Posted September 28, 2012 - 03:25 PM
Posted September 28, 2012 - 04:52 PM
Posted September 28, 2012 - 05:05 PM
Just for your information it seems to me that green woods chips a lot easier than dry wood. Especially hard woods. If you plan on using the chips around your shrubs and trees you will want the chips to be larger. If the chipper you purchase has a hammer mill in the bottom take the screen out and you'll have better chips for landscaping.
Good luck with your purchase.
Posted September 28, 2012 - 06:10 PM
The one recurring failure of these is that wood will get stuck between the fan blades & the metal shroud, destroying the fan blades & tearing a giant chunk out of the engine output shaft. My shaft is JB Welded and it seems to be holding. I made fan blades out of an old treadmill.
I love that:
- it is self-propelled (4 forward, 1 back),
- it has a giant feed shoot so I can stuff an entire tree into it without de-limbing,
- I can make the fan blades & cutter knife (the stock knife is to short),
- the chip size is perfect for mulch,
- there is a Briggs 8 hp that is a direct swap, if you can find it.
- you can't get parts for it,
- the engine output shaft is non-standard (1" x 2 1/4" with a 1/4" key),
- that it needs to be inspected for fatigue cracks & loose hardware every 3 bag loads,
- it bogs down when I stuff an entire into it,
- the small engine department of Techumseh has gone belly up.
Posted September 28, 2012 - 09:11 PM
I found this Stanley a bit cheaper at either Lowes or Home Depot, 15hp motor, but don't know who makes the motor. Not sure if it's made(assembled)in the USA. http://www.sears.com...6&blockType=G56
Found this DEK(whatever that is)also, similar specs as the Stanley, unsure of origin. http://www.sears.com...05_07143532000P
Went to Harbor Freight web also, left quickly. Nothing but junk...
Then I went to Northerntool. And found something that I think I like, Merry Mac, never heard of this brand either. I like it because it has a Briggs engine(something I'm familiar with), and says made in USA. Smaller engine, 10hp I think it is. But it says direct drive. The others are belt drive. Not real sure if there is any benefit from one to the other. The leaf chute drops down to ground level for easy raking in of the leaves. Pretty cool unit. http://www.northernt...25585_200325585
They all have pros and cons. I like the hitch attachment for pulling with the tractor, but It's not necessarily needed for my small yard.
Can anybody recognize the engines on the Stanley and DEK? I have no idea what make they are. Thanks...
Posted September 28, 2012 - 09:34 PM
This is the Troy-Bilt from my previous post:
- 70Blazer said thank you
Posted September 28, 2012 - 10:39 PM
Posted September 29, 2012 - 08:54 AM
Posted September 29, 2012 - 11:11 AM
i have to agree that of the three you listed I would lean toward the Merry Mac.
Posted September 30, 2012 - 03:28 PM
Other than the Tecky needing a good carb rebuild, I like this piece of equipment except for 1 thing...
The discharge chute is too level and the chipped wood tends to build up and clog tight.
I have set the 2 wheels on concrete blocks and that helps a lot.
Posted October 09, 2012 - 09:04 PM
I also have an old Atlas shredder with a 5 hp B&S great for shredding leaves and branches under 1.5 inches dia.
I had an old Bolens shredder that had 6 sicle blades on it. it did a great job. cut branches up to 3"
the motor had better days - but I still that it all but the motor. trying to figure out how to make it work on the front of one of my Deeres