Okay, that's not really fair.....it was more a case of Colleen discovered it was worn out.
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A bit of backstory. We have this great Sears Craftsman chipper, a very robust 10 HP, that we picked up used from some folks who live in the front of the canyon a few years back. They'd been using it around their ranch to clear brush and whatnot and were just about done with it, so they'd put it up for sale. Colleen happened to drive by the day they put up the sign and she was the first one there to look it over and buy it. It's been a great workhorse and we've used it for years to clear away brush and trimmed branches as we were slowly getting into "build mode".
Anyway it almost certainly was never been serviced in the whole time before we bought it, and we certainly hadn't. Today Colleen was running branches through it and it began to act oddly....catching on some branches, pulverizing some while very roughly chopping up others. Being a nice practical gal not afraid to get some grease on her (gotta love this woman!) she opened it up and quickly figure out that the zinc hammers that do all the heavy work were worn and somewhat dinged up from various things that have gone through them over time.
So, tomorrow she's taking it down to a repair shop to get the existing hammers either sharpened or replaced.
An unexpected development but it's the kind of thing that happens.
And yes--as frustrating as it is it's danged fun!
Steven in Colorado Springs