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 Posted: Fri Jun 21st, 2019 03:08 am
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Phillip Gerlt
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I've got a lubrication question.  I have a  24 inch belt drive Emerson window fan that was bought new by my father in 1952.  It hasn't been used for a number of years.  I know what to use for lubricating the motor, but what should I use for the fan bearing.  The paperwork that came with the fan says dripless oil, but I'm not sure what that is.  Anyone know what to use?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 08:22 pm
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Can you post a picture of it. I have a 30" emerson window fan that I just worked on and I can give you some tips about cleaning and oiling it. Don't take the motor apart unless you have too. The front housing of the motor has a centrifical switch on. Don't pull the front housing off or you will put the wires out of the windings and ruin the fan. Use zoom spout oil or any NON DETERGENT oil. That is very important. 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 24th, 2019 02:14 am
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Phillip Gerlt
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No, I'm not taking the motor apart, just oiling it and replacing the power cord which is cracked.  I'm asking about what to use to lube the bearings that the fan blade and belt pulley shaft rotate in.  Thanks!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 24th, 2019 03:05 am
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Zoom spout oil is what I used. Make sure to loosen the screws once you are done cleaning the bearings. Slowly tighten them and tap the shaft with the end of a screwdriver. This helps aligne them. If it doesn't spin freely then you will have to loosen the bolts again and start over. It took me 10 min to get them aligned. Put heat shrink tubing over the wires that are going into the motor so that way you don't have to take it apart. Then once you put the heat shrink tubing on you can splice a new cord on. Also is this a 2 speed or 1 speed. They made some as 1 speed. 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 25th, 2019 02:32 am
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It' a 2 speed.  It has a switch that looks kind of like a toggle switch, but it has a little cable inside and when you move it up or down it switches speeds or turns the fan off.  When it has been switched off, the next time you flip the toggle it starts at high speed, then flip it again and it's low speed, then the next time it turns off.  I always remember that my dad was afraid of wearing out the switch, so he left it on the low speed for the most part and just plugged in the cord or unplugged it to shut it off.  My dad always took good care of things.  I even have the original box the fan came in, although it has seen better days.  Thanks for that tip about using shrink tubing.  That's a great idea.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 25th, 2019 06:29 am
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I think that's a Levolier switch. Got a pic of it?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 12:37 am
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I don't have any pics at this point, but will try to take some one of these days.  The fan is actually at my farm which is 25 miles from here.  I am working on it in my spare time when I'm at the farm, which is about once a week.  Will you be at FanFare this year?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 01:35 am
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I have one of those fans & it does use a Levolier double stacker. Those switches are nearly impossible to find, but can be replaced with a 3PDT toggle switch with jumpers. They are very complicated, so follow your dad's advice & be careful with it. Super Cool you have the box!!!!!!
BTW, I use 20 wt non-detergent oil on the blade shaft.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 29th, 2019 08:35 pm
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When you have some spare time could you get a picture of the box and the fan. Always wondered what the box looked like. 

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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2019 12:44 am
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I've got the grill off the fan for now, as I'm refinishing it, but when I get it back together, I will take a picture or two of it and the box.  The box is a little worn since my father always put the fan back in the box in the fall and stored it in the basement, but it is complete as far as I know.

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