Frequently Ask Questions for Rock Ridge Windmills

The Home of Recovered Farm Windmills for Sale

Windmill for pumping water
Kevin with an 8-foot windmill for pumping water on a 27-foot tower

Why get a “New Old” windmill?

Our windmills are ready to pump water, or you can put it up for fun and let it spin knowing that it will run smooth and quiet. Every part of this windmill and tower are brand new! No “paint can overhaul” or long rebuilding projects and endless searching for parts required when you get a “New Old” windmill from us. Of course, our “New Old” windmills are covered by our warranty.

Is this an Air Motor, Air O Motor, Air E Motor or Aermotor Windmill?

This is a clone of the original Chicago Aermotor windmills. It is 99% compatible with the original Aermotor Model 702 built from 1933 on. The tower is a duplicate of the Aermotor tower and built for us by an Amish windmill family.

I want an old Aermotor Windmill. Do you sell them?

Yes, we have original blades and tails that we put new motors and linkage on. Each recovered old windmill is a labor of love and each one has its own personality and they go quickly so call to see what we have in stock.

What do I get with a new windmill?

The complete water-pumping windmill, galvanized steel towers, the furl lever that attaches to the tower to set the windmill brake, all the nuts and bolts, oil, and complete step by step instructions on how to assemble the windmill.

What else do I need?

If you want to pump water, you will need the underground parts like the well pipe, well rod and pump cylinder.

Can you make a new windmill and tower look like an old windmill?

You bet! The tail vane can have custom artwork however you wish. Some people wash the galvanizing with chemicals to take the shine off. Others spot paint the metal to look old. Remember that the metal is hot dipped galvanized so it will get a nice patina very quickly on its own.

Can I make power with a farm windmill?

The Farm Style Windmill is for pumping water. It is NOT used for generating electrical power.

Can I put this together?

Ninety-five percent of our customers build it themselves. It comes with step by step instructions on how to assemble the windmill and I’m just a phone call away if you need help. Everything is disassembled but if you have a few simple tools and a little bit of mechanical know-how, it is very simple. If you wish, I can put it together for a fee.

What do I need to support the tower?

You need to dig four holes for the leg anchors. Depending on the soil type and wind speed, the legs should be about 3 to 4 feet deep.

What about shipping?

You can pick up your windmill in Cloverdale CA 95425, about 90 miles North of SF on Hwy 101. Or, I will personally deliver it to you for a fee. Call or email for a quote on shipping, or see if we are going to be in your area soon.

Do I need a truck to take a windmill home?

Everything is disassembled so it’s easy to haul, but if you pick it up in Cloverdale, CA. Be aware that the two by two-inch angle iron tower legs are about 14 feet long, so make sure you can haul the legs home.

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