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drivemewilder

Another Ferris Wheel

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After many of you expressing interest in my wood ferris wheel a few months ago, but not being able to afford the shipping (and extra $7-800), i was hellbent on constructing a newer lighter wheel that could also be disassembled for storage. I'm very proud of this new wheel, although i'm sure there are many out there like it. It's made of PVC w/ a stainless shaft and supports along the "spokes" to keep it rigid. It turns by a 9RPM gearmotor, and right now i'm awaiting my mercotac slip ring so i can light it up. It's light enough to hang on a wall during the off-season, and can be broken down to store under a bed. It also will make shipping alot less, about $75 would be my guess based on other shipments i've made.

If you can look at the picture and build your own, please do so. It's a very fun project. If you want more detailed blueprints, hit me up and i'll gladly get my instructions to you. If you want a wheel already built, and are willing to re-assemble it yourself then i'll do that for you also. I'm not in this to make alot of money. My wheel is 7' tall and excluding the motor and lights would run about $250 built.

I've also got a 20 second video for those of you that want me to email it to you. Just let me know. Drop me a line and let me know what you think or what you want. I'll gladly work w/ you or answer any questions.

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I'm not having any luck posting the video. The file is too large. If someone can talk me through the process, then i'll post it. Otherwise i may have to just email the video to you (i know how to do that, lol) if you provide me an address.

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drivemewilder wrote:

I'm not having any luck posting the video. The file is too large. If someone can talk me through the process, then i'll post it. Otherwise i may have to just email the video to you (i know how to do that, lol) if you provide me an address.

What you have to do is post it on YouTube (or similar) and then just post the link here. As you said the file is too big for the board.

TED

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Good question!! I didn't build the wheel to turn in the garage, only to be able to store in the garage. When it's on the A-frame like it is in the video and like it will be in the front yard, it's just a bit too tall. The bang you hear is the baskets scraping the ceiling. I could cut the frame down an inch or 2, but i want it to be high off the ground when outside. When the baskets are flat, they clear the ceiling. But as they come over the top of the wheel they are swinging.

As for cost, i could do it for $250-$300 plus shipping. No more than $300 and i would try my best to do it for $250. The motor, depending on what you want, is an additional $100, the mercotac is an additional $65 (shipping included) and then whatever lights you use. So total would be about $550-$600 w/ shipping and everything, but my part would just be the $250-$300 plus shipping.

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THAT is Kool! Making me salivate. Unfortunately my yard is too small.:{

Don't cut the A-frame, raise the roof!!!!:laughing::laughing:

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Which brings up a good point. I can also make the wheel smaller or larger, but not much smaller. Mine is 7' across, b/c PVC doesn't bend so well i can't get much smaller than about 6'. But i could probably go as big as you wish, within reason of course. I have tons of you asking for plans or for the wheel itself. If you want the wheel shipped to you (assembly required remember, about 1 hour) i'm asking $250 for one my size. If you want it w/ a motor and lights, then we need to discuss it and decide what you want. It could be anywhere from another $200-$400. I'm estimating shipping to be $75 for the wheel, no motor or lights. If you want my plans, i'll gladly share them w/ you. But to supplement the cost of my ferris wheel, i'm asking for $25. This will help pay for mailing it to you, and get you detailed plans along w/ pictures and sketches. I will ensure you get every bit of instruction needed to build a great running ferris wheel. I can even be available via PC or phone if you have any trouble.

Also, someone inquired about a kit for the wheel. This is very do-able. If you want a kit, i'll give you the detailed plans, pictures and sketches along w/ all the material needed (almost all, i can explain to those interested). This will leave you needing to drill a few holes and do a little cutting, all of which i will explain in detail. Overall, i would guess it to take about 2 hours to assemble. Iwill do the kit for $125. Kits and detailed plans can be sent immediately. Just let me know what you want so i can buy everything and have it ready to send upon me recieving $25 for plans, or $125 for the kit. If you want the wheel cut and drilled where all you have to do is re-assemble, it will depend on the order in which i collect but i can manage to build 1 per week right now.

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I feel your pain.....:{

I've gone way past whatis financially sound for me! Girlfriend just shakes her head. Dang expensive hobby. But overall I think what I'm planningwill max out my house and I'llbeset for the next few years......I hope.:shock:

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yea...i won't. Next year i want to have 64 channels and 30,000-40,000 lights. AS OF now i have 20k. Now i have to go to school........:X

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Mike,

I posted a 20 second video of it towards the middle of the posts'. I got my slip ring installed this weekend and will make every effort to light it up and post another video later this week, if not the weekend. I am usually at work/school from 5:00am until 9:00pm, so it's difficult during the week. But i dedicate my weekends and any other days off that come up to working on my wheel or wheels for other people.

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Ferris wheel is up and running!! Lots of neighbors that have been watching the progress in my garage but that i have never talked to have been stopping or coming out and telling me how awesome it is. All the kids are way excited and their parents are getting into the Christmas spirit!! About 9 more hours and it will be dark, i'll then light it up and put video of it on the net. Hopefully about 9:00 MST tonight you'll be able to see it!!

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Here she is!!! There was a large crowd gathered around, just people that were driving by and stopped. I put it up, video'd and took it down all in about 30 minutes. I didn't want it to be seen by too many people just yet. My neighbors know it's coming but i want to keep them waiting until Thanksgiving. She sure is pretty. I'm using Gold and Red C9 bulbs and painted the spokes the same colors. It's really awesome in person!! Video/pictures just don't do it justice. Hope you enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M_Xq_7JJjM

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