|Joined: ||Sun May 20th, 2018|
|Location: ||Florida USA|
|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 " 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?