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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 03:42 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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I just received an R&M "Gear Back" fan - - but it is rated at 50 cycles. Can I run it normally? I do use a VARIAC since the voltage is listed as 110 on my other fans. This fan is almost mint original, and cost less than a motor rewind!










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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 03:44 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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The japan is super clean, no chips, no scratches.



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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 03:45 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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It was shipped whole with a mile of bubble wrap. took 30 min to unravel!

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That fan looks great!

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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 03:50 pm
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To the best of my knowledge you can run 50 cycle fans on 60 cycles with no problems but do watch for any overheating over at least a 45 minute trial run.  If it sounds good, does not smell or get hot it should be ok.  But check with other more experienced people too.

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Steven P Dempsey
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It is running now - - seems slower than my other fans on HIGH @ 110 volts VARIAC. But super smooth. The original head wire looks new. This fan was hardly used then stuck in a dry place for 100 years.

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Steven P Dempsey
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It is also running Counter Clockwise. Thought these later motors were made by R&M.
The oil cup and gearbox had just a bit of black gunk. Cleaning now.

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Vic Valencheck
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Very nice fan Steven ! I have a 1153 that I restored and it's 60 cycles. Don't see any physical difference between yours and mine.Fortunately it didn't need a motor rewind.

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Steven P Dempsey wrote: It is also running Counter Clockwise. Thought these later motors were made by R&M.
Gearback motors were a redesign of the Westy tank motor used in 1911 and it ran CCW so why change things after only a year and have fans in the field that appear to be the same but run CCW and CW.  The blades were already made so why redesign since it's hard to tell the rotation when the fan is running.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 07:32 pm
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After cleaning the oil cup, a fresh wick & oil, and Vaseline in the gearbox, this fan is running smooth and just slightly warm to he touch - the same as my 1404 Stationary. Just gotta ditch the appliance cord! BTW, I forgot what a trick it is to get that wick inside that spring!





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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 07:33 pm
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Look at that head wire!!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 07:55 pm
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Steven P Dempsey wrote: Look at that head wire!!R&M used massive headwires and, also, nearly identical sized power cords on their cast iron fans.

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