Plow & Hearth Exclusive Our steel Windmill Spinner creates a whirlwind of unique fun for your garden! Two pinwheels spin in opposite directions no matter which way the wind blows for a dramatic, swirling effect.
Standing more than six feet tall, this spinner is a perfect focal point for your garden to revolve around. Crafted of steel with an antique bronze finish.
• Steel windmill spinner for yard or garden • Two pinwheels spin in opposite directions for a great visual effect • Stands at more than 6' tall - a great focal point anywhere • Durable steel craftsmanship with an antique bronze finish
Size 25" dia. x 7"D x 75"H
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Comments about Product: We love watching it spin. We also recommend you put it in a place that is easy to get to as the spinners needs to be taken inside when in is very windy. Luckily this is very easy to do.
Comments about Product: I purchased this "Spinner" last Christmas. Love it, to say the least. Works awesome.. with the slightest of breezes. Very, very mesmerizing to all.. Many compliments. Adds so much charater to yard deco.. Absolutly "Love-This-Wind-Spinner" !! Highly Recommend ! ! !
Comments about Product: The item is as-pictured and blows easily in the wind. It's attractive in the yard, but it should be noted that it is not a spinner that is an optical illusion type that creates a design when spinning. The two wheels spin independently of each other and most of the time, one turns at a different rate than the other.
Comments about Product: This was a well made beautiful attraction to my yard. Unfortunately it was stolen right out of my yard a week ago. Along with my potted plants. So some low life is now enjoying my sculpture. So sad it is gone. I miss looking at it and enjoying it.
Comments about Product: Easy to put together! It is made so it can turn to catch the wind in any direction. I placed mine in a strawberry patch and it is constantly moving which keeps the birds from eating my strawberries!
Comments about Product: I've had the spinner for about 3 wks. I wanted to wait to write a review til we had some "weather." We live on a hill and some days we have to put cement blocks on the hot tub cover to keep it on. We had a strong storm last night that blew our 100 lb. deck box about 5 ft from where it was. This spinner is intact and happy as heck. It made it thru the storm with flying colors. I'm very impressed.
Comments about Product: Couldn't be happier with this purchase. Melds into desert landscape quite naturally. The neighborhood birds sure seem pleased as they have something new and terribly interesting to chat/chirp 'bout. Picture perfect!
Comments about Product: We own three of these. They are fascinating to watch. We've placed them on the edge of the woods that surround our house. The bronze finish is perfect in this setting - it fits in, standing our just enough.
Comments about Product: I could never be happier with a purchase like this. Never expected such quality in a product. I can't stop staring at it when it moves which is mostly all the time. There is movement with just slight wind. The craftsmanship is superb. I highly recommend this mobile art piece.
Comments about Product: Love my new garden spinner! It was easy to put together and very impressive looking. Once placed in the garden it started spinning and has added interest to my garden. It is much sturdier and more attractive than other spinners I've seen. It would highly recommend this product to a friend because it is a great value that adds to any garden.....and it was easy to assemble. Thanks P&H
Comments about Product: This was my first P&H wind spinner and I would call it the best of the best so far. Turns at the slightest wind, rotates in the proper wind direction with no effort, well constructed, roller bearings on spinners. Tried to find something to complain about but could not. An ABSOLUTE attraction to any garden. Have other spinners now (3) but this is still my favorite and best constructed so far. A good buy!!
Comments about Product: I gave this as a gift for Christmas 2013. I saw my friend this weekend and she said a strong wind had made the two spinning wheels cross bending several tines on one of the wheels which no longer spins. She suggested that some kind of rubber washer or something that would better separate the spinners would be an improvement.
Comments about Product: Just got this for my wife. She has large flower garden where we place it. It looks really good, spins in different directions at times, rotates with wind direction, and spins with very little wind... and it looks good too. Assembled in minutes. Can't think of a reason to rate it less than excellent.
Comments about Product: Beautiful and received lots of complements, but had to constantly tighten the spinners on the stand. Then one of the arms came unsoldered and fell off so that half of the windmill stopped spinning. Very disappointing because it was lovely.
