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    Hi all. I found a non running M&M 720 (according to the decal on the drum) for $500. I can get a Ford 300 engine for $200 if I can't get the current one running. Any opinions on the chipper? Is it worth the $500 not running?
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    Do you have a chipper already? If not, the c & d works just fine, on straight branches, without thorns. I really have to emphasise that last one lol. Here's my chipmore i got for $1100, think i got an injector tip i gotta swap, but she's a beast. Can fill up my pickup in a hurry, if you get everything cut and stacked right. If you are going to be hand feeding it 3" on down roughly, i don't see how you could beat an old school c&d. As soon as it hits the drum it's in the truck. That being said, I'm trying to get away from chipping as i have a dump spot for the brush, and i hate cleaning up chips from a block down the street lol

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    I do not have a chipper currently. I don't have a dump spot close, or free. We pay $18 a trailer load to drop brush at the local mulch place. I'd like to get a dump trailer and a chipper and just ran across this one. I figure I'll buy it, try to get it running and use it for now, OR throw it on Craigslist if I can't fix it and let someone else try!

    I figure a what, 4 to 1 reduction roughly? If I can make less trips I'm saving a lot of time and decent money. Figure probably 30-60 minutes round trip, plus the 20-30 minute unload time with one guy unloading the trailer, x 2-3 trips a day.
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    Bring a pry bar and see how much slop is in the bearings on the drum. Take the side covers off too. Those bearings are where the money will dissappear to if they're bad. But in reality, at 500 you will probably be fine. I wouldn't just discount whatever motor is on it, check it out before you swap it, might just need a couple parts and you are good. Mine i bought non running, some dipshit put an extra spring on the fuel solenoid, took that off and it fired right up lol

    No dump spot close then a chipper is the way to go. Get your self an arbor trolley next, and at least a 3/4 ton truck, preferably a 1 ton. Make a plywood chip box that just sits in the bed, a loadhandler tarp dump and you are good to go. I can fit a medium sized maple tree in chips before i have to go dump. A dump trailer is gonna be nicer to have, but will cost way more than a grand.
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    Sweet!

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    I've got an Arbor Trolley already, and we just picked up a Load handler. We were going to try the LH first and see how much we could unload. A dump trailer would be ideal, but it's later down the road! Hopefully the chipper hasn't sold. He had a guy coming to look at it today. We'll see...
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    I wouldn't mess with that thing, but that's just me.

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    Me neither, the hours you put into that would be better used climbing trees and paying the finance on something usable.
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    Couple tips w the loadhandler, first the wheel wells are your enemy, so build a box that goes in between them. Secondly, get a super slick surface to use it on, the more friction and rusted bed it has to ride on the worse it will do. Finally, i welded on a 3/4 socket and use a big 3/4 rachet to dump with, because i lost the handle, but it works better imo because you can do it on the pull stroke only. Is it as good as a dump truck, hell no, but it moves chips decently. Logs not so much. Lots of line clearance crews here still run the c&d machines, simple to keep running, and if you don't have a machine to feed it, they do just fine. My buddy has a 9" vermeer, but it works so damn slow after using my c&d i thought it was broken at first lol. It will take a bigger log, but on that size machine it's quicker to just toss them in the truck
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    I have probably $4k into my Chuck and duck, purchase and mechanic repairs, beyond maintenance. I've had it now for 10 of its 40 years. It doesn't like the heat so much any more. Probably like to get a second chipper soon as possible, but want to finance a house instead.

    An old employee wanted to rent mine from me instead of a bc1000, again. Same trees.
    Fast fast fast on straight limbs. The longer the better.

    Hydraulics have some major perks.
    I don't think the "dangerous" CnD are the ones that eat people. Face screens for all chippers imo.

    A hard used hydraulic machine might have more maintenance.

    That telescoping, swiveling chute is a HUGE improvement over a straight discharge chute, or straight with a side/ROW discharge door.

    Your never going to get a hydraulic chipper for $1000, and some hours.

    If you have more time than tree jobs, seems like a reasonable risk.

    Be certain you can get blades and anvils, and the blade mounting isn't screwed up in any way.

    Having a back up for is huge, if you upgrade.

    I have 4 trailers, one day for months unused. Yesterday, I need it. It costs me $35 for tabs a year. Backup save money.

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