The machine changed hands a few times before it made it to our shop but we're guessing the bearing got the shaft that hot that the belt tension just folded it over but that still seems pretty far-fetched. We'll probably never know for sure haha
Does the chipper condition match the hours? A lot of times the autofeed tachs get changed and the hours from the old tach don't get programmed into the new one. If it's super nice, they're probably original, if it looks like it has 5000 hours on it, it probably does.
Those engine are internally balanced and if that balancer goes it is catastrophic. You might have something going on there or an injector out causing a miss. I would definitely get it to someone for a second opinion.
We have had quite a few of them through here now and overall I think they're pretty good, especially for what you can buy them for compared to other brands. We have a handful in stock right now if you want to head over to our website there should be a bunch of pictures of each model!
Yep just have to weld the rooster comb looking part to the discharge chute and the hinge of the flipper to the top of the discharge and you're good to go. And yep, it is Landmark, you can call 989-817-4586 if you have any questions on it!
Changing the knives every two weeks and blowing the radiator out aren't out of the ordinary. That is a good practice with any chipper. They live a rough life in a horrible environment. That 97hp Perkins will do fine as long you're not running solid 15" material through it all day every day which...
Unless you get an 1890 with the larger feedwheels it probably won't feed any better than the Morbark with one large feedwheel. The bigger the feedwheel, the larger the wood it can climb on it's own is. In my opinion, one large feedwheel trumps two small ones across the board.