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Had a spare 6hp engine... and wanted a wood chipper

I found a local seller who had been trying to sell a Garden Way Super Tomahawk on Craigslist a non-running engine that he didn't know if it was 5hp or 8hp. He also admitted over the phone that he used sample photos and the actual condition was much worse, but the price was within my range.

I got there and it was a non-running Tecumseh H50 with a recoil starter that would not retract. We agreed on a price and I brought it home. I rebuilt the carb with a genuine Tecumseh rebuild kit and I swapped out the recoil starter with a spare one that I had. I got the H50 running but since it has no throttle control(only an on/off switch that didn't even work), I decided to swap out the engine with a spare H60 that I pulled from an Ariens 10,000 series. I retained the rebuilt carb from the H50 and its air cleaner assembly. I even found a suitable place for the cable operated throttle control(the Tomahawk's handle had a pre-drilled hole). The H60 even has an electric starter, heh heh.

Here's how she sits now(those awful front wheels have to go).. I'm waiting for the belt to arrive before I finish the project. The last 2 winters have left quite a bit of downed branches around my yard that I can finally get rid of, and this was cheaper than renting a chipper:



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I have two chippers, one I purchased, an earthquake 11.5 horse, and a older MTD 5hp that I a given a a non-runner.

The most significant thing that I have to offer, is that more torque is a good thing. I have also used a charcoal smoker as a burn barrel. Just make sure you have the grill, and hot dogs handy, in case "anyone" stops by. The lid is also nice, it can help trap the heat and sparks. I also try to find these on the cheap, trash days are good for that.

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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
Yamaha YS 240 TB "Ricky" latest Craigslist find- on the bench now.
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