Entire fan was stripped down to bare metal, sanded, polished and clear coated. The cast iron base was finished in a clear enamel and the other steel pieces finished with a specialized clear lacquer. The blades are well balanced. From full speed to full stop takes more than 30 seconds for the blade to stop rotating. Very impressive for this type of fan.
This is the natural color of the metals and the finish is very smooth. The cast iron base would naturally be a little rougher than the motor housing. Some of the photographs in this gallery show discoloration to the cage that cannot been seen under normal lighting conditions.
There is shrink wrap tubing surrounding electric tape to keep the rubber grommet snug against the power cord. Some of the minor hardware pieces are not original to the fan, but closely resemble the originals.
The base could be turned around as some of these models seen on the Internet have the bases switched around. Which way does it really go? It doesn't matter, either way looks good and functions well.
The base has new gray rubber pads which happen to fit nicely.
The fan never had an On/Off switch, but it does now. The 8 foot cord and plug are also replacements to the originals.
Front side of stator in the year 2017. The cloth tape wrapping around the windings is falling apart and marks the beginning of the end for this motor unless it is reinsulated. Did not look like this in the year 2004.
Front side of the stator after it has been reinsulated. The windings should be in good shape for the next few decades.
Back side of stator in the year 2017. A number of years ago the power cord was epoxied to the delicate winding leads to keep the connection stable. This side also needs to be reinsulated.
Back side of the stator after it has been reinsulated. Very difficult to insulate every exposed wire as some of the windings were loosely wound. Both front and rear bronze bearings are self aligning and have been cleaned and lubricated. There are no oil wicks, but according the the manufacturer the fan never needs lubrication. This is not exactly true and should have a few drops of non detergent light motor oil added to the front and rear shaft or bearing every year of use.
Body pieces before reassembly. The cage is riveted to the motor housing front and has been tightened so that it is not loose. The blade shaft was also tightened so that it would also not be loose. The original button that fits onto the blade is in fair shape. Some of the lettering is scratched and one of the tabs broke off during assembly. Very common issue that will be addressed at a later time. Still snaps on to the blade and does not cause issue during working operation.
This 1939 advertisement comes from the Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company museum.
This is another "Handy Breeze" found on the Internet. The badge color motor support are a little different and probably not made the same year as the one in this gallery. The paint is probably original and looks very drab.
This is a "Sterling" fan of similar model to the "Handy Breeze". Both made by Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company. This image came from the manufacturer's museum. Notice how the base is turned around.
1941 advertisement page 116. Notice how the base of the fan located in the upper left hand corner is turned around when compared to the "Sterling" fan found on the Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company museum.
1941 advertisement page 115. Shows date of the advertisement.
Handy Breeze Type ASUS 8" Single Speed Stationary Electric Fan, Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company, Circa 1940
A collection of images from a restored (refinished) World War II era electric fan. Has a 2 pole motor with a cast iron base and stamped steel blade and motor housing. Spins quietly at 3600 r.p.m. (under no load) and pushes a lot of air for its size. The effective range for this fan is 4-10 feet and is suitable for table top usage.
Probably a drug store or "Five and Dime" type item. Most fans of this type weren't built very well and as a result most are long gone or are in very poor shape. This one happens to be in excellent electrical and cosmetic condition and appears to be well built. Shouldn't call the work done as a "restoration" since the cord, switch and plug are not period correct and the finish is diiferent than it was at the factory. Not exactly a collector's item, but the embellishment to the finish makes it unique and mildly valuable.
The flash from the camera makes the fan look more discolored or dirty than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled. Shrinking the browser window will shrink its contents possibly making it easier to view the gallery.
Valued in the range of $85 - $125.