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Home Built Windmill
We used a truck engine fan to make blades for the windmill, extending the blades so total blade diameter is 48-in. We used a Ford car spindle for the hub. We used a car wheel balancer to balance the blades. The wind-mill is 6 ft. square at the base and its legs are anchored in 5-ft. deep, 12-in. dia. cement pillars. We also built a second 10-ft. tall windmill.
We had a working windmill on my farm until a tornado destroyed it in 1946. Now I'm the only farmer in my area with windmills. They make good conversation pieces, especially during Christmas when we add Christmas lights and a star on top just below the blades. (David Heinze, 41008 275th St., Belgrade, Minn. 56312 ph 612 254-8438)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3