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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted July 23, 2016 - 04:04 PM

For several years now, I've wanted a windmill.  I used to have one of the 8 foot cheapies and it was nice while it lasted.  Once it was gone I made a promise to myself to BUILD a nice windmill around 15 or 16 feet high.  Well today was the day.  I bought the head kit from Lonestar Windmills out of Ross, Texas.  Wonderful people to deal with.  I had to put the entire head together and then build the base.  They give you a material list and cut sheets to get everything right.  It was pretty easy really.

 

So I started with this.

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Going through the blades, one by one.

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All blades installed.

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Head complete and ready to go.

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Here's the pile of lumber, some of the pieces laid out and one side done.

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Finished base waiting to be moved and on the trailer ready to go to its new home.  Believe me when I tell you this thing is HEAVY!

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Getting settled into it's place in the yard.

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Finally, the finished product!  This was a fun project and I highly recommend this outfit.

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Edited by KennyP, July 23, 2016 - 05:21 PM.
I hope I did this right!

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Posted July 23, 2016 - 04:10 PM

If someone could please rotate pictures 5, 8, 11 & 12 90 degrees, I would appreciate it.  I've not had this problem before but I guess I do now.  Thanks.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 04:26 PM

Looks great Jeff!

Those little cheapies don't last too long but that looks like a very good quality build.  Should last a long time.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 04:59 PM

Looks good Jeff  :thumbs:   Someday I'd like to get me one too.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 05:03 PM

If someone could please rotate pictures 5, 8, 11 & 12 90 degrees, I would appreciate it.  I've not had this problem before but I guess I do now.  Thanks.

Give me a bit to see what I can do without messing things up!


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 05:35 PM

I have a 4' that my folks had for several years.  We have had it for about 10 years now.  Have replaced the bearings for the fan twice and rebuilt the swivel block once.  It is till standing and turning good.  Things last when you take care of them.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 05:40 PM

Thanks Kenny!


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 05:41 PM

That is nice
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Posted July 23, 2016 - 06:05 PM

I have often thought it would be nice to have a wind mill here. They used to be in just about every farm yard and pasture. 

Yours sure turned out nice and should last a life time the way it looks. Thanks for letting us see how it was assembled.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 06:50 PM

Looks good.
Is it purely decorative or does it do work too?
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Posted July 23, 2016 - 06:56 PM

Good little widnmill.
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Posted July 23, 2016 - 07:14 PM

I really like that. Looks good!
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Posted July 23, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Looks good.
Is it purely decorative or does it do work too?

Purely decorative.  It spins nice but it won't be pumping any water of anything.  I just wanted one for looks.  Funny side story; we were in Amish country in Ohio a few years back and I had heard there was a guy who had windmills.  Well we looked him up and paid him a visit.  He asked me how big of a mill I wanted to which I replied "A 16 footer".  Well he took me into this building where he had a 16 foot head partially assembled.  The thing was huge.  In short, I told him I just wanted one to look nice in the yard.  He was in the real windmill business!


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 10:39 PM

very nice windmill, might need to build me one someday.


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Posted July 23, 2016 - 11:02 PM

   Is there a provision for limiting speed or turning it out of the wind when wind speed gets to high. I had a cheep bolt together that self destructed in a stiff breeze. Never did find all the parts. Don


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