Nov 292023

It was chilly here in Gordo, Alabama yesterday. I don’t think the high got over 50 and there was a steady breeze blowing most of the day. But I really wanted to see how the new DK2 wood chipper would perform, so I towed it to one of the perimeter roads where we had a couple of trees down and fired it up.

The machine started immediately and I began by feeding some small branches into the hopper, which it quickly ground up and shot out the chipper exhaust port. Okay, that was nice. Let’s try something a little bigger. I put in some slightly larger branches with no problem, and as I got more confident, I kept increasing the size. It seemed like no matter what I fed it, the DK2 was more than up to the job.

Eventually I worked my way up to some five-inch diameter limbs, some pine and some hardwood. A couple of times with the hardwood, I had to pull it back a bit because as it was self-feeding, it would bog the engine down. Because it is self-feeding, I could put some long branches, some as much as 14-feet long, into the hopper. With the long ones, I had to hold the other end up as the chipper was working, otherwise they would hang up on the ground and bog it down.

I have to say I’m really impressed with this machine, and it didn’t take long to have a nice pile of wood chips that Terry can use in her garden next season.

Once I ran out of broken limbs, I wanted to cut more limbs off of the downed trees, and that’s where I ran into trouble. I had not used my new Stihl chainsaw yet, and I fired it up and started to cut one limb. I quickly realized that I had something wet hitting my hand, so I turned it off and saw that the cap for the bar oil had come off. That’s strange because I know they filled it up at the shop when I bought the chainsaw.

I went to the garage and got some more of the proper oil for it and refilled the reservoir and tightened the cap back on, but as soon as I started the engine, oil began pouring out again. Shutting the saw down again, I noticed that the cap for the oil reservoir that I had just tightened was loose again and almost ready to fall out. I got a paper towel and cleaned the threads of both the cap and the reservoir entrance and did not see any obvious problems. After refilling the reservoir a second time, I tightened the cap again and that time it seemed to work, because I didn’t have any more oil leaking out.

However, now there was another problem. I tried to cut a limb that was not much over two inches in diameter, and it seemed like I was using the dull side of a butter knife. It took a long time to cut through, and when I started on the next limb, the chain wouldn’t move. Now what the heck is wrong?

The light was fading by then, so I called it a day and put the chipper in the barn and the chainsaw back in the garage. My son-in-law Kenny used to work at Ace Hardware and was trained in Stihl chainsaws, so last night I talked to him and then went out to the garage and showed him on my phone what was happening. As it turns out, the chain had jumped out of the track it’s supposed to run in. There is an adjuster that’s supposed to loosen or tighten the chain, but it won’t move in either direction. Kenny suggested I either take it back to the shop or get somebody who knows more about chainsaws than I do to look at it. That sounds like a good idea to me.

We have a couple of clear but cold days ahead of us before rain sets in on Thursday and it is supposed to last through the weekend. Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction, who built our back deck, are coming by again today to start another quick project that we want to get done. I’ll tell you more about that as things progress.

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 sounds like a rough place to work.

Thought For The Day – I’ve often wondered what people have against the horse I rode in on.

Nick Russell

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

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