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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2021 06:27 pm
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Chuck Shermer
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I bought a fan at an auction yesterday. I know absolutely nothing about fans, but I liked the look of this one and thought it would be a fun project to clean it up, get it working and use it on my desk. Every once in a while I throw a few dollars at something and it sticks and I end up with something I know nothing about, but love to learn. 


The shaft of the fan has about an 1/8” of play and make a lot of noise because of it. Everything seems to work properly on it otherwise.

I think I paid $6 for it, so it isn’t a huge loss if the fan is beyond repair or not cost effective to fix it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2021 07:42 pm
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David Northam
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That fan was made by the Signal Electric Company in the late 1950's. Signal had their own fans, but they also made fans for Sears which were re-branded "Kenmore." The Kenmore name was big with Sears for many years, but they did not make any of their own appliances.....Kenmore appliances were always made by some other manufacturer and re-branded for Sears.

Your fan is not highly collectible, but for the price you paid, you did well. At one of our regional fan meets, one similar to yours in about the same condition would typically go for $10 to $20. The fan can be cleaned up, serviced and tightened up and will likely run fine.

The brown is an original color, but because the fan is not rare or super-valuable, if you decide to repaint it, you can take some creative license and have fun with colors if you want. You may be able to clean it up keep the original paint. It looks dirty, but does not appear to be scratched-up or rusty.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2021 10:53 pm
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Chuck Shermer
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Thank you for your help. I think I will paint it something not so, blah, since it isn’t valuable or rare. I’m going to replace the cord and learn how to tighten up back and forth motion. I think the spacer that is currently in it may be missing another piece to it. I’ll just rig something up and go from there. 
Thanks again for your reply. 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 04:24 am
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Levi Mevis
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The Fiber Washers in the motors are what are missing and is why your fan is moving around fore and aft too much.

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