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 Posted: Mon Sep 13th, 2021 06:58 pm
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Paul Dietenberger
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Hi
I wanted a small vintage fan to fit in with the rest of the decor in my den to move the stale air, and this turned up at a show for $20 so I bought it. 

8”, no power switch, no oscillator. It runs smoothly when plugged in but gets a little warmer than I expect. Has a cloth cord with a molded rubber plug on the end that is brittle and needs replacement.

Do we add inline switches to fans like this? What else should I do to ensure reliable operation? I don’t know much about it. 

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Paul

(edit: Now with the photo the right way up)I have more photos if I can figure out how to add them

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 Posted: Mon Sep 13th, 2021 07:09 pm
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It has no motor tag or anything like that. 

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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2021 02:00 pm
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Geoff Dunaway
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  Those little motors do run quite warm but shouldnt be hot enough to hurt you. Inline switches are fair game for improved convenience non these little guys. test with a killowatt meter to find out how much amperage it draws when running. I would think less than .7 amps. If U R close to 1 amp , then there may be a motor issue. My thoughts off the cuff. We have an 8" Banner R&M (later model but similar construction ) that runs for over 24 hr's at a time , gets quite warm but starts & runs very well & moves a surprising amount of air for such a little beast.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2021 02:57 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Try running on your VARIAC, that helps cool them down a bit, all my 8" AC/DC fans have switches.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2021 03:32 pm
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I brought it up again on the variac slowly increasing the voltage to 120, and after running a little while at full line the ammeter settled in at .45A. The motor housing is just a little warmer than ambient now. Seems to be doing all right and moving air very well. A little louder than modern small fans but it doesn't shake or make any weird noises. Thanks much

By the way, how old do we suppose it is?

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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2021 07:27 pm
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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2021 07:51 pm
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Nice. I'd say that would go pretty well with the 1935 RCA radio sitting on the other side of me as I type this. And a good value at $3.65. Thanks!

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