Made out like a bandit on an 8hp
Found an add in thelocal rag for a 8 hp Craftsman chiper vac cart. Called up and asked about it (5 days after paper was published) really doubting it was still there. Sure enough it was there. Owner said itwas purchased new in 2000, and has yet to have a full tank of fuel through it. He stated you culd dust it off andput it on the showroom floor and sell it for new. Been stored indooors, and he had to sell it as he was fixing to move by the weekend out of state and could not take it with him. I kicked it around for a bit, as I have a home made vac cart that works fine, but have to make a new deck adapter boot to fit my new trqctors deck, so I figured what the heck, I'll check it out. I rented a trailer for $9.95 and headed to town. Owner was 110% correct in his assessment of this machine. It was just like new. Had to go get some gas as he had it treated for storage and had not used it last year. Dumped in some fresh gas and a couple of pulls and off it went. Smoked a bit and then it cleared up and started to run nice and smooth. No rust, dents or missing parts. So I bought it. Best part was the asking price, $140.00 AS IS WHERE IS as it stated in the paper. I sure woould not have felt good about seeing if he would take less. I gave him the money and loaded it up and took it home. Cleaned up two or so acres of pinestraw and grass and leaves, and its great. Never missed a beat. I was even able to recut the deck adapter to fit my 54C deck on the GX 335, and pickup factory holes to mount the adpater.
Next project on this vac cart is to make a 15 foot extension for remote picking up. I already have an adapter and the hose that I picked up on a dumpster diving trip. 4" in diam and 15 or so feet long, of clear reinforced spiralflex hose. Figure I can make a handle and nozzle from a piece of 4" PVC pipe.
I have to say its super at picking up pinestraw, even with standard blades and no lip extensions. This model has a 3" capacity chipper as well. The chipper basically sucks especially if you try and go to the max capacity, but it does fine on smaller 1 to 2 inch stuff. Green stuff chips quicker and easier. Probaly come in handy to reduce all those rose and azalea pruneings.
The chipper wheel has 6 lift blades. On these blades are 3 sets of flail knives. Each set has three knives to it, for a total of 9 flail knives. On the perimeter pof the housing inside there is a shredder bar, which the spaces between the flail kinves ride, so it really chops up the stuff pretty darn fine. The chipper has 2 blades on a 3/8" thick steel disk.
The wife already had me do a chore for her with it already. She is fixing to make some home made sausage, and she uses hickory chips for smoking it. She uses hickory chips all the time for out door grilling as well, and we usually grill out 5 out of 7 days a week, most of the year.So off to the hickory trees out back and I cut a bunch of limbs, fed em in the chipper, and now she has 4 full burlap sacks of fresh green hickory chips, just the right size.
I think I am gonna like this machine, as much as I do not like Craftsman, this one is pretty decent (its actually made by Agri Fab) So for 5 cents less than $150.00 it was kind of hard to go wrong. The trailer alone without motor or blower is worth $100.