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    Default Canvas tarp best for covering equipment?

    Hello, this is my first post. I wanted to introduce myself and ask for some advice. I spent some time on here learning about PTO Chippers. My general plan was to order a chipper from our local kubota/JD dealer in the spring. But the dealer called this week and had a Bear Cat model 73454 four inch pto chipper someone wanted to sell. Nice shape and I think I paid a fair price. However, I don't have anywhere to store it for the winter and was wondering if a canvas tarp is superior for covering equipment over plastic tarps? My thinking is that the canvas would dry out instead of hold moisture like plastic. Advice?

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    Better than nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    Better than nothing.
    Hello murphy, any opinion about canvas being "better" than the cheap blue tarps?

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    Yes, I think so. It will at least not trap moisture.
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    Welcome Bill.
    As Murphy aleady said..if you don't plan on useing until warm weather.

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    Default Re: Canvas tarp best for covering equipment?

    Welcome to the forum, Bill!

    Anything is better than nothing to cover your equipment, but in my opinion, a canvas tarp is better than the plastic. I've had my FEL bucket and QA pallet forks covered since October with canvas and so far they have stayed dry despite all the rain and snow we've had here this winter. Also, the canvas stays-put with just a few bungee cords, unlike the blue plastic tarps.
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    Indoors is preferable. Otherwise canvas, as long as the waterproofing is current. If you want to maintain water-resistance and extend lifespan, canvas tarps must be periodically re-treated. Otherwise you end up with a sodden mess covering your equipment. Some formulas also include a UV resistant component. When I initially kept mine outdoors, I parked it on a pallet. Besides keeping the chipper off wet ground, the pallet also offered plenty of tie points for the tarp

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    Indoors is preferable. ...

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    When I initially kept mine outdoors, I parked it on a pallet. Besides keeping the chipper off wet ground, the pallet also offered plenty of tie points for the tarp

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    Good idea. I learned to put plastic, or a plastic tarp down first, then a pallet and the the item on it. This way, ground moisture is stopped and I think this is most of the problem. 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.
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    I agree -- pallet and canvas.

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