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Picked up this one owner 1994 10hp Craftsman belt drive chipper/shredder today on CL. Model 987.799931. Came with the original owner's manual. I'd been stored w/o fuel, inside their big shop building.

I changed the oil, cleaned the airfilter, sharpened the knife, added fuel and it fired on the first pull.

Been wanting a 10hp chipper for a while, and it's rare that they pop up on CL, especially not the belt drive version with solid tires.

I love this old school American made Craftsman stuff. All steel construction and I'm a big fan of the Tecumseh engine. The connection piece between the chipper chute and the machine is a beautiful piece of cast iron. I'm pretty stoked.



 

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That's in VERY nice shape! Good score!

Mike
 

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Curious if your chipper is still running?

AND how much of a lowball offer you were able to get a lovely vintage 10hp Craftsman chipper for (not to be a nosey jerk, but a guy on a thin budget that is eying one of these lovelies on CL at the moment and wanting to respectfully get a great deal).

As most of the consumer chippers out there are of the 5hp neighborhood this one is looking mighty appealing on all fronts.

Thanks in advance.
 

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The weight of the flywheel is the determining factor. Not the horsepower. Don't balk at a good machine because it has a smaller motor than what you want.

The old Craftsman chippers had an 18 pound flywheel. The Troy Bilt Tomahawks had a 36 pound flywheel and they were belt driven. There was no gear reduction. Those flywheels were spinning at 3600 RPM. The biggest motor was a 8HP Briggs. Next smaller was a 5HP Tecumseh. Recovery was quicker with the Briggs, but not by much over the Tecumseh. There was another smaller rig, but I don't know much about it. I know it did not have a 36 pound flywheel.
 

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That's in VERY nice shape! Good score!

Mike
My Dad passed away in December and we are trying to sell his vintage Craftsman 10 HP Model Number 987.799931 in Roscommon, Michigan, but I am having a hard time finding a price to price it at - it seems like everything is 5 to 8 HP and selling for over $200 and this is in excellent condition - do you think $250 would be reasonable to ask? Please write me at [email protected]. Thanks, Denise
 

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First, very sorry to hear you lost your father! I think you are in the price range for it if not a little low. It should move pretty quickly at that price I would think.
 

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Thank you and if you know anyone in the Roscommon, Michigan area looking to buy a 1940s restored John Deere or vintage restored Allis Chalmers or a John Deere lawn tractor, please let me know - they would have to pick them up - we have no way to deliver.
 

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If you have some more detail on them model, etc.. we have a for sale and wanted to buy section on the forum where you could post them. Here is a link to the forum, just start a new thread (Start Discussion in upper right) there and please make sure to include (MI) for the location in the thread title:

 
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