Bearing no longer makes noise to ward off moles.
Sep 14, 2020
I've had this about 2 months now. When I received it, I could spin the blades and hear the bearing. Yesterday I spun the blade and heard no sound. I popped the black vinyl/rubber cover off the back of the vane and it came rolling out into my hand. I emailed the company and she said joust put it back in there. I did but still no rattling sound is being made.
Lehman's says: A note on how the unit operates: The unit works off of vibrations, not noise, to impact the moles. If the bearing is inside and the blades are still spinning, the unit should still be producing vibrations to ward off the moles.
Sep 2, 2020
After purchasing two of these windmills and grounding poles and installing according to directions, I was in close to $125. We have as many moles as we've had before and they seem to like the windmills. I diligently move them daily to make the "rattle". Save your money because these do not work. Will never recommend and out over $100. Yuk!!!
Cozy windmills, but moles don't care!
Aug 7, 2020
Despite placing two windmills several years ago, our lawn is STILL FULL OF MOLEHILLS as ever before. Sweet little mills to look at but I had hoped they would chase away the moles as promised!
Instructions are wrong
Jul 20, 2020
I just drove my ground rod as directed and already see a problem. Several times it is started to use a ground rod. So I bought the ground rod, 8'x 1/2". Why would you recommend that??? Your units mounting is almost 1" in diameter. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice this isn't going to work very well and for me, it's money and time wasted. Ironically, the picture on the box shows it mounted to a pice of conduit or pipe. Pipe, hollow...rod is solid, never mind the drastic size difference. So, now I have to get the tractor to pull the ground RODS back out, spend more money to go buy some PIPE and try it again. IF I actually have any success, I will change my review but at this point, I'm thinking I wasted too much money. Two windmills and two ground rods that now I can't return. So much for following directions. Get it right people.
Lehman's says: The unit is supposed to fit loosely on the rod, not snug, hence the directions stating a smaller ground rod size. The purpose for the looseness to allow the unit to vibrate on the rod a bit. The looseness enhances the vibrations and they travel down the grounding rod into the ground.
Great Mole control
Jul 10, 2020
This is by far the best method I have ever used. Haven't had a mole problem since I got this. Nothings perfect but this comes close. I have used every type of trap, and environmentally safe method, none worked that well, until now.
Moles 'Yes', Gophers 'No'
Apr 2, 2020
Within one day of installing two mills, there was a dead mole above ground and my hopes went high. However, the mills do NOT chase away the gophers and my lawn stays disfigured with fresh mounds of dirt! What to do next?
Lehman's says: Hello! Yes, this product only works for moles - it will not work the same for gophers. The two animals dig their tunnels at different depths.
The absolute best gopher/mole chaser
Jan 18, 2020
For years I battled pocket gophers, losing two fruit trees in the process when they ate the roots. Then I learned that vibrations from pinwheels or windmills would chase them off so I used plastic pinwheels and they worked but deteriorated and broke in our fierce sun and high winds. Finally, I found this metal windmill, got it, installed it by driving a steel rod almost 3' down into our caliche "soil." I've used it for three years now with total success. No more gophers or moles. It is well made and stands up to our harsh winds. My advice is to get at least one, but be certain when you drive your steel rod in it is plumb (straight up and down). I've only oiled mine the one time, which was when I assembled and installed it and it has operated flawlessly and quietly since day one. Best of all, no more dead fruit trees.
They are working
Nov 25, 2019
I have two, one at each end of the yard. I have mole tunnels outside the property line but they are not coming in since I installed these. They are on 8 foot galvanized rods, sunk approximately two feet in the ground. We have heavy clay soil which may contribute to the success. They are very well made and have held up to some significant winds.
SAVE YOUR MONEY
Sep 13, 2019
THIS MOLE CHASING WINDMILL DOES NOT WORK AS ADVERTISED. I INSTALLED IT AS INSTRUCTED. THE MOLES ACTUALLY TUNNELED DIRECTLY AT IT. I WAS SKEPTICAL BUT PURCHASED IT ANYWAY. PROVEN TO NOT WORK, SAVE YOUR MONEY! LOOKS NICE THOUGH.
Mole Chaser MIni Windmills aren't affecting the moles
Sep 6, 2019
I purchased 3 of these last winter. They have been in the ground for at least 6 months. We are noticing now that, while they seemed to have no effect for the first several months, they moles are now moving CLOSER to the windmills instead of away from them. I am now finding hills as close as 10 feet from the windmills. We used the recommended rebar. Our soil is shale and sand mostly. The yard slopes rather steeply away from the house in all directions, so the mole chasers are installed at different elevations. Why are the moles moving, not out of our yard, but toward the windmills?
