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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 05:35 pm
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Bob Bosco
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I have a 12 inch six blade brass blade/ brass cage Westy that I am starting to clean up. Problem is I can’t get the blade off, the setscrew was missing and I have put penetrating oil in there for a day now and still nothing. Its  a non-oscillating so I can’t grab the back of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 05:52 pm
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Elliot Segal
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Bob, Probably a bunch of corrosion in there, try some white vinegar, it will help dissolve some of it. Also, be gentle on old brass, it will crack/break with too much brute force especially on the hub. After letting solvent (vinegar) soak for a few hours, try is you can, putting the fan in the freezer for 30-40 minutes, get that softer brass to contract, then set it out in a room temperature for a few minutes, and gently use a wooden 1/2 inch dowel rod and small mallet to tap the blades off at the collar of the blade hub. Give it a try.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 10:24 pm
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Russ Huber
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Bob Bosco wrote: I have a 12 inch six blade brass blade/ brass cage Westy that I am starting to clean up. Problem is I can’t get the blade off, the setscrew was missing and I have put penetrating oil in there for a day now and still nothing. Its  a non-oscillating so I can’t grab the back of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If you have and earlier stamped steel Westinghouse with centrifugal start mechanism, the switch is on the blade side of the motor, if it is and oscillator the mechanism is located in the rear of the motor.


If you have a stationary 6 wing you can take a screwdriver( cautious to stay clear of the stator windings upon entry) and lock the rotor by inserting the screwdriver blade into one of the rotor holes. You now can carefully turn the blade by hand working it off the shaft. Do not bend a wing using to much force turning the blade on the shaft. If it remains stubborn keep blasting some WD-40 into the set screw and behind the blade hub. 






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