Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by FinoCJ, Jun 22, 2022.
Yep, one of the reasons I'm not burning brush piles here.
I can't burn on my island per the city, but two miles away you can. Go figure...
I don't have 1600 acres, but I just pile the brush and let it decay naturally. Often I use it in hollows and swales to reduce erosion. Save money, fuel, and time. No need for chipping.
In addition to the dry fire danger, the dry climate also does not lend itself to letting things rot and decay...I left some junk/used plywood out against our fence in Denver for 15 years. We moved the other day, it looked the same as it did 15 years ago. I put it out on the street and it was gone in a couple hours from a passerby. It's why haphazard, barely constructed mining cabins from 150 years ago are still around everywhere. Nothing rots - they just collapse from snow.
more than happy to send you some southern termites . but it might be too dry for them
Here is the solution we are going with...
Used troybilt unit at the right price - thanks duffer! It sat for a bit, but it fired with starting fluid. A little love, fresh oil, gas, replace rubber fuel line, new filters, carb clean out etc, and it should be good to go. It's a 5hp Tecumseh motor and seems like it'll work up to 3" or so. It's not going to be a wood eating beast, but for the mostly underbrush and small tree trimmings we have, it should be fine, even if a bit slow - I got time and patience. We do have a few bigger limbs we are cutting - they'll get cut up and stacked somewhere, and maybe donated for the annual winter parking lot bonfire in big sky next season. But that won't be a yearly occurrence - the place just got a bit overgrown the last couple years. The only downside I can see is Jen is now expecting me to be cleaning and clearing stuff all the time, and that means jeep projects may be harder to get to for just a bit. Jen has already been marking planting beds for mulch!
Ps - most of you have seen duffer's photos - he has an amazing place. And the B is even better in person. Thanks John - catch up with you again soon.
I'm cleaning up my parents old house as we speak. There is brush and branches piled out back that are at least 15 yrs old!
I plan to load it into an end dump and haul it to the local energy plant.
Yup... they'd choke on the splinters it's so dry.
I can't be the only one thinking about the movie "Fargo".
Welcome to my life. Don't buy an abandoned farm! My Jeep time is usually 10PM to midnight.
I have a 25' deep 'ground silo' from before my Grandfather put up the Aluminum ones full of 50+ year old branches off the trees out at the farm. We do a 'mulch' project and spend a whole weekend mulching limbs once a year. That's just to keep even with the build up. Not made a dent in the silo pile since my parents moved out to the farm in '99.
It took a little carb work, but got it running and chipping. I didn't buy a rebuild kit or anything - just disassembled, cleaned and put it back together. Rebuild kits are like $10-12, and a whole replacement carb is under $20. I may still have a little fine tuning still to do with the mixture screws, and I've not messed with the governor set-up (not something I know much about) - but overall its working well enough. If you engage the cutters quickly, it'll kill the motor, but if you engage it slowly without letting the load hit the engine too hard, it works. And once the cutters are spinning, it seems to run fine when chipping, and holds constant rpm unless you really push a large limb into too fast.
That would be the only thing I'd want to do with it.
It must be really old if it has carb adjustment screws!
Make sure the blade is really sharp an spaced properly and it should suck branches in...
My first reaction to this thread was: "So I assume that is your accomplice in the wood chipper there."
Get an old troy-bilt super tomahawk we had one it was great. We actually ran it without a grate. It was kinda dangerous like that but boy did it work. We put an old skateboard ramp at the chute and it would launch the chips everywhere. We beat the snot out of it for many years never even sharpened the blades just broke a belt a few times. It had a 8hp briggs.
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