Lehman's says: The windmills work by transmitting vibrations since the moles do not like them. If the composition of your soil is rather sandy, the vibrations will not transmit as well.
Mole Chasing Windmills Work Fast!!
Aug 23, 2019
A few years ago, I had windmills from Harbor Freight, because they were cheap and "worth a try." I had no moles after I started using them, but wasn't sure they were the reason. Harbor Freight quit carrying them, so I just went without. The moles came back. After 3 years, my yard was a pile of mush. We couldn't walk across the back yard without sinking in a molehill every other step. I looked everywhere for another windmill similar to the old ones. Lehman's was the only place who had them. After two weeks, my yard is mole free, and I'm sure my neighbors hate me. Thank you Lehman's!
Mole Chaser Windmill
Aug 7, 2019
Even though I love the look of this windmill, so far it does not seem to be working for us. Miles are definitely what we have and since installing this windmill we've continued to have molehills on a fairly regular basis. We were unable to find a 1/2 in 8ft rod anywhere, so we used a 5/8 in., which someone from Lehman's told me would be fine. We are keeping it because it looks great, but it's just not chasing away any moles.
Jul 9, 2019
Doesnt seem to go around....as it's a windmill action, but even with wind and put on the 8ft metal pole as instructed.......what am I doing wrong?
Lehman's says: If you could give us a call, we can help talk you through the setup process to make sure everything is setup correctly! We can be reached at 1-800-438-5346.
The mole chasing windmill works even though the wind has been spotty!
May 27, 2019
I have not seen any new mole activity since I installed the windmill. They were digging through my lawn and garden, but they are gone now. Warning: it took some serious work to dig the hole for the metal mounting rod into the hard glacial till subsoil at my home, but it is completely worth it to me to be free from mole damage without having to kill those perfect little creatures. It always made me so sad to pull up a trap with an innocent animal dead.
works as expected, leased with this purchase and recommend this windmill.
May 3, 2019
I bought this windmill for ornamental purposes and mounted it to an 8'-0" long ground rod. The vane and blades seem to be engineered and rotate/spin with the slightest of breezes. One can blow at this windmill and it moves. There have been a few spring storms with high winds. During the storms the windmill rotates smoothly and the blades spin like high speed propellers.
Don't waste your money. Does not work
Mar 15, 2019
This is a waste of your money. I bought one and placed it right in the center of where the mole activity was and it doesn't do a thing. There are as many moles as before and I have had it for 4 to 6 months. Also it doesn't do a thing unless the wind is blowing quite a bit, but we have had lots of wind this winter and there are moles everywhere around the windmill.
Lehman's says: We are sorry you are unhappy with your purchase! Often, voles can be mistaken for moles, perhaps you have vole activity as opposed to mole activity. While they are similar in nature, the mole digs and burrows tunnels within the soil while the vole tunnels within the grass on the surface. Both can cause quite the landscaping issue! We are happy to assist you if you would like to make a return: 1-800-438-5346.
Yes, it works!
Mar 12, 2019
I've had one of these in two different locations in Texas and it works! My backyard was eaten up with trails left from moles and, after putting up the mole chaser, they are gone! I would highly recommend this mole chaser from Lehman's.
Does not work
Nov 21, 2018
Bought two of these and installed exactly per the instructions. We have clay soil too, which they claim they work better in clay. We still have mole activity. Perhaps if you install them before you have moles, they may work and the moles may go elsewhere. They are nice to look at, but that's all they are, 'yard art'.
Oct 7, 2018
In addition to keeping moles away, my neighbors and I like watching the blades spin the breeze.
Windmill Mole Chasers!!
Aug 13, 2018
Excellent! Just ordered two more for my large lawn. Hopefully the bulbs I put out this fall will not be destroyed like last year and the tunnels and mounds are disappearing! Bonus...windmills are so fun to watch! Now we have four!
adapting windmill mole chaser replacement bearing (hack) to old mole chaser blades
Aug 3, 2018
In order to adapt your old blades to the new size bearing which is a little larger, stack all three blade together in a vice. Take a sharpie marker and put the edge of marker in center hole trace around center of hole leaving a line approx. 1/16th of an inch for reference. Next take a dremel tool with a grinding attachment slowly grind off marker line, test fit with bearing until it fits. This takes about 5 minutes and your done reassemble blades to bearing and you should be good. Thanks so much for getting these back on the market
Lehman's says: Thanks so much, Lance, for this information! How kind of you to provide all this detail! The bearing you received was an exact match to the last version of the mole chasing windmill before it went off the market around 2016. However, several versions were made between the 1990's and 2015. As a result, the bearing we are using may not be an exact fit for older models. Your instructions on making them fit older models is a great help!
EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE MOLES THEY'RE NICE
Jul 9, 2018
This is my second one in 10 years, but I bought them so I can tell the direction and strength of the wind by looking out my living room window. Living in a mobile home park doesn't give me any room to put anything in the ground, but I could attach this windmill to some lattace in our front yard and enjoy the windmill. Sometimes you just want to have something peaceful to look at during the day.
Work Well, Give Them Time
Jun 19, 2018
I have three of these for my farm in various orchard and vegetable areas, and they work well. Be patient, it can take 3-4 weeks for everyone to relocate. Sometimes a new mole will move back in, and it takes a little time for them to move back out, a tunnel or two may show up every year or two. But I like these. I have to oil them every few years so they stay spinny.
Jun 7, 2018
My mom ordered one of these over a year ago and still has not got it
Lehman's says: We apologize for the delay in shipping your Mole Chaser. The Mole Chaser has been on quite a backorder. When our vendor could no longer supply the item, our own CEO went on a quest to find someone who could machine the perfect parts at the right price so that we could continue to offer the product to our customers. Luckily the search is over and the mole chasers are on their way to us! As soon as we receive them, we will send them out right away! Please give us a call, we would love to talk to you about your order: 1-800-438-5346.
Works great. Sink the support pole deep.
Mar 10, 2018
I've used these for several years at our home. Last year we started a new garden plot at a different location and we had serious mole problems. Other approaches didn't work, so I brought the mole chaser windmill from our home and installed it. Within a couple of weeks there was no sign of moles on the property. I think part of the success depends upon getting good contact between the support pole and the soil. I used a 10-foot section of 1/2" steel pipe and used a metal fence post pounder to drive it 3 feet into the ground. If the support pole is shallow or doesn't have good contact with the soil, I suspect the windmill vibrations aren't efficiently transmitted to the soil. Certainly, if you press your ear to the support pole (pipe) when the windmill is turning rapidly, the vibrations are pretty intense. If I were a mole, I wouldn't care to live in the vicinity of those vibrations.
Jun 15, 2017
I have used these windmills at two separate homes. We had a one acre yard at our home in Detroit, so I bought two of these to cover most of the lot. I used to have tunnels all over the place until I got the windmills. After that they all went to the neighbors lots! My folks here in Iowa also had problems with moles, so I put one in their yard as well. Again, no more moles. One tip. Instead of one piece of 8' pipe, I bought one 4' and two 2' sections, an 18" section, one junction and one 'T' junction. I used the 4' and one of the 2' sections to make a 6' piece of pipe. I put the 'T'' junction on one end of that, screwed the other 2' piece in to make a total of 8', and put the 18" section into the side of the 'T' joint, I wound up moving the pole around so I could mow, and it made it much easier to get the pole into the ground having that 18" section to step on to force it into the ground. Definitely worth the money.
Nov 6, 2015
I had purchased one of these several years ago. It worked wonders, but our last tornado tore the blades off of it and I had other things to worry about other than moles. But now the moles are back and can't wait for this product to get here. Will be ordering another one for the front yard. Wonderful product.
Jun 3, 2015
these look realy nice in the gardens. i look at them and decide if i should take a glider in heavy wind or a scale radio control airplane to the field. i only wish they would keep the gophers out of my garden. heavy wind and the propellers just spinning away, and gopher holes within three feet of the pipe base in the ground.
Oct 25, 2014
I moved into my current home at the end of 2007 (about 3/4 acre in a residential area). A while after moving in, I started noticing mole tunnels in my front yard. I almost stumbled on them a couple of times. I knew there were battery- and solar-powered mole gizmos available, but I happen to like windmills of all sorts, so I ordered a MOLE CHASER (late in 2008 or early in 2009). I set-up the windmill on a metal pipe as the instructions indicated. I located it in my front yard, within about 20 feet of where most of the mole tunnels I found - or stumbled over - were located. It was the most convenient spot it place it. Since that time, I have only noticed ONE mole tunnel on my property, and it was further back, along the side of my house near the backyard. I have found NONE in my front yard at all since then. As far as I am concerned, these things WORK.
May 1, 2014
Great product. I am now on my 3rd one and have rebuilt 2 with parts (bearings) purchased from the co. If you are still having problems with moles add a small nut and washer to one of the blades through the hole in the blade. That will unbalance the fan and greatly increase the vibrations. It does increase the bearing wear. Keeping the bearing full of grease does help.
