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Can these Windmills Generate Electricity?

The wheel on the 8 foot windmill is 22 inches in diameter.  The wheel has bearings and turns on a solid shaft.  The only thing that turns is the wheel.  There are a number of problems in attempting to generate electricity.  First of all the wheel is far too small to run anything bigger than say a bicycle generator.  Windmills that generate electricity need to be 9 feet or more in diameter. It might be possible to place a bicycle generator on the pivot, however the top assembly - wheel, tail and pivot is balanced so it will turn easily into the wind.  Adding a very small generator would have to be placed so the balance is not affected.  The next problem is only the wheel rotates.  One would have to add a pulley or gear to the wheel to rotate a generator.  This would need to be done in a way that does not effect the balance.  The final problem is the entire head rotates - one would need to put in a way to get wires to the tower.  I think that the best that could be hoped for is to run a bicycle generator and light up a few LEDs on the tail.  I also think that getting a small bicycle generator to be turned by the wheel would be very difficult to do.  The windmills are really just decorative.  Run over to my blog site, I will be posting some comments about generating your own electricity using the wind.



Check Out Instructions

Windmill Check out

This sequence will show you how the Checkout Works and what you will see.

There will be an Add to Cart Button - If you are on the item screen that has several items, the Add to Cart button will be on on the right - directly below the small image.

 If you have clicked on the item name you will at a larger view and the Add to Cart Button will be on the left at the bottom.

To order an item click on the Add to Cart Button

 
 
     
 After you click the Add to Cart Button you will see this screen: The item you have ordered - the Quantity and the Cost will be at the top.  If you want more than one of that item you can change the Quantity - Click on Update.  If this is not the correct item click on Remove.  If you want to add a different item click on Continue Shopping.  Clear Cart will clear all items.  When finished click on Checkout
 The next screen is where you fill out your billing information.  Use form on the left.  Put in your shipping address- where you want the item shipped to  - (items are delivered by UPS so do not use a PO Box) - Check the Same as billing box.  If you are sending the item to someone else put in their Name and shipping information in the Ship to form.  Click Next  (note: the Geo Trust Logo means your information is secure).
     
         

 There is a drop down menu for the Payment Method -if you are going to use your credit card on line or your Pay Pal account just click on Next - (see below for online payment sequence)
 If you do not wish to use your credit card online or you wish to pay by Check - Choose Check by Mail / Money Order box and then click on Next - (see below for Check - phone in sequence)
 
     
 When you choose Pay Pal the next screen will say Checkout Confirmation - Click on Finish (see below)
 When you click Next and have chosen the Check / Money order drop down it will say Order Complete.  You can print out a copy of your order with the Printer Friendly button.
 
     

You will go to my Pay Pal check out if you want to use Pay Pal just enter your Pay Pal email address and Pal Pal password on the Pay Pal Window on the right, and Click on Log In.

If you want to use your credit card click on the Don't have a Pay Pal Account link located directly below the Pay Pal log in window, this will open a screen where you can enter your Credit Card information. NOTE do not put anything in the shipping info window on the Left - shipping has already be added.

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The credit card window will open - enter your credit card information and click on the Review and Continue Button.  That will bring up the order completed and confirmed screen.
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Weather Vane Checkout

The Antique Copper Weather Vanes have an added step in the check out.  There are four mounts available - Roof Mount - Post Mount - Deck Mount and Garden Stake.  During check out you will need to choose which mount you want.  Here is what the weathervane check out looks like and how this works.  Note: the Farm Tractor Brand items work the same way.  You will need to choose which brand you want in the options menu.

 First click on either the title at the top or the see options link below the small photo on the lower right.
 This will open a new window, if you want more than one you can change the quantity.  Next choose the mount by click on the option.  (If you click on the small photo it will enlarge)  Finally click on the Add to Cart button.
   
 The next window that opens will have your item, the quantity and the price.  It will have the mount you have selected.  If this information is correct click on the Checkout button. The check out will be like the above example.  Enter you billing and shipping information - click Next - choose your Payment type and click Next and so on.
 
   



INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - and HI, AK, FPO, APO and US Possessions


The above instructions to check out are for the lower 48 United States Only - the items are shipped UPS.  If you live in AK or HI or any of the US Possessions or have an APO or FPO address there will be an additional shipping charge.  Items will be shipped USPS Priority.  FedEx and UPS are very expensive outside the lower 48 states.  Your order total will show shipping for the lower 48 states - You will be billed for the additional shipping through Pay Pal so you must have a Pay Pal account and the email you show must be your Pay Pal email.

All international orders must be paid through Pay Pal with a Pay Pal account.  The shipping shown on your order is for the lower 48 US states only.  There will be an additional shipping charge on all international orders - you will be billed through Pay Pal for the additional shipping.  Pay Pal is the ONLY payment accepted on International Orders.  As soon as the added International shipping charge is paid then your order will be processed and shipped.

There is a chart on the Home page that has the international shipping charges. As you can see it is costly to ship these items internationally.   NOTE - the Antique Copper Weather Vanes are available only to United States buyers in the lower 48 states.  The windmills and Black weathervanes can be shipped to most international addresses.  They are shipped USPS Priority International.  International buyers are responsible for any Duty, Taxes or other fees your countries Postal service might add.   There are some countries that are high risk and or not allowed to ship with USPS.
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