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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 03:03 am
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Shawn Voss
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Found this on the internet in a town I was passing through for work. $10 and not working so I took a gamble on it. The motor turned really hard. Making a little buzzing noise when I first plugged it in. I pulled the motor apart, cleaned it a little and oiled it, and now it turns easy enough that the fan works. I love the little light and it’s style. Definitely kind of beat up, but it’s still cool! My 6 year old son helped me clean it up. Both my kids were very excited we got it going again. 
Does anyone know how the thermostat functions? Like when does it turn on and off?















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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 03:09 am
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Steve Butler
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Sorry I don’t have any information on the fan. Just wanted to say welcome and it’s cool your son helped and enjoys it. Fan $10 memories priceless. 👍

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 04:54 am
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Andrew White
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Very cool!

I am not familiar with the Lau box fans, but I have a few Lakewood box fans designed for use in windows that have thermostats. They use a bi-metallic type of thermostat that turn off when a certain temperature is reached. They have a 1 thru 10 type of marking that corresponds to more or less 10 thru 100 degrees from my experience.

Here is a similar fan I found on the forums

http://www.afcaforum.com/forum5/41214.html

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 07:42 am
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Mike Kearns
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1955-1957 The LAU Ultra-Twenty was the top of the LAU line-up, and expensive. To put it in perspective, in 1955, this fan was just over $70 bucks with tax!  Compared to some it's competitors: 





Last edited on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 07:58 am by Mike Kearns

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 03:28 pm
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Shawn Voss
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Thanks guys! I love seeing the ads.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 05:36 pm
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Levi Mevis
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I just noticed that this Lau Fan has a blade assembly that's designed almost exactly like the GE Box Fans from the same time period, except that the Lau Blades have ribbing on them and the GE blades don't, but the hubs are dead ringers for each other.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 03:58 pm
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i had one of these years ago in a tan with black blades. One word of warning is the "case" is very shallow front to back so they tip over easier than a fan with a deeper case, especially on a carpeted floor.  The thermostat will shut the fan off as the room cools. You start the fan with the thermo on a higher setting and turn it back just until the fan stops, then back a bit to re start it, and you have picked the level at which the fan will shut off. they are great fans , good luck with it !

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 10:26 pm
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Richard Daugird
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My main interest is cast iron and brass, but there is something I really like about these box fans. They are cheap, and pretty easy to dis-assemble and repaint to look like new. I have done a few and have another in line.

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