Jul 5, 2013
We ordered 2 mole chasers and they have worked in clearing out the moles in the yard and garden.
Apr 24, 2012
We've got one mole chaser in our back yard.Its worked great.Weve tried everything,poison,in ground vibrating noise makers,and puting lime down in our front yard.Nothing has worked.Im ordering another mole chaser for the front yard.I should of done that before I spent all that money on the other stuff!.
Apr 22, 2012
Bought one of these early last fall; very quickly drove moles out of my front yard, which they had really torn up. Now, they're doing likewise to my back yard, so I'm getting another. These chasers are great: well built and highly effective, eliminating the need for traps or chemical deterrents. We wouldn't be without them!
Nov 29, 2011
I really had my doubts about this, but after spending probably $1,000 in Talparid over the past 4 years, I decided it was worth trying. I've given it 3 weeks so far, and am very pleased with it. I decided to test it in an area out front of the house that is surrounded by driveway & street (probably 1/2 acre). I went out every couple of days & stomped down the tunnels so I could tell if they were diminishing or not & my stomping became less & less over the 3 week period. I checked today & found one small hill, so I have to conclude that they do indeed work. Now I just need about 6 more for my 3+ acres! Much cheaper than chemicals.
Aug 26, 2011
Good product, effective. LOVE this company!
Jul 22, 2011
Update: This thing REALLY does work. I noticed it hadn't been spinning, however my neighbors windmill was. On closer inspection, two of the nut/washers came lose and are gone so it won't spin (need to get to the hardware store and tighten with more than just my hands). Since it isn't spinning, my moles are back. Would definitely recommend this item!
Jun 8, 2011
I ordered 3 of these, and am not really convinced that they work. I've had them installed for a few months now and am still seeing mole activity close to the windmills. They seem to be working the least right next to my raised garden beds (a couple feet away), which I was really hoping to keep moles/voles out of. :( The product is attractive, seems well-made and I like that it's made in the USA. Effectiveness may also have something to do with soil types, etc. I'm on sandy soil. Seems that some others have had better luck.
Jun 1, 2011
I purchased one at the beginning of the year anticipating spring. Wish I would have purchased two then when they weren't in such high demand. I just got notified that my second shipped. Yeah.. The moles have moved from the front yard, but I still have an issue on the side. My neighbor had windmill envy and bought one of those cosmetic four legged look alikes. Said she was trying to find mine, but couldn't. (She should have asked#. I did tell her about Lehmans. I just read online that moles like cicadas #which cicadas like tree roots).. So that kinda makes sense the infestation of moles we have had the last few years with it being the year of the 17 year cicadas where I live. Wish the molechasers worked on those guys. Definately recommend. If it doesn't work for you and your moles, it is pleasing to the eye.
Mar 22, 2011
My husband mention to me we had moles eat our plants and digging up our yard. So, I purchased two mole chasers, just to give it a try. After he put them around the yard, he noticed the moles had left. Excited about how the mole chasers worked, I ordered another one to put in our garden. A very good purchase I must say and our yard is mole free. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 16, 2011
i purchased one last year..and another one this year.....very PLEASE..and love seeing the blades blow in the wind....it sure WORKS.
Jan 30, 2011
After setting my mole chaser up, I continued having mole issues. They even tunneled within 2 feet of the mole chaser. This item definitely is not at all effective.
Aug 9, 2010
The first 2 days I had mole activity as we didn't have much wind. The last 6 days no mole activity.
May 26, 2010
This item is a very good value! Made in USA, good design and pleasing to the eye, well-made at a reasonable price, and a nice addition to any garden. I'm ordering 2 more!
May 7, 2010
I love the mole chasers and now have three. I have a cat, and worry about poisons in my yard, so they are great. They are also good for the environment. I always try to use environmentally friendly products anyway. They are easy to put together and work wonderfully. They're kind of fun to watch too, because you can tell from inside the house how windy it is outside before going out.
Apr 18, 2010
This works! I did NOT want to ever poison the cute little moles... but making them mad enough to leave my yard was not out of the question. I installed this and have not seen a trace of them since. I used to have mole mounds all over my yard... not anymore!
Mar 20, 2010
In recent years, I've tried to use minimal chemicals in my yard. However, moles were becoming a problem. I bought and installed this mole chaser a year ago. While not completely gone, I did notice a substantial reduction of moles since using it. It's also useful as a weather vane, showing changes in wind direction and strength. It makes a cheerful, country lawn ornament, as well!