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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 11:32 pm
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Bill Holcombe
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Below are some pics of my 50sish 10" Wizard Deluxe.  It moves a lot of air but doesn't oscillate....any suggestions for determining the issue.
Also, do these need to be greased and oiled like the pre 1940s fans?



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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 12:12 am
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Levi Mevis
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The oscillator mechanisms on those fans were proned to breakage overtime due to an inherent design flaw. 
Your fan's oscillator gearbox may be toast depending on how much it was used over the years. 

But basically in order to engage the oscillator mechanism on those fans you had to tighten a thumbscrew on the side of the oscillator mechanism linkage. 

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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 12:13 am
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Welcome to the dime store fan, there are a ton of this style fan(zero,eskimo,dominion), the oscillation gear is stripped due to lack of maintenece or overuse (grease gets hard) The rare version of these is one that actually still oscillates.. Enjoy it & keep searching for a good unit to source the gear needed.

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Bill, if you would like, search for an article titled "Wizard, zero, Eskimo, Manning Bowman Refresh for beginners" . If the oscillator is toast, I also made an article on how to convert one of these fans into a stationary fan while still supplying the rear bearing with oil . Good luck and happy fanning!

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The conversation article is called "McGraw-Berstead "zero" refurb".

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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 04:05 am
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Thanks

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Is the shaft turning? If the shaft is turning the gears are ok, if not, you’re not so lucky.  It’s possible the knurled nut isn’t tight enough.   But it’s more likely it has a bad gear as others have already said. 


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It turns weakly if i loosen the screw. But if i tighten it up it does nothing. May be time to take it apart.

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Thanks for the article.  She now oscillates.  The Gears were actually fine.  I need to go in and grease them, and tighten up the oscillating arm, but the problem had nothing to do with the oscillator, the issue was the pointless wire that was around the neck.  I need to grease the gears i suppose, there is some grease, but not packed like in the article.



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Looks great, glad you got it going! The gear box doesn’t need to be “packed” with grease. For this style fan I usually have about 60 percent of the box with grease and make sure the gears are coated. Other styles of oscillator do well with even less. It is good to have new grease in the box for obvious lubricant purposes of the gears and the rear bearing. 

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Lane Shirey
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Glad you got it fixed!  People did weird things to these fans over the years. A prior owner probably didn’t want it to oscillate and got tired of it freely drifting left to right at will. They “fixed” it by adding a little tension to the pivot joint.  

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