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Posted July 24, 2016 - 05:17 PM

Standing on during repairs? Remember they were much bigger in real-time.
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Posted July 24, 2016 - 05:37 PM

I'm actually thinking about becoming a dealer for these guys. Not often you get a product that makes you feel that way.
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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:34 PM

Looks great at your place :thumbs:


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:41 PM

Well, as I said, I wanted to do it right this time.  I'd gone through the sheet metal cheapies too.  Got tired of replacing bearings and such. 

I had a couple of the Chinese ones. The blades were welded on with the smallest tack weld. After a year or so, the blades would break off. The original American made ones are well made but more expensive.


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Ok, here's a general question about windmills.  Just about every mill I look at has that shelf or table top as I call it toward the top of the structure.  I know they have to have served a purpose at one time but I've never seen anything mounted on them.  Did they hold gearing or something for water duty? Were they simply a place to hold your tools during service?  Does anyone know?

      The old original wind mills had controls to stop them when not in use. They needed considerable attention and regular lubrication maintenance to keep them functional. the deck was a work platform.  Don


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Posted July 25, 2016 - 07:41 AM

http://aermotorwindmill.com/

 

Used to see these windmills when I was a kid,  (Ohio) Most of the Amish had them to pump water, some mounted next to there barn. Now  they use fuel powered engines to pump water, and solar panels .

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Posted July 25, 2016 - 08:18 AM

http://aermotorwindmill.com/

 

Used to see these windmills when I was a kid,  (Ohio) Most of the Amish had them to pump water, some mounted next to there barn. Now  they use fuel powered engines to pump water, and solar panels .

Stan

I am familiar with the area.  Love it out there!  You were lucky getting to grow up in an area like that.



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Posted July 25, 2016 - 08:23 AM

      The old original wind mills had controls to stop them when not in use. They needed considerable attention and regular lubrication maintenance to keep them functional. the deck was a work platform.  Don

My BIL and I had this very conversation last night.  He felt that it was a platform to stand on and work.  Guess he was right.  Thanks so much for giving that information.  That's the kind of thing that we're starting to lose.  I appreciate it.



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Posted July 25, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Getting up on that platform didn't seem like much of a problem but I'd swear getting down was almost impossible. Only did it once and it it scared the c**p out of me.


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Posted July 25, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Getting up on that platform didn't seem like much of a problem but I'd swear getting down was almost impossible. Only did it once and it it scared the c**p out of me.

That I believe.  Once would be enough for me as well!


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Posted July 25, 2016 - 02:48 PM

In Western Kansas, some of these would be 80' to 100' tall!


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Posted July 25, 2016 - 03:51 PM

Standing on during repairs? Remember they were much bigger in real-time.

Sorry GL, you were correct as well and I overlooked that.  Gotta give credit where credit is due!



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Posted July 25, 2016 - 08:07 PM

Batavia, Illinois is known for the windmill factories that used to be there. http://www.bataviahi....org/wmills.htm


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Posted July 30, 2016 - 05:15 AM

Ok, here's a general question about windmills.  Just about every mill I look at has that shelf or table top as I call it toward the top of the structure.  I know they have to have served a purpose at one time but I've never seen anything mounted on them.  Did they hold gearing or something for water duty? Were they simply a place to hold your tools during service?  Does anyone know?

the platform on or near the top was for standing on when servicing the heads & blades ect & also for tools & such , always had to make sure the head & tail was locked off in case a wind started blowing ,  or would get choped up & or knocked off aswell 

 

Shane


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Posted July 30, 2016 - 05:21 AM

i got a scar to prove the wheel blades do bite some , got a 6" reminder on my left arm from the wrist up from dads ole pile of junk when i was a teen 

 

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