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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 09:46 pm
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Anthony Lindsey
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Thrift store special. Hope it works. 







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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 10:21 pm
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Pittsburgh. Nice project fan; I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 10:27 pm
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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 10:33 pm
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Pittsburgh Specialties would mimic other fan manufacturers and plop a universal Racine type motor on it to drive it. This one reaks of Menominee? 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 10:37 pm
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Glad you said Menominee Russ, that was my thought on the gearbox shape.  

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:05 pm
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Steve Butler wrote: Glad you said Menominee Russ, that was my thought on the gearbox shape.  

Pittsburgh 8" ac/dc fan - Pre-1950 (Antique) - Antique Fan Collectors Association - AFCA Forums

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:09 pm
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Hamilton Beach.




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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:11 pm
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The copy cat fan design may vary, but they bolted the same low budget universal motor on it to drive it that I have seen.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:45 pm
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Thanks for the info!
Good news it is up and running but it won't be oscillating anytime soon.    Only has 1 speed too.

But hey....... can't beat $10.






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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:47 pm
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Are Pittsburgh's full of pot metal?

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2021 11:52 pm
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Appears to be just that.   Motor housing and gearbox are not magnetic.   Base is.
Also spins CCW if that helps narrow down who makes it.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 12:17 pm
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It always looked to me like Pittsburg just rebadged Racine products with their name on it. I think that the  screw thread gear on the rear shaft of the Menominee 8" oscillators was used on the rear shaft in that Pittsburg gearbox.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 02:30 pm
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Stationary 8"

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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 02:30 pm
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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 03:01 pm
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This is from a later menominee - the ideal, Cairo Il. We checked to see if it would mate up with the earlier staghorns, it does not it's bigger. I would guess it's what you're looking for.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 08:05 pm
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Nice find Anthony ! That oscillator should be nick named the "bath tub".  :D

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 Posted: Fri Apr 9th, 2021 10:49 pm
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lol,  it is pretty large.   It only has the one gear so I doubt it will ever oscillate again.  The back shaft is not geared but smooth unlike the picture of the menominee above.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2021 02:02 pm
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Anthony Lindsey wrote: lol,  it is pretty large.   It only has the one gear so I doubt it will ever oscillate again.  The back shaft is not geared but smooth unlike the picture of the menominee above.The worm gear is not integral to the shaft. It slides off and is affixed to the shaft with a screw. It's not worth the money to find replacements for both the worm and the gear, just showing you what it may have looked like.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2021 03:37 pm
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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2021 10:17 pm
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Done!





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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2021 10:39 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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Did you restore that fan in 3 days??! 

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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2021 11:56 pm
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Amazing work. I’ve always thought the fake rivets on these were a bit strange...

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 Posted: Sun Apr 11th, 2021 12:18 am
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It was a quickie redo.   I did wire wheel all the rust down to the metal.  rewired it but it is a small fan.  I used the appliance epoxy which dries in a few hours.    I polished the metal parts to look sort of like chrome and then lacquered them so they wouldn't rust later.   There's also nothing in the gearbox so that was easy.  

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 Posted: Sun Apr 11th, 2021 12:19 am
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I didn't catch that they were trying to imitate rivets.   I just thought they were bumps of some sort.  LOL!!

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 Posted: Thu Apr 15th, 2021 03:48 am
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Anthony Lindsey wrote: Thrift store special. Hope it works. 








Anthony, you should submit that to the Fan Collector's magazine for the "Worst Fan of the Month" article, then show what you were able to do to restore it in just 3 days!   :up:

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 Posted: Thu Apr 15th, 2021 08:09 pm
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Looks pretty good all things considered!

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