Comments about Product: Love it! Besides the great looks it's amazing how fast it spins with the least amount of wind. The wheels can spin in different directions at the same time as the whole thing is spinning in circles. We put it where it is in view at all times. Without a leaf moving this thing is spinning! We have had it over a year now so it has been through all four seasons. We truly enjoy watching it...it really works.
Comments about Product: I bought this in early spring and had it together in 20 minutes. Glad the ground was thawed so I could install it in the backyard. I enjoy it everyday and watch it slowly spin with the slightest of breezes. I plan on buying another new one for the opposite side of the backyard this spring.Definitely would recommend this!!!
Comments about Product: I have this wind spinner right outside my front window this winter. It spins even with snow built up on the 'spoons' and is Totally Mesmerizing! The slightest breeze makes at least one of the wheels spin and as the wind increases, the second wheel starts spinning and the speed increases. VERY happy with my purchase!!
Comments about Product: Purchased this thru secondary vendor. Loved the size and look of it. Added the rebar for stability. Then had to add joint compound as it came unscrewed at the joints. Then on the 3rd week the spinners started breaking off in the wind. Husband could not fix this. By then the 30 day warranty was expired, so I ended up up an expensive lesson in unusable yard art.
Comments about Product: I did the tweeking like the others posted. I did one other tweek I drove a metal rod down beside the pole and put zip ties around the rod and the spinner pole that seems to steady it and keeps it from wobbling in high winds. So far soo good.
Comments about Product: I like the looks of the wind spinner it works well in my garden. Once it is installed in the ground it is only 65" tall not the 75" as advertised. One of the capped nuts was broken when I unpacked it.
Comments about Product: We live in Utah in the mountains and almost always have a breeze, it takes almost nothing to push the spinner. It's mesmerizing, runs silently and always catches your eye when in the yard or looking out a window. Only thing, the push stake is not strong enough, ours broke after 10 months of use. We are still trying to figure out how to reinforce it so it can be placed in the yard again. Absolutely love it, though. Would buy it again.
Comments about Product: We put new siding on the house, can't hang anything on it. So needed something for the space between the windows in the front , and this is just perfect, could be a little taller. Says 75 inches but when you put it in the ground it is shorter then I would like, would be better if it were 2 feet higher. I love it. I will get more if they have more designs. Very pleased with my purchase.
Comments about Product: I placed it beneath a shade tree between my driveway and my neighbor's driveway. My neighbor loves it just as much as I do. It spins ALL the time, even when it doesn't look like a breeze is blowing.
Comments about Product: Ordered online and came with days. It is a great feature to my pool area and it moves with the slightest breeze. We even place a spot light on it so we can enjoy it at night as well.
Comments about Product: I bought this for my nephew and he placed it in his beautiful flower garden. It looks stunning. He said it was very easy to assemble and works as described. I absolutely love the design and highly recommend this wind spinner. Mezmerizing to watch.
Comments about Product: My husband and I had a beautiful firepit installed in our backyard garden last fall. I recently purchased this piece via QVC and placed it near the firepit. It is AMAZING. When we light the fire it creates air disturbance just enough to spin this amazing piece of art. We have had raves and raves from our neighbors and guests. Plow and Hearth knocked this one out of the park!! Thanks so much for your amazing products!
Comments about Product: I have two of these...one in the front yard and one in the back. I have had trouble with the bolt working loose from the spinning but I think I've got it fixed. These are eye catching and really an outstanding decoration for the yard. I really wish they could be a little cheaper so that I could afford them as gifts.
Comments about Product: Here in Oklahoma City the wind blows nearly everyday. Usually from 10 to 35MPH on normal days is not unusual. This unit spins even in very light winds and really spins very rapidly in higher winds. I take it in (just the easily detachable spinner) if we have thunder storms coming. I purchased another version from a different vendor and it WOULD NOT spin while this one worked perfectly. The other is on its way back!!
Comments about Product: I was so excited once I received this spinner. It is so easy to assemble and I placed it in the front of my home beside our newly renovated driveway to enhance it and our crepe myrtles lining the drive. It it HUGE, high quality, works great and just what I was looking/hoping for. I just ordered a different spinner and can't wait until it gets here next week to add to my backyard landscape design.
