Transporting the Hercules Mill


| 5/6/2020 4:55:00 PM


windmill
The British Hercules.

It was the 2005 Windmiller’s Trade Fair in Kendallville, Indiana. I had decided it would be easier to transport a mill for exhibit by not knocking it down, except for removing the vane. The mill was a British Hercules and was mounted to an exhibit (stub) tower. I had tied the wheel down so it would not try to spin in the back of the pickup. The mill fit perfectly in the back of my little Chevy S10 and I left my home in Columbus, Ohio, for Kendallville, thinking all would be well.

Little did I realize that, heading down the interstate, every time an 18-wheeler flew past me, my truck would rock and roll in a very scary fashion. I had white knuckles from holding on to the steering wheel by the time I exited the interstate. I was very glad to arrive at the fair safely and unload my cargo. I put the thought of the return trip in the back of my mind and set about enjoying the fair.

windmill-truck
The mill after arrival at the trade fair, before it was unloaded and displayed.

By the time the fair was over, I remembered the drive in and quickly decided to disassemble the mill. It took a little more time, but my return trip was much more tranquil. For more information on how this mill found its way to the U.S., see here.



Clyde Eide, Bryan, Texas



SUBSCRIBE TO FARM COLLECTOR TODAY!

Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $34.95.




Facebook Pinterest YouTube

Classifieds