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post #1 of 178 Old 07-21-2016, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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those Great Big Windmills..

all this spring & summer they have been puttin up those great big Mills in our county.. today I made a tour of our county to see these.. they r usin fixed boom cranes to put them up.. these booms must b 300-350 feet tall.. there must b 8-10 cranes..

I got one report that they will b makin 240 of them.. another report says 134.. so not sure of the count yet.. anyway on to the pics..

now mind ya that at times I was usin my 18 power zoom to bring the pics in closer.. some of the activity was 1 1/2 miles away.. ''

the towers have a tube style base which is in 3 sections.. herd this base was 150 feet tall.. the propellers r 90 feet long.. they r assembled to the prop hub then all 4 parts r installed on the gen head.. that gen head weighs 70,000 pounds..

one pic is of the substation where the generated power hits the grid.. the voltage of that line is about 132,000 volts..

it has been stated that in another 3 years Iowa will b the nations leader in Mill Gen power.. they r growin faster than the corn in Iowa..

more pics in the next postin
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post #2 of 178 Old 07-21-2016, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

OOOHHH.. those big cranes get driven thro the fields & across the roads with the boom up.. they do not break it apart.. we did get a close up of one of them.. & the track he will b takin across the field & road ahead.. the R.E.C. people make a temp underground line where they cross the roads..

the local concrete company has set up a tempory plant to mix the concrete for the bases.. it takes a big bunch of loads to fill the hole.. one report says it is 30 feet in diameter & 30 feet deep..
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the round fenderd JD's
4-JD 60's.. 2-JD 70's.. 6-JD 100's.. 2-JD 110's.. 2-JD 112's..

3 JD LT 155's.. JD R-72.. JD Scotts 2048.. JD 111.. JD Sabre 1742..
WH RJ-58.. WH Lawn Ranger.. WH 654.. WH 854.. 2- MF 14's..
Craftsman GT 6000.. CC 70.. CC 100.. CC 129..
total tractors is 30..
home built log spliter 4x24 ram.. 20hp.. 11 seconds per cycle..

give a monkey a wrench & he can ruin the world.. whirly 7/27/2018
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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

They will change the nightscape forever.
100s of them up around my FIL farm in MN near the North IA border.
Sitting out on the porch at night there are blinking red lights everywhere. Really different there these days. He hated them going up all over. Would not allow them on his farm.

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They will change the nightscape forever.
100s of them up around my FIL farm in MN near the North IA border.
Sitting out on the porch at night there are blinking red lights everywhere. Really different there these days. He hated them going up all over. Would not allow them on his farm.
just think.. each Mill costs over 1 Mill.. I've herd the farmer gets 4K a month for each mill.. they pay the farmer for all the crops that r dozed over & the lil road for access to the mill..

at one time my youngest son was a maintenance man for the group of towers just north of us.. after one year of usage the mill is turned over to the owners.. this is Mid-American Energy.. they also have Natural gas service in our town.. it's funny that the city Council made it a LAW that the biggest LP tank we can have in town is a 125 gallon one.. YES.. I do have one that size.. it supplies mama's kitchen range & our 2 gas grills.. we only fill it once a year durnin the summer or late summer when LP gas price is low.. I no longer have to tote the 100 pound & the lil 20 pound tanks for them.. our home has a air to air heat pump with a huge electric coil in the bottom as a 'back up' unit.. we had the natural gas meter removed from our home.. 2 months after we got it installed natural gas took a 400% price hike in our town.. our electric bill for our home is 128$$ a month.. every month of the year.. (Total 12 they call it).. my mower shop only has electric service to it too.. that is 104$$ a month


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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

Thanks for the pics Whirly,

Seen the wind farms out in California, hope they are worth the $$!

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They will change the nightscape forever.
100s of them up around my FIL farm in MN near the North IA border.
Sitting out on the porch at night there are blinking red lights everywhere. Really different there these days. He hated them going up all over. Would not allow them on his farm.
It has been reported that many farmers are sorry for allowing these on their farms!! Some have moved away as they could no longer stand the "wooshing" sounds that they make!!

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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

I like those... Just not close to homes or migratory bird routes. There's been some problems around here with placement, the company has been bending the rules quite a bit.

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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

I understand the plus's and the minuses....But just think of the jobs created--just in installation alone...

.I see rock/stone brought and leveled to make roads and work areas. I see 'crane mats' made of lattice-wood for these 'crawlers' to sit on when working--a lot of $$ being spent in local economies. And batches of local concrete--like you said.

