Finally got my fan yesterday - almost 4 weeks since the assembly arrived, minus that one important part. When the truck pulled up and the driver handed me the box, my first thought was OH BOY ... HERE WE GO! Was an awfully small box for a 14" fan. Then I open it to see this little 4" fan ... and my blood pressure started to reach critical mass .. and then I realized that this was a fan that required ASSEMBLY! Well that's no problem ... until I look and find that all 24 holes in the spider and in the fan blades to join the 2 pieces together were all a couple bit sizes too small for the supplied hardware! Nothin's ever easy around here! Had to dig out my Drill Doctor after spending 10 minutes trying to get through 1/32" of chinese stamped metal ... but once sharpened it took about half that long to do the next 23. Bolted together, checked for correct rotation, and installed. FINALLY.
It's not balanced very well, and the shaded pole bearings in the motor suck, so I can't balance it using the sink-to-the-bottom technique. I bent the blades so that they all followed the exact same path, and that helped quite a bit. Better than it was.
Geesh .. this is what you get for over $100 today. Unreal! It's an American company ... but they definitely need to get their *censored* together! That fan normally sells for just under $150 with shipping. Was on sale, so I got it for $120. I guess I still paid that $30 extra dollars in aggravation though! I'll post some pics ....
Here's a couple pics of VERY old motor oil. The brownish oil with the white filter came out of a Toyota Camry. About 18k on this conventional oil!!
Was the consistency of gear oil, LOL! The rainbow colored oil is out of a snowblower - unknown age .. but estimated to be VERY old!
Word of the day? MAINTENANCE! Do it, DAMMIT!