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 on: December 06, 2017, 02:13:14 PM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays forum members!   I'm happy to report that we've had 100 new forum members since I took the helm from Gus 3 years ago.  Many sign up just to see the forum pics but that's fine.  We also have many website visitors and forum lurkers out there but at least there seems to be a growing interest in the history and preservation of the vintage wind machines.

Here is what's new on

--NEW--Winco Winner--Wincharger employee magazine, 1945--This is pretty interesting."Winco Winner"

--NEW--Rusty Treasure photos on the "Rusty Treasures" webpage

--NEW--"Hebco Wind Electric" article in the Winter issue of the Windmiller's Gazette.  Go to  Windmillers Gazette Website to subscribe to this great quarterly newsletter.   

--NEW--In an attempt to reach out and educate a broader audience, I started sharing pictures on Instagram.  If you're already an Instagram user lookup @windchargermike otherwise google Instagram @windchargermike and you should be able to find a link to view the pictures.


P.S. If you have trouble logging into the forum, let me know.   

 on: December 03, 2017, 08:27:07 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by bones774
Thanks a bunch. Did some follow-up and it is a marine genny. Missing some important parts though, the rotary contacts and part that attaches vane to genny motor and the little blue control box. Probably only find them by luck. But thanks for the help, the internet is great.

 on: December 03, 2017, 07:14:39 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by Mike
It's called a Four Winds II.  I don't know much about them but it is obvious that they liked the Wincharger air brake governor design. 

 on: December 03, 2017, 07:07:23 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by Mike

 on: December 03, 2017, 05:34:46 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by Mike
All was good with your description until you used the word plastic, doesn't sound like anything vintage but I'd be glad to take a look.  There are a number of pc programs that allow you to resize the pics.  I'm sure there are also phone apps that do the same but I've never used them.  Last resort I'd be glad to do it for you if you email them to me.

 on: December 03, 2017, 01:13:17 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by bones774
Hi, I am the OP. I just read about posting pics, mine re too large. I am not that computer savvy, what needs to be done to reduce the size of my pics? They were taken with my phone

 on: December 03, 2017, 01:05:20 PM 
Started by bones774 - Last post by bones774
 Hello all, to tell the truth i'm not a wind turbine fanatic, i'm a sailor. Well anyway this AM i picked up a CL posting that was advertised as a marine 12v wind generator. I'm not so sure it's marine as it may be a bit bulky. Anyway after search many images i observed that my turbine blades have a similarity to the wincharger turbines. I want to post the pics here and see if anybody can help with ID. I rec'd 3 parts in total, the gen body itself which looks like an old car generator, the dual turbine with brakes(?) and a plastic swinging vane. any help thanks
BTW-the wind turbines have an overall length of 5 ft and the vane is about 39 inches.
I tried posting pics was told too large attachment

 on: November 30, 2017, 11:34:51 AM 
Started by Mike - Last post by ChrisLuc
Impressive machinery. I wish I was there.

 on: November 01, 2017, 10:29:55 AM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
I'm like you, I only want to make one. I cherry picked a tight grained piece of Douglas Fir.  The balance on a razor blade at this point is dead on. I will see what changes when I varnish it.  So far so good!

 on: November 01, 2017, 08:31:24 AM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Mike
Your prop looks great!  Now that you have all the fixturing built, are you going to make more?  Looks like you could knock them out pretty quick.   What type wood did you use? 

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