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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 08:49 pm
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Charles Martin
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I've got a GE oscillating fan (pictured) that works well. However, it's always oscillating. On some fans I know I can twist the knob on the oscillator and it will stop, but this knob doesn't move. Is it stuck, or does this fan always oscillate, or did I miss something else? Thanks to all the experts here.






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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 10:48 pm
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Steve Stephens
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Turn the knob on top of the gearbox counterclockwise to stop oscillation.  Many times the knob feels stuck and you will probably have to use pliers (carefully so as to not mar the knob) to get it to turn CCW.   Part way the fan's head will move by you back and forth, all the way CCW and the fan head will be locked in the stationary mode.

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 08:45 am
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Zackri Higgins
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That’s a very unusual fan. The GE logo looks a bit odd, and the gearbox isn’t shaped quite like a typical AOU gearbox would be.

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 03:01 pm
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The pic is from the Gallery, seems pretty close,





 but the turn-of-the-century-style badge (right image from 1902)



 without dingbats,




on a parallel-ring (not drop-ring) wrapped cage,




YES            we've got a hybrid.....
 

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 05:15 pm
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For what it's worth, it's a 220-volt fan I bought when I lived in Hong Kong.

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 05:46 pm
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That did it - I did need the pliers. Thanks so much for your help. 

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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 09:49 pm
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Here's a Better Answer than the 4th Post, I believe I was in error...


The dark badge is C.G.E. for an I.G.E. fan made in Milan,







 and the fan pictured is a 1931 version... not a 12-inch, and the badge is not a match, but the general style is...


  and still has wrapped cage

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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 10:18 pm
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Thanks for the illuminating info. Mine is a 16-inch, by the way. As it was bought in Hong Kong, it could easily have come from the UK or elsewhere in Europe.

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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 10:54 pm
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Very interesting!

The gearbox on that fan is pretty similar to the pot metal gearboxes (the sides of the gearbox cover on Charles’ fan are much thinner though), but it definitely a good bit different looking than the one on my all-cast-iron AOU is. The gearbox on Charles’ fan appears to be cast iron, but with the newer trumpet shaped crank. Very interesting indeed.

The GE in the last image is wild looking! Never seen anything like that before! It appears to also spin CCW, which is unusual for a GE.

Last edited on Wed May 15th, 2019 10:58 pm by Zackri Higgins

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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2019 06:54 pm
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Found the plate on the fan, right where it was supposed to be (duh). It's made in China!
GE set up its first factory in China in 1908. I can't find any history of fans being built there, though. This does explain how it ended up in Hong Kong. Can anyone glean any other info from the plate (which is rather worn, alas).
Thanks!



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