C.L. Swett shares the history of his homemade wind turbine and the benefits of using such a device.
The completed windplant has been in continuous service since its installation in 1958 and has had its bearings greased twice during the 16-year period.
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Some people did express interest in using a wind turbine for irrigation or power generation but eventually they'd ask, "What do you do when the wind doesn't blow?" and I'd answer truthfully, "The machine doesn't work, of course."