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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 03:56 am
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Ed Teach
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So I tore down the non working Kenmore 537. The switch lever was broken off and set to off. I turned it on and got a hum. After oiling it a bit it runs but slow. Needs to be cleaned and oiled and greased. But I think it will work. The grease in the back gear box looks like it was never used much at all. Setting for 50 years will do that to a moving part. Not sure where to get a new lever or should I try to make one. Anyone got any leads on parts for this fan? The lever is red my other one was black.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 02:45 pm
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POST A PHOTO ED...WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT 

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 03:07 pm
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Here is the fan broken down. Or as far as I am going to take it. I am going to paint it without taking the head off. I hate messing with that spring.










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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 03:09 pm
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ok...that looks like it was made either by signal or fasco...i think signal, but the experts could tell for sure. thank you! not sure how you fix that swithc...hmmmm

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 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2021 04:19 pm
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Its a Signal. 55-56 model

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 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2021 04:31 pm
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Well I hit a few more snags. The pin that holds the oscillator arm was broken. I had to drill it and tap it for a 4-40 screw and epoxy it into a hole I drilled out in the neck where it had broken off from. Seems to work find now. Working on the grill and the blade then the switch lever.




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 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2021 06:27 pm
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WOW, what you've done so far looks great! Those are good solid fans made by Signal. I have a similar model, finished in the same brown color, but the cage on mine has has a round hole in the middle. I think (but am not sure), mine is a couple years newer than yours.....maybe 1958-ish. Please post photos when you are done. I'm sure it will look great.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 01:44 am
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That looks like it needs a splice with a piece of pop-sicle stick shrink wrapped onto the
existing switch lever. :D
...Or something to that effect. :D

I got one like that.  Nice little fans.  I think Signal made for Sears Kenmore.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 17th, 2021 07:38 pm
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The cage is painted and the blade polished for the most part. Not together but I found maybe a fix for the switch. Someone here said to use a pop cycle stick.  I took one and dipped it into the liquid rubber. let it dry and epoxied it to the switch. Seems to work fine.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2021 12:28 am
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I finished the Kenmore. Works good but the switch to turn the oscillator on and off does not turn it off. It runs both settings. I don't think I am going to tear it back apart to fix it. Not sure why it would do that but its just not hat high end of  a fan to play with it any more. Unless you guys know its a quick fix and can pass it on to me how to fix it. Thanks.

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