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 Posted: Tue Sep 7th, 2010 11:50 pm
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Alan Willms
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Sprague ball motor fan,

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 Posted: Wed Sep 8th, 2010 03:22 pm
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I read from what appears a very reliable source Sprague introduced the Lundell swivel and trunnion desk and bracket models for the 02 season. It appears they continued the stationary roundball model into the 03 season..maybe longer? Wonder when they dropped the knob lever pictured on the Lundells in the link below and went with a fiber board switch lever? Did they offer both levers?

http://books.google.com/books?id=QCUAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA498&dq=Sprague+Fan+motor&hl=en&ei=75yHTLWPFMGdnAe5lajYDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEQQ6AEwBDgU#v=onepage&q=Sprague%20Fan%20motor&f=false

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 Posted: Thu Sep 9th, 2010 01:49 pm
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Terry Fisher
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Hey Russ...........

I'll be surprised if you receive an answer to that question:wondering::wondering::wondering:

Also, I would think a $12,000 fan would have feet on the base.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 9th, 2010 07:57 pm
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Terry Fisher wrote:  
I would think a $12,000 fan would have feet on the base.

I was wondering the same thing.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 9th, 2010 08:53 pm
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That fan deserves a nice resting place for it's feet.

Sorry Alan, I hope I am not mucking up your sale thread. Free bump

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 04:06 am
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Who would have thought the rubber feet were more significant than the fan? Last I checked rubber feet cost 20 cents or something like that each. My apologies for taking picture of the fan prior to installing the proper rubber feet:shock:

As for the switch, I have only seen the knob type lever on Interior Conduit fans. I have an earlier sprague that also has a simple fiber switch lever with no switch knob. Who knows why the catalog image is different than known production models?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 05:12 am
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Alan Willms wrote:
As for the switch, I have only seen the knob type lever on Interior Conduit fans. I have an earlier sprague that also has a simple fiber switch lever with no switch knob. Who knows why the catalog image is different than known production models?


Fiber lever for the season of 99. :up:

http://books.google.com/books?id=oRDOAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA1063&dq=Sprague+Lundell+Fan+motor&hl=en&ei=WbyJTPe0Cs_YnAfkrZ2GDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Sprague%20Lundell%20Fan%20motor&f=false

If you read the second to the last paragraph in the book link above it states the cage was changed for the 99 season( the book is dated for 99). This would follow Lundell's Sprague fan design patent FILED in July of 98.http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=LegoAAAAEBAJ&dq=D31369 This design patent from Lundell I am confident would of been implemented for the 99 Season for Sprague? If so...the Sprague/Lundell fans for 98 must of been much like the Interior Conduit models? Only the 98 models would of been tagged for...Sprague.

Check out the top of page 201 on this book link. I bet that Lundell being the book is dated April 98 is tagged Sprague for the 98 season? And that would of been the cage for 98?

http://books.google.com/books?id=VNdDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA204&dq=Sprague+Lundell+fan+motor&hl=en&ei=nMyJTO7IK4LMngef-eiKDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Sprague%20Lundell%20fan%20motor&f=false

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 04:29 pm
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This has to be my all time favorite ball motor fan ever made.

Last edited on Mon May 16th, 2011 10:52 pm by Alan Willms

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 05:35 pm
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My tables at Fanfair were next to Alan's and, being a lover of candy, he had all those wonderful "eyecandyfans" sitting right in front of my eyes and so tempting. I walked by this restored Lundel fan many times and, even being restored and missing y beloved patina, it was a fan that I would love to have. When it's too cool for fan usage you just hang it from the brass ring in the garage from a hook. I can see why it's a favorite of your Alan. Do you happen to have any "before" photos of the fan?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 07:55 pm
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Alan, I'm almost tempted to guess you found that one, or parts of it,  on Ebay with a buy it now several years ago. I do know I had my finger on the button to get a sprague and missed. It was in the "antiques" section, and I remember the cage configuration and was pretty sure it was you who got it. It was in the days of full disclosure.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 10:16 pm
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I have had both of those sprague fans for a long time but I don't recall buying them on a buy it now on ebay? But I have bought a lot of other stuff on ebay.

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