Awaiting my Woodland Mills WC68

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Just ordered a WC68. Tractor has a 23HP PTO and I feel that's right sized wood chipper for my tractor. Delivery lead time is 3 weeks so chances are I'll have to wait until next spring to use it.

Edit: changed from a WC46 to WC68. Same lead time.
 
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I have a 6 inch and am happy with it behind 39 PTO HP. so far have not had to turn the speed down. upgrading tractors is expensive but upgrading tractors and attachments gets really expensive.
 
  
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I was hesitating between both but went with the WC46 because I didn't think my 23HP PTO couldn't handle anything bigger than 4" anyway. But you're right, adjusting the feed rate, I might be able to chip a bit bigger. For the price difference, it might be more worth it so I've called them and switched to a WC68. Same lead time.
 
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I think you will be glad that you upgraded. While it will handle a 6 inch stick, I’ve always found that on a regular diet, a chipper efficiently chips about 1/2 of the size it’s rated for.
 
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I've put quite a few hours on my WC68 using either of my Kubotas with 19....19.5 HP at the PTO. It worked fine for me. Most of it was dead Cedar with some other varieties and live White Pine. Branches over 4 inches is chain sawed for campfire wood....or the burn pile.

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I think you will be glad that you upgraded. While it will handle a 6 inch stick, I’ve always found that on a regular diet, a chipper efficiently chips about 1/2 of the size it’s rated for.

I had (well still have until it's sold) this chipper from Princess Auto.

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It's opening is 3"x5" and anything bigger than 2" would bog it down to a stall. It was pulling the branch in too aggressively. Had to pull the branch away when I heard it bogging down. It's main problem though was it was too top heavy for its wheel base. It flipped to its side and broke the weld that attaches the wheel base to the tongue when pulling it on a small side incline. Had to re-weld it.
 
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You are in for a pleasant surprise.
The WC 68 is a joy to operate compared to any self powered 3" chipper/shredder.
Yep, I had 3 chipper/shredders and I like the WC68 chipper the best.
 
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are you sure it is 3 weeks I have a friend waiting to put an order in also and I was under the impression it was longer. I bought mine summer 2020 and I think I waited 6-8 weeks
 

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I run the Wallenstein BX62S with my Kubota M6040. I thin my pine stands in the spring. Everything 6"( on the butt ) and less. 900 to 1200 small trees almost every spring. This setup does a real job on the small, green pines.
 

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I heard that Woodland Mills offers free dance classes on how to avoid getting smacked in the kisser with weird shaped long branches. Wish I had the video.:ROFLMAO:

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Mike
 

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I heard that Woodland Mills offers free dance classes on how to avoid getting smacked in the kisser with weird shaped long branches. Wish I had the video.:ROFLMAO:

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I think I can help you with that :-(

Having zero experience with running a chipper, and no teacher, I learned the hard way - very quickly. I also learned that standing on the left side was the safe side. Face slappers tender to swing to the right side.
 

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I think I can help you with that :-(

Having zero experience with running a chipper, and no teacher, I learned the hard way - very quickly. I also learned that standing on the left side was the safe side. Face slappers tender to swing to the right side.
Yeah! You learn very quickly not to stand on the right side!
 

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I think I can help you with that :-(

Having zero experience with running a chipper, and no teacher, I learned the hard way - very quickly. I also learned that standing on the left side was the safe side. Face slappers tender to swing to the right side.
I agree. Usually try to hang out on the left side.

About ready to remove the bush hog and to put the chipper back on (a WC46; tractor is too light for the 700 # WC68). Will check the blades before using it. Just need the weight for log hauling and projects out less than the bush hog when folded. Might have to rotate the chipper blades. Used last season a lot.
 
  
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Twice I rented Vermeer towable chippers after storms took down many trees and is one reason why I wanted one with hydraulic feeding. This things are a beast. You had to be careful around them. You could get a branch in the face very easily!
 

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Just put the WC46 back on. Pain in the butt. Not enough room to put the PTO on. Have to pull apart; connect to PTO; have wife hold the pieces to meet and drive back. Then put back on the QH.

Recommend cutting the PTO to 1 inch longer than what the directions say. Think others have had this problem.
 
  
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Just got a call from them saying my chipper is already ready to ship :) but might take up to 4 weeks to get here :-( I'll know more once I get my tracking number.
 

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nice you will be chipping in no time but plan for atleast an hour of assembly, more if you take your time. measure twice and cut once on the PTO shaft. plenty of you tube videos on how to do it. use the measurement when PTO shaft on tractor is level with the PTO shaft on attachment. that will be the shortest length. slightly short is better than too long.

If you plan to start using a quick hitch now is teh time before you cut your shaft too short. I was using a quick hitch and didn't have to cut mine at all.

If you need to drive the shafts together to hook up, your shaft is too long (PTO shaft) :)
 
  
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New developments, got a call at 11:30 am from the shipper that it will be at my place in about an hour. What?!? I'm 1 hour 15 minutes from my cottage! Jumped in my car and since he had issues finding the right driveway, I arrived as he was unloading it.

It's now assembled and ready to chip woods next spring

Took way less than expected.

I haven't cut the shaft yet. That will wait until next spring.

He unloaded it with its platform so I didn't have to use the tractor for that but I did use it to move it to its resting place until next spring. Had no issue lifting it.
 

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If you make it until spring you are a much more patient man than I am. I picked up my sawmill about a month ago and said that I would leave it in storage until next spring... now I’m trying to get everything around the house buttoned up for winter so that I can assemble and start using it.
 
  
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Blower is already attached to the tractor and having no Quick Attach, it's a pain to remove and install so that's the main reason why I'll wait.
 