Comments about Product: I ordered this product later in the fall 2012 and did not put out until this spring. I have ordered several other spinners from Plow and Hearth and this has actually turned out to be my favorite. It is not quite as tall as some of the others and I feel the support rod is sturdier. I put this in among my flowers in a newly established flower bed that faces the south. It is typically one of the first spinners to spin and it works as it should with the double sided design. It has made it through several strong winds and has remained tall while some of the other spinners tend to lean etc and have to be placed in their proper decorative place again.
Comments about Product: We purchased the wind spinner and it arrived promptly and was well packaged. I would suggest not opening the shipping carton inside the house as there were a lot of tiny white styrofoam "balls" everywhere. All the parts were in the box and we immediately checked for any problems or defects. So far so good. To install, we placed a 4 foot, 3/8 inch rebar rod inside the pole to give it extra weight and act as a stabilizer. Also, we purchased a tube of Loctite Blue Threadlocker and "glued" the nuts so that they would not come off in a high wind. My husband then drilled corresponding holes in the bottom of the planter that we wanted to place the spinner in. That way the pole and stabilizer spike would go into solid ground and up through the dirt in the planter. As an FYI, the 75 inch height includes the 10 inches that go into the ground so the spinner ends up being about 5 1/2 feet when installed. In our case we lost another 16 inches of heights by putting it up through the center of the planter. No problem for what we wanted. Before the final assembly we sprayed the entire spinner with a clear lacquer coating to protect the finish from the weather. One thing we did notice was that the pole when fully assembled was not exactly straight but we were able to compensate for this with the install method and the small imperfection was not noticeable unless you used a level to check. The following afternoon we had a thunderstorm with fairly high winds (the spinner looked like helicopter blades) and had no problems with it losing parts or falling over. Both my husband and I are pleased with our spinner and think it looks "high end" in our yard. The installation method is the key to success and requires a little planning. I would definitely purchase again!
By Windchimer FromOkla, where the wind comes sweeping down
I need more than one...in right location
Comments about Product: Super easy to put together. Works well in tornado alley, but I am not going to put it in a place where the wind will tear it up, I wish to see it spin, and have reasonable expectations, the wind can break down anything if you don't use common sense. Would like to get another one for side yard.
Comments about Product: We ordered two of these - one for us and one for a gift. Both had paddles break off at the weld connection. We also have had trouble getting the wheel to stay in position on the axle. I called Plow & Hearth and they promptly replaced one of the wheels which we just received. This is a beautiful product, but welds need to be re-engineered.
Comments about Product: Have seen similar windmills at a much higher price and always wanted one. This one was perfect for price and look we wanted in our backyard. Has made a wonderful, relaxing addition!
Comments about Product: This was a gift for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. She lives with us and is very passionate about the yard. When she opened this spinner, she gasped! She loved it, and even though it was raining, insisted that we try to put it up right away. The spinner is large, but the paddles turn quite easily. What we did not expect was that in addition to the "wheels" on the spinner turning like a clock, the entire top of the spinner unit (both wheels at the same time) can spin as well. This means that you cannot have the spinner facing a single direction. For example, if you wanted the "faces" of the spinner to face the road, the wind may turn it so that it is not perpendicular to the road. This is not a problem, it was just unexpected.
Comments about Product: THis is an awesome spinner. Each set of spoons rotate in a different direction. It is in constant motion, either a slow lazy spin, with soft summer breezes off the canyon, or fast and furious with strong canyon gusts. fascinating to watch. High quality materials. I have had this for 6 months and it has worked perfectly from day one.
Comments about Product: We like the appearance of the unit and it was easy to set up, but some of the welds on the stems are of poor quality and they will snap off if the two wheels become tangled, as ours did when a bearing came loose. Plow & Hearth replaced the defective unit and the new one is spinning merrily away in our yard.
Comments about Product: Put it together immediately and stuck it outside the minute the snow melted enough to see the ground. I am 6' tall, and it is about 6 inches shorter than me when in the ground. It spins almost constantly in seemingly random ways. It looks beautiful even when it isn't spinning. Even at full price, I am thinking of buying another one for my brother. It is the prettiest thing outside now!
Comments about Product: what a perfect addition to my yard art! it spins effortlessly and works just as advertised. i couldn't figure out why it looked crooked one morning - turns out the constant spinning had "unscrewed" the center joint! LOL! everyone who sees it asks where i got it. THANK YOU P&H for glamorizing the back of my yard - it's the first thing i look at every morning when i look out my bedroom window!
