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Anvil question

JayFan

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Just bought a used Bandit 65xl. Going through it now....replacing various things, tuning up etc. I just removed and looked at the anvil. Does the anvil have to have an absolute right angle edge.....or can it be just a hair rounded? A couple of the edges are REALLY rounded over....and the one it's currently working on is pretty good....but not TOTALLY a right edge. Just wondering........... thanks for the advice!
 
Pelorus

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you have removed it from the chipper, so you might as well clean up those rounded edges.
the time it takes to square up an anvil edge is peanuts compared to the time it takes to reinstall and adjust it properly.
 
Jeff Birkle

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Hello All,
I bought an unknown Chuck and Duck chipper 2 years for my large property only.
I think it is a mid 70's, with an inline 6cyl 300 Cu In Ford engine.
it can take up to an 8" piece of wood.
It has a drop down plate with release bar attached to the chute for emergency closure but has been seized long ago.
After a little work on it and some use, I wanted to reduce the chip size and stringy wood coming out so I started to take apart the chipper section to check for worn parts.
The 4 x Chipping Knives are in really good condition but the Anvil (Bed Knife),,,, Not so much as seen in these pic's.
There was a large build-up of rust between the anvil and housing and I think it caused the Anvil to crack in a couple spots. I have cleaned and painted all surfaces but now looking for a new Anvil.
Does anyone know if someone still carries these or if I have to make one. I am assuming it is tool steel material along the lines of D2 or A2 in properties.
The Anvil measures .750" x (Should be around 4.5") x 16.125" long with 3 slots.

Regards
Jeff
 

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old CB

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The elongated mounting holes mean that it can be adjusted, moved toward the knives to reduce the clearance (between knives and anvil). You want the slimmest clearance you can get, maximum thickness about a dime. You also need a machined edge so you get that clean square edge with uniform clearance across the entire length. It's possible you can restore that anvil to such properties. You have two sides to work with. But can't tell anything from the photo.
 
Jeff Birkle

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Thanks.
Unfortunately the previous owners have ground the edges down and torch cut the elongated holes to go over the maximum and there is no further room for adjustment. Also I have attached another photo showing the 4 large cracks beside the yellow paint. The cracks are not completely through but enough that I don't think I want to take any chances as failure could be catastrophic. My options are if I can get another piece of material and cut new slots at my old machine shop or if I can find one from a supplier if one still exists.
 

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Jeff Birkle

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In case anyone is still watching this thread, I have narrowed down this chipper to be a very old Vermeer 1600A. It seems to have gone through a lot of changes over the years. Does anyone have a manual on older Vermeers?
 
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