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"Pop Can" Windmill
“I built it because I like to make one-of-a-kind things,” says Randy Kurtz, who recently sent FARM SHOW photos of a 30-ft. high ornamental windmill he built for his back yard. The windmill’s “blades” are made from 8 bicycle wheel rims fitted with aluminum pop cans cut off at the top. Four of the wheels go clockwise and 4 go counterclockwise.
    A 20-in. tall eagle with a 4-ft. wing span perches on the legs, as well as a birdhouse made out of metal.
    “It makes quite a sight when the wind is blowing,” says Randy. “We came up with the idea when we took down three windmills. We hoped to salvage enough parts to recreate an old fashioned windmill in our yard. However, the blades had been used for target practice and were shot so full of holes that we couldn’t use them.”
    They ended up removing all the blades, then made a 4-ft. dia. metal ring and mounted the 8 bike wheel rims on it. Each wheel has 16 cans bolted onto it and spins on its own axle.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Randy Kurtz, N6858 County Hwy. DE, Beaver Dam, Wis. 53916 (ph 920 885-4709; Kurtz@ziemanproductions.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4