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#1 Greasy6020 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 05, 2016 - 10:37 AM

My dad has an old bale chopper from eons ago... I want to repower it, to use it to chop and/or grind brush green grass wood shavings and straw.

Brush would be no bigger than 1".

Anyone think this would work?

I plan on making compost out of the chopped material.

I'll make a video of the whole thing...

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Posted May 05, 2016 - 11:10 AM

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Posted May 05, 2016 - 11:45 AM

If it is the type that I have used, the knives won't take it. They used a knife blade similar to a haybine.

Can you get a pic of the knives? I think that would be the deciding factor.
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Posted May 05, 2016 - 12:10 PM

If it is the type that I have used, the knives won't take it. They used a knife blade similar to a haybine.

Can you get a pic of the knives? I think that would be the deciding factor.

yes, they look exactly like haybine knives... probably the used knives from the haybine...

 

any ideas to replace knives with something more durable?


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Posted May 05, 2016 - 02:37 PM

The fixed blade on a spinning drum idea is similar to a chipper that a tree service would use. I think they use a round carbide tooth. Also a shredder with flail type knives, like a Mckissic, would work excellent for what you described. I hooked my son's up last year for fall cleanup. It did very good with branches leaves and grass.

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Posted May 05, 2016 - 03:14 PM

I think more info is needed. B;ades? swinging hammers? What? How big is it?

I used to work building Farmhand Machinery. We built a Silage Blower, that would chop square baled. It had a conveyer to feed bales in. Now the flywheel was about 4 ft in diameter solid steel disc about 1 1/2 inch thick. bolted to that were paddles, with hammers on the end . And bolted to them was a disc with sicle blades that would shred the bales.  On the outside of the housing was a 1 inch pipe about a foot long to add water to the silage.  That pipe incidently was originally 2 inches long, till some fool stuck his finger in it to clear a plug and then sued the company? That machine took a minimum of 70 hp.

 

Incidently I tried to talk the chief engineer into scaling down a conventional hammer mill(we already built them) to sell as mulch grinders. He said there would not be enough market to even justify a market survey??  I wonder what he is building since the company went broke?


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Posted May 05, 2016 - 06:37 PM

I think more info is needed. B;ades? swinging hammers? What? How big is it?
I used to work building Farmhand Machinery. We built a Silage Blower, that would chop square baled. It had a conveyer to feed bales in. Now the flywheel was about 4 ft in diameter solid steel disc about 1 1/2 inch thick. bolted to that were paddles, with hammers on the end . And bolted to them was a disc with sicle blades that would shred the bales. On the outside of the housing was a 1 inch pipe about a foot long to add water to the silage. That pipe incidently was originally 2 inches long, till some fool stuck his finger in it to clear a plug and then sued the company? That machine took a minimum of 70 hp.

Incidently I tried to talk the chief engineer into scaling down a conventional hammer mill(we already built them) to sell as mulch grinders. He said there would not be enough market to even justify a market survey?? I wonder what he is building since the company went broke?

Think of umpteen haybine blades bolted to a drum. Built for shredding straw for bedding.
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