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 Posted: Tue Sep 15th, 2020 08:11 pm
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Ed Teach
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Not sure what model it is. Runs good but needs a bit of metal work to smooth out the dents. Should not be a bad restore.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 15th, 2020 11:38 pm
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What model is this?

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 12:08 am
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I have the Zero version of this fan, (its a Bersted made fan, which Bersted is the parent company of Manning Bowman and Zero and Eskimo), I'm not sure what the model number is on this fan, but I'm thinking that the model numbers on these fans was a 5 or 6 digit number (my 20" Eskimo Box Fan made by the same company has a 6 digit model number that starts with the first 2 digits being the size of the fan in inches, and the rest of the number is probably something to do with how many poles the motor has and how many speeds the fan is or something like that (like what Emerson did with their model numbers).
This fan is from the 1950s, also your fan's grille is upside down (the badge should be at the top not on the bottom). 

 

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 12:27 am
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After tearing the fan down i found the label. Its a 12500. The box covering the switch is really big compared to the switch. Was this fan housing a speed coil.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 01:15 am
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Levi Mevis
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Yes Ed, these fans are 3 speed fans, at least mine is and others like mine I've seen.
So there is a speed coil in the fan's switch housing. 

Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 01:49 am
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Mine does not have anything but a switch. I suspected it had a three speed coil as the switch housing was way too big for a switch alone. I don't think this is a high dollar fan so I will keep it one speed.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 01:59 am
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Is there a coil in there yet? If there is you could easily convert this fan back into a 3 speed fan again, also this fan was actually a pretty decent fan back in the day, and they have good respectable spin down time.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 02:05 am
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No coil. I paid 48 for the fan and its all in good condition but for some dents I spend a few hours tapping out now have a layer on bondo filler on it to make is better. Not perfect but a lot better. I don't think its worth running down a coil. But let me know if I am wrong. I would also need a new switch. So I could see having another 75 bucks into it. The spot welds had come loose on one and was gone on another of the motor struts. I drilled a small hole in each one and put an 8/32 screw to hold it tight. I sold my wire welder so this was an easy way to fix it.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 02:14 am
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Ok, I was just wondering. 
But those fans when they are in really good shape are really nice fans and are fairly quiet runners.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 08:07 pm
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Hey ED I have 3 of these fans with Manning Bowman on 1 Eskimo on 1 and Zero on the other.Levi is right these are good fans. all 3 of mine have the switch and speed coil mounted together.
Don't know if this helps you in anyway just thought I would mention it.


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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 09:10 pm
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You might try and search on ebay and see if you can find the proper switch and speed coil assembly for this fan that someone may have taken out of one of these fans that the motor failed on but the speed coil and switch were still good yet, it might be cheaper that way.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 10:15 pm
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I did a search and found nothing that looked like it would work. The plastic top strap that is the handle is in very good flexible condition. But the steel insert is missing. I was thinking that I would go to Lowes and pick up a piece of steel binding lumber strap and make one. Is there a better way of is this about it?

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 Posted: Tue Sep 22nd, 2020 03:43 am
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The fan so far. Have not had the time to work on it a lot but its almost done.

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