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Posted 5 years ago


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Pictured is a General Electric fan from approximately 1915. If plugged in and set on "High," the fan blades still rotate (albeit slowly).


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Lube front & rear bearings with Marvel Mystery Oil. All other oils will soon sludge up & burn out the motor. If you have tried any other oil, spray solvent to clean it out before using Marvel. Chances are it will be like new again.
  2. NicoleJerelen NicoleJerelen, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the tip, blunderbuss2!
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Spread the word. I live in the tropics & have experimented with everything as friends have. Fans will last longer than we do if cleaned & lubed right. Can't find Marvel? Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion is next best as strange as that may sound. Don't try to reason it, just go with what works.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Kevin, I wish I could come up with some erotic story that would leave you p anting, but if there was one, I don't remember it. Over the years, i just noticed that machine oils of every kind seemed to bog them up, including baby oils until I hit on Vaseline I.C. & spread the word. It worked & everybody appreciated it. Then a friend told me marvel was better so I tried it. I can't really say which works best because no fans ever failed using either if done when you notice that a fan doesn't rotate freely when turned off. Marvel is just a little easier to use so I switched. The rear bearings aren't so easy to get to but it works. I haven't had to buy a new fan in about 8-10 yrs. Before that, about 1 every year. I used to go into stores and ask, "How much are your $22 fans?" Now they are over $50 so this tip is well worth listening to.

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