Comments about Product: I have had this for a week and it is working just fine. It is mesmerizing to watch.
The only complaint that I have is that it was packed poorly and had no instructions, whatsoever, on how to assemble it. I was surprised that all the small parts were just rolling around in the bottom of the box, and if I had not looked for them, or if the box had been damaged, they may have been lost. I imagine most people would have difficulty installing the rings that snap in to hold the bearings. I used a 45-degree needle-nosed pliers. I don't know how else they could have been installed. When I opened the box, Styrofoam dust went everywhere! I would suggest they come up with a better way to pack it, put the small parts in a sealed bag and include assembly instructions.
Other than that, after assembled and set in the yard, it works just fine. No complaints! Very pleased!
Comments about Product: I initially wrote and submitted a review for this product 2 weeks ago and it never was published in the review section. At that time I awarded the product 4 stars. This review only gets 3 stars and I will explain further the reason below.
We purchased this wind spinner as a gift for my father. He had seen similar ones a couple of years ago in Kennebunkport, ME. The ones he saw in Maine were priced anywhere from $350-$1500 so when I saw this one online for the price I was eager to purchase it.
Prior to ordering I read all the reviews for this product and noted the problems some of the buyers experienced. Before the item arrived we bought the suggested items to add stability for the product and were ready to retrofit the item. Rebar was suggested to be added down the shaft of the pole for added stability and we did that. It was also recommended that joint compound to tighten the part together be used. We did that as well. Checking the welds to be sure they were secure was next on the list. The welds on the spinner arms appeared secure. Lock washers to be added to the spinner arms recommended and we did that. By taking every ones' recommendations we thought we had our bases covered. Upon helping my Dad finish the assembly and place in his lawn we enjoyed watching the spinner. It looked beautiful and the finish reflected the sunshine. So our review was 4 stars.
Less than 5 days later I received a call from my parents to inform me that during a windy morning (according to the weather service winds were 10-12 miles per hour) 2 of the arms on the spinner had broken off! Now we were all upset as we knew their area sometimes received winds greater than what had been that morning and the spinner was now broken. That is why this review will only get 3 stars. There are obvious manufacturing problems!
Before I had a chance to locate my paper work from the purchase and call my parents with further instructions my Dad had taken the spinner arms to a machine shop to be rewelded. Plow and Hearth does have a year warranty on the product but now it had been welded back together and had cost an additional $27.
I called customer support to report the problem and try to receive some sort of compensation due to the added expense and the fact that we were not where the item was and to get it sent back was now going to be a major problem. I was informed that all agents who handles these type of problems were in meetings that day and she took my name, number, complaint and email address and assured me that my call would be returned within a couple of days. No problem, I replied.
One week later, still no call or contact, so I returned the call and went through the scenario again, to be told they would have to check to see how to handle the problem since the item had been repaired. I either wanted a new spinner head assembly or a refund for the out of pocket amount that had been spent to have the spinner repaired. Not to mention any of the cost that I had gone above with to give the product added stability per the previous reviews. After being put on hold a couple of times to I assume discuss the issue with a supervisor I was informed that a new spinner head assembly would be shipped to me.
I am thankful that Plow and Hearth agreed to do that rather than demand the original product be returned as we would have still been out of pocket the repair fee. I also suggested the reviews be read and possibly the manufacturing process for this item be revised to include the revisions for added stability.
I do recommend this product but please be cautious of using in high wind areas and please follow the other recommendations to add to the stability of the product.
Comments about Product: While my husband and I were fairly impressed with the overall appearance, one of the blade wheels spins freely in the wind, while the other merely "rocks back and forth". Only in cases of extremely strong wind gusts does that rocking wheel actually spin---and then only briefly. It appears to us that it is not properly balanced, as the same leaf-shaped blade is on the bottom (6 o'clock position) at all times.
Also, as someone else mentioned, this is considerably smaller in person than the photos make it appear. However that smaller size is not a problem, as it is truly charming. We have reported the faulty wheel to customer service, and a new and hopefully perfect one is on the way.
