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.
Based on a number of email inquiries, here are instructions for removing the blades from certain Emerson antique desk fans.
You will need some basic tools, including an Allen wrench, a flashlight, and a wrench appropriate to removing the cage.
They are very fragile and protected only with a layer of cloth tape.
It made a terrible squealing noise when I unscrewed it. You’ll want to clean up the threads at this point to remove any crud or rust, and add some oil to make it easy to remove the blades next time.
There are a few types of light fixtures / kits that are available.
The threads fastening the wheel hub to the rotor are left-handed, so you need to spin the hub clockwise to unscrew it.
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.