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I have a very nice BB/BC tank motor BMY GE stationary fan for sale that is in original condition with all original parts minus replacement cord.  The head cord seems to be original and in nice condition minus the cloth cording.  This fan starts well and runs on all 3 speeds just fine but has a vibration from the  blades.  There is one screw missing from the front motor housing. I am not selling this as a fully operable fan  but a nice example of a gorgeous BMY that needs a  bit of love.  All 3 speeds work and unlike some of these fans this one starts up just fine on low speed.  $335.00 plus $30.00 shipping.  Don't let this one get away.  It is gorgeous and complete and operating on all speeds. The back bearing cap is perfect too.  It's a nice fan for the money. 

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In photo #4, (rear view) the headwire (from base to motor) looks to be coming into the rear of the motor? Or is it just the photo, or is the headwire stuck between the motor and the trunnion and it really comes into the front of the motor?

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I have been looking for a good BMY so I am very interested. Once I get out of work today and get a chance to discuss I will send you a PM. That is if it hasn't been snagged by someone else by that time.

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Hi Fred,

I see what you are saying and it does look like that in the photo but the wire goes through the trunion and into the front of the motor just below the oil well.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions. 

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Could we get a clear look at both the (meaning a photo in focus) on the badge as well as a shot of the underneath to see the wiring below the base? Thanks. Just popping in during lunch at work to get more info. Thanks.

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I'll have some more pics posted shortly. 

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Steven Gilmore wrote: I have been looking for a good BMY so I am very interested. Once I get out of work today and get a chance to discuss I will send you a PM. That is if it hasn't been snagged by someone else by that time.

Hi Steve!

Thats why you need to come to Fan Fair. I sold 2 restored! BMY's!! for $175 each!!
they had nice new RED!!!!!!!!!!! Power cords and head wires!!!

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George Durbin wrote: Steven Gilmore wrote: I have been looking for a good BMY so I am very interested. Once I get out of work today and get a chance to discuss I will send you a PM. That is if it hasn't been snagged by someone else by that time.

Hi Steve!

Thats why you need to come to Fan Fair. I sold 2 restored! BMY's!! for $175 each!!
they had nice new RED!!!!!!!!!!! Power cords and head wires!!!

I desperately wanted to go to FF this year.  I mean desperately.  Unfortunately work wouldn't let me this year because of something called "response so billy tea.":hammer:   Grrrrr I don't even like Tea.  However I am making sure I make it to next years in Texas.
I wish I could have bought one at that price.  So maybe I guess I should just hold off until next FF as I have a few more MUST HAVES.
My wife has given me the task of finding a 1898 or so 6 blade pancake. :shock: (at least she has great taste).


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Todd's price is a good price! I was just rolling out fans to pay for others as any one who was there will testify to. I repeat, Todds price is a good price!!! If I was looking for one I would buy his because bnb is becoming so scarce!! You pass on this deal who knows...
 
geo...    Heck, I got a hundred bucks out of a tie!

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Will wait to see the other pics and then make a decision. I know it's a fair price compared to DAREbay (where it's a dare to buy and a pray to get the fan in reasonable shape due to poor packing). Just haven't been to a FF yet and so didn't know pricing there.

All good I am interested and just waiting for more pics.

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As you can see it still has the remnants of the paper label on the bottom but no rust.  The paint is original.  As far as shipping the blade and cage will be removed and packaged seperately.  The base and motor will be wrapped very well with bubble wrap.  The inside of the shipping box will be lined with styrofoam and will be packed with packing peanuts.  The base and motor housing will be situated in the box and reinforced with styrofoam and packing peanuts.  After it is secured it will be lined on the top with more bubble wrap and a piece of styrofoam will be placed on the top.  The boxes will be labeled individually but marked box 1 of 1 and 1 of 2 so they arrive together.  They will be marked fragile and will also have stamps or stickers from USPS also stating that the package is fragile.  The item will be insured for $350.00 at no additional charge. 

It seems like a lot but these motors and bases are very heavy and the slightest movement with the cage and blade on will certainly damage it. 

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Steven Gilmore wrote: George Durbin wrote: Steven Gilmore wrote: I have been looking for a good BMY so I am very interested. Once I get out of work today and get a chance to discuss I will send you a PM. That is if it hasn't been snagged by someone else by that time.

Hi Steve!

Thats why you need to come to Fan Fair. I sold 2 restored! BMY's!! for $175 each!!
they had nice new RED!!!!!!!!!!! Power cords and head wires!!!

I desperately wanted to go to FF this year.  I mean desperately.  Unfortunately work wouldn't let me this year because of something called "response so billy tea.":hammer:   Grrrrr I don't even like Tea.  However I am making sure I make it to next years in Texas.
I wish I could have bought one at that price.  So maybe I guess I should just hold off until next FF as I have a few more MUST HAVES.
My wife has given me the task of finding a 1898 or so 6 blade pancake. :shock: (at least she has great taste).



