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Old 06-11-24, 02:51 PM
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Chipper info please

I'm looking at a couple of wood chippers that are sold at lowes. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Detail-K2-D...per/1000970806
This looks pretty good and at a reasonable price for me. But whats up with the "reduction" specs? It says in the "overview" that it has a 4:1 chipping ratio. But down lower in the "specifications" it says "reduction ratio of 1:1. Can you explain the difference in chipping ratio vs reduction ratio?
Then theres this. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Champion-Po...per/5014525777
This one says the "reduction" ratio is 20:01(not 20:1) but has no mention of "chipping" ratio.
I also looked at another brand that had a 15:1 "reduction" ratio and in the comments it was stated that it bogged down on 3" branches. Hmmm.
Please explain if you can.
 
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Old 06-11-24, 03:48 PM
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I would not be concerned with the chipping or shredding ratio.
Most of those units are built identically and perform the same.

Mine has almost the identical specs and engine size.
Looks similar although I'm sure the metal frame of my unit is much heavier than they use now.
These units vibrate a lot. Loosens up all the fasteners.

Mine doesn't handle 3" trees either. I'd place the limit near 2".
If you need to routinely chop heavy trees you'll need to step up to a commercial unit.
 
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I used to have a Simplicity chipper.
It was great. Never let me down...till I burned the engine up.

 

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If the chipper is in good enough condition I would simply replace the engine. You can get a Harbor Freight engine for a couple hundred dollars or a brand name engine.
 
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I have been told that Harbor Freight POWER tools should be avoided. I have only used their hand tools.
How would I find the proper Predator considering I need a crankshaft that measure 1" dia. x 2-7/8" length and is non-tapered.
The current engine is 5HP, Briggs & Stratton Model # 135212, Type # 0196-01 and the chipper also was available with a 8HP, Briggs & Stratton Model # 201412, Type # 9238-72. Would there be an advantage to getting a 8hp replacement or should I stick with 5hp as was original?
I would consider replacing the engine but if things work out I would be happier getting a new chipper.
 
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Look at the engine specs which will list the output shaft dimensions. If you don't mind spending more money than a Predator consider Briggs and Honda which are also commonly available. In addition to the shaft size make sure the engine rotates in the correct direction for your chipper.

When you used the chipper how did it do on power? If it was adequate then I'd stick with the original 5hp. If it bogged down more than you would like then consider more power.
 
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I am finding sites that have replacement parts but not whole engines. At this point I am not too concerned with manufacturer. My engine is a
B&S model 135212
type 0196 01
code 9409232e

It has a 2-7/8" long output shaft x 1" diameter. The key is 7/32" x 2-1/4" key. The shaft is threaded for "CAPSCREW, Socket Head, 3/8-24 x 2".

I'd appreciate any help identifying any replacement engines or a website that will let me search for replacements by model# of my bad engine.
 
 

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