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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 10:00 am
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Fred Lobmeyer
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Hi,


I recently found your forum.  I am looking general information on a Westinghouse PA1230 I have.  I kept the fan for sentimental reasons as it was my grandparents fan growing up.  The fan works and appears to be in decent shape except for some wear and tear. The grounding cord rubber sheathing is cracking and showing its age.   It is a three speed oscillating model.   Any details you can provide would be greatly appreciated.   






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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 05:21 pm
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Levi Mevis
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It appears to be a PowerAire Fan from the 1940s, at least the upper part is, the lower part looks like its from a Westinghouse Standard from the same time period., although my guess is that this may have been a 1st generation PowerAire from this generation of PowerAires (the First Generation of the Non-Darth Vader PowerAires).
These fans are very nice fans and move a lot of air with not a lot of noise, your fan has a PSC Motor in it (meaning it uses a Capaitor in the base to make it run). 

If that Capacitor goes, the fan won't run right. 

 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 08:25 pm
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Fred Lobmeyer
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Thank you for your feedback.

How would I determine if the base has been swapped? I'm a newbee as well. So are there pictures in gallery that show the "Darth Vader" so I understand what you are speaking about.

Thanks again!

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Yes, there are pictures in the gallery here. Or just do a Google image search of westinghouse "Darth Vader" Fan.

As for the base being swapped or not it looks like the base may have been swapped because the base on your fan like I said looks like the bade on a Westinghouse Standard fan and on those the switch is positioned towards the back of the fan and the switch is positioned on the front of the fan.

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Tony Clayton
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This is the little brother to the Super 18. PA1830

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Tony Clayton
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Super 18 PA1830

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It looks like the base is on backwards to me.

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Tony Clayton
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Base could be turned to allow for wall mounting. This places you switch at the bottom of ease of access.

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Steven P Dempsey
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These are circa 1936, your fans are from the 50s = ="Power Air" models in 10, 12 + 16"

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Steven P Dempsey
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No computers - - Clay models. Nice -1939 ish


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Steven P Dempsey
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A very modern fan - - Capacitor Etc. 3 Speeds

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There are some "transitional" years for this fan and the base very likely is correct. I've seen other fans (although not many) with this same combination. Since the paint seems to be original and seems to match, that's another clue it may be correct. Even if not correct, it still looks fine and is "the way it was when you got if from your grandparents" so no reason to worry about it.

As others have said when the fan is intended to be used as a table fan, the base is backwards, but you can easily remove some screws and turn it around. As Tony correctly said, it may have been turned around for wall mounting so the switch was in easy reach.

If you want to put a new cord on, it does not need to be as thick/heavy as the cord that is currently on it. A cord similar to an ordinary extension cord would be fine. In fact, if you can find 9-foot black standard extension cord, you can cut off the female end and you have a cord with a plug ready to be installed. You do NOT need a grounded cord/plug.

These fans to a great job moving a lot of air very quietly. Overall, you have a GREAT nostalgic piece to admire and use!

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 09:03 pm
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The date is around 1940




Fred Lobmeyer wrote:

Hi,


I recently found your forum.  I am looking general information on a Westinghouse PA1230 I have.  I kept the fan for sentimental reasons as it was my grandparents fan growing up.  The fan works and appears to be in decent shape except for some wear and tear. The grounding cord rubber sheathing is cracking and showing its age.   It is a three speed oscillating model.   Any details you can provide would be greatly appreciated.   





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