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1960’s Kenmore Roll-A-Matic Fan


Mel and I were out and about antiquing when I came across this fantastic fan. It is pretty large and it looked like it had some unique controls. I loved the fact that it was attached to a roller stand.


It’s great that it can be wheeled around so easily.


This fan has a manual vertical adjustment. The above photo shows the fan all the way down and the photo below is raised. The great knobs on the side allow you to adjust the angle in any direction.


This unit has some control options I am not familiar with.


It has a simple control panel, but the one thing I noticed was that rectangular light on the top. I figure it has something to do with the thermostat this fan has. This was my first experience with a fan that has a thermostat. Another great thing about this fan is that it blows and sucks air. I imagine it was a great feature when by an open window.


I am still trying to figure out the thermostat portion of the fan.


When the Comfort Control Knob is adjusted…..


This indicator light illuminates. I will have to play with it, but I am sure I will figure it out. I wish I had some literature on this fan. I am sure this was a high end fan for the time.


What I also dig about this fan is how accessible everything is. Both back covers pop off easily for cleaning.


This fan has a large motor and it has a lifetime lubrication warranty!


With tempatures around 105 degrees lately, this fan will get a lot of use!


8 responses »

  1. Great find Guys…….what a fantastic apparatus, it probably weighs a ton…..enjoy it!!!!!

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  2. Ah, Kenmore. They don’t make ’em like they used to!

    Hi Shane! It’s Debi from Mad Girl Retro. I was snooping around Google, researching some lamps and I found myself on your site. I’m like, hmm, this name–Hepcat–sounds familiar. Then I realized you were my orange can opener buyer! Hope you loved it. Since then, my can opener broke and I thought darn! I should have kept that can opener! Because they don’t make ’em like they used to!

    P.S. I love your lamp restorations. I have a pair that look like Reglor but I’m unsure….

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  3. Keep us posted if you figure out what the “comfort control” knob does – maybe automatically shuts off the fan if the temperature drops?


  4. David Armstrong

    I have a model VERY similar to this – Kenmore model # 480.81020 – I will soon be 55, and this fan is in my earliest memories. Just dug it out of the back of my shed today.

    Oddly enough, I can find NOTHING on the internet about my particular model, which is quite odd for a Sears model #. You can usually find SOMETHING about most Sears model #s.


  5. Is there any way you can tell me what the size of the run capacitor in the back of the fan is? I have one of these fans and the capacitor quit, but the markings on the side are long gone. I put a 12.5 uF capacitor in and got it to work, but I want to make sure that this is the right size. I appreciate your input. Sears Parts Direct is of ZERO help.



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