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Money Saving Repair To PTO-Operated Vermeer Wood Chiper
Eli Yoder, Haven, Kansas: ďAs the owner of a tree care business I recently made a money-saving repair on my pto-operated Vermeer wood chipper. I had repowered the machine a few years ago with a Kohler 22 hp engine, but after about 150 hrs. a bushing on the pto shaft that drives a set of pulleys wore out and began leaking oil. A local shop wanted almost $1,000 just to replace the bushing and housing.
  ďInstead, I decided to replace the bushing with a bearing. I bought a new 4-flange, 1 1/4-in. sealed bearing for $75 and slipped it over the pto shaft, then bolted it to the engine mounting plate. The flanges didnít quite line up with the original holes on the bearing housing so I redrilled a couple of them. I also replaced a seal. It works perfect now and doesnít leak any oil at all.

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3