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photoblog image Eendracht Maakt Macht 4

Eendracht Maakt Macht 4

Windmills are an important sight on the Limburg landscape and a source of education for people of the local community. In general, all windmills also foster a sense of Dutch heritage and identity, as they helped pump out water from the Dutch polders, drive the expansion of the wooden constructed ships and secured the availbility of grains.

 

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As the wind picks up, the teeth of the driving gear engage the clogs of the secondary wheel, which is mounted on a vertical axe, turning the grinding wheel. 

 

And the picture below shows some subtle function built in it. As seen, there is a gap between the vertical and horizontal wheels. Furthermore there are no geared profiles, meaning there is an intentional 'slip' between the two, even with the vertical wheel fully in contact with the horizontal one. Reason: there is a second wheel at the rear (blurred because of the shallow dof) which is coupled to the front gear. There is a rope drum over, which hoists and lowers heavy loads, for example filled sacks of ground feed. When the windmill is powered and the main horizontal wheel is rotating at a high speed, if a miller wishes to lower or hoist some weight, all he has to do is gently pull a rope to lower the first vertical wheel on the horizontal one. The slip allows the vertical wheel (and therefore the rope) to gradually pick up speed, rather give a sudden jerk which could break off teeth of the gears... or the miller's!

 

photoblog image MeterikMolen-130518-AyushBasu-12.jpg

Eendracht Maakt Macht 4

Windmills are an important sight on the Limburg landscape and a source of education for people of the local community. In general, all windmills also foster a sense of Dutch heritage and identity, as they helped pump out water from the Dutch polders, drive the expansion of the wooden constructed ships and secured the availbility of grains.

 

photoblog image MeterikMolen-130518-AyushBasu-01.jpg

As the wind picks up, the teeth of the driving gear engage the clogs of the secondary wheel, which is mounted on a vertical axe, turning the grinding wheel. 

 

And the picture below shows some subtle function built in it. As seen, there is a gap between the vertical and horizontal wheels. Furthermore there are no geared profiles, meaning there is an intentional 'slip' between the two, even with the vertical wheel fully in contact with the horizontal one. Reason: there is a second wheel at the rear (blurred because of the shallow dof) which is coupled to the front gear. There is a rope drum over, which hoists and lowers heavy loads, for example filled sacks of ground feed. When the windmill is powered and the main horizontal wheel is rotating at a high speed, if a miller wishes to lower or hoist some weight, all he has to do is gently pull a rope to lower the first vertical wheel on the horizontal one. The slip allows the vertical wheel (and therefore the rope) to gradually pick up speed, rather give a sudden jerk which could break off teeth of the gears... or the miller's!

 

photoblog image MeterikMolen-130518-AyushBasu-12.jpg

comments (15)

Nice. I love the second photo.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Michael.
The precision is amazing! Terrific shots, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: It is meant to continue to work even after suffering considerable wear, Elizabeth - quite fascinating.
Fascinating stuff, Ayush. The area where I lived in the U.K. was once known as 'Windmill land' most are converted into houses now, just a few remain as they were.
Ayush Basu: About 1200 of them survive in the Netherlands today, I am told, and not all in a very good condition, Frank.
Jolie photo en mouvement.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for your comment, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 2 Jul 2018, 06:53
It could be argued that windmills helped create the Netherlands
Ayush Basu: They drained water from fields, milled grains and sawed timber, so you are quite right, Chris.
How many times do I say it: Leave it to the Dutch! smile
Ayush Basu: I am amazed of the things they thought up centuries ago, Ginnie.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 2 Jul 2018, 08:07
Engineering in wood, something I would have scoffed at as a child.
Ayush Basu: They made the most of it, Chad.
great pics of the great windmill smile it reminds me of the first webpage we ever made, back when... i mean, late 90's even... and my husband drew a picture of gears that looked much like this, for the background smile
Ayush Basu: I have always been fascinated by gears and pulleys, all the power they transmit, Elaine.
Wonderful engineering. Our Dutch neighbours know a thing or two
Ayush Basu: Quite right, Bill. I am amazed of the things they thought up centuries ago.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jul 2018, 10:25
What a gearbox! Love the picture with the flying gears.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Louis. I was privileged to see it at rest and at work.
Indeed they are an integral part of Dutch history.
Ayush Basu: I am surprised to see so many of them in a reasonably small radius from here, Brian.
Brilliant closeups, Ayush. Amazing how it all works together.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the praise, Beverley. And to think that they have been doing it already for several centuries.
cool!!
Ayush Basu: Something that was unique and interesting to my eyes, Rob.
this is a wonderful close up pretension of the watermill Ayush...wonderful textures....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like the textures, Peter.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Jul 2018, 18:23
I like the wooden teeth especially; they look fairly new.
Ayush Basu: I agree, Alan. This is a mill that I often see working so I assume it is maintained at a faster rate too.

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