I love my HM122! I bought it in the spring and just now got around to setting it up. I got the smallest one because I don't have a means of easily transporting bigger logs. I just sawed some dead Elm about 16" diameter and a few Red Oak logs around 14" diameter. The Red Oak had been down a few years, the bark is coming off but the wood looks spectacular. My little 7hp motor cut the logs with ease, you just have to take your time. Right now it is set up on my blacktop driveway. At some point I may move it into the woods. I am happy! Thank you for a very well-engineered product. Tom Manson - Rockford IL
I have a small tree farm and purchase this unit to remove stumps before planting. I works beautifully. I have a John Deere 3046 R tractor and it removes any stump without any trouble regardless of size or wood species. If I had to remove 1000's of stumps I would look elsewhere. So far I have removed 75 stumps each taking about 2-6 min per stump. Remember to adjust the slip clutch as described in the owners manual.
I purchased the WC68 chipper in July 2018. After a year's use. I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The chipper handles good sized pine, oak, maple, and ash branches and barely breaks a sweat turning them into chips. Build quality is excellent, and the unit seems pretty rugged. The steel pallet and cage that the unit arrived in was "over the top". I have found that when I chip sappy pine branches with long needles, the discharge chute sometimes clogs. I don't store the owners manual in the plastic tube on the unit, but I do keep a ratchet with a 24 mm socket and an aluminum trowel in there to speed up unclogging of the chute and the housing. I also keep a 16 mm combination wrench in there for adjusting the power feed opening, and two 13 mm wrenches for the shear bolt (haven't needed them yet!). My previous chipper had a manual feed, and it was exhausting to keep it fed. Love the power feed on this unit. It's like being on vacation. Twisty, branched tree limbs get drawn and crushed in with little effort from the operator. I sometimes chip gnarly mountain laurel, and the power feed pulls this in fine too. A couple nits/suggestions: The machined slot for adjusting the deflector on the top of the discharge chute should be a little longer toward the top to allow for a straight discharge for those of us who blow chips right into the woods. I spent a little time with a drill and a grinder to extend the slot, but it'd be nice if it came from the factory that way. The clevis pin for the safety bar actuator rod (which gets removed/installed frequently) is kind of a pain. I changed mine to a pin with holes on both ends with two spring clips, so that no matter which side of the chipper I approach the pin from, I have a clear view of the clip. Way easier. It'd be nice to have a way to add some pressure treated 2x4 feet to the bottom of the unit. Unfortunately, my unit lives outside year round, and keeping the legs off the ground would be desirable.. Some drill holes in the base and some angle iron clips would do the trick. But other than that, I really like the unit.
I purchased my saw mill a couple of month ago. I started out with a knotty pine log and was very happy with the nice looking boards I was able to produce. I cut a cherry log today which turned out great and I am going to cut an oak log next. I am very happy with the results I am getting with my saw mill and I am glad I purchased it.
I apologize for taking so long to respond but I have been very busy. I have been pouring a concrete slab for the mill and building a millhouse but did manage to set it up to give it a try and I am VERY IMPRESSED with the quality of this product! The instructions are very well written and easy to follow which made the setup a breeze. I will be sending a video at some point and can not thank you enough for the quality of this mill.
Works great but due to the rocky soil the teeth need a sharpening after three stumps.
We have used this equipment on about 70 stumps. For a one man job and not in a big hurry this is the item you need.
I'd like to start by saying that if you're willing to take that much care wrapping and packaging a piece of industrial equipment, I'm coming to Canada for Christmas. The presents there must be absolutely spectacular. The steel framework, pallet and individually wrapped pieces is something to behold. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing a chipper for my project. Not because it wouldn't perform as described. I was pretty sure it would chew up and spit out tree limbs and straight material. No, my concern was would it be able to draw in brush that twists and turns without the need to cut it into small pieces. My intended use for the chipper is to clear 15 acres of Autumn Olive. For those unfamiliar with Autumn Olive the best way I can describe it is, if a grape vine and a Crab Apple tree had offspring. It's a twisty thorny bush that can grow 15 feet tall, 6 inches in diameter and travel horizontally indefinitely. The Set-up: I started by fitting it up to the power plant which in this case is a John Deere 2630 a 70 horse power diesel. I followed the directions for set-up and had a couple of issues. First, I couldn't get the stated clearance between the base plate and cutting knives. The best I could do was .240 so flipped the plate and tried again still no go. I had ordered a spare set of knives and base plate, so I simply replaced the base plate with the spare, problem solved. I'm not sure if I'll ever need to replace the base plate so I'm not worried about it. If however, your experience has been that they occasionally need to be replaced, a replacement would be pretty cool. Second was the grease. The manual says to grease at 40 hours. It says nothing about greasing the new unit or what type of grease to use. I pulled the grease fittings and found no grease in the Zerk fittings so I greased the unit careful not to blow out the seals. Due to the fact these bearing turn so slow any quality grease will do so I chose a polyurea grease. At 40 hours I pulled the unit apart to check all the components. When I initially looked over the unit I was a little concerned about some of the welds and potential for cracking in critical areas. We'd always taught our welders to weld up hand. The welds on this machine seem to be a quick down hand. After 40 hours everything still looks good. The only thing I found was the drive sheave lock nut had come loose. There wasn't a keeper on the lock nut. Other than that the blades were sharp and everything else was tight. I gave everything a shot of grease and went back to work. So, what have I learned after 60 hours of chipping? First this WC88 is a beast and will chew up anything you can drag near it. Second, regardless of your tractors horsepower you want the largest chipper your tractor can lift. More often than not when chipping brush that has a lot of branches that twist you will exceed the chippers inlet capacity long before you tax your tractors horsepower. Third the hydraulic infeed is a must. With the hydraulic feed you can control the feed rate which is very nice when dealing with thorny brush and it makes it easier on the tractor when grinding larger brush. The most important advantage of the hydraulic feed is it will flip and roll the branch as necessary to allow for a much bigger piece to pass than one you could feed by hand. Which in turn makes for much less cutting with the chain saw. This is a quality product that over delivers. It's not often that you make a purchase with high expectations and then have them exceeded. I would recommend this product to anyone. A very satisfied customer, Wes Maddix
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