Troy Built Super Tomahawk.


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Bought this chipper shredder in 1998 at a auction sale. Paid a whopping $175.00 for it with two grates. One grate is a ladder type and the other is 3/4 inch holes in a steel plate as you can see at the bottom in the picture. From what i was told I am the 3d owner.

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It had a 5hp Tecumseh engine on it which worked, but you could lug it down and kill the shredder with a good load of wet leaves. Engine would not stall because it has a crintrifcal clutch
I used it about 5 years before the fuel line got a hole in it, it was routed thru and area near the cooling fins so I made a new line with coiled copper which worked.
Finely about 12 years after I bought it I wasn't able to get it to start and being tired of the Tecumseh engine and getting parts I removed it and installed a 212cc 6.5 hp predator hemi head engine. I really liked the extra 1.5 hp which I can get slowed down with a big load of wet fall leaves but never kill it like with the Tecumseh where I had to shut it off dig the leaves out and restart it.

I did have a problem with the belts on it the stock belt just wasn't holding up to the extra power. I put a 3/4 inch wood plate under the engine and then was able to install a wider V belt but not as long. I am on my second year on the present belt and I was lucky to make it two months with the stock belt.

Kare won't use the mulch I make out of tree limbs and other wood I chip up. She doesn't like the small size of the chips.

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The ladder grate works great for wads of green grass and wet fall leaves but not well with any kind of tree trimmings.

The 3/4 hole grate is getting pretty beat up now. I am going to get some steel rod and weld it along the edge for extra support. I also need to remove the chipper blades and sharpen them. I have a lot of chipping to get done, hopefully this week. Need to get some new pictures too.

I use the small size mulch in the path to the pole barn and Kare is fine with them in her garden paths.


:D Al
 
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Consider using a grinder with a metal shaping sander pad or belt sander on the blade. I have a troy-bilt chipper shredder vac that uses a 40 degree blade. I get them off ebay from time to time. You can make a wood jig clamp of two pieces of angle cut wood to clamp and hold the blade while you service it. Check the dimension, its a weight too, and when they get skinny it throws off the balance on mine and vibration increases.
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I use a Bastard Mill file and a hone to make mine sharp.

:D Al
You must not use it "vigorously" LOL ! Plus if you round the edge you have to maintain the angle by dropping a 32 or 1\16 off the face? No way I would have that much time. I would use a stone instead, but really find cloth impregnated with stone a faster and cooler advancement.
 
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No never replaced any thing other than the engine and belts.

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I noticed it last I had the blade off. I suppose it is hard or of a specific alloy. I will have to chase that info down. I would think it could be welded possibly, and then filed back to a square edge.
 
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No need to post any picture. Your post has given me all the info I need, which is great!

This is the reason I asked. For years I've had a Bolens Chipper/Shredder. Like yours, the dry screen has 3/4" holes. Theres what they call an intermediate screen that has 1" holes, and a wet screen that is even more open. The mention of a ladder grate got me thinking that it would be easy enough to weld one up if I had a pattern. The post has given me the pattern.

Incidentally, the flails on mine are the same as on yours. As was pointed out, they are easy to make up. I use "knife steel" for them.
 

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