She and her husband enjoy remodeling old houses and are currently working on a 1970s home.So you’ve obtained an antique desk fan, and you want clean it up and restore it, but you just can’t seem to figure out how to get the blades off.Next, you need to examine the rotor of your Emerson’s motor using a flashlight.Look for a “blind” hole drilled into the side of the rotor.Brass was the choice metal for the fan blades until the 1940s, when manufacturers such as Emerson Electric created aluminum and steel fans. Westinghouse and Emerson also made table fans for the American market.The 1937 “Silver Swan” was an Emerson product made with a cast iron base, but the guard was steel and the blades were aluminum. AEG was a German maker of early desk fans, with a few imported to the United States.
Once you’ve got the Allen wrench in position, grasp the fan blade by the blade hub (commonly called the “spider”).
I am seeking out some info regarding my Emerson 79648AX. Wonder how I could clean up the rust without further damaging the paint?
It's around 21 inches tall and was manufactured in 1952. My father apparently also used this fan, because he stuck a STICKER (grrrr...) of his fraternity on the name badge. Last edited on Wed Apr 6th, 2011 am by While both pot metal and cast iron come out of a hot (very hot!
The hub on my fan had frozen onto the rotor, and no amount of physical force would get it turning.
I trickled some penetrating oil down the hub so it could get into the threads and free things up, but even after that I had to heat up the hub spindle with a heat gun.