At different times, in the last 2 months, 3 of these 4 fans have had to be repaired. Two of these started making a grating metallic noise, when run for more than 10 minutes. Noise which could be music, when drowned in the sound of heavy drums , to some ears at an acid rock concert. Ball bearings had to be replaced in these 2 fans. The other moved at the speed of of a windmill - when faced with wind speed of less than 6 knots*.The capacitor had to be replaced.
Ceiling and other fans, from as far as I can remember, have been very reliable. In the 70's and 80' I don't remember the fans in our house even requiring maintenance for over a decade. This is about fans from an era when Indian manufacturing had not yet come of age. The age of the Ambassador and the Premier Padmini.
The poor quality of these fans surprised me. What I am not sure of is,if this poor quality is on account of poor manufacturing at Bajaj or is it the Made in China effect?
*A windmill needs a minimum wind-speed of 6.88 knots