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    Default Re: Canvas tarp best for covering equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    Doing it this way I can cover with a plastic tarp and tie it down good. Things do real well this way. Canvas tarps can become a soggy mess.
    I use plastic pallets, but not everybody has access to them. But I used a plastic tarp only once. Too many sharp edges on a chipper. After a couple of good winds, it was shredded. A properly treated canvas tarp should not become a soggy mess. But if you just drag an old out out of the shed...... Even old ones - assuming the mice haven't started on them - can be restored with a preservation treatment. I linked to an example earlier.

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    Default Re: Canvas tarp best for covering equipment?

    I have had good success with EPDM rubber roof membrane. It is durable in sunlight, breathes any trapped moisture, yet is waterproof. Very tough.
    Try and find a roofer in your neighborhood who does that type of roofing. Often they have used pieces from roofs they replace which still have a lot of use in them.
    Carlisle is one of the major brands, Firestone may still be in the business.
    The material is often used for pond liners.
    Dave M7040

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    Default Re: Canvas tarp best for covering equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    Too many sharp edges on a chipper. After a couple of good winds, it was shredded. A properly treated canvas tarp should not become a soggy mess. But if you just drag an old out out of the shed...... Even old ones - assuming the mice haven't started on them - can be restored with a preservation treatment. I linked to an example earlier.

    //greg//
    Thank you all for the good info. No canvas at Menards so I brought home a 4 wheeler cover but..."too many sharp edges on a chipper." I am heading to tractor supply in a few minutes to get a canvas tarp. I was just outside and pulled the chipper off my trailer onto a pallet, but putting plastic underneath makes sense to me. I suppose I could drag it off and put plastic under there. It isn't that heavy. Yeah, that is what I will do, it makes sense to me. Maybe this summer I can get a machine shed or something built. Being outdoors sure takes its toll on stuff. My poor kubota looked like new before I started parking it outside all year. : (

    Quick edit: put a piece of rubber on top of the pallet then set the chipper on that. Should block the ground moisture. Wrapped the new 10 X 12 canvas tarp around the chipper with 4 tie downs and should be good till spring. I took the shoot off and stuck it inside.
    Last edited by BillsKubota; 12-29-2012 at 06:05 PM.

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