advice on Craftsman Woodchipper

Old 10-25-18, 08:09 AM
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advice on Craftsman Woodchipper

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Apology for poor english, I am Dutch and do not know the "technical terms" that I need to clarify my problem. Therefore I have borrowed a pic form other thread to show what I try to explain.
In the pic you are looking at the metal disc (flywheel?) that contains the knifes of a Craftsman Woodchipper. Some of the "fork" shaped things are broken causing a severe imbalance of the flywheel.
In my area I cannot find replacement "forks" so I am thinking of leaving them out completely. In my opinion the only duty of the "fork" is to shred the chippings a second time after it has passed the knifes. Am I correct? Is the only consequence bigger chippings?
Next question: how to remove the "forks" I cannot find any screws holding them in place.

I hope somebody can help me out, I really need to start clearing half a forest and the wife is complaining I haven't started yet.

Old 10-25-18, 08:22 AM
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Replacing would be best but if you remove they all need to be removed for balance.

I would also suspect that the bolt is on the back side of the flywheel for removal!
Old 10-25-18, 08:53 AM
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The shredding blades are primarily there for shredding leaves and other light items. Removing them will not affect wood chipping that you feed into the side of the flywheel. With the shredding blades removed you will get much less shredding action with debris dumped in the top hopper.
Old 10-25-18, 10:29 AM
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I agree, the chipper/shredder would be turned into only a chipper without those, which sounds like that's no problem for you. I don't know how they come off, I would have thought there would be a snap ring or some sort of clip on one end of the shaft holding them in.

By the way, your English is wonderful, better than many Americans sadly.
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A parts diagram would help with your question.
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Thank you for answering my question, it was very helpful. I will remove the parts and use the woodchipper without them.
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Depending on how they are attached maybe you can remove the broken pieces and spread the good pieces around to balance it out. Have a good one. Geo

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