Powermill in Wisconsin ID help please

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gravel hill
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Re: Powermill in Wisconsin ID help please

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No tail bone found. I found two horizontal braces for the bottom of the tower, that's two I don't have to make before I lower the tower. The galvanizing on what I find is really good...that also helps identify these bits and pieces as part of the tower, or mill.
Bob, I poked around the tower base area. Nothing found, good idea you had there though.
I'm going to see if my brother in law can draw any details he may still remember about this mill. He's an incredible artist. He mentioned to me that he remembered a cast iron weight. I'm guessing that maybe this mill used a counter weight to govern with the tail? I looked for that and maybe found it hanging on a nail in the old shop...pics attached. There is a marking on it but, I can't make out what it should be. No set screws, maybe collars held it in place??
My plan is to lay the tower down around Labor Day...my son in law has time off then and we have a pretty good plan in place...I've still got plenty of prep work to do also.
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Windcatcher530 Dan
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Gravel Hill have you found anything else since your last post. The wheel arms are probably flat steel bent hairpin looking around three to maybe four feet long. I don't think the weight you posted belongs to the mill but that's not writing in stone. I really hope you find the hub cause that's the most important piece of the puzzle everything else can be fabricated.
gravel hill
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We were vacationing with the family this past week... No other parts found.... I'm pretty handy with iron and wood. You're right, the hub would be a big find indeed...the rest I think I can make.
the journey continues...
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Gravel Hill I'm trying to narrow something down does anyone know around what year your mill was erected?
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Gravel Hill I'm almost positive I know the manufacturer of your power mill. When I'm 100 percent i will share it. Keep searching for the hub. Very important!!
gravel hill
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No Hub.... I have the date the mill was built on the farm...1905...my charming wife found the date on the back of a photo...
The farm had a phone back then but no electricity. My father-in-law was born in 1914 and he told me stories about that mill running..how old he was when it was running I do not know...so the mill ran until after 1914 sometime...
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I never expected that year!! Well back to the drawing board the hunt continues.
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Awesome picture!
Call Dan Benjamin for parts. P M me for the phone number.
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