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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2021 01:41 am
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Bradford A Smith
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I am trying to get a Hunter/Robbins & Myers C-16 fan back in working condition. I'm guessing the fan may be from around early 1950s and don't know if it had been rewired.

The head wire was attached using plastic wire nuts to short pigtails on both motor and base ends. The existing head wire looks like typical 3-conductor as on an appliance cord and is quite stiff. The switch end of the head wire and wire nuts can be seem in the photos. To me, the orange wire nuts look newer than 1950.

Would single wires have run from the stator to switch, etc. or is the pigtail/wire nuts method correct?

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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2021 01:43 am
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The head wire was attached to these using blue plastic wire nuts. These short wires are done for so wondering if the head wire should be attached directly to the stator.

I was planning to use cloth-covered 3-conductor head wire such as found on antiquefanparts.com.

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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2021 12:04 pm
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Someone has obviously been in there & replaced the switch & headwire as that switch is not factory. I would recommend you also replace that capacitor while you are in there, Hunter capacitors are notorious for doing weird things. You can get an electronic ceiling fan capacitor off eBay, just make sure it is the same UF rating & 330 volt or 480 volt. The headwire should not go into the stator, but attach to the pigtails. I would solder the connections & use shrink wrap or friction tape to insulate the connections.

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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2021 07:26 pm
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Thank you. I ordered new head wire and will replace the capacitor as I believe it has gone bad. The fan seemed to run at one speed when I briefly tried it before taking it apart. The line cord and plug were pretty much done for so didn't dare run it for long. It ran pretty well and the blade seems okay. Does need some fibre washers on the rotor shaft. Hope to get this running as a usable fan!

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I successfully replaced the head wire without breaking any of the stator wires.

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This fan starts and runs okay but appears to only have one speed, which I presume is high. It runs at same speed on all three switch settings. I replaced the capacitor with one of same ohm and voltage rating as the original. I reconnected wires the same way as when I obtained the fan but don't know if something was mis-wired previously. Would the coil/choke be the likely cause of no slower speeds?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 9th, 2021 04:48 pm
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It could be, but darn that choke looks really good. By looking at the choke, it appears the two darker wires would go to the low & medium positions on the switch & the lighter wire would go to the high terminal shared with the motor headwire.

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Maybe this will help... 

It's weird that the cap. ties to the Medium tap one the choke...???

http://www.fancollectors.org/info/mccomas/Hunter_C16.jpg

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The multimeter appears to show no resistance/0.0 ohms between the various wire combinations on the coil, if I'm checking things correctly.

Would breaks in the coil's insulation or a broken wire be the likely problem?

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