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 Posted: Wed Dec 8th, 2021 10:05 pm
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Tony Peterson
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New to the fan collecting community!  I purchased a 1956 Westinghouse 10-LA-4 table fan.  It was new in the box!  Ran smooth and quiet with lots of power.  Liked it so much that I started watching other vintage fans on Craigslist/Marketplace.  Found a 1953-1955 GE Vortalux fan that looked in good shape for a good price.  Brought it home, serviced it (new grease in the gearbox, oil and wick for the front bearing) and it runs beautifully.  The sound and gentle air movement is very relaxing.  Motor gets warm, but not hot.  Pretty exciting.  Here's a picture of those signature blades!



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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2021 12:12 pm
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David Allen
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Nice one! Those are good fans. They are good runners; however if you work on it be very careful not to bend the blade at all; because they are very easy to bend and difficult to balance once that has happened.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2021 08:33 pm
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Thanks for the tip!  I did remove the blades when doing the initial service, and was very careful with them.  Same when reinstalling.  It does wobble a bit, but very little.  I wondered if this was due to the blades being out of balance.  Sounds like this is the case based on what you said.  It doesn't bother me, so I will probably just leave it be.  Do you know what the large "adjustment" screw is for on the side of the oscillator gearbox?  Just wonder its purpose.




 

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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2021 10:51 pm
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Tony Peterson wrote: Thanks for the tip!  I did remove the blades when doing the initial service, and was very careful with them.  Same when reinstalling.  It does wobble a bit, but very little.  I wondered if this was due to the blades being out of balance.  Sounds like this is the case based on what you said.  It doesn't bother me, so I will probably just leave it be.  Do you know what the large "adjustment" screw is for on the side of the oscillator gearbox?  Just wonder its purpose.
 

Hi Tony. That plug is actually what retains one of the shafts or gears in the oscillator gearbox.It can be taken out so that the gears can be removed from the housing.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 15th, 2021 05:35 pm
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Please note: in order to remove that large screw in the gearbox, you first have to back out a set screw which is located farther down in the same hole as one of the top gearbox cover screws. You first have to take the gearbox cover off, and then you can back out the set screw for the large screw.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 14th, 2022 09:11 pm
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To almost every new collector that mentions "out of balance" quite a few seem to assume that a fan blade can gain or lose weight on a blade when what happens is a blade can be pushed or pulled out of line with the other blades and it shakes it back and forth, making  i tt appear out of balance. Good Lord, I have seen Penny's and dimes soldered to blades to "balance them". I hold my finger in one spot on the cage and spin it slow, making sure the blade don't go back or forth in the motor and pull it through where the blade barly touch you finger and you can see if ones out or in further than the others.  Out of clock is when something stopped the blade fast and they are no longer at right angles to each other. Your fan is a great work horse and not many show up in their original box.

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