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Jim Becke is a farmer who has stayed with Schweiss bifold doors

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Jim Becke, a Winthrop, MN farmer stands in front of his new Country Wide Lumber 120'x66' machine storage building. The tractor, sitting just outside the Schweiss 36'x18' bifold door is a New Holland T6050 that he bought from Lano Equipment and it is fitted with a Loftness snowblower.

There's an old saying: "If it's not broke, don't try to fix it." What that can also mean is if you have something that has worked well for you in the past, stay with it.

Jim Becke has done just that. His first Schweiss bifold door was a cable door he put on his quonset building. That 24' x 15" door which went on his 60' x 32' quonset over 20 years ago continues to do what it was designed to do to this day, and he has had not one iota of a problem with it. The quonset originally had sliding doors on it that he got tired of wrestling with.

Two Schweiss bifold doors followed that; one 30' x 16' on his shop, which he converted to liftstraps with an automatic latching system and another 36' x 18' liftstrap/autolatch door on his newest 120' x 66' metal farm machine storage building built by Country Wide Lumber.

Tractor with bucket

This New Holland TS6.120 has a bucket used for various jobs around the farm. It is parked in front of his 48'x38' heated shop which has a Schweiss 30'x16' bifold door that was converted from a cable lift door to a liftstrap door with autolatches.

Becke is a seasoned and knowledgeable farmer, a likeable guy who is more than willing to talk about his Schweiss doors and his 20-plus years of farming conducted on his 400-acre farm near Winthrop, MN where he raises corn, soybeans, peas, sweetcorn and up to 150 head of beef cattle during the summer months. He's working the same soil that his grandfather, Herman, and father, Don, did for years before him.

Becke loves his 38' x 48' heated shop that he keeps neat as a pin. It was updated with liftstraps a few years ago. He also had good words for Country Wide Lumber of Hector and said he was glad he went with them.

Machine shed

The Schweiss 36'x18' metal storage building door blends in nicely with the rest of the structure.


"I like the liftstraps because they are faster and safer than cables. The autolatches work good, absolutely! Once they are latched, they are latched! — and it is a positive secure latch! Schweiss did the liftstrap conversion on my shop door during an April snowstorm. It was really nasty outside; I couldn't believe they came here. I have a remote opener on this shop door now and on my new building.


- Jim Becke
Winthrop, MN farmer


"I like the liftstraps because they are faster and safer than cables. The autolatches work good, absolutely! Once they are latched, they are latched! — and it is a positive secure latch! Schweiss did the liftstrap conversion on my shop door during an April snowstorm. It was really nasty outside; I couldn't believe they came here. I have a remote opener on this shop door now and on my new building. Occasionally the straps need adjusting, but that isn't a big deal, you just have to open the box and turn the knobs," said Becke.

Becke really was in need of his newest farm storage building. He has a lot of equipment to store. There are 11 tractors; his newest tractors are New Holland TS6.120 & T6050. He also has AGCO, Ford, Allis Chalmers and Massey tractors plus many other pieces of equipment used to work the ground or feed livestock. He says his 36' wide bifold door gives him plenty of room to move equipment in or out.

"The bifold doors are safe and for the most part they are user-friendly and maintenance free. The good quality doors seal well. Schweiss installed the doors for me; like everything else, they were A-Number One. The guys I dealt with at Schweiss Doors were helpful with suggestions and answering questions for me too," added Becke.

Bifold liftstrap door

Becke says the 36' wide x 18' opening on his bifold door works just fine for him to store his many
tractors and farm equipment.

Open bifold door canopy

When the 18' tall door is completely open, it provides a nice shaded canopy for the building.

Door partway open on shed

Strong liftstraps, rated at 29,000 lbs. each lift this 30' bifold door safely and quickly.

Working components of bifold door

Bifold door motors, liftstraps and automatic latching system mounted on the inside.

Farm shop

Jim Becke is a stickler for keeping his farm machinery clean and in working order. He uses his shop with the 30' bifold door to do this on a regular basis.

Tractor with loader

Becke has several tractors; this New Holland T6050 with a loader is coming out of the shop wash bay.

Freestanding header on bifold door

When the sliding doors were removed from this quonset building a freestanding header was added to give the bifold door additional support.

Quonset building with bifold door

This quonset building on the Becke farm was converted from a sliding door to a Schweiss bifold cable door over 20 years ago and still works as good as the day it was put in.

Quonset hut with windows

The quonset building 24'x15' door was made with windows to allow natural daylight into the building and a walkdoor for easy access.

Farmer inside shop

Becke spends a lot of time inside his heated shop which has a 30'x16' bifold door. The door was converted from a cable system to liftstraps and autolatches.


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