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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 08:18 pm
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Mike Reeb
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Hello All :  My name is Mike, I am new here so please be kind :D I also am new to fan collecting, I December I bought my first fan (simply to sell and make a few dollars on it). The first was a Silver Swan in very nice condition...turned out that I just enjoyed looking at it too much to be able to part with it. Then at the beginning of March I “ran into” a Ge Quiet Blade 55X165 and an Emerson that was built in 1963. Then last weekend I bought a GE Brass fan with Brass Cage (AU 75423) and there was a Hunter CG16 that just couldn’t be left behind. Last night I bought another Ge Brass Blade (Whiz) and a Brass Ge (AU 34017). Right now I have my eye on two more then it will be a while as I will want to restore a couple of the fans that I have bought.
Now a little about me, I am 60 years old...my other hobby is  Model A Fords NO....before you ask I do not have a fleet of them...I happen to have two a coupe and a sedan.
My wife thinks that collecting fans is going to be cheaper than Model A’s...again NO, I am not going to be telling her any different.
Thanks for having the site as I expect like the one for old A’s this one will be very informative.
Mike

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 08:45 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Stick with Emerson's & R&Ms!!! LOL - - "Ford Vs. Chevy".
Stick with quality VS quantity. Attend a fan meet when we have one sometime in the future!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:21 pm
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Mike Reeb wrote: My wife thinks that collecting fans is going to be cheaper than Model A’s...
But you will not be going very far with your fans Mike.   They are cool however and you can sleep with them at night (which your wife may hold against you,.,.)
Would love to see a few photos of your Model As.  What years?   Never had an A but am interested in them.   Have a 1922 T.   If you post your cars it might be best to post on the "Other collectibles" forum.

Go easy on collecting as it is so easy and FUN to gather up every fan you see.  In time you'll settle on a certain date range, type of fan, or makes and models.   The earlier all cast iron fans WITHOUT POT metal will be easier to work on and restore.  GEs up through 1924 were all cast iron with a few having a limited number of small pot metal parts that are ok.  Stamped steel Westinghouse afte 1911 are hard to work on.  The cast iron Westy "tanks" 1905-11 are wonderful fans.   Welcome to the club.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:22 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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what he said. Been there, did that. Have fun!!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:24 pm
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Welcome Mike!  
I am new to the forum, as of earlier this year, and fan collecting. I’ll share my thoughts. In my initial excitement, I wanted to buy every fan I saw. But I agree with what Steven said Quality vs Quantity. I have 5 now to be worked on. I’ve seen probably 25 others that I wanted to buy.  Most of them were not great ones to buy and the members here helped me see that. Some were too much trouble to fix, and the members here helped me see that. What I’ve found is that by doing some searches and reading on the forum, you learn a lot pretty quickly. And now when I see a fan, I take a little time to check it out, try to check the forum searches to see what other members say about it, and then make a decision to buy or not. I still like finding the fan and checking it out, but I also don’t feel so bad walking away now. 

What also has happened is that by being patient and looking around, I’ve found a couple that I liked way better than the ones I left behind. I’d rather pay $100 for one I really like than 2-3 fans for a total of $100 thats more trouble than its worth. Now my excitement is being patience and landing a good one at a good price for me. But I also don’t have the space right now to have 25 fans so I have to be selective. Plus, I’m easily over my head with some repairs. 

You may find there’s a certain brand or size you like. 2 of my 5 fans are 16” fans. They are so big. I prefer the smaller ones. So I may pass on a decent 16” fan because of space unless it was really nice or somewhat rare. 

You’ll also learn that some fans are easier to work on than others. That’s important for me and has saved me some money thanks to the members here. 

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:29 pm
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Mike Reeb
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Thank you for the advice....I have been reading the forum and soaking up what I can for the last month or two. Had come to the conclusion that the Emerson’s are a good bet, but I really liked the look of the GE’s.I will post a couple of pics of the fans later as well as the cars on the other topics thread. Really appreciate the welcome!
Mike

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:37 pm
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My blog might be of interest to you.  Be sure to click on the ARCHIVE to the right of the page.  There are many other pages and fans.,
https://earlyfans.blogspot.com

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 01:50 am
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Welcome Mike! I just got into the hobby a year ago. I am also an auto enthusiast but autos can be overwhelming and very expensive. I can excersize the same skills with fans without breaking the bank and I actually finish them. Be careful though. It's highly adictive! My dad has offered me his heap of Model A stuff. I'm interested but as mentioned earlier it seems almost too overwhelming!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 01:59 am
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Here are a couple of pics of my fans....





