Nov 282023
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the DK2 wood chipper I ordered from Lowes was delivered on Saturday, and we assembled it on Sunday. And when I say we assembled it, we all know that as with every project we undertake, Terry did most of the work. She has more mechanical ability in her pinky finger than I have in my whole overstuffed body.

The chipper came in a large wooden crate sitting on a pallet and the first step was bending all the metal fasteners out of the way so we could start taking the wood off the top and sides.

Once that was done we could see the individual components that we would attach during the assembly process.

I was impressed with the size of the 14 horsepower Kohler four-cycle engine.

One of the first steps was attaching the large intake chute on the right side and the chip exhaust chute on the left side. That one is rotatable and has a deflector head on top so I can direct where I want the wood chips to go while using the machine.

Next, we attached the tires to the axle. As we saw in several YouTube reviews people had posted about these machines, the inner bearing rings had to be tapped with a rubber mallet to seat them on each end before we put the tires on. The tires are DOT rated for road use up to 25 miles per hour, though I don’t expect to be taking the chipper anywhere except on our own property.

There were several nuts and bolts to attach for things like the axle, the tongue for towing, and the tongue stand when the chipper is not attached to a vehicle.

Overall, things went fairly smooth, but this is one heavy piece of equipment and it was all the two of us could do to move it while putting it together. A couple of times we both wished that we had Travis on hand to help us muscle things around.

We ran into a couple of snags that delayed completing the assembly on Sunday. There were no bolts and nuts to attach the battery cables for the electric start, and since we didn’t have anything that would fit, we made a quick stop at Lowe’s when we went to town to eat that evening. Then, yesterday, we discovered that the coupler that attaches to the hitch ball for towing is very cheap metal, and try as we might we could not get it to fit onto a two-inch ball, which it was supposed to be sized for. When we did finally get it on, it didn’t want to come back off. After trying to get it to work for quite a while on Monday afternoon, I took it to the auto parts store in Gordo to see if they could figure it out. Three men there messed with it for half an hour or more and could not get it to open and release properly. I plan to replace it with a better coupler unit.

It was late in the day yesterday by the time I filled it with the proper level of oil, filled the gas tank, and pulled it out of the garage. After I set the choke and speed adjustments, I turned the key and the engine started right up.

I had a couple of large hardwood branches from downed trees, both about ten feet long with smaller branches and dead leaves on them, and fed them into the chipper. It gobbled them right up without a problem. One was close to three inches in diameter, but the chipper is rated for up to six inches, so that was not a problem. It stalled out at one point and I thought I had jammed it, but I realized I had forgotten to readjust the choke once it was running. I moved it back to the run position and restarted the engine and everything was ready. This machine is going to make life a lot easier around here!

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. This isn’t the way they explained things to me in biology class.

Thought For The Day – You never run out of things that can go wrong.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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