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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 01:24 am
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Ed Thomas
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I picked up a Homart Cooler whole house fan today that is in nice condition and runs great. I cleaned it up and changed the power cord as I intend to use it soon. While the fan runs smooth and relatively quiet, I did not see an easy spot to lubricate the blade shaft or the motor. The motor appears to be original to the fan - 1/6 hp Craftsman.

The fan did not come with a timer - I assume it was not standard to this model. Is it possible to add one?

Any comments or recommendations would be appreciated.









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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 03:19 am
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Patrick Ray
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I'd have to look at mine again for blade shaft oiling, but if you look at the motor, there's an oiling port that is sealed with a ball bearing. I use an eye dropper with oil and just push down on the ball bearing (it's spring loaded) and give it some oil.  On the motor, looking at the pulley, it's at about the 1 o'clock position.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 03:24 am
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Ed Thomas
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Thank you Patrick. I did notice the small ball bearings - I just didn't know what they were for. I got this from an elderly woman in Blue Island that used it until a few years ago - I doubt it's ever been lubricated.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 05:12 pm
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Bill Laskowski
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Nice fan. One of the most effective window fans ever.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 05:33 pm
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I will test it out soon. I haven't used one since I was a kid .... I just did not appreciate it then

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 02:19 am
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On your picture of the blade shaft there are two standard blade screws on top of the shaft and those screws I believe are your oiling holes (actually more like greaserts as the shaft on this fan is lubricated with grease rather than oil.) Anyways As for a timer goes, all you need is a simple plugin lamp timer and plug the timer into the wall set the clock on it to the correct time and then set the timer onto the on and off times you want the fan to turn on and off at and then plug the fan into the timer and turn the fan onto the speed you want it on and you should be set to go. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 02:27 am
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Thank you Levi. Someone pointed out the oiling screws earlier today - I thought they were structural. The fan was pretty quiet before, after I lubricated the shaft and the motor now it is really quiet. I picked up a timer that I was going to use with an AC unit a few weeks ago like you suggested - I will be moving into my new old house soon so I will get to try it out in the next month or so.

Thanks again

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 07:35 pm
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The two screws on top f the blade shaft undo and put a few drops of oil in there. In the photo of the motor i can see the oil holes right on top of the motor end (there will be another on top of the rear bearing which is out of site in the photo. You have a small round plug with what appears to be a tiny ball bearing in the center. That ball bearing presses down on a spring and you oil each end of the motor there.... i hope that makes sense! 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 08:12 pm
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Thank you Tom. I was able to remove the screws on the shaft and lined it with a zoom spout. The ball bearings are spring loaded so that worked fine as well. Thank you for the information.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 08:43 pm
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That fan was on CL for awhile, nice pick up, cheap...

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 09:32 pm
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I bought an old house that does not have ac... this should work great. After cleaning, lubrication and a be cord it is very quiet and moves a lot of air. At $65 it was a great deal. While I was there he had another fan he sold me for $5. Runs great just needs a new gear box



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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2018 12:29 pm
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Tom Zapf
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doesnt it need a rear gearbox? 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2018 12:40 pm
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Yes it does...for $5 I thought I could either pick up a gear box or use it for parts. 

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