Saw this KDK fan come up on Facebook Marketplace a while back. It was listed as ‘not working’ and was being ignored at the sellers’ asking price of $40. After a few months with no takers, I started to feel sorry for the thing so I made an offer of $25 which was accepted. I suspect this is a relatively rare fan as I can’t find any Google pics of this particular model.
Picked it up the next day and after trying to turn the blade, found it semi-seized so at least part of the non-running situation had been explained. 😉
Pulled it down for a quick clean out and lube. After giving it a little time for the bushings to absorb the fresh oil, she fired straight up and sounded real healthy. 👍 The gearbox design on these fans is super stout with solid bronze gears. The motor has oil ports accessible via the motor cover. The base and neck are cast alloy with a steel motor cover. The blade set is aluminium with a cast alloy hub - nice built for an early 60s fan.
The original wiring is PVC insulated. The 4 wires that run from the base to the motor were in excellent condition. I fitted a longer lead from the base to the outlet utilizing the original Bakelite plug.
Shined up the chrome blade hub cover and the chrome trim on the cage and after a quick polish and fitting new rubber feet, she is done.
This has to be the quietest 12 inch fan so far with a very nice spread of speeds. The oscillation is super smooth. The overall design is very much like a modern fan but with vintage construction materials.
This is my first Japanese fan and I’m glad I took a chance with something different.
Last edited on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 03:56 am by James Rand