Steve, the 1898 and earlier 6-wing pancakes are awesome looking fans...But...they are noisy, as they are not residence-type fans. They have heavy, thick, powerful 4-pole motors that spin the 6-wing blades very fast. I think that the only low-speed GE pancakes were made in 1899, and not very many of those, but they came with 4-wing blades, not 6-wing. But if you get an 1899 6-pole, then Kim Frank could possibly make a 6-wing blade for yours.

Todd, thanks for the info. Your other photos show the later trussed struts. Nice fan BTW. I have the 6-wing version, and also a 1908 version where the cord does come into the rear of the motor. BMY's and the large BMY-type motors are my favorite GE-made fans.

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Fred,
Thanks for the heads up on the noise factor.  However I believe she wants it for the BEAUTY / BLING factor.  We have plenty o fans for the quiet calm breeze.  I agree with her on the beauty of it.  There is just something about 6 wings that 4 wings can't compete.
However in regards to the actual start of the thread.  I bought the BMY!  So it's sold and I thank Todd for putting one up.
Looking forward to adding it to the menagerie.  Recently moved so lost my camera cord that allows uploads.  Once it arrives this week I will put up my modest collection to get peoples thoughts.
Thanks for everyone putting in their two cents to help me feel comfortable with the purchase.  :D

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GREAT Steve, I am certain that you will love your new BMY. These are great, reliable fans. Those motors are indestructible.

I like the later, thinner pancake motors that are true pancakes, especially the one with the coil/switch in the base. Those (to me) are the true pancakes from GE.

1899 was the first (I think) of the thin stator stack. The 1897-98 6-wingers had tremendous stacks, and (again, to me) did not really look like pancakes when viewed from the side and top. Big, thick motors!

Left, 1901-02 style, thinner stator stack and case. Quiet when set to low-speed.

Right, 1898 style with 1-1/2" thick, monster stack and quite powerful 4-pole motor. Blows a hurricane of air and noisy, both low and high.

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Fred,
Thanks for the images.  I have recently purchased and received today :clap::clap::clap: a 1903 early pancake fan.  It's a fully ribbed base, 4 strut cage with 10 wires, trunion, 12" four wing fan.  It was the highest on my list because I want to restore it as an honor to my Grandmother who meant the world to me and told me all the great stories of growing up during the age of wonder that she got to live.  
Once I get a camera I will post it.  It appears in pretty good shape as far as all the important parts.  Although cosmetically it has some issues of superficial rust on the iron.  It runs and seems very quiet.  The only issues I can see right now is that it is missing 2 acorn nuts and on the top there is a screw missing that sits over the oil cup.  
I cannot wait to get that camera cord so I can post pictures.:pissed:pissed

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The fan arrived, but sadly it didn't arrive in healthy condition.  The fan arrived face down in the box so the pressure put on the rotor blew out the back of the fan. Here is the sad end result. If anyone has the back end of a BMY please let me know what it would cost to replace.  Many thanks.  Hoping to hear back from the seller.

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I think a refund is in order, hopefully you are able to resolve with seller.

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Getting a partial and then hoping I can get a spare back down the road or not sure if repair can be done on it to get it back into working order.

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Frustrating.

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I'm very sorry to hear this Steven. It's always frustrating when this happens on the forum. It's happened to me and I'm hopeful yours will work out better than mine.

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I didn't get to post this earlier, while any monetary loss is frustrating, the real issue for me is seeing something that has survived 100 years and then in the course of a few days seeing it destroyed. I know it's just an item but it's an item that has survived. Been through the hands of many people. Survived scrap heap calls during the wars and a majority of people that just want new stuff and think old stuff is junk.

It saddens me (course I am also working on a total of 7 hours of sleep since friday night....) (so emotions are a little more on the surface)stoopid insomnia

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Thankfully the group here are an amazing group. Thanks for the support.

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Pm sent,  No rush and thanks a bunch Jim.  I'm at work and hopefully when I get home tonight I will be comatose.  So if I don't respond to you today it's because I am asleep.

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I know it's frustrating. You may be able to jbweld and putty/sand that piece back into place.

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McCarter to the rescue!! Nice job Jim!

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That's very nice of you Jim.

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Really nice Jim

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I just want to send out another thanks to Jim. He's done the major thing to get this fan back onto the path on actually working. The part he sent works for the fan. Thank you Jim :bow

The fan now spins but is a bit jumbly. I think it is now needing some spacers to help keep the rotor under control. I will also look at other things that may need to be adjusted. However the major hurdle is now over thanks to Jim!!

Thank you all for your help and support!!:clap:

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