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 Posted: Fri Jan 29th, 2021 01:19 am
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Anthony Kendrek
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Hi everyone. I just picked up my third fan, a 1952 Emerson 77648-AW pedestal. It runs well, even though it's dirty (I'll be cleaning it soon). Appears to be all original.


I was wondering though if the mesh net over the cage is original? Should I save it, and if so, any tips on how to remove it safely?

While I'm here, anyone care to comment on the value of this particular fan? I'm not interested in selling it - just curious. Thanks in advance!












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 Posted: Fri Jan 29th, 2021 02:40 am
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Arjun Saini
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cage is original and the mesh around it idk

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 Posted: Fri Jan 29th, 2021 01:58 pm
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THOSE MESH NETS WERE VERY COMMON IN OFFICES AND PLACES WHERE FANS WERE DOWN LOW. IT WAS TO KEEP PAPERS AND SUCH OUT AS HANDS COULD PUSH THROUGH. IT ADDS TO THE VINTAGE LOOK. THE REAR OF THE MESH NEXT TO THE MOTOR HAS A STRING-PULL THAT TIGHTENS UP THE MESH JUST LIKE THE NECK OF A SWEATHSIRT. UNTIE THE KNOT UNDER THE MOTOR NEXT TO THE OPENING IN THE MESH AND IT WILL SPREAD OUT AND YOU CAN SLIP IT OVER THE GRILLE. THEY USUALLY ARE MADE OF STRING AND IT MIGHT FALL APART WITH MOVEMENT... SO TAKE CARE ...GOOD LUCK! 

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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2021 06:25 pm
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The mesh nets were not specific to the brand name. They were generic nets that could be placed on a variety of fans to make them slightly safer. I'm not sure when they started to be in use, but Tom is right that they were mainly used in offices/businesses.

When I was a little kid, my dad used to take me to work with him occasionally if he had to go in on a Saturday morning. The office were he worked had lots of fans and some of the older ones had those mesh nets. According to dad, when OSHA came around to do periodic inspections, they would require the nets be installed. Funny thing was, they wanted the nets on the "older" fans with the S-wire cages, but the "newer" fans (of the Knapp Monarch variety of that time) were not required to have the nets. Compared to the safety cages that came along a few years later, the cages on the Knapp Monarch fans were certainly no where close to being finger-proof.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 01:25 pm
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1955, cool year! I have had 2 with those

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 01:27 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Personally I'd ditch the net & clean up the blades, those are great running fans -value? 150-200 if polished up & wiring sound - - Replace the old capacitor, they can leak

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 01:29 pm
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The "Sardine Can" cap & the solid state replacement


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Emerson Gov Fan New Cap.jpg

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 01:31 pm
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Sorry -1952, not enough coffee to add 2 numbers

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 01:33 pm
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The 2 Emerson's on the left are 1951 & 1952 models, bought as a pair - - from a Cincinnati Laundry

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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2021 06:12 pm
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that quietblade tho

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2021 12:37 am
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Thanks for the help everyone!

I was able to remove the mesh net without destroying it. I'm not going to put it back on since I prefer the look without it, but I am going to try to clean the mesh and save it (just in case).

I'm still working on cleaning the fan itself. I removed the dust and dirt, inside and out. New oil and grease. After cleaning the blades, it unveiled a lot of paint nicks and chips. Almost looks like someone threw gravel at the blades or something. I decided to repaint it. Currently drying and looking much better.

The cords are in surprisingly good shape. No rot or crumbling (unlike my other fans). I'm still going to replace the power lead with a cloth cable since I prefer the feel to the rubber cord.

Steven, thanks for sharing! I have a 2.5μF 500V solid state capacitor on the way since the sardine can in mine is starting to leak a little. The fan is just a *touch* slow to start, so makes sense that it's starting to fail.

Since you have two of the same fans, can you give me any tips on separating the two halves of the pole? I can't get mine to go down all the way, and I think the cardboard insert may be the cause. It's moves up/down a little, but is sort of stuck.

Also, I guess I overpaid a little for mine if that's what it's worth. I paid $155 on a Craigslist ad. But it's something I wanted, don't plan on selling, was local, and is honestly is pretty good shape.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2021 12:43 am
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ur welcome (:

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2021 12:43 am
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Also, I'll post some new pictures when I get it all back together. Hopefully within the next couple days.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2021 02:28 am
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cool would u sell it?

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 Posted: Sun Feb 7th, 2021 07:02 pm
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problem with these later 16" fans - - cost more to ship then they are worth - - 60-100 bucks to ship depending on location -best to find a local pick up

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