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Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper

Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper

Recently we picked up a free older chipper shredder that was in need of a little tender loving care.  It was free and could be used to make our own wood chips for the smoker.  We got it home and started the job of repairing Craftsman 5 HP chipper.

Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper
Craftsman 247.797853 chipper repaired and ready for service

Finding manuals for the chipper and engine

With a grease rag and flashlight I was able to find model numbers for the Briggs and Stratton as well as the Craftsman model number for the entire unit.  It is a Craftsman 247.797853, 5 HP chipper/shredder.

Before I could begin Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper the model numbers were needed to see if replacement parts were even available. I was able to quickly find a free PDF version of the owners manual online.  With the model number for the Briggs we were able to find repair parts numbers for most everything we needed.

Engine repairs made

The little 5 HP Briggs actually ran when we got it, but it didn’t sound quite right.  Upon inspecting the gasoline in the tank it had the slightly sour taste of old gasoline.  It would need a tank flushing, and at a minimum, the carburetor bowl cleaned.  While taking off the air cleaner assembly it was clear the air cleaner needed replaced.   I was able to find an air cleaner and spark plug kit for $6.50.  The plug was ok, but was replaced along with the air filter.

After removing the gas tank and carburetor it was easy to tear into the carb.  The bowl had varnish buildup from our ethanol gasoline and needed cleaned.  The needle looked rough, so I elected to just purchase a carburetor rebuild kit.  It was around $10 from Amazon.

The carburetor kit made a world of difference in how this old chipper ran after flushing out the tank and adding fresh ethanol free gasoline.

Chipper shredder blades

To inspect the chipper and shredder blades on this unit I had to tear into it a bit.  With a few basic hand tools I was able to inspect our blades.  They were beat up but would be fine with a sharpening.  If you’re taking on this same job  you can still buy replacement blades.After installing my sharp blades I buttoned the unit back up.

Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper
These blades were rough and need sharpening on this old Craftsman chipper/shredder

Chipper shredder bag

The bag for this chipper shredder was long gone but I had hoped I could catch the chips in a bucket or something similar. Unfortunately   I discovered the bag was going to be required, it generates too much wind and the chips were blown out of my bucket,  A serviceable replacement bag is available for around $46.  If you are good with a sewing machine it would be easy to make one of these with the dimensions listed through my link.

Repairing Craftsman 5 hp chipper
New bag installed on Craftsman 5 HP chipper/shredder and ready to be put to work.

The first chipping job after repairs

The first task for the old chipper was to make some wood chips from a mulberry tree for our smoker.  We ended up chipping some hickory and apple wood as well.

Sew Awl boot repair

Sew Awl boot repair

A recent project here was a little Sew Awl boot repair.  My boots had the toe area of the sole coming off and in need of repair.  A Shoe Goo repair worked temporarily for a week or so but is coming apart.  I’ve finally broke out the Sew Awl kit and made a more permanent repair.   In retrospect I should have used the glue and made the repair.  Next time I will do both.

It doesn’t look like professional work, but my little home repair saved me a trip to the city and dropping them off and waiting a few days for them to get fixed.  We shall see how well, and how long, my repair holds up.

Self reliance at home

Being able to repair our own items, such as this boot, is an example of skill set I think is worth having.  I’m far from skilled at it, but stuff like this isn’t difficult to learn.    The ability to do simple repairs like this makes one self reliant and saves them money.

I’m not one of the doomsday preppers, but far too many people have become dependent on others.  Being able to make simple repairs like to is a skill set I want to have.  It is also a terrific skill in a society where barter became the normal way of life for acquiring what we need.

Sew Awl boot repair -Sole repair needed on this boot

Sew Awl boot repair
Sew Awl boot repair

Other tools used

The only other tool I used or even really needed was my handy Leatherman Wave.  The blade was sharp enough to give me a clean cut on the thread.  That clean cut is necessary to allow the needle to be threaded easily.  The rounded outside portion of the needle nose pliers helped with pulling the thread when needed.  Simply place the point of the pliers into a loop and pull.  If you use the inside of the pliers the jaws the sharp jaws will fray the thread and weaken or cause it to break.

Sew Awl boot repair
boot repair completed with Sew Awl boot repair kit