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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 11:58 am
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David Kilnapp
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I recently acquired this fan from Stefan Osdene. It's a Type UI Form E Pancake, maybe 1900 or 1901 (perhaps Kim Frank could confirm for me). It has a new stator from Sidney Lamb but other than that, it needed very little work. It runs perfectly. My understanding is that this is a two speed fan though I don't notice any perceptible difference between the two speeds unlike my 1903 TYPE AK Form C Pancake which has five very distinct speeds. Would someone care to comment on why that is? This fan operates very very smoothly with no vibration at all. I really have a soft spot for these GE's.




 
Notice the bakelite covers on the insulated terminals that Darryl Hudson provided. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 12:30 pm
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What you have there is a very nice 1900. I know that because the motor housing does not have the vent holes like the 1901 and later models. Also, it has the underfeed wick with oil return, which was new for 1900. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 12:36 pm
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A lot of early fans including yours have indistinct speed differences. You can have the choke coil rewound to change this or simply enjoy a beautiful fan for what it is.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 03:43 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thank you Pat and Jim. I certainly do enjoy this fan just as it is. It's quite beautiful!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 04:23 pm
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Pat Weeks wrote:  Also, it has the underfeed wick with oil return, which was new for 1900. Actually the underfeed with oil cup was a return to the 1896-98 design,   GE went to a top mounted grease cup for only the 1899 year model.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 09:14 pm
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A thing to understand too is that some of these fans have spin down times of a minute or more. You don’t always see an immediate change in speed. Best to check the resistance in the coil. Usually a reading of 2 ohms or a bit more is about the norm. Also, if you’re running a 104 volt motor at 120 v, you might not see a big change in speeds.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 09:50 pm
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Your fan is as probably made to run on 104V. It’ll be stamped on the tag. At that voltage you will have two speeds. We get 120V today out of our plugs. At 120V there is little difference.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 12:01 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Kim and Steve: Yes the motor tag does indeed say 104 volts. Thank you. I keep meaning to get a Variac which I need. Today will be the day I order the one that Steve Stephens suggested.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 08:43 pm
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As I’m sure Steve suggested, buy a used made in U. S. A. Variac, not a new Chinese model. There are several on eBay right now wired up with an outlet ready to go for under $100; or if you’re handy get a bare one and make your own enclosure. I would recommend a 5 amp, my 16 pancakes pull 3-4 amps on start up if I remember correctly. 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 08:46 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Just ordered the Variac that Steve Stephens suggested, made in the good old USA!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 10:48 pm
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What did you get? I just checked, my 16 tank Vane Oscillator pull nearly 4 amps on startup. 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 11:40 pm
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David Kilnapp
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This one:

Variac Transformer Variable AC Voltage Regulator Metered 500w 0.5KW 5Amp 0-130v

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