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Windmill building
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markct    Posted 05-26-2003 at 19:51:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have been thinking of building a traditional style metal frame windmill like ya saw on farms from the 1940s. i would like to use it to pump water for a small pond,i was probably going to keep it small, like 24ft tower since thats the length that steel angle comes in. and probably about a 6 ft dia blade assembly on it,i was just wondering if anyone had any idea roughly what angle the legs are usualy spread out at,i have been thinking of making it about 8ft sqaure at the base but im not sure. just wanted your thoughts and if ya had any pictures or measurements of windmills that would help too


DeadCarp    Posted 05-27-2003 at 06:42:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
What i meant to mention was Lindsay Books' Windnmill, but i wanted to also ask if you've ever considered a Darius-type windmill? (This guy Darius invented it like 2500 years ago, but his needed a shove to start) One of the drawbacks to windmills is having lotsa machinery up top and having to routinely scale that darn tower to grease it. Well a Darius-type is a vertical blade, kinda resembles a mixmaster blade on end, and once installed, requires only one bearing up top to buck wind & support the blade and shaft. The rest of the brakes, gears, generator etc, can be ground level. Having a vertical axis, this thing always faces the wind too. I once made some experimental Darius blades out of a plastic drum, sliced it into 3 pieces like banana peels, slanted them outward to catch the wind and found the thing to be pretty sturdy and it self-limited its rotation in strong gusts. (Wouldn't over-rev) Give it a think :)



markct    Posted 05-27-2003 at 09:05:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
yea a guy up the street made one of them windmills a few years ago outa peices of 55 gal drums,it worked ok but i realy want the look of a traditional windmill also. here at work we have a sheetmetal shop and one of the guys was figuring out how we could form the blades and stuff,i have been getting some prices on the angle iron for building the tower also. i am going to go with a chain drive for the reduction on the crank box,i have been trying to think of the best way to regulate it still tho


Randy    Posted 05-27-2003 at 02:58:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Used to be one right down here on RT 25 in Brookfield. Maybe it's still there. Remind me and I'll go look for you.


markct    Posted 05-27-2003 at 04:54:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
hmm, i remember seeing that when i was little, i will have to take a drive when i get some time and look at it, i had almost forgoten about it


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