  
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LOL, my wife just told me that cottage lot starts to look like a farm.
 

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New developments, got a call at 11:30 am from the shipper that it will be at my place in about an hour. What?!? I'm 1 hour 15 minutes from my cottage! Jumped in my car and since he had issues finding the right driveway, I arrived as he was unloading it.

It's now assembled and ready to chip woods next spring

Took way less than expected.

I haven't cut the shaft yet. That will wait until next spring.

He unloaded it with its platform so I didn't have to use the tractor for that but I did use it to move it to its resting place until next spring. Had no issue lifting it.
Remember. When cutting the shaft, add 1 more inch to what you come up with in following the instructions. Otherwise, you will not be able to put it onto the PTO shaft of the tractor.

I followed the instructions and have to take apart and put the one part onto the PTO. Then have someone else hold the pieces lined up while I back the tractor to get them back together.

Some day, I'll maybe cut 1 inch off both shaft pieces.
 

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Lots of good advice about the shaft cutting, certainly. Heed it. Best case if you do it wrong, you ruin a shaft. Worst case, you ruin your tractor, or your life. Measure twice, cut once, measure twice again, and cut again as necessary. Just make sure that shaft isn't too long or too short. It's a pretty fine line.

Lifting the chipper isn't a problem, because the shaft will get longer and at worst, come apart at the slip-joint. If you cut it too long, you'll push your PTO shaft right into the differential housing when you lower the chipper. You should be just able to pull the yoke off the PTO shaft with the chipper lowered so that the shaft at it's at it's straightest angle. I assume you're putting it on the LK-30. I have NO CLUE how big/high that tractor is or how far the PTO shaft is from the 3PH lift points. However, sitting flat on the ground behind my LX2610SU with oversize tires, the centerline of the chipper shaft is still nearly 4 inches higher than my PTO shaft, so I'm not likely to ever have a situation where my driveshaft is perfectly horizontal. I don't think the lift arms will let it lower enough for that. I don't know how much difference there is in the elevations and footprint of the 46, either.

Make sure you cut equal amounts off the inner and outer sleeves of the shaft. That's probably the most important point because cutting one sleeve won't stop the other from bottoming out and creating a BIG problem. I cut the plastic sleeve and steel shafts separately. The sleeve comes off very easily. The instructions that came with it are very good. If you cut the shaft for using the tractor with a Quick Hitch, don't ever use it without the Quick Hitch. A quick hitch adds about 4 inches to the distance of the implement to the PTO shaft. If you cut it without the quick hitch, the shaft may come apart when you lift the chipper to full height. While inconvenient, if you're following the rules, the PTO will be disengaged before you lift the chipper, and NEVER engaged unless the chipper is sitting on the ground. It's a lot more than inconvenient if you separate that shaft with it turning and will likely make a lot of noise and do a lot of damage. Wrap the shaft with something like paper or foam packing sheet while cutting to keep the metal flakes/dust off the shaft, especially the inner shaft. If you have an angle grinder, get a decent cut-off wheel and cut it with that. You'll get a more precise cut. Take time to de-bur the cuts and file them clean so that you don't get excessive wear from sharp corners. A Dremel tool with a sanding drum does this very well. Make sure you put plenty grease on the inner sleeve before reassembling the shaft. If you're not slinging grease off a driveshaft when you first start using it, it's too dry. Use a good axle grease for a shaft, not high pressure grease. Those parts are spinning fast and rubbing. Thick tacky grease may only cause the shaft to fail earlier, especially the needle bearings in the u-joints.

If you've never worked around PTO driven equipment, be safe. Tractor off, key in your pocket, PTO selector in neutral/off, brakes locked. Sorta like getting hit by lightning, you probably won't get a second chance to tell about the first time you didn't follow the rules. Tractors are dangerous. That's what makes them useful.
 
  
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Thank you both. My snow blower came with its PTO shaft precut when I bought the tractor so although I'm somewhat used to using an attachment with a PTO shaft, it will be the first one that I'll cut one. You both gave good advices
 

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I used the video below, and the PTO shaft manual when shortening the shaft for the winch I got recently.

Since the shaft is short I did not leave the usual 40mm/2in of free space as that would make the length of the mating part kinda short. It's more like 20mm.

I removed the outer plastic shields so I could get clean cuts and clean up the swarf. Each manufacturer does the shields differently but the manual for my shaft showed how to remove them. It was not too difficult. A good hacksaw works fine, it's mild steel.

Don't put too much grease between the shaft halves and use a light grease. Lots of heavy grease can make it difficult to extend the shaft by hand when attaching the implement, especially when its cold. I don't leave the shafts out in the rain so mine don't need as much grease between the halves. The u-joint bearings do need grease but I try to wipe up the grease that flows out before I use the shaft so it does not make as much of a mess inside the shield.
 

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WM have good instruction on how to measure and to cut the PTO shaft. Just add another 1 inch to what the instructions call for.

I just used a Sawsall to cut the plastic and then each part of each shaft. Use a file to remove iron filings.
 
  
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Looks like I have the first job lined up for the chipper this spring...
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thats great. shove the whole thing in there on low speed and stand back and watch it eat.

does yours have the valve attached to the body on a welded bracket or with round spacers bolted on. I had a problem with mine where the bracket for the valve was welded on at the wc46 location instead of the wc68 location so the swingarm only went up 4 inches. they were great about it and gave me a choice of several options to rectify the problem.

they were supposed to change the design to avoid that problem.
 
  
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It's under a tarp for the winter. Will need to check next spring once the snow has melted.
 
 
 
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