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Post# 374671   6/29/2017 at 17:49 by JustJunque (MA)        

Greetings all,

Well, I don't limit my trash picking to Electrolux products.
Today, I felt compelled to rescue a cool looking, turquoise colored, all metal box fan.
I don't know much about fans, but I love vintage stuff!
Once I picked it up, I saw the name plate on top said Eskimo.
It's a two speed, Model 201065.

It needs a good cleaning, and the top carrying handle is missing.
It does run on both speeds, but it seems a little slow to get up to speed.
Probably needs oiling?

I'd love to be able to replace the handle, but an eBay search turned up zero results. If I can't find one there, I figure I'm not going to find one!

As for oiling; I understand these older fans had oiling ports on the motor.
I'll have to try to locate them.
As for oil; people seem to say good things about something called Zoom Spout.
I think I've even seen it mentioned elsewhere on this forum, for use on some vacuum motors.

I'd love to be able to post some pictures of it, as well as my vacuums, but my knowledge of things "tech" is pretty much limited to posting messages.

Any other fan fans here who might be able to offer some advice on oiling, or where I might find a handle for it?



Post# 374726 , Reply# 1   6/29/2017 at 23:40 by Packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
Fan Oil

Congrats on your Eskimo fan!! I use the blue can 3-in-1 oil and have also use Zoom. I purchase it from my local Sewing shop. I had used normal red can 3-in-1 oil, not knowing the difference, for years and my fans all struggled. I then used zoom and they all picked up speed and start faster. We keep about four vintage fans running thru out the warm months to circulate the air. On is from the 40's and the other was a wedding gift to my parents in 1957!! I clean them out each year before storing them and oil them with a drop or two and put them away. They have not failed me yet!! Enjoy your REAL fan!!!

Post# 374727 , Reply# 2   6/29/2017 at 23:44 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
If you can find the forum.....

 dedicated to the restoration of old table fans......


They talk about old bearings and the best oils etc. If a motor bearing requires oil, I use the 20wt oil for electric motors that comes in the blue & white can by the Three In One company. Any good non-detergent 20wt oil would probably be OK though. I like Zoom Turbine oil OK, but prefer the blue & white 20wt.


Your armature might be shot too....the reason it's slow to speed up. Some old fans use capacitors to start up....replace those if you have any. 







Post# 374746 , Reply# 3   6/30/2017 at 15:32 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I have an Eskimo box fan too but mine is a little one on a stand 12" or so.

The advice on oil is good. You can also take the motor apart to clean it out (has two halves of housing with bearings and the coil and rotor fit between them. And you can clean the shaft and bearings out good which it may or may not need to have done.

You can also shine up the aluminum blades if you wanted with Mother's Aluminum Polish.

Post# 374748 , Reply# 4   6/30/2017 at 16:50 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Gosh , bought so many of those fans when I was young in the 60s, had a great allowance then.Loved the look/ color/ artwork

Post# 374754 , Reply# 5   6/30/2017 at 21:13 by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
I LOVE the old box fans.....

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For that matter, all older fans! I used to be quite an avid collector....not so much these days. Now that I have two small kids running around the house, I have slowed down on my fan collecting. I could just see one of them stick their fingers into the "s" cage of my 1901 GE Pancake, or worse, grab the two exposed power terminals on the rear of the motor! Now with that said, I still enjoy a vintage fan at work....this is an Eagle Aire box fan. Runs great on both speeds, and quite the conversation starter when someone spots it!

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Post# 374815 , Reply# 6   7/2/2017 at 18:51 by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
It's been quite a warm day today.....

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And my cheap plastic box fans just aren't cutting it! So, I decided to break out some additional "firepower" to help alleviate the cooling situation (at least until we get our AC fixed)! Had to watch the kiddos like a hawk around it, but it felt great to have the old girl humming along again! Not to mention the awesome breeze she produces!!

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Post# 374819 , Reply# 7   7/2/2017 at 19:52 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Steve, those are lovely! The oldest fan I have is a 50s wall mount that we put in my Grandpa's workroom in his basement. I can't recall the brand...

Post# 374872 , Reply# 8   7/3/2017 at 21:56 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Nice, here are some of my fans.

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