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 Posted: Wed Aug 28th, 2019 01:31 am
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Justin Tanger
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Got this the other day, unique design. Runs noisy right now, fan side/front half of teal housing is loose. Was trying to take it apart to clean and retighten but I couldn't figure out how to get it apart, and didn't want to force something and break it. Anyone worked on these, or have any ideas? 
Pics below video of it running -






You can see screws here and in the next photo, behind the rotatable clear housing, but housing appears to be held on with clips which can't be accessed until fan/blower fins come off, but blower won't pull off or have visible fasteners on it.






Blower housing retainer clips



Screws on the underside detach base but don't seem to loosen or expose anything else.






Fasteners under this tag perhaps?




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 Posted: Wed Aug 28th, 2019 05:24 pm
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These have a tiny setscrew holding the wheel on the motor shaft. (need jewelers screwdriver)
You can access it between the motor and the squirrel cage wheel. 

Be very careful prying off the wheel.  It should come straight off the end of the motor shaft.

There are two long screws holding the motor in.  Don't lose the two brass standoffs that set
the motor frame back from the mounting plate.

I got two of these, single speed, and they draw 9 watts at 2900 RPM.
Good ones go for about $50 on eBay.

There are several little fans built similar to this...
BRAUN HL1C Office Desk FAN
REINHOLD WEISS German Modernist 70s Design
They came out in 1961  20 watt, two speed motor 2700 RPM.
These are overpriced (IMO)  $200-300 dollars.
The plastic on these are starting to get crumbly...
Happy Fanning!



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$200+ for a plastic fan is...nuts. Searched that and looks like most selling are unrestored even. Thanks for the tip, on closer look there was a set screw in there. 



Tricky to get to and then the shaft was rusted on. I hit it with Liquid Wrench, moved the cage up and down the shaft, wiped the dissolved rust and repeated...several dozen times. Eventually holding the shaft with pliers and twisting I was able to get it off. Cheap little shaded pole motor 



Felt around the bushings with holes for oil, but no way to access them without doing this



Cage seems to be aluminum though which is nice. Cleaned felt with electric motor cleaner and reoiled everything inside. Put half a drop of blue Loctite on housing screws to keep them from coming loose again (thread into brass inserts). Still vibrates a little, missing 2 of the 4 rubber feet until I replace them someday, but sounds much better than it did and will make a nice desk fan.


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