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Redneck Chipper Chops Stalks Fine
Lisa Campbell had a garden full of sunflower and corn stalks. She couldn't justify a new chipper, and she didn't want to burn them. After making a few modifications to an old lawn mower, she soon had a pile of mulch produced by her "redneck chipper."
The stalk feeder is simple. Campbell cut a 4-in. hole in the deck and bolted down a 1-in. flange. A 4-in. diameter section of stovepipe fits the flange perfectly.
"I framed a piece of plywood large enough for the mower to sit on it with 2 by 6's around the edge," says Campbell. "It keeps the mower from moving away as it chops."
To reduce blow back of chopped stalks, Campbell lays a section of heavy rubber mat over the side of the mower she's working on. A 4-in. hole in one side fits over the stovepipe and holds the mat in place.
"You still have to wear safety glass for the occasional piece that flies out of the pipe, but most of the material comes out the mower's side chute," she says.
Campbell has considered replacing the mower blade with a circular blade. "But the way I have it now is sufficient for stalks," she says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lisa Campbell, 30217 MT 209, Bigfork, Montana 59911 (ph 406 837-6944; 2thedogs@g mail.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3