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Rebuilding a Eeger Beever Model 290 Chipper

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by HoneyBadger, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. HoneyBadger

    HoneyBadger New Member

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    New member to the forum although I have been using it as a reference for a couple years. Looking to buy instead of rent a HD Chipper to maintain a few acres of forest land the wife and I plan on retiring on.

    Short story I found an old model 290 chipper made by Beever, Inc. (pre-Morbark? no clue of year built) with a trashed JD diesel engine I am considering rebuilding if I can get for a good price. Condition is fair but since the engine won't turn I have no way to check operations although the owner said it worked fine for him for a few hours before the engine seized. I am figuring $4000 for the engine, $1000 for the hydraulics and $1000 bearings, paint and misc. parts.

    Is this model worth the investment? Parts still available? My thought is I would have a basically zero-hour machine for what I could buy a 2000+ used one. My biggest problem is I have more ideas for projects than time to get them finished. Your thoughts appreciated!
     
  2. Eq Broker

    Eq Broker GlobalEquip

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    I really don't think it would be worth the investment. You should be able to buy one that's running for around $6k. The parts are still available from Morbark. If the crankshaft is broken, you'll be looking at a lot more money than $4,000 for an engine rebuild. What happens if there is a crack in the block or head? You'll then need to locate another engine or buy a reman or new. I wouldn't want to go through all of the headaches.

    This is only my opinion.

    Dave
    Global Equipment Exporters
     
  3. 2treeornot2tree

    2treeornot2tree Dont cry, just do it

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    The price would have to be way way cheap for me to bite. Here is my 1985 morbark 200 chipper. John deere diesel. I have made alot of improvements to my machine like, larger infeed table, crank discharge chute, hydraulic down pressure cylinder, added 2 more down pressure springs, and a fresh coat of paint.

    I have a guy that wants to buy it for $7500 right now. uploadfromtaptalk1399022897725.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1399022932990.jpg

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  4. Billy Harris

    Billy Harris New Member

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    Man i have the same chipper and its awesome. I have the herc engine and have had 4 years of good work out of it and 11000 hrs. But this year plenty of trouble with the electrical and governor that i am fed up with it. I am looking for a new engine. What size is your deer? I am going to want some power so i can walk away from the feed table and not worry.

    I could use some advice.

    Billy

     

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