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  • Chipper/Shredder/superfine Mulcher

    ssegu2 . I must admit it loves crispy material , stems and leaves that are sun-dried , but when the stuff is in damp clumps , the screen does tend to get blocked by the material that has been chomped . Maybe a different screen made out of vertical rods may let the wet material thru easier. I will be using the mulcher to pulverise some twigs , next summer as I am very interested in rocket stoves , was thinking of using the chipped wood instead of pellets to run a rocket stove .

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    Stephen , when you said 11 inch pulleys , maybe you were thinking of a flywheel , you absolutely do not need anything like that , the flail and knife assembly has ample inertia to act as the flywheel , once its moving it carries a lot of inertia

    Lucas , you will need a little bending and a rolling machine , I made both out of scrasp tubes and angle iron , nothing fancy but good enough to make the lighter hopper and pulley guard , the main case, was bent for me in the metal shop where I bought all the metal , as was the 2 cm diameter hole drilled in the centre of the flail plates

    Stephen , just took the side off to show you the pulleys , they are equal in size @ 7 cm diameter each . The top pulley was original off the motor, in fact it had seized on the shaft , so I turned up the bottom pulley from a piece of 3 inch stock ally. You need slack in the toothed belt to enable you to start the Honda, any drag makes it hard to turn over quick enough . I made the engine float on the top , and tension the belt by moving the lever into drive.The commercial unit had an auto clutch on it , but I decided to keep it simple , you could try another pulley idler , fix the motor down and use a 3rd pulley to tension the belt .I start the Honda ,part choke and then engage the drive at about idle, but I have to get it on half throttle when I chuck a lot of twigs and leaves down th…

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    Stephen , just took the side off to show you the pulleys , they are equal in size @ 7 cm diameter each . The top pulley was original off the motor, in fact it had seized on the shaft , so I turned up the bottom pulley from a piece of 3 inch stock ally. You need slack in the toothed belt to enable you to start the Honda, any drag makes it hard to turn over quick enough . I made the engine float on the top , and tension the belt by moving the lever into drive.The commercial unit had an auto clutch on it , but I decided to keep it simple , you could try another pulley idler , fix the motor down and use a 3rd pulley to tension the belt .I start the Honda ,part choke and then engage the drive at about idle, but I have to get it on half throttle when I chuck a lot of twigs and leaves down the hatch.Be careful , my friend who has the Titan, by accident threw in a piece of stone , which wrecked the flails ! . You also need a good flexible plastic sheet to stop the stuff flicking back out , plastic doesn't seem to last long in the sun !

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  • Chipper/Shredder/superfine Mulcher

    Hi Stephen , your 5 hp motor will be well powerful enough .I cant tell you the exact rpm of the blade , with the idea of tensioning the fanbelt , the drive takes up gradually and smoothly , and if you do get a jam because you overload then machine , then the belt does slip , as a sort of safety measure . The pulley on the motor was original from a cement mixer, the lower pulley that runs the blade, I turned on my small lathe , so neither are huge , almost a 1:1 transfer. When you come to build it ,if you have any questions just ask . Phil Ryan

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  • Chipper/Shredder/superfine Mulcher

    nice pics , the flails are almost identical , the spacers I used weldable hinges , so the flats act like a fan blade , you are right 4 hp is the bare minimum for this machine , I did intend to try and lathe up a centrifugal clutch for it , but that will be later . Rocket fires spark my imagination , so thats next on my bucket list !thanks for coming back to me , sorry I took so long to reply

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    Calhow , thanks for the pics , yes its has the same flail idea , that I copied off the commercial unit , it was a Chinese Titan or similar 8 hp . I ran that machine , and found two snags , one the perforated screen kept getting clogged up , and also the output was under the machine , so it constantly needed clearing . Between thise flails I added a swivelling plates that acted like a force fan , and re-directed the chaff out horizontally . Nice pics thanks .

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  • Hello Taleya ,If you are buying ready mades , or making your own with the tape in the hem , you wont get much stretch maybe 5 centimetres max ,the tape stops stretch , but over a long distance like 6 metres thats probably the safe maximum to go, think about subdividing the area, but its best to hang your sails and leave them for a few days for the sun to soften them , you can always err on the smaller side, and use a bigger turnbuckle.I live on a very windy island , where the wind springs up in a moment , so I have to wind up the turnbuckles with a screwdriver , and the canopy then is drum tight.I found too that the smaller sizes of turnbuckle would tend to undo , if the canopy has the least bit of free movement, the wind shocks the fitting , so next year I will get some locknuts to lock …

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    Hello Taleya ,If you are buying ready mades , or making your own with the tape in the hem , you wont get much stretch maybe 5 centimetres max ,the tape stops stretch , but over a long distance like 6 metres thats probably the safe maximum to go, think about subdividing the area, but its best to hang your sails and leave them for a few days for the sun to soften them , you can always err on the smaller side, and use a bigger turnbuckle.I live on a very windy island , where the wind springs up in a moment , so I have to wind up the turnbuckles with a screwdriver , and the canopy then is drum tight.I found too that the smaller sizes of turnbuckle would tend to undo , if the canopy has the least bit of free movement, the wind shocks the fitting , so next year I will get some locknuts to lock up the buckle , so it cannot get loose.That way the sails then stay up from spring until the fall

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  • Tried towing the Titan on the back of my Jeep on a rough stone road, was very top heavy....needed a second person to stand at the back and ride shotgun...the wheel base needs widening , (which I made adjustable ,using a tube within a tube for the axle).Have not yet tried to tow mine to friends,as I am getting attached to it ,lots of garden to mulch up !!

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