Were it not for these two problems, I would give it a strong 4 or possibly a 5. As to recommending, I can only say "Yes" and "No", depending on one's expectations and level of perfectionism.
Comments about Product: I have a 6 ft wooden fence..found wind didn't get to it as well as I liked so I bought a section of copper & inserted it in the bottom..added top section...& now it works great!!!
I've had mine since last summer...this one is gift!
Comments about Product: I purchased this spinner as a gift for my father after he saw similar/extremely expensive ones in Kennebunkport, ME. It is easy to assemble and the finish is very nice.
We took the recommendations from previous reviewers to make it sturdier against high winds. We added a piece of rebar to the core of the pole for added weight and stability. We also added pieces of PVC pipe in the ground where the stakes would go into the ground to further stabilize the pole from wearing out the holes in the ground during high winds and wet ground. We thought we had all of the bases covered and it looked beautiful.
Unfortunately, today, 2 weeks after beginning to use in his yard 2 of the propellers broke off in the wind. He has now taken it to have those rewelded on the piece. We are very surprised the welds weakened in the wind and broke as when checked all seemed secure.
I plan to contact customer support regarding the issue and see what they recommend or plan to do for compensation for the welding.
Comments about Product: So excited to have found this is a local store. My husband loved it and I was so happy when we put it outside and it started spinning beautifully. Unfortunately 3 weeks after one of the spinners started coming loose. This causes the two spinners to spin into one another. He's had to take it down several times when the wind is really going which kind of defeats the purpose of having! Will be taking it back sadly.
Comments about Product: Both were purchased as gifts and recipiants LOVE the large spinner! They rotate beautifully and large enough to enjoy from their homes when placed in large yards. Doesn't take much of a breeze to enjoy the facinating spinning.
Waiting to see if they go on special so I can afford to purchase one for myself!
Comments about Product: Delivery was great,
Needs sturdier parts, the two rotating parts did not stay in place,rendering it unusable
Returned to local store; am waiting for new one, should be delivered within next week
Have also given one as a gift; hopefully no problems with second one
Comments about Product: This is just the best one I own.
I even gave one as a gift to someone who lives on a Bay and they are wild about it also. Only dissapointment is the pole is in 2 sections and wabbles. Fixed that problem and now it works intensley well! Love it!
Comments about Product: I bought this as a gift, but couldn't resist clamping it to a bike repair stand indoors and using a fan. This one works a lot like the video; one wheel turns easily while the other rocks back and forth until the wind gets strong enough to turn it. I noticed the wheel that turns easily is well balanced while the other one is not. The heavy side stays down until the wind is much stronger. I used a couple of magnets to balance it better and I think it works much better. I imagine when it is outside the pole will shake much less this way in stronger winds. No one else has mentioned this.
Comments about Product: Our windmill may be facing the wrong direction because when one set of blades turn, the other turns in the same direction, rather than opposite.
Or one side may have to be loosened so it can flow in opposite direction.
Can you recommend any adjustments to have this beautiful piece work perfectly?
Comments about Product: As I wanted to be able to see this most of the time, we mounted it on our deck by fastening it to a railing upright with insulated clamps purchased from the hardware store. The spinner is lovely to look at even when it is not moving which is not often. It spins and rotates in the slightest breeze. For those who had problems with it moving, be sure the rod placed in the ground is absolutely "plumb" i.e. straight up and down: we used a level.
Comments about Product: We bought this for ourselves for our Christmas Present. My husband is a NASA Engineer and is usually not impressed with how things are made and go together. He was very happy with this spinner as it went together well and it has ball-bearings which make it spin better than other spinners. We use this in our back yard where everyone can see it and enjoy it.
Comments about Product: This is my first wind spinner and I love it! I read all of the reviews before I bought it, so I was aware of the problem others had with the bolts loosening. Since my spinner is located only a few feet from my front porch, I periodically tighten them (which is not what I consider to be much of an inconvenience). It looks amazing and boy, does it spin! My only worry is someone swiping it from my front yard!
Comments about Product: We really like this spinner. It literally turns almost all of the time. Everyone notices it right away and thinks it's cool. I was surprised at how well it is made. Great quality! I do wish that it was taller. It has been outside for 4 months now and there's no sign of rust. Depending on the wind direction, the pole can unscrew itself where the lower poles connect to each other. No problem with that though- my husband just used some lok-tight on the joint and it has been absolutely fine. I would reccomend this spinner to anyone.
