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Grant - CO    Posted 06-22-2018 at 16:09:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Good morning all - it is to be hoped summer is treating you well. I'd like to use my 8N (mid model year 1952) as the power for a wood chipper. I've been burning the brush for years however it makes my neighbors nervous and it's been very dry this spring, so finding the opportunity to burn is difficult. Any who, we burn anything bigger than 2" in various stoves and fireplaces so I expect if it would chip up to 3 inches it would give me some extra strength. I'm looking for advice on practically, which machines are best, and all the rest of the things I’m not thinking about. If the machine were period correct, it would be an added benefit at the cocktail hour, but not a deal breaker. Tks grant

    Jerry    Posted 07-10-2018 at 11:36:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • This SSBtractor site has a lot of good stuff for Ford 8Ns. I'll attach the link for the wood chipper.

    Grant - CO    Posted 06-25-2018 at 08:53:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good morning all – I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful responses. I think I’ll use a combination of renting, having a service chip, and burning. I’ll also keep my eye out for 18–50hp machine that someone has taken off the bloom. Thanks again for you replies. -grant

    Grant - CO    Posted 06-25-2018 at 13:24:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I thought I’d try to post a Photo. The feed pile is 5x the burn. I've never been caught up so I'm not sure what it looks like on annual bases. -grant

    LeRoy    Posted 06-23-2018 at 00:24:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I experienced the same problem here in north Texas. As a one man tree service I used to burn a lot of brush for years. When a burn-ban would go into effect it shut me down till it would start rain again. Then one night I was looking on Craig's list and saw this chipper for a small tractor. I bought one and it has worked fine. I am using a 641 Ford, but it will work on a 8N as well. When I bought it I spent about $1600.00, but now they are much less.



    steveVa    Posted 06-22-2018 at 20:47:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If you have a few acres you might consider just cutting the limbs into poles stacking them like a fence row and then just compost the small stuff. I have compost piles for leaves and grass cuttings and I mix with twigs and brush and soil and chicken droppings and make some garden gold. Twigs and small limbs compost down pretty quickly.
    Of course if you are looking for wood chips for mulch then nevermind...

    TheOldHokie    Posted 06-22-2018 at 19:37:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Unless you are going to do this on a regular basis I would suggest renting a machine. My local rental center wants $250/day for a towable 6" chipper and $350/day for a big a$$ Vermeer that will eat 12" limbs. Having tried a variety of machines I can safely say small chippers will wear you out and take way longer than needed...


    Carson (NCAL)    Posted 06-22-2018 at 18:41:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The two brands that I seriously looked into are D&R and Mckissic. I know D&R has PTO driven chippers and I think McKissic does too.

    I went in with my neighbor and bought a McKissic powered by a Honda engine rather than the PTO model. Figured I would rather wear out a stand alone engine rather than the Ford.

    The thing eats up to 2 inches plus with no problem and we got the one with the hammer miller shredder which works great on small stuff like branches, pine cones, etc. I have been very happy with the unit.

    We are also allowed to burn at my Northern California property. I am not comfortable burning with all the grass etc that is in the area and the fires that have come close to our properties. The McKissic really does a great job reducing the tree trimmings to mulch.

    You might look at YouTube and see some of the videos there. Some good information available.

    Lynn Patrick    Posted 06-22-2018 at 17:13:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a pto chipper (unknown brand) I have run w/an 8N on small stuff & it had enough power if you were not in a big hurry. I used it often w/a 900 chipping up to 4". I know the 900 is more hp, but it handled the 4" easily. I would think an 8N would chip 2" w/no problem. 3" might depend on hardness of the wood??

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-22-2018 at 16:21:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Define "period correct"... Wood Chippers weren't around when the N's were...plus, like Bruce said, you'll need something bigger...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Grant - CO    Posted 06-22-2018 at 18:17:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Period correct: existing together in the same period of time. It does seem by the rest or your response you have a basic understanding of the concept. There were chippers around by the end of the 19 century and Dearborn cordwood saws in 1940s, so there’s no particular reason to think that there wouldn’t be a 3 point PTO driven chipper available in the early 1950s. The real question is if this is all you had to offer on the subject why be a bother?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-23-2018 at 08:44:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • OOOO...no need to get snippy, Chippy. A cordwood saw is NOT a wood chipper. Ditto for sawmills as they were around long before the N-Series tractors. I simply stated that wood chippers weren't around when the N's were. There were over 400 Dearborn Implements supplied from 47 to 55. None were wood chippers -see our MANUALS to view many of the manual scans, no wood chippers are listed. There is also a book by Peterson & Beemer with many, but not all, of the Ford-Ferguson, Dearborn, and Ford implements supplied. You asked a good question and got some good answers. A PTO driven or hydraulic driven wood chipper may not run with the N-Series tractor. A self-powered unit would work and you could pull it around with your 8N...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tony    Posted 06-23-2018 at 20:38:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Amen Tim,

    I don't get "of the era" either.

    Powered chipper with hydraulic drive from a local rental outfit is the answer.

    Or..... like I did. Cut all the small stuff, limbed the redwoods, Sequoias an bull pines that needed haircuts. Stacked the slash, called a guy with a truck and chipper. He decked up a lifetime supply of chips for the couple of beds we have and hauled the rest off. One hour travel, half hour set up tear down, an hour chipping. $225. Probably have to call him back in 2022.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-24-2018 at 06:09:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I forget to add that the cordwood saws of 'the era' were powered by the belt pulley attachment. The belt pulley was driven by the PTO using a belt to power the saw. Not ever a direct PTO driven saw made. the saw had its own gearbox, and never its own power source. My reply to the 'era' question was in my opinion justified. If Grant has evidence that wood chippers were around back "in the era" then he needs to come forth with it.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Grant - CO    Posted 06-24-2018 at 11:50:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • “The wood chipper was invented by Peter Jensen (Maasbüll, Germany) in 1884, the "Marke Angeln" wood chipper soon became the core business of his company, which already produced and repaired communal- and woodworking-machinery” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodchipper Wood chippers and the ford “N” certainly existed in the same “era”. I did not limit the drive to a drive shaft; a flat belt is direct and fine with me. Also I didn’t limit the machine to a Dearborn, or a 3 point attachment. A skidded flat belt wood chipping machine would be fine. Not as convenient, that is why we switched to a 3 point mounted cordwood saw, but we still own the original skidded saw. This was a small point in my original post, but there were wood chippers and new Ford “N” tractors existing on the planet simultaneously.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 06-22-2018 at 16:17:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Even if you add a remote, you won't be happy trying to run a chipper on 1200 psi & 2.9 GPM's produced by the pump.

    You need live hydraulics to do that. Check out this link:

    Dan Allen (aka The Old Hokie)


    Or, you could get a PTO driven pump.

    Grant - CO    Posted 06-22-2018 at 16:49:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wops – I had not thought about hydraulic. I assumed they would run directly off the PTO like a posthole digger. -grant

    BobNic    Posted 06-23-2018 at 17:37:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You are correct, chippers run off the PTO. I run a LandPride WC1504 chipper off of my 1952 8N. It runs great and easily chips everything 2-1/2 inch and less. With a higher horsepower tractor it will chip up to 4 inch. I consider 3 inch and up to be firewood. It is easiest to chip hardwood when it is green. I usually don't chip pine since it is too sappy.

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