Fall Clean-up; Adding a Chipper-Shredder to Our Tool Arsenal


After months and months of saving up our nickels and dimes (and Marie cashing out a bunch of PDO hours) we finally got our chipper-shredder. The freight line doing the delivery could not navigate our mountain road, so I suggested that they deliver it to Marie, at work, in Newport: she has our truck. The driver was happy with that as he was at the Lowes in Newport, just down the street from where Marie works. 

The driver pulled the semi into the parking lot, Marie moved our pick-up truck around and backed up to the semi trailer and the driver wrestled the 245 pound crate down into the pick-up. He even tied the load down for her. What a Guy! 

Chipper box in truck 

One of Marie’s co-workers was watching and asked if she was getting a new refrigerator. Yeah... Cub Cadet makes great refrigerators! 

 chipper cochise 

When she got it home that evening I started removing the box and crating and figuring out how I was going to get it down out of the truck without tearing it (or me) up in the process. Cochise says “I’m Heppin’!” 

10/8/2012 1:12:05 AM

Allan, you know me. I'm always looking for a cheap way to get what I want. I'm sure something will come up. I'm a patient man and have found just like you that if I really want something and wait long enough, it usually will come to pass. Hmmmm, there is a city lot near the garden. I don't think that they have any chips there but maybe they would know where I could get some from the city. Great idea. I'll have to pursue that and see where it leads. That's what I like about the folks here on this Website. Great ideas are born just through comments. Have a great mulching day.

Allan Douglas
10/7/2012 8:29:16 PM

Thanks, Dave; this has been on my wish list for, oh... lessee... about 10 years! When we lived in The Big City, the Parks Dept ground up the leaves and branches collected from curb-sides and dumped it in a big pile for residents to come use in their yards. We'd always take a couple of empty trash cans over and fill them up. That took care of our dinky yard then. Tis a shame you can't convince (wheedle, bribe) a truck to accidentally dump just ONE load at your place instead of the mulch maker. Hope you get something figured out!

10/7/2012 2:19:56 PM

Allan, Awww, I'm so envious. A chipper? That is a great addition to the homestead. I'm surprised as well the Troy Bilt didn't get a good review. I've been trying to get the tree services to dump a load or two on my big garden (Terra Nova Gardens) to cover the paths in my raised bed area. I'm just too close to the actual dump area for the company that processes the raw chips into colored processed landscaping mulch. They would rather just go there than a little out of the way to dump their loads. My neighbor across the street says that maybe the processor might let me have a couple loads from the unprocessed pile but I would have to haul it myself. Maybe I'll look into it next year. Right now I'm into foraging the neighborhood for lawn mower crunched up grass/leaf mixture to cover my garden. Four loads down and many more to come. Have a great chipper day.

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