Ceiling Fan Motors


Motor Rating

There are many fan motors that are used in the ceiling fan industry. Higher quality / performance motors earn more stars.

Five Stars

(5 stars)

K55XL Motor
Flywheel - The flywheel is a high performance motor that has been in production since 1979.

  • Built around thick steel laminations, surrounded by copper wiring
  • Some of the largest sealed precision ball bearings in the industry
  • Quiet operation, due to the rubber flywheel disc absorbing shock

Example fans: Stealth Fan by Casablanca Ceiling Fan, Premium Fan by Emerson Ceiling Fans

Five Stars

(5 stars)

Oil Bath Motor
Oil Bath – The oil bath motor is the first ceiling fan motor technology used.

  • Created by Hunter Fan Company
  • Iron is heavy, but sway and vibration is reduced
  • Oil check is required every 1-5 years

Example fan: Hunter Original series by Hunter Ceiling fans.

Five Stars

(5 stars)

EcoMotor
DC – DC motors are the most energy efficient motors available in the industry.

  • Magnetic field is stationary, unlike AC motors
  • Up to 300% more efficient than standard fans
  • Most fans with this motor have six speeds instead of the standard three speeds

Example fans: DC60 by Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan, Midway Eco by Emerson Ceiling Fans

Four and a Half Stars

(4.5 stars)

Ball Bearing Motor
Ball-Bearing – The ball bearing motor is a shaded four-pole motor that contains permanently sealed bearings.

  • Usually moves in one direction
  • 1/15th - 1/10th horsepower
  • Made in the USA

Example fan: Acqua by Matthews Ceiling Fans

Four and a Half Stars

(4.5 stars)

Ultra Performance Direct Drive Motor
Ultra-Performance Direct Drive – The ultra-performance motor is a type of direct drive motor.

  • High quality bearings and copper wiring
  • The largest stacks of laminated steel in any direct drive motor
  • Provides excellent airflow

Example fans: Maxima by Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan, Edgewood Deluxe by Fanimation Ceiling Fans

Four Stars

(4 stars)

Stack Motor
Stack Motor – The stack motor is a type of direct drive motor

  • High quality bearings and copper wiring
  • Taller stack of laminated steel than standard direct drive motors
  • Quiet operation

Example fan: Altus by Modern Fan Company

Four Stars

(4 stars)

Large Standard Direct Drive Motor
Large Standard Direct Drive Motor – The large standard direct drive motor contains a wide stack.

  • High quality bearings and copper wiring
  • Produces more torque than standard motors
  • 172mm or bigger size motor

Example fans: Los Lunas by Minka-Aire Ceiling Fans, Meadow by Hunter Ceiling Fan

Three and a Half Stars

(3.5 stars)

Standard Direct Drive Motor
Standard Direct Drive Motor – The standard direct drive motor is a common ceiling fan motor.

  • High quality materials
  • Mainly used in contractor / builder grade ceiling fans
  • Produces great airflow

Example fans: Micro by Monte Carlo Ceiling Fans, Builder Specialty by Savoy House Fans

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