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What do you guys think of this GE Vortalex?


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Seller says his lowest price is $50. He says it doesn’t shake or make weird noises. He is about 30+ mins away from my so I’m not sure if this is a good deal. Or maybe I should wait for an older vortalex? I’m not sure how good and reliable these fans could be with a little oil and grease. What do you guys think?

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7 minutes ago, Arjun Saini said:

I’d try to ask him to do 40

He was originally asking for $75 and I got him down to $50. I tried to get him to go down to $40 and he said he couldn’t as of now. The fan looks to be in good shape but I don’t know how the inside looks. The paint job isn’t the best  

 

Are these fans good otherwise? I hear they are quiet but quietness isn’t my main concern. I actually like a loud fan too but I just want to make sure it lasts. I see some vortalexs on eBay going for $150 in about the same conditions. 

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THOSE ARE VERY RELIABLE FANS, SOMEONE PAINTED THE BASE AND MOTOR COVER WITH THAT METALLIC SILVER YOURS APPEARS TO BE FROST GRAY UNDERNEATH ...WITH THE RED BADGE... THE SWITCH ISNT CORRECT. THE BLADE LOOKS GOOD FROMM COMPUTER, AS THOSE EASILY GO "OUT OF CLOCK" AND ARE A BEAR TOO RE BALANCE AGAIN ... THEY ARE ALSO VERY QUIET RUNNING 

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18 hours ago, Tom Zapf said:

THOSE ARE VERY RELIABLE FANS, SOMEONE PAINTED THE BASE AND MOTOR COVER WITH THAT METALLIC SILVER YOURS APPEARS TO BE FROST GRAY UNDERNEATH ...WITH THE RED BADGE... THE SWITCH ISNT CORRECT. THE BLADE LOOKS GOOD FROMM COMPUTER, AS THOSE EASILY GO "OUT OF CLOCK" AND ARE A BEAR TOO RE BALANCE AGAIN ... THEY ARE ALSO VERY QUIET RUNNING 

Thank you for the reply. Will the blades go out of wack by themselves? Or does it take stupidity for them to be messed up? Like storing the fan poorly etc

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19 hours ago, Paul Carmody said:

You would probably pay more than that on an online auction,then have to pay shipping..If you like it I would say it’s not a bad deal.That’s is if it runs like he says.

I got it! It runs great. Other than the paint and the switch, the fan is all original. But everything is in great condition currently. I regreased the oscillator. It was so gross! And I re oiled it. The oil cup had tan, thick shit in it. So I cleaned it all and put some zoom spout oil in it. Eventually will need a new plug as it has a small crack in it and it will need a new wick. The run down time from high is 30 seconds which doesn’t seem bad. It does run slower than my Emerson on high but I don’t think these were fast moving fans

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Vorty's are terrific well made fans, perfect for daily running. The only issue I ever noticed was sometimes they can buzz but that can be cured by coating the stator wires with a light shellac. That works everytime. You can get a replacement switch that looks like the picture below.

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On 2/5/2023 at 5:21 PM, David Kilnapp said:

Vorty's are terrific well made fans, perfect for daily running. The only issue I ever noticed was sometimes they can buzz but that can be cured by coating the stator wires with a light shellac. That works everytime. You can get a replacement switch that looks like the picture below.

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Thank you for this link. I will strongly think about purchasing this because the switch that’s on the fain now is horrendous lol

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On 2/3/2023 at 4:47 PM, Lane Shirey said:

They don’t go out of balance by themselves and were balanced at the factory. But a bump or fall at some point in its life can cause them to be out of balance.  

It is **slightly** out of balance but nothing concerning. I try to be extra careful about moving and doing work on this fan. 

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On 2/5/2023 at 5:21 PM, David Kilnapp said:

Vorty's are terrific well made fans, perfect for daily running. The only issue I ever noticed was sometimes they can buzz but that can be cured by coating the stator wires with a light shellac. That works everytime. You can get a replacement switch that looks like the picture below.

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Same issue on mine but it comes from the coil 

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