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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 07:32 pm
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Dennis Wallace
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Hello, new to the group, thank you for accepting my joining. I am currently working on a GE Hassock Fan FM12F1.
The unit runs well, but when I disassembled the cage to clean I cannot see how the double blade assembly is attached to the motor spindle. It appears to me it is pressed on or down with a rubber sleeve over the spindle.  I would like to replace the motor bearings due to a wobble and lateral play. Anyone have experience with this line of GE fans? Thanks in advance, Dennis

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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2018 12:21 am
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Levi Mevis
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If its assembled like I think it is (much like how the old GE Quiet Fans of the 1950s and 1960s with a rubber hub assembly) then the blade assembly on your fan should just pull right off with your hands, nothing fancy here!  :D  :up:

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2018 01:37 pm
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DONT take it off if you dont have to..... the top blade is on a rubber mount with adhesive similar to those hubs used on the 10, 12" oscillating fans, the 14" box fan and the 10" tv-set fan. Once removed you have to re -adhesive it back on . The rubber hub can be damaged in removal .  The lower blade mounts by a different method..... Taking apart the cage housing is easy but re assembly is NOT. trying to match up all the parts is harder than you think. Anyway, if you want to oil your motor, you need an oil can with a long enough spout to be able to reach the very center of the finned unit under the lower blade. This motor was used in box and window fans, and people have drilled an oil hole in the rear of the center motor cap, BUT dont do this on your fan or you will have oil drip out on the floor. At the very center of the finned unit there are small rectangular holes and you can drizzle some oil in there to hit the top of the single bearing unit. It is best to tilt the fan away from you about 10 degrees when dripping some oil in there so the drops dont miss and go down the outside of the central bearing. Good Luck! 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2018 05:39 pm
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Tom, wow, you know this fan very well. Advice heeded, I will not remove the fan assembly. The slight wobble of the assembly while running will be acceptable, just adds to the character of the fan. I have tweaked the blades for individual height and pitch so guess other than oilingguess I am done. Thank you!

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