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    Troy-Built chipper project

    I was given a wood chipper from a friend. He said he used it once and put it in the back of his barn. The chipper looks new, except he left the fuel in the gas tank and it rusted pretty bad. The fuel smelled like Apple Cider and it has left the tank in pretty rough shape. I have the fuel out and I plan to try to clean out the carb and the tank.

    Due to the rust in the tank, I was going to use paint thinner and some small stones and shake it up for a bit. There are baffles in the tank, so it makes it a bit more difficult. I have read about using vinagar, but I have no experience with it.

    There is no way to put in an inline filter since the tank bolts to the carb. I don't want to spend any money on this as I really don't need a chipper... Its more of a fun challenge at this point.

    So I have been working on this chipper when time is available. I took off the tank and put stones in it with some paint thinner and shook it up. I ended up getting out all the rust, paint chips and old foam. I took apart the carb and even though the fuel was old, it had not gelled up to bad. I cleaned everything and lubed the parts that were not moving freely... Yesterday I put it back together and I put some fuel in the carb. It fired second pull. It ran and stalled a few times until it primed itself. Then it ran great.

    After 5 minutes it started bogging down and needed to choke to run and then it would run fine. I brought it down to and idle for a second then took it back to full throttle and it was good for another 10 minutes. Then it really started for fight to run. I thought I would turn it off and check the plug to see what it looked like. After I shut it off and it started slowwing, the chipper parts made a loud noise as the engine stopped abruptly. Everything seized...

    So I called my father and told him and asked if he had any ideas. Then he asked if I put any oil in it. I told him I changed the oil a week prior. Then he told me that 3 days ago he drained the oil, thinking he was helping me, and got busy and left my shop without filling it. He thought he left a note.. So... All that time I was running the engine with no oil.....

    I poured some diesel in the chambers but it is not moving. All that work, only to blow it up after 15 minutes...LOL......

    So, might this be a project to make a 3 point chipper, or what can I do with this thing cheap.



    Brian

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    Oh man...that sucks!
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    Wow, that is some bad luck. I am thinking you are past the "cheap" point. Time to re-evaluate the situation.
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    IMO Perfect application for a ChiCom Honda Clone.....hit up eBay and find whatever color/hp you want and swap it out.
    As much as I hate Chinese junk, I love those clones...My dad bought a plate compactor with a GX180 on it...Recoil assy was mostly gone, and what was left was busted. Priced out a replacement recoil assy to fix the Honda and it was MORE Then the entire ChiCom clone....junked the Honda and slapped a ChiCom clone on the compactor and its run like a top since day one.

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    Got pics?

    Honda engines rocks. Screw the ChiCom stuff - I prefer Thailand made Honda's. The Honda on my JD air compressor was made in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddivinia View Post
    Honda engines rocks. Screw the ChiCom stuff - I prefer Thailand made Honda's. The Honda on my JD air compressor was made in Thailand.
    Yes they do rock...BUT they've priced themselves out of the market. Not even worthy of consideration anymore. When I say that, I'm talking purely for financial reasons...I still consider a Genuine Honda to be cream of the crop...We used to run nothing but Genuine Honda, but when you can get 3 ChiCom Honda Clone water pumps for less then a genuine Honda you have to wonder whats going on? We have one on the spray coupe and a spare in the shop just in case. Only had to buy 2, so we're money ahead AND have a backup.

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    I will pass - Chinese are killing us in so many ways.

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    I cant disagree with you Darin, emotionally your absouetly correct but when looking at a farming operation or ANY business as an entity that needs to make money, you gotta make decisions that allow us to run in the black. We dont have the luxury of spending money we dont have like the gov.. Yes, we have to think about longevity and the fact that we have "no time for downtime"...and thats why we have 2 of the chi-com clones..because we KNOW full well what we bought isnt as good. BUT like I said, we have a backup AND money in the bank by getting the ChiCom junk...we woulda been happy with 1 year of service, but its on year 3 and still going strong.
    This exact topic came up on a farming forum I fequent, and judging by the chatter over there, ALOT of farmers I "know" have the 2 chi-com pump setup and are loving life. My FIL needed a 2" water pump and I got him a chi-com one from Amazon for cheap...he's loving it, and the extra cash he saved in his wallet..

    I guess it might be different if the Honda was priced at a 10-15% premium....but a 200% premium?

    Ultimately we need to get rid of unions...pay people what they are actually worth, and tool up factories to make cheap junk here in the USA. I'd rather have a USA made honda clone any day.

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    I hear ya - at least people aren't yelling at me for not buying Briggs. I grew up on Briggs and always had problems with them. I will pay extra for the Honda - they just work.

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    I will try to get pics tonight.



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