After some very careful Craig's List shopping I scored an exact replacement in perfect condition. It turns out it was being sold by a guy I know that owns a local wine shop.
Very low hours and this one has the catcher bag I was missing. Also this one has a build date that is a month later so its newer. It was built in July of 91. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
One difference is this one has an updated blade design that makes it harder to bend the leaf chopper blades if you somehow manage to force a big stick in them.
The replacement unit cost me $150, I should be able to sell the broken one for $40, so my neighbor is only out $110.
So for all the hassle I get a better, lower hour chipper and the missing catcher bag.
What I don't get back is the time I spent looking for a replacement. I did advertise on Craig's list that I needed a broken unit for parts. I may have a line on one for free. So I may come out a tiny bit ahead if I build a spare. Perhaps my neighbor wants to buy it? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
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