How long does it usually take to do one tower-you think?
I'm sure they have it down almost to assembly line type process now.
Thanks Whirly for the pictures.

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It has been reported that many farmers are sorry for allowing these on their farms!! Some have moved away as they could no longer stand the "wooshing" sounds that they make!!
YES.. I herd that they do make a sound.. & for this reason our county has made a rule that they can't b put near a home.. I think it's a 1500 -2000 foot rule..


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Craftsman GT 6000.. CC 70.. CC 100.. CC 129..
total tractors is 30..
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I understand the plus's and the minuses....But just think of the jobs created--just in installation alone...

.I see rock/stone brought and leveled to make roads and work areas. I see 'crane mats' made of lattice-wood for these 'crawlers' to sit on when working--a lot of $$ being spent in local economies. And batches of local concrete--like you said.

How long does it usually take to do one tower-you think?
I'm sure they have it down almost to assembly line type process now.
Thanks Whirly for the pictures.

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it takes both plants one full day to supply the concrete for just one tower.. there is a bolt assembly that is placed in the concrete to hold the tower tubes.. that assembly weighs several tons.. it is 3 inch bolts spaced every foot apart.. bolts appear to b 15-20 feet long.. they r held by 2 rings.. (top & bottom) these must b installed perfect level.. they use a HYD torke wrench to tighten the nuts..

now the county gravel roads r all gettin widened & hardened so the special trucks that haul them can travel.. these will b left as is when done.. some of the roads have special turning spots installed.. these will b removed later.. that road crew is huge.. back hoes & crawler dozers every where.. even saw a dozer with forklift instead of a blade.. big long timbers 12 X 12 used for supports.. saw rods welded in place to hold 5 together.. GPS units on all ground equipment..

now the assembly crew has to wait 28 days for the concrete to harden.. while they wait all the tower parts r put in place at each site.. there is a lotta trucks on the roads.. pickup to the long heavy semi's.. yesterday I kept my eye on my rear view mirros.. pulled over to let them pass.. even a crawler dozer.. that guy gave me a 2 thumbs up then gave me a salute..


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3 JD LT 155's.. JD R-72.. JD Scotts 2048.. JD 111.. JD Sabre 1742..
WH RJ-58.. WH Lawn Ranger.. WH 654.. WH 854.. 2- MF 14's..
Craftsman GT 6000.. CC 70.. CC 100.. CC 129..
total tractors is 30..
home built log spliter 4x24 ram.. 20hp.. 11 seconds per cycle..

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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

the wife just told me that KTIV channel 4 out of Sioux City reported that a man died from fallin from a wind tower near Huxley Iowa.. so the job has it's faults too.. that accident is under investigating.. Huxley is midway between Des Moines & Ames.. close to I-35.. a long ways from us..


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3 JD LT 155's.. JD R-72.. JD Scotts 2048.. JD 111.. JD Sabre 1742..
WH RJ-58.. WH Lawn Ranger.. WH 654.. WH 854.. 2- MF 14's..
Craftsman GT 6000.. CC 70.. CC 100.. CC 129..
total tractors is 30..
home built log spliter 4x24 ram.. 20hp.. 11 seconds per cycle..

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the power generated by each mill is sent thro underground cables.. there is a network to tie them together to the substation .. this path does not follow where the cranes go.. yesterday we saw a lotta places with wires stickin out of the ground.. narrow trails all over everywhere..

the mills by the town south of us has a pole set up to tie them together over hiway 59.. all the mills have a transformer at the base.. even the ones here do too..


the round fenderd JD's
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3 JD LT 155's.. JD R-72.. JD Scotts 2048.. JD 111.. JD Sabre 1742..
WH RJ-58.. WH Lawn Ranger.. WH 654.. WH 854.. 2- MF 14's..
Craftsman GT 6000.. CC 70.. CC 100.. CC 129..
total tractors is 30..
home built log spliter 4x24 ram.. 20hp.. 11 seconds per cycle..

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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

There're quite a bunch of them east of St Joe, MO too. New transmission line going in now from that direction.

Besides the sound, I saw a video of the shadow flash from one in a house, looked like the lights were being turned on & off!

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This is an interesting read.

Tilting at Windmills: A closer look at Indiana?s expanding wind power industry | Investigative Journalism Education Consortium

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Re: those Great Big Windmills..

The Discovery Channel showed a little of the maintenance required on them on Deadliest Job Interview.

Just watching that guy crawl around that thing checking the blade bolts with a torque wrench made me uneasy..

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