Schweiss Counter Bob Dalley's Hydraulic Hangar Door | Schweiss Must See Photos
Photo of the Day

Schweiss In Ohio

Bob Dalley's Hangar with New 40' x 13' Hydraulic Door

Schweiss Hydraulic Door in Ohio

25 November 2011, Schweiss in Ohio
"I researched over a year what I wanted to do. I met Dave Schweiss at the Florida 'Fun in the Sun'air show and both Dave and Mike at the big Oshkosh, WI show. After meeting the guys and looking more closely at their product the choice was obvious. It simply was the best fit, the best design, the best door and in terms of value, the best deal."

Citabria outside of Hangar

Bob Dalley with his Citabria

Talking is Bob Dalley, Waldron, IN aviator who works as an engineer with the Rolls Royce Corporation at their Indianapolis facility. A Purdue University electrical engineering graduate, 49-year old Dalley has an eye for engineering excellence and quality. That's why a 40' x 13' Schweiss hydraulic now hangs on his 50' x 70' Heritage hangar on his country airfield about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.

Stoutness Makes a Difference
He related, "Talking with Dave I told him about my hangar project and various doors I had studied. I said I was impressed with the engineering design and the workmanship. The 'stoutness' of the door was significant to my engineering eye."

Because of his engineering background, Dalley has some metal working experience. He noted the steel used in the Schweiss doors, the quality of the welding and the overall structural strength. As a pilot, he's fully cognizant of building strong enough to withstand winds, driving rain storms and other assorted challenges of nature.

Empty weight of his Schweiss door was about 1900 lbs. That bumped up to about 2600 lbs. with sheeting and insulation. His insulated hangar is sort of an 'all purpose' building with lounge area, wash bay, plus floor space for vehicles and other stuff. Primary occupant however is his 1973 Citabra 7ECA powered with a 115 hp engine.

Hydraulic door clad with steel sheeting

Top and bottom seal make the door weathertight...
Clean Looking Door

Hydraulic Door clad in steel sheeting

Dalley appreciates value. He noted that when others come to his 'air park' they check his door. They see the two little red cylinders and ask 'what's this'? "I push the button and they see this huge door quietly open. This door is pretty much the showpiece of the building."

He acknowledged other options such as sliders and bifolds. But for Dalley a hydraulic powered door was a step up in overall engineering capability. He didn't go the auto-latch route because as an engineer he thinks he can devise his own latching feature. He's designing as he puts it "...a couple of simple little cam locks on either side. Totally sealed against all weather elements is my goal."

Dalley installed his own door, with a forklift and help from his Dad who used to be a construction guy before retiring. "We got it lifted and plumbed, then strapped in place, drilled hinge holes into the special header. It was a bit of a challenge but once in place, wow, there it is."

Schweiss worked with the building architect ahead of time to make certain all structural components were in place, including the correct steel for the load. Heritage, a Little Rock, AR firm provided the building. Bob, his dad, father in law, brother-in-laws and a few close neighbors (crew) helped with the erection.

Dalley's air strip is on the sectional charts so his field is cleared with FAA. As he puts it, "Anyone who wants to can just plop on in." You sense the pride he has in his country air field. He rolls it every year. When contructed he used a grader to make it perfectly flat. "I'd put it up there as one of the flattest grass strips in Indiana," he quietly commented. It's well drained with adequate field tile. It can rain one day and the strip is totally functional the next day.

Large Hydraulic Door opening up!

Hydraulic Aviation Hangar Doors opening

Powerful Hydraulic Cylinders at work.

Schweiss Hydraulic Doors opening up

And he's rightfully proud of that Schweiss door. He simply says, "There's nothing else quite like it. Since we got the Schweiss door on my hangar last November (2010), two of my flying buddies also now have Schweiss hydraulics. And we're all in agreement that this is the best door on the market."

Door quality is one thing. But equally important, maybe even more important when making 'door deals'are the people you're dealing with. Bob Dalley had this to say, "Everyone at Schweiss is first class, from the technical folks to the shipping crew to Julie, Dave and Mike in marketing. It's a family affair that really does a professional job all the way around."

Yes indeed, Bob Dalley would highly recommend that any pilot, anyone else looking for a special door should contact the Schweiss door people. "It's sort of in a class by itself," concluded Dalley

Schweiss Doors does Hydraulic Doors Better!

