The Earthquake 33968 K32 wood chipper/shredder I bought from Amazon back in June is an excellent unit for what it is designed for. It handles branches up to three inches and assorted brush fine, but it proved inadequate for the larger branches and limbs we have down on our property from a windstorm a few months ago. It is also designed to be pulled by hand, and at 118 pounds is too heavy for me to lift into the back of the Kawasaki Mule, so getting it back into our woodlot and out on our trails is almost impossible. It was time to kick things up a notch.
After doing a lot of research online, including watching YouTube video reviews from owners of different brands and models of wood chippers, I ordered a larger, heavier duty DK2 chipper from Lowes that can be pulled behind the Mule. It’s rated for logs up to six inches and has a fourteen-horsepower electric start Kohler engine. All the reviews I have read or viewed about it have been favorable, and I think it will handle the jobs I need it to do.
They said when I ordered it that the chipper would be here by November 30th, but the next day I got a message saying that it was scheduled to be here on the 25th, which was Saturday. The delivery person, a very nice lady named Demetra, called me on Friday and said that she was coming from Atlanta and would be here early the next morning. Sure enough, at 6:10 Saturday morning, she called to say she would be here within 15 to 20 minutes, and she was right on time.
I don’t know what whoever planned this delivery was thinking, but they loaded it into the back of a high-top Ford van, sitting on top of a fire ring to be delivered to somebody else. Since the chipper weighs over 400 pounds in its crate, it’s a good thing I have a forklift attachment for my Kubota tractor. Otherwise, I don’t have any idea how they would expect it to be unloaded.
Even with the forklift it was pretty tense getting it out of the van, and I was wishing our son Travis was here because he’s much better on the forklift than I am. But Demetra said she worked driving a forklift before, and following her patient directions I slowly got the tips of the forks under the pallet it was on and managed to move it back a little at a time to avoid damaging the fire ring underneath of it. When I finally got it out of the van, the weight shifted and the tractor leaned heavily to the left side. I was afraid it was going to tip over, but the young man with Demetra quickly grabbed the heavy loading strap attached to the box and pulled it in the opposite direction to stabilize things until I could lower the forks enough to change the center of gravity. I don’t mind telling you that one upped the pucker factor a bit! I think we all breathed big sighs of relief when I finally had the crate sitting in the garage.
It was a little after 7 o’clock when Demetra left and Terry and I were both shivering because it was as cold as my ex-wife’s divorce lawyer’s heart. We went inside and jumped back into bed to snuggle up and get warm.
That was on Saturday, and yesterday Terry and I unpacked and assembled the wood chipper. That was an adventure in itself, that I will tell you about in tomorrow’s blog.
Congratulations Melinda Lower, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 26 entries this time around. Stay tunes, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Tomorrow isn’t promised. Cuss them out today.