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Wind Powered Dutch Sawmill

Posted by on June 23, 2016

This is a piece more about curiosity and fun rather than cutting-edge sawmill technology. We stumbled across an article and some videos about a wind powered sawmill in the Netherlands. It’s amazing to see this old mix of wooden gears and cogs work together to power the blades. Since wind is in control, the windier it is, the more power (and higher speed) for the blades. Even the winch to drag the logs up from the river is wind powered. The approximately 8 minute video is neat because it explains the mechanics on how the whole thing works. Overall, it has a rustic and almost childlike appeal to those interested in sawmill technology and rudimentary technology. You can see the video embedded below:


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