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    Default Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    I'm looking at a Harper-Goossen CSG-3, but have to confess I don't know diddly yet. Not much info on the net re this older model. Known positives: it's a gasoline powered tow-behind, and has the turnable discharge chute about 6' high (does this mean it should have a blower?). Paint is not mint, but is not badly worn.
    Known negatives: Per curent owner, original engine "blown up" by earlier owner; present engine is a 16 HP Briggs. No belt guards.
    Blades in shredder were visible and could be felt by hand; will need sharpening, but did not appear badly worn down. Blades in chipper not visible, but feeling what I think was the edge of a blade indicated chips in blade edge.

    Owner couldn't get it started, and says he's taking in to "the mechanic" for attention to the motor.

    What else should I be looking closely at or for when I go back to see it running?

    How hard is it to get replacement blades and associated parts for shredder and chipper?

    If it has the "blower", how far should it throw chips / shreds?

    If bearings need replacement due to neglect or abuse, are they fairly standard or special for this machine / manufacturer only?

    Any other comments or warnings are very welcome. I'm going to need a chipper / shredder for several acres of clearing as soon as I can get one, and for a long time thereafter for brush and tree tops on a pretty regular basis.
    Thanks, all.

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    Default Re: Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    If you search the net, you will find all sorts of Goossen literature on various models. I did as much when considering a PT drive unit.

    the only fault I could find with the units was the accessibility to the shredder chamber. lots of nuts and bolts!. On the up side, Sturdily built machines.

    Engine and power is NOT a reflection on Goossen, or even their responsibility, they just purchase engines, just like you might.

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    Default Re: Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    Bought it and it was delivered this morning, after seeing it run. Several general type questions:
    Top (shredder ) hopper has no top, but t here are holes around top edge of hopper indicating priuor presence of some sort of top assembly. I have noticed that my puny Simplicity 5 HP_ chipper / shredder does better on chipping if the shredder hopper os covered, and vise versa. Would this likely be true on the Goossen? I.e., should I go ahead and make a sheetmetal or plywood top cover for the shredder portion?

    In the absence of any findable info on this model, I'll be downloading whatever I can find on Goossen or Harper-Goossen chippers /shredders to see where all the lube points are--meantime, any suggestions on type of grease for shaft bearings on the "drum"?

    Anybody know the original angle for sharpening the chipper knives on this model?

    Thanks, all.

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    Default Re: Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    I suggest you contact the manufacturer. You might even find they have the operator's manual and other parts available.
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    Default Re: Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    See the link below for some pictures of one at auction. It gives many shots of the missing safety covers and belt cover.

    LOT #289 - Goossen CSG-3 Chipper / Shredder w/ Honda 18 HP Mo

    I have the PTO version of the same chipper. The missing safety shroud covers roughly 1/2 of the hopper has rubber pleats that hang down to keep the debris from flying out the top. I found the hopper to get clogged by the safety cover and ended up removing mine because it seemed like too much time very close to the shredder was spent trying to unclog it, even with the pleats held back with a spring clamp. This thing is scary powerful. I could easily see it pulling someone in if they get snagged on a branch and the shredder grabs the other end. I toss my debris in the top with a pitch fork making sure to get no where close the the chipper (at least 6' away), along with wearing a face shield safety glasses hearing protection and a painters dust mask. It seems safer than with the guard in place and poking at the debris with a stick or branch to clear the hopper chute. As mentioned before stuff does fly out of the top without the guard (mostly sticks about the size of someones thumb). I would not bother with making a guard, or if I did it would be much taller than the original one. The chipper knives and the shredder serrated flails are both reversible. The angle of the knives is 35 degrees.

    The current model website is below:

    Chipper Shredders

    Manual in the link below

    http://www.deweze.com/PDF/ChipperShredder.pdf


    Steve

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    Default Re: Older goossen chipper /shredder questions

    Many thanks. Printing out the current manual for guidancel

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