Comments about Product: The catalog says the spinner is 75" tall. It is IF you include the stake that is below the ground. I am 5'5" tall and the spinner above the ground is shorter than me. Love the spinner but expected it to tower over the garden. It turns out to be just another feature instead of a focal point.
Comments about Product: I LOVE THIS WIND SPINNER>>>> BUT I CONSTANTLY HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE AND SCREW THE TWO PIECES OF THE POLE BACK TOGETHER. AND I DON'T THINK THAT WILL LAST MUCH LONGER, I THINK IT WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK INTO WHERE THE POLE SCREWS TOGETHER. NEEDS A BETTER POLE!
Comments about Product: This windmill actually spins with very little wind. The design on the other windmill they offered had major design flaws and would not work. I'm returning it and absolutely love this one!!! I would just like it to be a little taller but I'm sure we can modify that somehow.
Comments about Product: Put it next to the garden. Not only does it dress up the garden but the movements seem to keep the birds off nearby plants. The only problem was the bottom joint loosened with hard winds and had to be retightened.
Comments about Product: Beautiful design and finish; however, after only 24 hours the pole was bending at the screw joint and the spinner pieces were claning. The screws that hold the spinner to the bar continued to loosen.
Comments about Product: I like the spinner a lot- it moves easily and looks great in the garden - I'm hoping it keeps rabbits away, too, as a bonus! Someone mentioned the vanes spun off, but I have yet to have that problem, and it's been windy- will probably get a couple lock washers eventually- so far it's all good, however-
Comments about Product: Takes very little wind to move it. The blades turn opposite or the same direction, depends on the wind. The whole thing pivots on the pole so it easily catches the wind. Wonderful addition to my gardens. We put it where we can watch it while sitting on the porch.
Comments about Product: Placed this in my garden right away and it looks amazing. So glad that I purchased it! Have been looking for one for a while. The price was substantially lower than others that I've seen that are the same. The size is also impresssive for the price. Love it!!
Comments about Product: Used as a flower bed accent. Looks great and spins in all directions. Spinner doesn't seem as heavy-duty as I thought it would be so not sure how it will hold up over the long term.
Comments about Product: My husband said it was easy to assemble, but the connector (coupling) was not big enough for our high wind property. He inserted a long piece of rebar and says it should now hold up to the strongest winds.
Comments about Product: the 2 sides do not necessarily spin in opposite directions, but consider that a very minor issue.
Very attractive, but not gaudy. Considering buying another.
For handymen, could be high-mounted (6-20 ft) using 3/4" pipe, spinner step will fit inside.
Comments about Product: The decorative nuts loosened during operation causing the blades to hit each other and raise quite a commotion. They were replaced with lock nuts that have taken care of the problem without compromising the product.
Comments about Product: My husband and I are thrilled with this wind spinner. The quality is good, especially compared to similar items, which are not as well made. I enjoy sitting out on our front porch and watching the many intricate spinning combinations. My favorite is when the spinners go opposite directions, which happens less often, but however the spinner spins is wonderful. This is a wonderful addition to our front yard and I would highly recommend this wind spinner. Service and shipping times were great!
Comments about Product: Such a great addition to any garden--big or small. Takes very little wind to send the spinner in motion. I get compliments all the time! Not something you see in everyone's garden--unique styling! Holds up even in blustery weather, although from time to time the nuts loosen a bit--easy fix. Highly recommend this product. Would make a great gift.
Comments about Product: Placed the spinner in use about two weeks ago. My wife enjoyed the spinning action; however, this morning the pole was spent and two of the spinner arms had come off. On inspection, several of the welds are weak and the unit is poorly constructed. Not worth the [$].
Comments about Product: I just purchased this yesterday in the Fredericksburg Virginia store and love it! I watched it while I waited for the store to open and it was the last one they had. I am delighted by the construction and how much detail was put into the design. EXCELLENT!!
Comments about Product: Beautiful piece that adds movement to my garden landscaping. The assembly was super easy though it did take me a few minutes to ensure the pole didn't wobble.
Definitey recommend as it's a beautiful item and fun to watch.
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