I have decided that my next yard project is going to be a decorative windmill. I am NOT going to pump water or generate electricity with the windmill, I just want it to turn in the wind and look nice. It will be (approx) three feet in diameter and be around ten feet off the ground.

I live in a tree filled part of Atlanta, Georgia, which means that the wind will be pretty low.

There seem to be two options - a three blade system, which will generate a high rpm, as detailed here Wind Generator or the traditional farmer's windmill,

From what I've read, both options assume a load of some sort, either a generator or a water pump, and a high wind. I will have no load on the mill and poor wind.

Does anyone know which of these will work better in a low wind, no load situation? My goal is to have the blades turn as much of the time as possible.

closed as not constructive by The Evil Greebo, Doresoom, ChrisF Jul 11 '12 at 11:47

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    Seems awfully subjective. This is about it "looking nice", right? – The Evil Greebo Jun 29 '12 at 14:09
  • Good point - I clarified the goal. – Steve French Jun 29 '12 at 14:48
  • If there's no load, and the axle/bearings are efficient, then it's likely purely an aesthetic call. – DA01 Jun 29 '12 at 17:25
  • All the traditional ones I saw in Holland had 4 blades. Knock your socks off and have as many as you want!!! – shirlock homes Jun 29 '12 at 23:35

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