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Beck's Mill - Water Wheels and Springs

Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel
Beck's Mill has an overshot - pitch back steel waterwheel. The water source is from springs that flow through the hill behind the mill. There is a hand-carved stone dam which creates the mill pond. The water to power the steel water wheel is attached below the surface of the pond with a large cast iron pipe with a stainless steel liner. There is a smaller pipe that takes the water pressure up from the large pipe and feeds the water onto the overshot - pitch back water wheel. The wheel moves backward, not on top of the wheel. After the water hits the top of the wheel, the wheel moves backwards and drops the water buckets at the bottom of the wheel. As an overshot-pitch back water wheel, it utilizes its amount of water more efficienctly. When the bucket empties at the bottom of the wheel there is an increased inertia that gives the wheel an extra boost. The large steel water wheel uses its power to grind one set of millstones and other types of milling equipment. The second set of millstones is powered by a turbine.
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel
As the water proceeds through the cast iron pipe, it is channeled into a turbine that powers the second set of millstones. The turbine is located next to the front right corner of the mill's rock foundation. It is also attached to the large steel pipe. The turbine has a round, sealed cover. The steel drive shaft goes directly up into the small extruded building that houses the turbine's power shaft. The shaft is then geared in such a configuration as to channel the power to the second set of mill stones.
Beck's Mill, Steel Waterwheel, Steel Flume, Overshot-Pitch Back Waterwheel, Spring-fed Pond
Beck's Mill, Steel Waterwheel, Steel Flume, Overshot-Pitch Back Waterwheel, Spring-fed Pond
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel
Beck's Mill - Turbine, Drive Shaft, Cast Iron Flume
The turbine is enclosed in this round steel case. The water enters into the turbine from the large iron pipe on the right. As the turbine spins, the drive shaft goes directly up into the power house. Here the steel drive is geared to direct its power to a set of mill stones located on the first level of the mill. Inside the small extruded building above the turbine there is a wheel that controls the ability of the turbine vanes.
Beck's Mill - Turbine, Drive Shaft, Cast Iron Flume
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springsl
This is the rear of the mill. It is a beautiful perspective of the water wheel and the hand-carved stone foundation. Quite spectacular !
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springs
In the upper right of this photo you can see the size of the mill pond. The excess waters flow over the dam. Once again, this characteristic of Beck's Mill is unique and impressive.
Beck's Mill - Springs
Here is part of the mill pond. The water from the mill pond is sourced from the springs that flow from the cave behind the mill.
Beck's Mill - Springs
Beck's Mill - Springs and Dam
Beck's Mill - Springs
Beck's Mill - Springs
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springss
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springs
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springs
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springs
Beck's Mill - Steel Water Wheel and Springs
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