Since we have been thinning out the trees and brush around our house, the piles of cut limbs are getting taller and more numerous. I was planning on renting a big chipper over a weekend and taking care of it all at one time, but I decided to buy a small residential chipper for about the same price to see if I could make it work.
I found a decent one on craigslist, and after replacing the needle valve seat in the carburetor it runs well. It is a Troy Bilt Model 24A-424B766 (CS4265) with a Briggs & Stratton 6.5 HP engine model 121312-0322-E1. It is advertised to chip up to a 3″ branch. In reality, a 2″ is about all it will handle. I was able to push in long branches (10′ long) and it will eat them up with no problems. It does lag down with some pieces of wood, like the Osage orange tree branches, where are very hard and dense. Common replacement part numbers are below the video.
Here is a video of me cutting up a couple of limbs:
You can tell how slow it is and how much you have to push and work to get the wood to feed in. While this is better than nothing, it is still more work than I want to do.
- carburetor overhaul kit 792006
- carburetor 591299
- needle seat kit 398188 (also O’Reilly Prime Line Part # 7-07080)
- Filter-Air Cleaner Cartridge (Flat Panel) 491588S
- Filter-Pre Cleaner (Flat Panel) 493537S
- Spark EMS Plug (Replaces 499950) 691043 (also Champion QC12YC)