A BAKER FAN for Montgomery County Pioneer Association

| July/August 1994

  • Baker Fan

  • Baker Fan

RR 2, Box 325, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933

First, we got the okay to make the fan from the Pioneer Association. We went to some old fashioned day shows to get some ideas for a fan. We went to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There we saw a fan that was designed the way we wanted. We also bought an eight-inch wide by sixteen-inch diameter pulley.

When we got home, I drew up some plans, and at the next meeting, we told everyone what was needed to build the fan. Two members said they knew of a building being built that might have some scrap steel left over. They brought more pieces of channel, eight-feet long by ten inches wide. We needed a little more than what they got as scrap, about twenty feet more. We used new steel for runners and I cut the old steel into forty eight-inch long pieces. I clamped those together edgeways and welded them to make four legs 5' x 10' x 48' long.

Next, I made a fan housing. One night while I was working in the machine shop, I started with a piece of three-inch tubing, found two tapered bushings that were for 5/8' We belt pulleys and bored four degree angles at each end of the tubing. Then, I drilled and threaded three holes three-eighths standard thread to tighten the bushings on this shaft and in the end of the fan housing. We bored a two-inch hole in the sixteen-inch pulley and broached a half-inch keyway in it and put half-inch threads for a half-inch square head set screw. I also took the two-inch shaft and milled the keyways we would need.

This was all done ahead of time.

We cut the legs at the top end the angle we needed to weld a frame to it. We cut the lower end horizontal with the floor and welded the lower end to a ten-inch channel we were using for skids. After cutting the top of the A frame horizontal with the bottom, we welded the three-quarter by six-inch bearing plates on the top of the A frame. We bolted the bearing blocks down on the plates 20-inches long.


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