Bigger Cylinders, Bigger and Better Pump, Better Quality...

Photo of the Day Story

I researched over a year what I wanted to do. I met Dave Schweiss at the Florida 'Fun in the Sun' air show and both Dave and Mike at the big Oshgosh, WS show. After meeting the guys and looking more closely at their product the choice was obvious. It simply was the best fit, the best design, the best door and in terms of value, the best deal.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Here are some shots of Fagen's warbirds. All mighty nice, mint condition airplanes! Just one of many unique planes that will be on display in the New Fagen Museum. It'll be the hot spot in Granite Falls, Minnesota to see some of the most beautiful Flying machines imaginable.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Obviously a guy doesn't spend several thousand dollars for a big hydraulic door because it opens and closes in 37 seconds. But surprisingly 'door speed' is a bit of a factor, at least for Terry Albright, Renville County farmer who also runs a fleet of 'over the road' semi rigs.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

A slick, new 75' x 80' farm shop with special lighting, in-floor heating, a huge 40' door and a burgundy and beige color scheme is getting all sorts of attention on the farm of John Dulin, Kenton, Ohio. "The contractor that sold me the building has people coming here every week it seems to check out the building and especially that big hydraulic door. So it's a real treat for me and my farming partner son Dana, to show them the works," explained Dulin, who is also maintenance manager for six school buses in their local special education district.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Two bifold doors were on his Wayzata, Minn. home when he and his wife, Nancy, purchased it from a previous owner several years ago. He referred to the doors as "a bonus and attractive feature" and believed the architect chose the bifold style of doors for aesthetic reasons.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

The Carriage House on the lakeshore property of Sid Morris, Cornelius, NC is very likely the most unique in America! It doesn't house horses and horse buggies. It doesn't house antique autos. Instead it houses his R44 helicopter. And that chopper gets to the Carriage House by first landing on a helio pad on the end of his 200' dock. A small electrically driven dolly then gently lifts the chopper with operator then guiding the chopper to its proper stall inside this remarkable 4-star carriage house.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

At 27 years of age, film maker/artist/author Travis Wood appears to be adding architectural design to his intriguing resume. Evidence of this new dimension is a most unique structure, a combination studio/guest house that he and his father are constructing on their vacation property on Martha's Vineyard, hugging the south shore of Massachusetts.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on 22-28 Wyckoff Ave.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Consolidation is that aggressive word which has been enveloping agricultural business for several years now. In simple terms, it results in fewer but bigger. And that certainly is the recent history of the farm implement business, which used to pride itself on having eight, 10, even 12 or more dealerships per county. Today three or four farm equipment dealers per county is more the usual. But ownership of farm implement stores today often includes multiple locations throughout an entire state.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Flying since he got the bug when working the fishing canaries in Alaska, Eric Hutchins, Grand Rapids, MN, has a rather diversified agenda these days. For example he runs a year-round Dairy Queen in this bustling tourist center town. He also does some part-time law enforcement work and occasionally flies fire detection with the MN DNR. When time permits, high on his agenda is getting together with his snowmobile buddies for a few miles through the beautiful lake and woodland country of Itasca County.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

In September of 2009, we started the rehabilitation of Hanger 155 at Chippewa County International Airport in Kincheloe, MI. Our first step was to remove 60 years worth of lead paint from the existing steel substructure and miles of asbestos-containing material. When the building was safe to work in, our demolition subcontractor started on the roof system.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

It's big, 43,500 square feet. It has a special floral display unit out front courtesy of the employees and the general contractor. You walk into an 'eye catching' 100' x 160' 'Consumer Display' section complete with a 10' high shelf showcasing various John Deere 'consumer goods'. And greeting you at the retail counter is a colorful prairie scene with an old country barn, woodlots, fields of corn and wheat plus a depiction of the original 1-bottom plow that launched the John Deere machinery company. A show place of sorts? Yes, indeed.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact.
Read More And See A lot More

Photo of the Day Story

This custom set of Schweiss Bifold Doors was the perfect solution to provide a unique dining experience for this restaurant's patio bar customers.
Read More And See A lot More

Footer

SHARE: