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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2020 08:00 pm
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Christopher Trace
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Hi Guys,
I have 3 old fans I would like to show you and I am hoping someone can tell me something about them.
-The Vornado has a 5" blade, original paint, I blew the dust out with compressed air. Great fan, we use it every summer.






The Artic Aire has a 14" I think, original paint, it was covered in a thick coat of dust, dirt and oil when I got it, I had to dismantle everything, clean and blow then reassemble, It takes a few minutes to get up to speed but otherwise works well, used every summer.










The R&M wall fan has a 6" blade, was so badly rusted that I had to remove the rust and paint, it doesn't get used much as the blade is slightly out of balance and that makes the springs squeak.






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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 12:46 am
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Tony Clayton
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Welcome Christopher,
LOVE that R&M!

They all are in great shape likely just a bit of servicing to lube and tweek your RM blade and you will be good to go.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 03:38 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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The R&M & Arctic Aire are pre -1950, late 40s for the Arctic, 1920s-30s for the R&M - I have a couple of those green Arctic Aire fans - - well made but usually the paint is 50% gone

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 03:43 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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some 16" Arctics & a few 1920s models



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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 03:48 pm
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Vornado was made by the O.A Sutton Corp of Wichita, KS. They made fans after WWII and into the late 1950's. Based on the type of switch on the back of the motor of yours, it is either one of their later models (1950's) or possibly a Canadian model. Hopefully someone else will know more. Most other small Vornados had the switch on the front of the base. Vornado fans are generally very good fans and were expensive in their day. They made fans in various sizes and a few different types such as window fans and "table fans" (similar to hassock fans that can be used as a table) and some had a very attractive tile top. After the original Vornado company stopped producing fans, the name was purchased (I think) by the discount department store "Two Guys." They continued to sell fans with the Vornado name. I am not sure who manufactured them. They were still pretty good fans, but not quite the same quality as the originals.

The Arctic Aire fan was made by the F.A.Smith company (as shown on the badge). They also produced FASCO fans which is still a name that can be found today - but not residential portable fans. They now make blower motors and such things. Your fans was post-WWII.....not sure if it's late 1940's or early 1950's. They were good fans! You mention yours takes time to get up to speed. It may need some lubrication or the grease in the oscillator box may need to be removed and fresh grease added. (If the grease has turned to almost solid) Some may disagree with this, but many "fan people" believe that multi-speed fans should always be started on high and then moved to a lower speed (if desired) only after the fan has fully come up to speed. I'm not sure if this may be helpful to your fan.

The R&M "phone booth fan" is the oldest of your 3 fans. These fans were actually manufactured to be installed in phone booths. I think this fan is 1920's.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 05:49 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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We have a date section in our site for FASCO fans - The oscillator knob must be removed to open the gear box to change the grease, oil port in the front also

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 05:51 pm
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1948 - - when you take them apart the quality is evident

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 06:20 pm
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Wow, that's fascinating.
The Arctic Aire fan is actually a 16" and sat on top of a balustrade near the ceiling in a old Chinese Emporium in Vancouver,BC. The week the store was closing down they were selling everything and I spotted the fan, it's colour was brown and fuzzy, no paint could be seen at all and I doubt anyone had touched it in 30-40 yrs. I paid $20 for it in 1985 and took it home on the bus, I was covered in the brown tar by the time I walked in the door. I think the paint is in such good shape because of that coating.

As I mentioned I had to dismantle everything so all of the old grease was cleaned off and freshly packed with new bearing grease, the felt gaskets were washed and re oiled.
New two pole wire was installed with the original plug and protective paper card face plate.

The oscillating mechanism was badly worn but still works but the motor does take some time to get up to speed even with starting on high. I probably should stop using it until I figure that one out.

The R&M fan, is there a recommended way to re balance the fan blade?
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your feedback.
Chris

Last edited on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 06:21 pm by Christopher Trace

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