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Straightline winds of 85 mph damage new shop, but not the bifold door on it

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Steve, Mark and Scott Nelson of Benson will all tell you how much they like their Schweiss 35’ x 16’ bifold door. While other buildings were falling down around them during a wicked straightline windstorm, the door remained in good condition.

The vision of getting more use out of a brand new building at Nelson Farms in rural Benson, Minn. was put on the back burner late one summer when 85 mph straightline winds did heavy damage to the west wall of a 105' x 50' farm shop, throwing the entire building out of kilter.

That particular building has a 35' x 16' Schweiss bifold liftstrap autolatch door on it. The door itself weathered the storm quite well but wasn't operational again until the tilted and leaning structure could be straightened out.

The busy 3,800-acre farmstead has 320 Red Angus beef cattle and a 75-head dairy herd operated by a trio of brothers; Mark, Steve and Scott Nelson, along with Mark's son, Evan and two nephews; Darrin and Troy. In addition to the livestock, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. The family farm dates back to the brothers' great-grandfather, Thor, who settled here from Norway in 1885.

"The building didn't fall down, but it got tweaked in the storm," said Darrin. "When we straightened the building the door went right back in its track. We lost two pole barns in the storm and three bins and had to re-steel the whole shed."


“We didn’t look at any other manufacturers doors, we did price an overhead door, but decided against it because we needed all the headroom we could get; we only had 18' to begin with. We had 30' heads and wanted to be able to drive our combine in; now that we’ve gone to 35' heads, we wish we had 40' heads. We have to take the ladder down off of our combine to get it in the building. I’m glad the door has straps and not cables. The autolatch’s are great, you got to have them, I think that’s what saved the door from going out in the storm; they really lock it tight.”


- Mark and Scott Nelson
Benson, Minn. farmers


"The storm took silos down; we lost five silos in the neighborhood," added Scott. "Steve lost every building but the house on his place. It also had taken the whole west end of the shed out too where we had sliding doors. When we straightened the building we lined the ends with 3/4" plywood."

Many farmers who put up new buildings now wish they had gone larger or put taller doors on in order to accommodate today's bigger agricultural machinery. The new heated shop stores two combines, a blade for pushing snow, pickup, skidloader, tractor and other machinery.

"We didn't look at any other manufacturers doors, we did price an overhead door, but decided against it because we needed all the headroom we could get; we only had 18' to begin with, said Mark. "We had 30' heads and wanted to be able to drive our combine in; now that we've gone to 35' heads, we wish we had 40' heads. We have to take the ladder down off of our combine to get it in the building," said Scott. "I'm glad the door has straps and not cables. The autolatch's are great, you got to have them, I think that's what saved the door from going out in the storm; they really lock it tight," added Scott.

They priced both the Schweiss hydraulic and bifold door models deciding on the bifold liftstrap model. Their choice was based on being able to park closer to the door, the ability to easily drive their snow removal equipment out without having to shovel in front of the door and they did like the shaded canopy it provided when open.

Mark said their first introduction to Schweiss Doors came from seeing a bunch that were put in at the Willmar college. Jim Moldenhauer, the adult farm instructor and head of the ag department at the college told them about Schweiss Doors.

"Jeremy at Schweiss Doors was great to work with. I even called him after the storm; I had to make some adjustments on the tightness; he walked me right through it — it was really pretty simple," said Mark. "We sure like this door, we use it every day. It's a quiet, trouble-free, well-built door that has given us zero problems," We've recommended Schweiss doors to others."

Maximum bifold door headroom

The Nelson’s decided on a Schweiss bifold door because they needed all the headroom they could get for their machinery. They appreciate the shaded awning it provides when fully open.

Bifold ag doors

Two combines just barely fit into their new heated farm shop. Looking back, they wish now that they had gone with a taller door.

Straplift bifold door

The 105’ x 50’ in-floor heated farm shop with a 35’ x 16’ bifold door that can be opened by remote control gives these farmers quick and easy access to their machinery.

Strong bifold door liftstraps

Four strong liftstraps, each capable of lifting 29,000 pounds, open their door quickly and quietly.

Autolatching bifold farm doors

Scott Nelson said he was glad they ordered an automatic strap latch door. He figures this feature may have saved the door during the storm because it locked it in tight to the building.

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