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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 02:20 am
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Hello Mike! Solid advice has been give so far. Almost all the fans I bought my first few months of collecting have been sold or given away, I was buying up every fan I could get under $100. I am now concentraing on cast iron and brass mostly, but that's just me. You'll no doubt want at least one G.E. Pancake, and cast iron Emersons are really good values, especially the 29646. I am a caretaker of a couple Model A Fords myself.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 09:15 am
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Hi Mike, welcome to the forum!  Fan collecting is addicting for sure.  And the previous posts give good advice.  My advice is also to buy all cast iron fans as they’re easy to work on and usually can be fixed.  

My other advice is to try to buy fans that run, oscillate, and are complete. Parts and motor rewinds can get pretty expensive and exceed the value of the fans. 

Emerson and GE fans tend to have high quality with little pot metal. Emersons can be challenging to remove the blade, but they’re worth the effort.  

Resist buying every fan that comes your way.  It’s very easy to accumulate a large pile in a short while, and someday you’ll wish you had concentrated on brands/types that you really enjoy.  

Cheers!  Enjoy your new hobby.  

There are many folks here with a lot of knowledge, willing to help you out, but if you want to do some research, use the search function on this forum to find and read old threads.  Restoration tips have been posted in abundance in the past.  Also, when things return to normal, look for a local regional meet to attend. There are a bunch of them scattered around the country. 

Wishing you success on your hunt!  

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 11:42 am
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Mike Reeb wrote: Thank you for the advice....I have been reading the forum and soaking up what I can for the last month or two. Had come to the conclusion that the Emerson’s are a good bet, but I really liked the look of the GE’s.I will post a couple of pics of the fans later as well as the cars on the other topics thread. Really appreciate the welcome!




Mike




Mike, if your parents were married, you can't own Emersons. But.....should you find yourself leaning towards becoming a collector of Emersums, you should know they have their own club within the AFCA.....here's a picture from the meeting they held during FF last year...

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 01:13 pm
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Mike. If you haven't guessed, Kim Frank is a rabid collector of GE fans and nothing else. He also has a great sense of humor and is the curator of our museum in Zionsville, Indiana. You must make a point to visit him and the museum one of these days.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 04:55 pm
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Welcome to this great hobby Mike!   As you will discover, I hope, there are great folks in the AFCA.  And it is anexcellent time to be doing a project or two, hunkered down at home!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 05:05 pm
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Welcome to the fan family! :D I will second what our other members told you about Emerson and GE. Both are very solid choices in fans that are easy to work on. That said, I’ll thrown in my personal favorites free of charge! Menominee, Dayton, and Peerless/ Colonial all seem a bit underloved to me. Many of the fans by those makers are absolute bricks and are very welll made. Certain models can come surprisingly affordable. 

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 05:37 pm
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Sorry about the sideways photo caused by a problem with our forum software.  Photo is upright in my album.   An identical fan was labeled Peerless.    Daytons are great too although they often have a pot metal neck that, for me, seem to be ok.





Seans' choices are good additions.   I kind of inherited this Colonial front oscillator and it is one of my best runnning and oscillating and quietest four wing blade fans I have.  An early model it has no pot metal to contend with.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 06:11 pm
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Here is the Peerless version of Steve’s Colonial for good measure! :clap:


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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 07:21 pm
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My very best advice to any new member, is don’t buy everything. You’ll end up with a lot of fans, that aren’t worth anything. Be selective. Decide what you want. Ads are free in the Fan Collector Magazine. Post what you want on Buy-Sell for free. Buy
From AFCA Members.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 11:04 pm
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Mike Reeb wrote: Thank you for the advice....I have been reading the forum and soaking up what I can for the last month or two. Had come to the conclusion that the Emerson’s are a good bet, but I really liked the look of the GE’s.I will post a couple of pics of the fans later as well as the cars on the other topics thread. Really appreciate the welcome!
Mike


My advice would be to Run!!!Runaway!!! and never look back! fan collecting can be addicting. I have 45 fans and I am small potatoes, there are members with excess of 140 fans,  although I am assuming those people are not married. If 140 fans sounds like that's not going to ever be you, then give yourself a number now make it a big one and never go past that number no matter what.. this way you will have some control.. more than likely though it won't work and is just a waste of time... anyway you were warned.. as far as fans ago ..if you like fans and cars then get yourself a car fan, they made them in 6 V and 12.. One that comes to mind is the Knapp limousine Sedan fan.. this way you're feeling two habits at once..
http://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/58437.html

Last edited on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 11:07 pm by David A Cherry

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