2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Redneck Chipper Chops Stalks Fine
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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