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Hydraulic door is perfect for Paul Lux repair shop

Hydraulic door on farmsite repair shop

The exterior of the hydraulic door blends in perfectly with the siding on his 54' x 96' metal building. He says the door is rugged and the windows bring in a lot of natural light.

Shop building with hydraulic door

Paul Lux of Cosmos does a lot of small engine, appliance repair and the like, but for his big equipment jobs he needs a big door to bring the work into his shop. This 45' 9" x 17'8" Schweiss hydraulic door with remote opener on it works best for him.

Around these parts Paul Lux is known as a Jack Of All Trades and master of many. He's one of those guys who can and has fixed everything from refrigerators to airplanes and everything in between.

After retiring from full-time work at Schweiss Doors as a mechanic, Lux decided he needed a good size shop at his Cosmos farmsite to carry on the Mr. Fixit type work that he does. A sign on the wall refers to it as "The Busted Knuckle Garage."

Lux grew up in Sleepy Eye and bought the building site just south of Cosmos, MN from his dad, Joseph, in 1991. He owns a little farmland with it that he rents out.

His Perkins metal building from Willmar is a 54' x 96' that has a 45' 9" x 17'8" Schweiss hydraulic door with remote opener on it and two 48" x 36" windows. The shop portion of it is 54' x 56' with the rest of the building used as a machine shed. The shop has in-floor heat.

Big cylinders open hydraulic door

Lux can open and stop his door at any level. He likes the hydraulic door for the shaded canopy it provides when open.


"One thing about the Schweiss doors is Mike keeps improving them all the time. He went from an 'L-line' to the wire they now use to weld them, bigger frames, a better hydraulic unit, better cylinders so they can't twist or have one side get ahead of the other. I see Schweiss now has new wrap-around hinges that are welded to the door better."


- Paul Lux
Cosmos, MN


"The hydraulic doors seal a little better as far as air leaks, they are a little tougher with less moving parts and I think they open and close faster," said Lux. "I think the bifolds with straps now open a lot quicker than the old cable doors did, and you can park closer to them, but with the hydraulic door you have a big awning for shade when the door is open. The install by Schweiss went good. I went to work in the morning and when I came home it was done. I was looking at a trade-in door that would have needed shortening, but Mike and I figured it would cost just as much as a new door to have it fit right."

He said his brother has a different make hydraulic door on his building and says that door was built very cheaply. The hydraulic unit wasn't anywhere near a Schweiss hydraulic pump and metal in the door was lighter gauge with bracing placed farther apart. He said it was all-around lesser quality.

Insulated hydraulic door

Paul insulated his door with spray-on insulation. That, and the in-floor heating system keep the building warm in the coldest of weather.

"I use the shop for repairs. I fix everything from soup to nuts; chain saws, four-wheel drives, tractors, skid steers, lawn mowers, dehumidifiers, belly mowers, cars, trucks and a lot more," said Lux.

Lux said he uses his door a lot, especially during the summer and hasn't had a lick of trouble with it.

He recalled a bad storm that came through on July of 2011. It took half his grove down and he had trees down on the west side of the building, but the door came through fine. He definitely recommends Schweiss doors to others and said every once in a while people come out to see his door and ask how he likes it.

"One thing about the Schweiss doors is Mike keeps improving them all the time," noted Lux. "He went from an ‘L-line' to the wire they now use to weld them, bigger frames, a better hydraulic unit, better cylinders so they can't twist or have one side get ahead of the other. I see Schweiss now has new wrap-around hinges that are welded to the door better."

Closed hydraulic door

The cylinders on the hydraulic door pull it in, seal and lock it weathertight. Two 48" x 36" windows bring in natural light.

In-floor heat and utility room

Lux works in his shop year-round. The in-floor heat system in the utility room keeps the building comfortable in the coldest weather.

Paul's Man Cave

Paul's Man Cave is actually an office in the Busted Knuckle Garage.

Large hydraulic door cylinders

Paul Lux is a tall guy, and this photo gives a comparison of just how big the Schweiss Door cylinders are. His hydraulic pump is mounted about 7 feet off the floor giving him more working room inside his repair shop.


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