Buying a windmill? : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread

I'm going to an auction Saturday to look at a couple implements for sale and noticed in the flyer that there is a 30' windmill for sale. Now, I'll be the first to admit my windmill knowledge is limited at best. I'm not sure I need one (translation: I don't know how I'd use one) but I just like the idea of having a windmill. It's just the association it has in my mine with younger times on the old family farm. That windmill is long gone now, but I'd sure love seeing one on my ground.

Maybe this is my "anti-Buy Nothing" effort for the week, but I really think it'd be neat to have one even if for me it's just decorative. Can you tell I'm not married here? I'd never get away with something like this if I was. ;o) All kidding aside and assuming it works, what might something like that be worth?

-- Gary in Indiana (, April 02, 2002



I also don't know what it would be worth, but have wonderful childhood memories of my grandparents windmill. It was our tower in the castle and house and of course, it was a way cool space ship!! The propane tank was right by it and that would be our horse, boat, car, whatever!! Thanks for the memories and if you were my husband I would encourage you to buy it!!!

-- Ivy in NW AR (, April 02, 2002.

I am a woman and I would like to have one for decoration and to use as well. I loved the one we had at home. It was on a 30 foot tower also.

I'm not sure of the price. If it is just the windmill and no batteries etc... I would guess from $200-$600 depending on the shape it is in. I would pay on the low side of that for one!

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, April 02, 2002.

Wow, if it bids out in the $200-$600 range I think I'd have to own it! Regardless of pumps, batteries or whatever else, if it's in any kind of decent shape I think it'd be worth that much to me just for the memories.

My Dad is gone almost fourteen years now, but I'd love to get it set up and take my Uncle (my Dad's baby brother) and Aunt out and show it to them. They lived on the family farm until they retired and moved into town a few years back.

By all rights this is not a wise expenditure when I really need a box blade, a brush hog and some other things but I guess sometimes you just have to lead with your heart and not with your head. ;o)

-- Gary in Indiana (, April 03, 2002.

Around here (NW OK) it would easily bring 1500+ if it was in even fair shape.

-- charlieS (, April 03, 2002.

I am not sure on the price, just saying that is what I would pay. My brother-in-law bought one in good shape for $200 a few years ago.

My Dad built ours himself and did not even spend that much for all the supplies he needed, but if course he is a welder so that helps!

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, April 03, 2002.

Melissa, would your Dad have any interest in building another one? ;o)

-- Gary in Indiana (, April 03, 2002.

He would like to build another one for himself I know. When my parents sold their house after they divorced, the mill stayed there. Now he built a log house on top of a hill where the wind always blows! He has set up several solar panels and would also like to utilize the abundance of wind. He is very innovative when it comes to these kinds of things! He is always thinking of something to build.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, April 04, 2002.

I am looking for technical help to construct one in villages of rural India. Genuine help required.

-- Sandesh (, September 07, 2002.

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