MTD Chipper-Shredder Screen: Replacement Thereof

It’s leaf-shredding season again and our MTD Chipper-Shredder began shredding not nearly as well as it had in years gone by. Last season I laid in a stock of replacement parts, so I swapped in a new Shredder Screen (781-0457):

MTD Chipper-Shredder screen

MTD Chipper-Shredder screen

The flail blades (719-0329) on the massive rotating impeller assembly protrude through the parallel openings in the screen, which is where most of the shredding action happens. The old red screen bent outward enough so that the blades pushed the leaves against the screen, rather than through it, producing frequent clogs.

Now it works fine again… although I’ve had just about as much fun shredding leaves as any one person should experience in one month.

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  1. #1 by Red County Pete on 16-November-2012 - 17:06

    The nice thing about winter snow is that it stops the non-critical fall outdoor projects. As far as the critical outdoor projects, er, oops!

    • #2 by Ed on 16-November-2012 - 17:09

      “Roof don’t leak ‘cept when it rains. When it rains, I can’t fix the roof nohow!”

      • #3 by Red County Pete on 17-November-2012 - 16:33

        Hmm, pixies must be looking over my shoulder. The metal roof in the barn just developed a new leak in a very annoying place, just in time for a week’s worth of rain. I need 3 hours of dry time on silicone RTV, and won’t get it. At least I can get to the $%^& thing from the side. 5 in 12 metal roofs offend my sense of survival.

        • #4 by Ed on 17-November-2012 - 19:02

          5 in 12 metal roofs offend my sense of survival.

          I’d belay myself to something weighty on the far side of the barn: no traction worth mentioning and a long way to the ground. Actually, I could find any number of really good reasons to not go there, because even our 5-in-12 roof with grippy asphalt shingles puckers me right up at gutter-cleaning time.

  2. #5 by Red County Pete on 17-November-2012 - 21:53

    Agreed on the roof–I have some leaks up near the peak and they will wait until I’m ready to redo the roof. Rather, ready to pay somebody else. I’ll go with lockseam (no exposed fasteners, modulo a line of them at the eaves) rather than the cheaper high-ridge metal I have. Good for walls, sucks for roofs.

    I did the house roof (2.5 in 12–spooky for snow country) a few years back, and a shed last summer. At 60, I’m ready to let somebody else do the barn.