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Homemade woodchipper?
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goinNutts    Posted 01-27-2002 at 17:29:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
hello all I was looking on the internet for a homemade plans on a woodchipper and it has on there a post of a question that was posted here by someone about a year ago and answered by "f-14" ,and "mike".
now mike said he had bought a silage\corn chopper and was going to convert to a wood chipper,,, My question is has he or any one done this and if so are there any plans or draw backs to trying this?? I guess looking out at the grass showing in ny and thinking about all the spring cleanup I gotta do in my woods after all the down trees are cut for firewood, for years I have been wanting to do this and this year maybe I will finally, clear all the brush made from my trees, and chip them and put the "mulch" in the roadway for riding my horses... oh well.. thanks for any help or info, plus auctions will start here in a few months maybe I can get a real one for a decent price. I am planning on either using the pto on my 9n or maybe a stationary motor but leaning more towards the pto, Thanks Pat

Brad Vickers    Posted 09-16-2003 at 14:15:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anything you do requires you to be awake and aware of what you're doing. Seems as soon as people see the word homemade they assume dangerous and stupid. I bought an old gehl corn chopper at an auction for $10, tore all of the corn head parts off and had a operational chipper. I can stick the big end of a small tree, say 5" in diameter, and it'll chew it right up. Just use some common sense and a little ingenuity.

Mike D    Posted 11-14-2002 at 10:59:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dad uses an old McCormick Deering corn chopper as a brush chipper. It's belt driven off his JD. It's the kind that has a trough about 6' long with a conveyor "belt" on the bottom. We place the brush in the trough and it gets fed to the flywheel/cutters... works great for about 15 years now. There is a safety bar near the business end--- when you push on it, it stops or reverses the feed belt.
I am currently converting a JD Model 6 corn/silage chopper into a brush chipper. My unit has a one row corn head that cuts the corn stalks and pulls them up into the chopper (as the chopper is pulled by the tractor). I removed the corn head an fabricated a "brush funnel" from angle iron and plywood. I also made a safety bar on the funnel that engages/disengages the feed mechanism. I am not quite done with it, but have used it some and it works fine. The long PTO shaft on the Model 6 is covered with a shield.

As always, one must be extremely careful with PTO driven equipment. Good luck, Mike

TomH    Posted 01-28-2002 at 16:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aside from the danger of a homemade chipper, ask yourself if its really worth the time and effort. I have a chipper but never use it. Making mulch takes hours of noisy, hard work to get a pickup load. I suggest you cut up what you can for firewood and burn the brushpile that's left. If you need mulch, spend the money you saved not buying a chipper to buy it.

pat    Posted 01-28-2002 at 18:38:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
yea I decided against building one I will buy one, the brushpile will be too big to burn, I cut all my own firewood for the year and then some to sell sometimes, the mulch word was just used for lack of a better term I suppose, I make some brush piles for the animals but ,, want to try to make the trails that I am making from my logging roads now,, suitable for the horses and trails thanks for the reply.
I have seen the light,,I dont have the time for doing a job once let alone twice,or finding out it aint gonna work anyway

John - NY    Posted 01-28-2002 at 08:03:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I guess my question is "Why would you want to build one, when there are used units out there that were designed to chip wood?" For the safety aspect, if nothing else! I bought a good used Ashplund for $2300 with extra knives and belts. Without the auto feed and emergency stops, it still COMMANDS a lot of respect and care when I use it (They all do!). The thoughts of potential harm to one's self should make you forget building something out of a piece of equipment that wasn't designed to do want you're trying to make it do! Your safety and well-being and that of those around you that may help you, are not worth the chance.

goinNutts {pat}    Posted 01-28-2002 at 15:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
well actually this morning some time it came to me that I would just wait to get one at an auction and do it the right way by getting the right tool for the job, sometimes I should just really think b4 jumping to conclusions about what my mind is thinking before I really get a chance to say duh just do it the right way. besides the amount of times I will have to use this thing I better just get a real, used one , I will have to find out where to get info on the auctions for the commercial types of these things like you are talking about, I know the ones they sell at the stores are no where big or strong enuff, thanks for the info and I really did shoot the question out b4 I really thought about the real answer I was looking for,,,, wow that was a long reply to a short answer,, oops btw where are you located in NY?? I am outside of norwich.

John - NY Response to Pat    Posted 01-28-2002 at 17:02:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Send me an email and I'll keep my eyes open for a used one. There was one down the road, but I don't know whether he sold it or not.

Doc    Posted 01-28-2002 at 14:42:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
From one who has seen the aftermath of good ideas gone bad "trying to save a buck," heed John's advice on this one.

Spence    Posted 01-28-2002 at 05:11:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a few things I would do for a homemade chipper.

I'd use a heavy flywheel to store energy. Without it you risk dead stopping the tractor or damaging your PTO. Flywheels can be anything heavy and balanced. I saw some old railway car wheels
at the scrap yard, or flywheels from an old baler
for instance. I have one from a baler that weighs in at 250. With a flywheel you can store energy
up to thousands of pounds.

I'd use a break away clutch or at least
some shear pins in the axle shaft.

For the cutter you can use thick mild steel and hard face the edge. Do the same for the knife.


OW - here's the link    Posted 01-27-2002 at 22:13:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Found it by searching archives for the word "chipper" :)

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