The Minto Wheel
as published in The Mother Earth News
The Mother Earth News, Issue 38, Page 96, March 1976
The Mother Earth News, Issue 39, Page 65, May 1976
The Mother Earth News, Issue 40, Page 102, July 1976
The Mother Earth News, Issue 40, Page 103, July 1976
Why did this 20 foot Minto wheel fail to turn as fast as expected?
Have you ever tried to fill a very large container with a small garden hose?
It takes a long time for enough liquid to flow though such a small pipe.
The pipes on this Minto wheel were much too small if they wanted it to turn at one RPM.
They had so much pressure that they changed to a lower pressure freon.
But they restricted the flow with small pipes.
I believe if a Minto wheel is properly designed,
it would function just as Wally Minto said it would.
October 22, 2002
James R. Randall
Stockbridge, Michigan USA