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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 03:36 am
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Tom Gilreath
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Hello, folks!  I am a complete neophyte to vintage and antique fans, but I am pretty good at fixing and restoring things.  I'd like to get my wife (who must always have a fan blowing on her) a nifty vintage or antique fan for her birthday that she could use on a regular basis and would also have a good look to it.  So....what's a good fan to start with in such circumstances?  Are there any that are more beginner friendly?
Looking forward to learning about and developing my knowledge and appreciation for these interesting and useful machines.

Thanks!

Tom

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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 05:06 am
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Levi Mevis
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A good beginner fan in my opinion is a Westinghouse PowerAire, or an Emerson 77646 or 77648 (preferably one that hasn't sat in 2 inches of water for nearly half its life, but that would be for any fan not just an Emerson), also A GE Vortalex, or even an Eskimo or Zero table fan from the 1940s or 1950s or a Hunter Century/Zephair. There's probably more that I'm not thinking of right now, but those are the more common ones that are nice working vintage fans that are fairly beginner friendly and that move a lot of air for what they are.
Hope this helps!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 12:09 pm
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David Kilnapp
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My vote is the GE Vortalex like the one below. This one dates to the 1940's. They are easy to work on and you can find them on EBay usually for very short money ($100 to $200). The oscillation is very slow and smooth. This is my wife's favorite fan because it operates so quietly and so smoothly. I found the one below for $30 through craigslist and all I had to do was clean the chrome with some steel wool, wipe down the paint and put a clear coat on it and replace the plastic three speed switch (which tends to be missing but is easily replaced) and the wiring. 

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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 01:16 pm
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Thanks for the information, people.  That is really helpful.  Is there someplace I can find wiring diagrams and repair information?  Also, I've noticed that different grease and lubricants are recommended for different fans.
I take it that the brass bladed fans tend to be more difficult to repair/restore, huh?  I would've thought that with the quality metal parts (very little, if any plastic) that they would be easier.  Interesting.  Lots to learn!

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Tom


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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 01:41 pm
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How about this one?  Reasonably priced and seems to be in pretty good condition.  Looks like it might be from the 50s, maybe.
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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 01:43 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Hi Tom. Each fan brings its own peculiarities as far as restoration but I'm confident in saying that none are terribly difficult since the mechanism is fairly straightforward (stator, rotor, oscillator, electric switch). I would also say that anyone with basic do it yourself skills is capable of repairing/restoring these old fans. That said, some are more complicated than others and for those times, the search function in this forum can be very, very helpful. Finally, the members here are among the nicest and most helpful people you'll meet. I would encourage you to join. You'll get a membership directory and a great magazine with your subscription and you'll make some wonderful friendships with some very fine people!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 01:43 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Tom:  here is another of my favorite fans (sorry for the sideways view). This is a Robbins and Myer Hunter. This fan is usually fairly inexpensive to acquire and easily restored. It runs very quietly and smoothly. Nice fan!


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 Posted: Fri Sep 28th, 2018 02:37 pm
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Thanks, David and everyone.  Anyone know anything about that blue fan I post the pictures of?

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