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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 01:08 am
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Robert Schilz
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Ok everyone, What is the largest Brass fan blade that you ever seen?

I just picked up a fairly large one today.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow, let's see what everyone comes up with.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 01:23 am
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Jim Roadt
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That will make an awesome ceiling fan once those are shined up
make sure to hit a stud

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Jim Roadt
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I got to see it before pictures posted.

I can assure you it is heavy and big looks like a small plane engine

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 01:29 am
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Levi Mevis
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I've only seen 16" brass blades (which were on my 1929 GE AOU). That's as big as I've seen Brass Bladed fans go.

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Robert Schilz
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I  thought Russ would have some possible input. 

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D. L. Bates & Bro. desk & bracket fan motor with 20" BB.

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Russ Huber
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The Scott & Janney CF had a large diameter BB 6 wing.

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Jost made a 20 incher.



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Robert Schilz
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Ok, here it is. Nothing too special. 



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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 11:47 am
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Robert Schilz
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Sorry for the sideway pictures. Solid brass 39 and 1/2 in Long. 16 and a half pounds each 

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 11:52 am
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Robert Schilz
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The building I found it in was built in 1941. 2  horsepower Westinghouse motor

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It's a bit odd they made that blade out of brass (or bronze?) when aluminum was pretty much well in use by then. There must have been a reason though, imagine the load that put on the motor during startup and running -- and the bearings.


 


Congrats, you going to polish it out? I hardly ever polish my brass fan blades anymore, but that one I probably would. 

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Airplane engines don't count as fans

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I know you would find something on this. Thanks Russ. I originally thought the blades were aluminum. 2 hours later when I finally got the beast down from the side of the building, I unbolted the blades, pulled one off and it weighed to much to be aluminum. I could not believe they would be made of bronze. I might have a chance for another one. Fingers crossed.  

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Very cool find!

The reason for the brass / bronze blade MIGHT be for corrosive environments where aluminum would fail over time.

Another option is, that fan came from a location where the fan had to be non-sparking. In other words, where there could be dust or gas in the atmosphere which could cause an explosion.  Generally, aluminum is considered non-sparking, but this customer could have had a specific requirement to use brass.

Just a couple theories! :cool:


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Possible, I have been on pipe jobs where we used non-spark brass wedges and hammers to separate flanges.

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Thanks for the different theories on why the brass is used to make the blades. They make sense. Next week I will be talking to the owner of the building and checking to see what type of business was in there in 1941. And to see if I can get my hands on the second fan. Thanks for all the help!

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Hope to hear / see some videos of this fan some day!  Best of luck getting the second one.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 02:33 am
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I got the second fan. The only problem is that I didn't get the round shrouds. They are continuously welded around the entire shroud to the square steel frame with steel filler pieces in the corners. See post 16. The steel frame is cemented into the block wall. I'm guessing it would take a good 8 hours to get one shroud out and plywood the opening. I would have to torch cut the shroud out I think. Don't know if I want to invest that much time and money into it. I might sell one in the future.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 02:35 am
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Robert Schilz
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Second Fan

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 03:12 am
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Robert Schilz wrote: Second Fan




Hey Robert; it's really great that you got the second fan!  It's sad that the shroud is so solidly attached to the wall.

I am a sucker for these fans so I would probably have done what it takes for the shroud, but then again I am a sucker for them LOL!

Hope this one runs well.

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