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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 09:51 pm
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Wally Vernon
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I recently purchased a "working" 16" Robbins and Myers oscillating  fan. I will take pictures later-- I should have when purchased.(From a cosmetic perspective, the paint will polish up real well.) The blades seem to be brass and need cleaning/ polishing. It definitely needs rewiring as the wires from the fan to the base are bare. Amazingly it worked when I purchased it.

I have ordered a restoration kit to replace the wiring. I cannot figure out how to remove the blades to get it apart. 
The blades have a set screw that I thought held them on, but the blades will not budge after the screw is removed. I don't want to tear anything up, so I will to ask the folks on this forum

Full disclosure, I have restored an  1920's era brass Emerson fan before, wiring and all, with all your help. I believe, before, the Emerson blades screwed on.

I appreciate all your help. This is a stay at home during the Covid -19 scare project....

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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 10:19 am
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Lane Shirey
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The set screw on the R&M is all that holds it on.  Try using a good penetrating oil like Kroil and dribble it into the set screw hole.  Give it time to work overnight. If it doesn’t loosen, then someone may have raised a burr on the shaft with the set screw.  

If you can remove the rear cover, you can find a way to lock the rotor and then twist the blade assembly off using an “ unscrewing” or back and forth motion.  

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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 11:13 am
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Lane’s suggestion is right on the money. Which R&M do you have? The List number on the motor tag will identify the fan

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 12:12 am
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I got the blades off! I had to immobilize the shaft and then use lots of penetrating oil and twisting but it finally came off. It is a model or "list no." 3854 . 

I have removed the screws that keep the motor case together. Can I assume I need to take to oscillation part off before I can take it apart further?

If someone has described disassembly before on this forum, can someone point me in that direction? Thanks!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 03:22 pm
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David Kilnapp
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You must remove the small cotter pin on the underside of the oscillating wheel then you can lift the fan off of the base. The piece that the head sits on (at the top of the base) is a little tricky to remove. First thing to do is to lift the head off of the base and set it aside. Then swivel the piece at the top of the base so that it is 90 degrees sideways. Then (if memory serves) you need to tap out the copper sleeve from the bottom of the swiveled piece. Once that sleeve is out, you can remove the wing bolt and take the swivel piece off of the base.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 03:23 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Use the search function and type in R & M List 3854 and you will find a wealth of information on this fan.
The cotter pin should be above the right arrow. The swiveling piece that I am referring to is the left arrow.



Last edited on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 03:34 pm by David Kilnapp

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