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#5881090 - 08/16/15 01:19 PM water windmill info
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Seadrift/Plainview,Mn/SnCanada
I'm looking at digging 2 water ponds/tanks for wildlife/cattle and would like to put in a water windmill to supply the ponds. I have tried googling but haven't come up with much info on who installs them, costs, drilling, minimal size, brand names, trouble shooting, ect. ect.

Anyone have any info or recommendations you could share? I am on the Gulf Coast near Victoria/ Seadrift.
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#5881101 - 08/16/15 01:25 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Try search venue, good article short time ago about wells in your area.
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#5881141 - 08/16/15 01:59 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Many of the standard well drillers also do windmills, most will have that info in the ad in your phone book


Edited by Western (08/16/15 02:00 PM)
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#5881676 - 08/16/15 08:18 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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We had windmills most of my life and they can be a serious headache, especially with an ever dwindling supply of mechanics for them. I would research a submersible pump that runs off a solar panel; that's likely what we're going to use next time.
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#5881694 - 08/16/15 08:26 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
We had windmills most of my life and they can be a serious headache, especially with an ever dwindling supply of mechanics for them. I would research a submersible pump that runs off a solar panel; that's likely what we're going to use next time.


Goulds makes one just like this, that "off gridders" use.
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#5881724 - 08/16/15 08:40 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Thanks for info. Guessing there are a bunch of moving parts to a windmill. But aren't most those solar pumps cheap Chinese made trash??
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#5881750 - 08/16/15 08:50 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Not Goulds, one of the best and made in the USA iirc. Grundfos is another good pump. Avoid everything at the box stores if you want longevity odds (read the reviews)

This may interest you

http://www.simplepump.com/
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#5881754 - 08/16/15 08:51 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Originally Posted By: sillyhorses
I'm looking at digging 2 water ponds/tanks for wildlife/cattle and would like to put in a water windmill to supply the ponds. I have tried googling but haven't come up with much info on who installs them, costs, drilling, minimal size, brand names, trouble shooting, ect. ect.

Anyone have any info or recommendations you could share? I am on the Gulf Coast near Victoria/ Seadrift.



Don't take this the wrong way... Don't do it!!!!

Pain in the rear. Get a solar pump and be done with it

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#5881759 - 08/16/15 08:53 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
We had windmills most of my life and they can be a serious headache, especially with an ever dwindling supply of mechanics for them. I would research a submersible pump that runs off a solar panel; that's likely what we're going to use next time.


Ha I should of read down further!

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#5882121 - 08/17/15 07:51 AM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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good advice, I'll do some research on the solar pumps. Thanks!
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#5882130 - 08/17/15 08:00 AM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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I don't have one, and I have no experience with them. A very good friend of mine owns a crane business in CA and HI that for awhile repaired the cranes for a company that did maintenance on the windmills on the Altamont Pass in CA. He said it was never ending trying to keep them going. Not that they have anything to do with water windmills other then to point out that everything moving requires maintenance. They are also expensive. When I was looking into buying one, after digging the well, it was at least $3 grand to get started with very little water output. Couple hundred gallons a day if I remember correctly. My 4 acre pond will drop a few inches per week during the peak of summer due to evaporation, which is about 100,000 gallons per inch. For me, there is just no way to justify spending the money on something that I would never see any result from.

I am going with a shallow solar pump system to fill a 2,500 gallon storage tank in my garden that I plan to use to water the plants every night. For a couple grand, I think I can come up with a system that will allow me to do this. I've already dug the shallow well, I just need to get all my measurements figured out before buying anything.

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#5882152 - 08/17/15 08:17 AM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 07/27/15
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Loc: Stephens county
I have a aermotor windmill ( 10 ft mill 33 ft tower ) yes I went big.
The most common is a 8ft mill 27ft tower.

Once a year climb the tower pull the plug on the bottom of the mill drain the oil and replace it.
That's all there is to maintaining a windmill. In real bad storms lock them down.


The pump on a solar panel is another great idea !


Edited by StephensCnty308 (08/17/15 08:18 AM)

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#5882154 - 08/17/15 08:18 AM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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Eddie, you cant tap into that 6" water well line that runs through your place?
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#5882208 - 08/17/15 09:01 AM Re: water windmill info [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Originally Posted By: StephensCnty308
I have a aermotor windmill ( 10 ft mill 33 ft tower ) yes I went big.
The most common is a 8ft mill 27ft tower.

Once a year climb the tower pull the plug on the bottom of the mill drain the oil and replace it.
That's all there is to maintaining a windmill. In real bad storms lock them down.


The pump on a solar panel is another great idea !


Broken sucker rod, worn out leathers? Both common at our place and both a big PITA because you have to pull the well. Unfortunately adding to the misery is the fact that the only mechanic in the county is about 85 yrs old.
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#5882620 - 08/17/15 01:14 PM Re: water windmill info [Re: sillyhorses]
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I researched them about 5 yrs ago and it was about $20K, solar submersible sounds like a much better way to go.
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