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 on: February 20, 2019, 05:46:14 AM 
Started by Albino Storm - Last post by VASSILE52
I have same wincharger 6v PARRIS-DUNN
I have no idea where I put the swivel bearing.
Please ,I need the serial # to buy a new one!


Have a good day!


 on: February 10, 2019, 09:52:31 AM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
more pics from episode...

 on: February 10, 2019, 09:51:20 AM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
Pic from that episode.....

 on: February 03, 2019, 12:37:40 PM 
Started by Johnnyjones - Last post by Mike
I've seen a few resto-mod vintage wind chargers.  Not much to upgrade internally on a DC generator other than maybe better electrical insulation unless you want to operate at a different voltage.  Some rewind the 32V machines for 48V to be more compatible with solar systems.  In later years, Wincharger used 3 phase generators on the larger machines with a rectifier mounted on the top of the generator.  I've seen modern props on wind chargers but you're not going to eek out much more efficiency and I doubt something plastic will outlast a maintained wood prop.   Main improvement could be had in using modern controller, a power diode vs. cut out relay. 

 on: February 02, 2019, 04:36:30 PM 
Started by Johnnyjones - Last post by Johnnyjones
So haven’t invested in any projects yet but I did buy a recommend reading book on winchargers. I would like to eventually set up a functional wincharger. Has anyone restored an antiques with some more modern internal parts (if possible) ? I’m sure I’ll have more questions after reading. Thanks everyone !

 on: January 29, 2019, 04:28:58 PM 
Started by Johnnyjones - Last post by Mike
Welcome to the hobby and forum.  The early (pre-REA) wind chargers were shipped to about every state and around the globe but the majority were probably sold to farmers in the Midwest.  Many went to Canada and there seems to be quite a few in South America and South Africa.  There were more than 30 U.S manufacturers of wind chargers prior to WWII.  Winchargers were and are still the most common and Iowa was the hotbed of wind charger manufacturing, 10 companies were in Iowa.  Many of those companies were small with very low production numbers so if you like the hunt, this is great hobby.  Those machines that have survived the decades of scrap drives and exposure to the elements have been redistributed around the country or possibly still hiding in a barn somewhere.  Its rare to find them still on their original tower but they're out there.   
I'm sure there are forum members in your area.  There are pics posted on the website under "photos" from folks not to far from you.  What model or models do you have? 

 on: January 29, 2019, 02:17:51 PM 
Started by Johnnyjones - Last post by Johnnyjones
New guy here saying hello, I have always been a fan of early "western" water pump wind mills and just recently discovered winchargers! Very very cool. I love American history between 1900-1950. Anyone in the Philadelphia Valley Forge area? Where winchargers used in this area or mainly Midwest? Thanks everyone.

 on: January 22, 2019, 04:41:34 PM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
Anyone see the Winchargers on American Pickers last night (1/21/19)?  First time I've seen them go after anything other than a tail vane.  I saw parts from 4 different wind chargers and 2 different manufacturers.  The early 32V Wincharger tail was obvious as was the 1939 6V Wincharger with the mangled air brake.  The 39 had a Sentinel tail.  There was an extra 6V tail with the standard Wincharger 6V Deluxe graphics.  The other one on the floor was the bones of a Parris Dunn, no generator, looked like a larger model possibly 32V. 

 on: December 05, 2018, 07:54:58 AM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
The legendary Wincharger collector and historian David Ballinger of Burlington, Iowa passed away last week.  David was "The Wincharger Guru."  His wife Jean gave him that title but it was absolutely true.  He was by far the most knowledgeable person I've ever met on Wincharger 6V machines.  He was a good friend and my go to guy whenever I had a question about a 6V Wincharger.  David contributed many of the photos and literature on the Wincharger website and was a frequent visitor to the forum.  He was a passionate collector of both literature and hardware and for many years he would display his collection and share his knowledge at various farm shows.  He even made the cover of Farm Collector Magazine.

 on: November 26, 2018, 07:47:29 AM 
Started by Mike - Last post by Mike
I’m looking for Wincharger company newsletters and magazines that were published in the 30’s & 40’s for employees and distributors.  The earlier newsletter was called the “Wincharger Agent” and the later, “Winco Winner.”  There’s a lot of great historical info in these.  Please let me know if you have one and would like to share a copy.  I will post on the website so all can enjoy. 
Here are links to a couple of examples, thanks.

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