Need advice buying used Hammermill Compost Shredders? Kemp, MacKissic,Roto-Hoe??
Looking for input and info. My little two acres is generating more yard waste then I expected but I don't want to haul it off and pay to dump it. I'm trying to compost it for use in the vegtable garden I've been planning for maybe even get it started next spring.
I want to start shredding the yard waste this fall, and also shred whats in the heap now to get it to break down quicker. My waste is mostly leaves, some grass and decorative landscaping that I cut back in the fall. I get some branch but so far nothing over 4".
Looking around on craigslist there are some older hammer mill shredders made by Kemp (out of business) model K8CH and MacKissic model 12P.
They look like they are built like brick out houses, the Kemp especially. My concern with the Kemp is the lack of parts availabilty MacKissic is still in business so parts are not a problem.
There's a MacKissic not too far from me with a siezed 9HP Briggs engine $150.00. I can pickup a used engine cheap enough. There's a PTO driven Roto-Hoe 8PT too that looks very similar to both but, I can't find much of anything out there about it. Doesen't seem like PTO models aren't that different than the gas engine driven models. I don't see why a gas engine couldn't be rigged to a PTO model.
I'm not seeing anything comprable new on than the those on MacKissic's or the "Merry Mac" at Northern Tool which are also made by MacKissic.
I'd rather fix up good old stuff than pay two grand for new.
Need some advice on what to look for when looking at older shredders. Problem areas, particular parts that need to be in good shape, and any critical parts or accessories that shouldn't be missing and if they are I should walk away. Are there sources for parts and manuals for the Roto-Hoe or Kemp shredders?