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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 05:46 am
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John Nyman
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Hey all, I found an 8 inch 444a that needs new brushes and springs...and the bottom rear housing screw... but don't know who to contact. Over the years I have noted that this group has at least one Northwind-geek but can't recall who that unfortunate soul was...ideas??

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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 12:39 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Pics help us to understand what you’re looking for. In this case, the screw.  McMaster Carr has brushes and springs as do many good local hardware stores.  You may have to modify the length to fit your fan.  

George Durbin collects Emmy Jrs, but I think he also has Northwinds. 
Darryl Hudson also makes custom brushes. 

I hope that helps. 

Last edited on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 12:40 pm by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Wed Jan 15th, 2020 04:30 am
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Thanks Lane, I was mainly curious about who the Northwind fanatic was...I'll search the site when I have time...but I remember reading a page or 2 of Northwind ads, specifications, pictures, models and the years available, stuff like that...a really nifty compilation of badges over the years...just can't remember who it was. Thanks!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 15th, 2020 01:29 pm
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John Nyman wrote: Thanks Lane, I was mainly curious about who the Northwind fanatic was...I'll search the site when I have time...but I remember reading a page or 2 of Northwind ads, specifications, pictures, models and the years available, stuff like that...a really nifty compilation of badges over the years...just can't remember who it was. Thanks!


http://www.fancollectors.org/info/Northwind/Northwind.htm

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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 05:37 am
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That's the page Chris, Thanks!   Here's a pic of the guy I've been bringing back the last few evenings. Started out as a dirty non-running, smoking 8 inch 444A, thought it had a bad headwire but it was the cruddy brushes that were the issue. Kind of figured the brushes and springs were trash...springs were mis-matched and one looked like it came from a ballpoint pen so I cleaned the brushes and trimmed the springs until they put just the right amount of pressure on the brushes for it to run right. That was a pain in the butt. Too much pressure on the brushes and it bogged down and heated up in a bad way. Not enough pressure and it sparked and spat and ran like crap so bad that it actually made the thin blade ping and vibrate...just an ugly mess but eventually found the sweet spot last night. I re-wired everything and re-assembled it just now and it runs as well as my 450G minus the heat buildup. 40 minutes and it's at 103 degrees, .24 Amps, 24.6 Watts and moves air like my 10 inch 450. Next is a tear-down, wash, wax and re-assemble. I wish every fan I attempt to bring back goes as well as this one. Thanks for your help guys

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