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How to take down a windmill?
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Frank Hall    Posted 08-26-2004 at 20:39:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a very old windmill in running condition that I need to move. How do I take it down, do I need to take it apart completely, just remove the head & wheel, can it be lowered down intact. Please help.

F. Hall

Rowdy Yates    Posted 08-26-2004 at 22:09:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you wanting to do with it?

Find some Amish fellas, I bet they'd take it down for ya, or at least tell ya how they do it.

Sell it to someone, then let them worry about it. I own a bucket truck and I'd luv to have it, but I'm sure you probably live half a million miles away.

Just a thought

Speaking of windmills    Posted 08-26-2004 at 21:48:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would love to have an old windmill.. how
complicated of an engineering process is it..? and
to get one moved to my location in Indiana! I've
never had any one "teach" me the dynamics of
windmilling. Only one person in my family had
one, and she is long gone and the property went
back to her much senior deceased husband's son
years ago. Any education would be most

Bob    Posted 08-26-2004 at 21:08:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
A neighbor of mine just lowered one this summer, with the head still on.

An elderly gentleman in the area still had hinge plates from years ago that they attached to 2 legs, along with some extra cross braces on the bottom section, so it wouldn't collapse when it was tipped, after the other two legs were unbolted from the base irons. They used a well pump service truck, with a boom and a winch to lower it over under control of the winch cable, which they chained to 2 legs about 2/3 of the way to the top of the tower.

(Caution!!! Do this at your own risk! I'm just explaining what the neighbors did, and it worked for them, but I assume no liability if you try this yourself.)

mojo    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:49:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the way I've always heard of it being done. Plan on doing it myself someday. It's nearly impossible to dig the original bases out so they have to be reset on new ones. Everything else is as Bob says. I don't believe they're all that heavy, heard of a bunch of guys letting it down instead of a truck, but overkill in this case would be recommended!

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