 19 mph winds. The two other problems are, the cone bushings are rotten, so the cone can hit the blades if you are not careful, and the switch shocks you every time you put the fan on high. I plan on doing a restoration on this fan, and it should go much faster with this new piece of equipment I obtained (will reveal that at a later point). Thoughts, Comments?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 29th, 2018 12:42 am
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Thomas Peters
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Vornado parts at, http://www.rcrescent.com


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 Posted: Sun Jul 29th, 2018 12:48 am
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Ron Shterenvaser
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Thanks, I heard about them before, but didn't have the link.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 12:55 am
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Hi Ron! That is a nice little baby Vornado.

As for the pulled-out lead wire, that happens when people are rough with the motor while working on it! Seems like the hammer and chisel mechanic got to this fan!

Just out of curiosity, what sort of tape is that around the newly repaired connection? Some tapes are better than others at the temperatures encountered there.

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Ron Shterenvaser
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It's generic electrical tape.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 18th, 2018 03:15 pm
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Hi Ron. You got a work horse baby vornado. I usually try to use friction tape on old fans. Anything else will get nasty with heat and age. Good job on getting it fixed and going.

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Well, that new piece of equipment I was talking about is a sand blasting cabinet. I picked up a used blasting cabinet for 50$, bought some glass bead media and a 12$ media gun from Ebay, and I was set. I completed 2 weeks worth of work in 2 days. Project "Oops" is almost complete, just going to get some new screws for the motor mount arms and the shoulders. Check the pictures out below.






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Nicely done Ron!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 07:55 pm
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Thanks, I just wish the smell of paint didn't linger for so long.

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