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New tool on the farm. 1777

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
New tool on the farm.
« on: August 30, 2014, 03:40:46 AM »
Last winter, we had a wicked ice storm.  To clean up all the trees and branches, we spent nearly $2000 in chipper rental costs.  This spring, we had a "severe wind event"  (the powers that be refused to use the word tornado even though we had over 1/2 dozen trees broken off 20 feet up (where the trees were still 30 inches in diameter).  I refused to toss another $2000 at this problem AGAIN, so I started looking into PTO driven chippers.  I ended up buying a Woodmaxx 8inch chipper with hydraulic feed.  At $2700, it will pay for itself after the next significant storm.

I've had my Woodmaxx now for a couple weeks.  Here it is after assembly:

I assembled it by myself in about 2 comfortable hours.  There really are no tricky parts to the assembly, especially if you watch the video once before starting

Here it is in action:


The chipper easily fed everything under 6 inches.  Between 6 and 8 inches, the branches/trunks have to be pretty straight and have limited side branches (nothing big).  It's more a matter of feeding, rather than overwhelming the chipper.

These were the branches too big to chip:


The finished product:


We are extrremely pleased with it.  The only jams have been side branches poking out the slot where the feed roller rides.  Both times easily fixed by lifting the roller and pushing it back out into the chute.

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,685 Stranger in a Strange Land
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 03:47:45 AM »
Neat.

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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 04:02:16 AM »
Looks like fun! :D
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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 04:45:52 AM »
That's a neat tool, and good preparation. :tu:  I wonder why the loca authority don't admit the tornado, just to relieve themselves from slow response and responsibility?  But wouldn't that usually just made things worst in a long run, when there's hard evidence everywhere? :think:
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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 04:51:51 AM »
nice,   



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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 05:48:43 AM »
Nice :tu:
What do you use the chipped wood for? Fuel?


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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2014, 06:36:30 AM »
Nice chipper. Just don't stick your hand too far in. :wink:
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,031 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2014, 02:29:32 PM »
That's a neat tool, and good preparation. :tu:  I wonder why the loca authority don't admit the tornado, just to relieve themselves from slow response and responsibility?  But wouldn't that usually just made things worst in a long run, when there's hard evidence everywhere? :think:

I think they'd have to call it a natural disaster then and pay damages.
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 10,526 Join us! Embrace the Flicky Faith!
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2014, 04:08:04 PM »
nice,   



PS

I saw FARGO!    :rofl:
:D That was my first thought when I saw it as well.....

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2014, 07:52:21 AM »

Nice :tu:
What do you use the chipped wood for? Fuel?


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My question as well. What do you do with all the chips?


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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2014, 10:20:07 PM »
Landscaping?

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2014, 11:06:05 PM »
Nothing dramatic.  We'll spread them under the fencing to keep the weeds down.   :-\

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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2014, 11:14:15 PM »
Those wood chips would be good for mulching, compost and fuel.

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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2014, 11:25:51 PM »
That looks like a brilliant bit of kit mate :)

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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2014, 10:20:24 AM »
I went to a school reunion some years back, met my old school chum who I haven't seen in 25yrs.

Held out my hand  and he held out his.......well part of it!! One thumb (more of a stump) and the only other digit was another little stump where his little finger had once been.

Turns out he went into forestry soon after leaving school and was put straight onto the chipping. A week in, his jacket arm got caught and his hand was pulled in towards the teeth, screams alerted nearby colleagues who quickly rushed over and shut the machine down ...but not before the chipper had gotten to his fingers.

Seriously , them machines scare the hell out of me. Very clever and very efficient...but jeez!  :ahhh

Reminds me of a local farmer who was pulled into a baling machine years ago. He lived by carrying his severed leg into the next field and raising the alarm.

Although I marvel at all the big farm machinery, they do demand respect.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2014, 10:26:19 AM by tosh »

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Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,219
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2014, 12:39:13 PM »
Baler almost took my fingers off last year, I lost some skin off my knuckles but yeah it was way too close.

Machinery is one thing, I've seen a few guys get wasted by young horses though and that wasn't pretty either.
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2014, 01:59:51 PM »
Baler almost took my fingers off last year, I lost some skin off my knuckles but yeah it was way too close.

Machinery is one thing, I've seen a few guys get wasted by young horses though and that wasn't pretty either.
My Uncle Bob has one stub for a finger when he needed to push a bit of stuck hay into the baler.  That was in the late 1960s.

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 10,526 Join us! Embrace the Flicky Faith!
Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2014, 02:37:34 PM »
Baler almost took my fingers off last year, I lost some skin off my knuckles but yeah it was way too close.

Machinery is one thing, I've seen a few guys get wasted by young horses though and that wasn't pretty either.
My Uncle Bob has one stub for a finger when he needed to push a bit of stuck hay into the baler.  That was in the late 1960s.
I went to school in a rural area, and was on the ambulance up there.  One call was for someone who lost a hand in a piece of farm equipment.  That was a messy call.....

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2014, 02:59:07 PM »
I watched a guy get BBQed in my barnyard when he ran a boom on a grain truck into the power lines. Another guy I know has three of his fingers missing because of the watch he was wearing while he was running a grinder. And one of my friends was killed when his tractor rolled and crushed him.
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Re: New tool on the farm.
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2014, 01:44:33 PM »
The nearest I've ever come to a bad accident involves powertools. I was still at primary school when dad bought a huge lorry load of secondhand used timber. I had to pull out all the rusty nails first then rip them down with his horrible rusty old black&decker 9" circular saw complete with rusty blade. That thing scared the smurf out of me. I was using milk crates to rest the timber on and going down using the saws fence. At first it was very scary but after a couple of hours I got into it. The blade kept constantly jamming (obviously now I know it was either dull, wet wood or the rifing knife was poorly set up) so there I was going along and the blade began jamming in the wood.... Like a complete idiot I grabbed the wood and forced the blade along!!! I'll never forget the instant when my fingertips went icy cold - the blades teeth must have come within millimetres of the end of my fingertips and I know I wouldn't have set the blades depth so it was probably cutting at 3"- 4" maximum depth  :ahhh

To hell with that, I put the saw away and went off to play with friends.
Funny thing is I stumbled across that saw again last year in dads out building for the first time in 34 years, my blood ran cold just looking at it.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2014, 02:20:33 PM by tosh »

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