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 Posted: Sun Jan 12th, 2020 07:19 am
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James Rand
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Hi Guys,
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 and after trying to turn the blade, it was 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 sound 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.

James..... :-)












Last edited on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 07:27 am by James Rand

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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2020 12:12 am
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Ryan Lemke
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Awesome! That is a very well built looking fan. Fascinating how part of the oscillation gears are outside of the gearbox and  incorporated into the oscillation wheel. I like it! I would say you took a chance, but got a very good deal in the end. I scored a similar deal on an old pedistal dominion that "didn't work" but only needed some oil in the bearing to get moving again. Great save!!

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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2020 01:03 am
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Tony Clayton
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James that a very nice fan you picked up there for a sweet price!

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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 11:52 am
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Steven P Dempsey
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really sharp, looks like bronze gears - - and a wiring diagram to boot!

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