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 Posted: Thu Jul 17th, 2014 09:44 pm
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Shawn Sass
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I need the vertical gear/shaft on a GE two star oscillator. The other gears in the oscillator mechanism are fine, but this one is stripped. Anybody have something that will work? I'm not concerned if it's the exact correct one for this style of fan as long as it would still fit and make the oscillator work. As you can see, it doesn't have the correct bottom star already, so I'm open to suggestions.

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Here is another picture of the part I need to replace, with it shown in the fan assembled.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 17th, 2014 10:18 pm
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What is the info on your tag? The parts you show are from 2 different style fans. You either have a 2 star oscillator or a brass bell oscillator. The tag info will tell which. Mainly the form number. A star oscillator bottom wheel looks like this


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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2014 12:29 am
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Here is the info on the motor tag:

No. 1444241
Cat. 75423
Type AO
Form T1
Volts 110
Cyc 60
Pat. Feb 6, 1906
General electric co USA

And here is some discussion about the type of fan it actually is:

http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=19237&forum_id=1&jump_to=153105#p153105

Like I said, I'm not too concerned about it being 100% correct as long as the oscillation mechanism functions. If I can get that gear with the correct bottom disk and star, then great, otherwise just the gear or gear/shaft will do just fine for my purposes.

I like that color combination of the green motor housing with black base and loop on the picture you provided. Did they come like that originally?

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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2014 02:56 am
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Yes your fan is a 2 star oscillator. So not only do you need the gears you also need the right oscillator wheel. The brass one you have is for a later 1920's fan. I do not have any of these parts but someone on here might. The pick I posted is how the back of your fan should look. To see the other type search (Brass bell oscillator) on this forum.

Your fan is from about 1917

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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2014 03:08 am
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You will also need the disc, bolt and the second smaller brass star that all bolts to the bottom of the correct oscillator wheel.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2014 09:25 am
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Usually the star on top of the gearbox will unscrew from the shaft.....So you can remove the top lid of the gearbox.
In my experience the shaft is press fit into the oscillator wheel and through the bottom of the gearbox. Normally it doesn't come out very easily.
Your stripped gear normally slides off of the top of that shaft after the top star is unscrewed and the lid is removed.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2014 06:23 pm
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Thanks for the info and picture Chris. Mine must have come from some other fan cause it's not pressed in to the housing and the bottom bell just screws off instead of being pressed into anything. It looks like I could probably get a similar gear on my current shaft and make it work, although the engagement/disengagement would be another story. The easiest way would probably be to find a correct parts fan that I could get the whole back off of. Hopefully I could find one with a broken motor/missing parts that someone would want to get rid of so I could use the oscillator parts.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 03:40 am
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There is a pin holding the top star onto the shaft. You can punch it out then the star should come off.

The bell you have is from a Brass Bell AOU fan and those are pressed on to the shaft whereas the two/three star lower wheel is screwed on. Therefore the shaft you have is for a two/three star.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 03:52 pm
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Hi Tim,
I did get the star off of the shaft so I could get that gear cover blasted, but as you can see from the first pic, the shaft is threaded at the bottom and the bell screws on to it. There's nothing pressed onto it other than the gears.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 10th, 2022 08:34 pm
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Do I get the prize for longest time between posts/replies? I haven't made much progress on my star oscillator fan over the years, until recently. I have had it blasted and primed for a few years now, but hadn't bothered re-painting or assembling it yet since I was still not sure what I was going to do about the oscillator function. Well, my dad is a machinist and was bored one day and decided to cut a new set of gears for me. He was actually cutting a new gear for one of his lathes and thought he'd try out his new indexer on my fan project. I'm excited to get back to this project and start final assembly. Do I fill the gear box with the same oil used for the shaft wicks?






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 Posted: Mon Jan 10th, 2022 10:13 pm
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No oil, low temperature wheel bearing grease. Don’t fill, a good covering to the gears will be enough.  Good luck.

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Looks great! Lucas Red "N" Tacky or Extra Heavy Duty grease works well in gearboxes and is available at Lowe's.

PS: This forum will be closed to further posting at the end of this month. Check out the new forum: https://new.afcaforum.com/index.php

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 Posted: Tue Jan 11th, 2022 08:38 am
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The top steel piece, the brass gear, and the bottom steel piece that goes through the bottom of the oscillator box should all be separate pieces. It does not look like the repro parts were made that way. 

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 Posted: Tue Jan 11th, 2022 07:24 pm
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Noah Britt wrote: Looks great! Lucas Red "N" Tacky or Extra Heavy Duty grease works well in gearboxes and is available at Lowe's.

PS: This forum will be closed to further posting at the end of this month. Check out the new forum: https://new.afcaforum.com/index.php

Thanks for the grease recommendation and the heads up on the forum closure. I'll go register at the new one.

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