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Sickle Mowin"

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MPH
Does anyone else really use their sickle mower? Starting to wonder if these things are intended to actually do work. Started mowing the clover field when Nick was here in mid Aug, drive pulley came loose again so parked it, got it fixed yesterday again and before I finished mowing less then half an acre I lost the two sickle knives to the inside of the pitman drive. but anyhow, got some pics for you all, Nick took movies too but no clue how to link them up. Cut area from a couple weeks ago shows here

done mowed

When I finished, with serious plugging problems where these were missing, I went and walked the field with the feeling of "a cold chance in hell", guess I got more luck then sense.

With no hay rake, guess I'll try shredding it with the B-112 after it dries a bit

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johnmonkey
I got one, but need a new bar. I tried to make one, but got the holes mis-aligned. The bar doesn't move back and forth, it binds up. Once I get it going, I plan to use it (not often). JH

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HTews
I have had two of them. Sold one and still have the other one. I still use it. I have had to make new knife bar for one of them. I also have made a jig for drilling the bar. I have a made them for members in the past. The one thing I have noticed is you really need to keep every thing greased and don't run the tractor over 1/2 throttle or it will run the bar to fast and tends to break things.

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Guest
It must be sickle bar time... I took my machine below to clean up our garden; we let the weeds go to long in one section... oh well. [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/attach/michaelg221/B112Sickle.JPG[/img]

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MPH
So what kind of steel does one use to make the new sickle bar? I pulled mine off figuring I'll take it back to work with me and see if one of these pipe fitter welders can weld it back together. Also, where would find rivets to put the teeth back on?. I only run about 1/3 throttle in second gear, in first the cut product doesn't seem to fall behind the bar too good.

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TBOLT
I sold mine for the Powermax, A/C's. It seemed to be more trouble hooking up than what it was worth. Cut pretty good but never got the cable/lift thing right. I believe it takes a shorter cable for it to lift correctly and I didn't want to change the cable. My neighbor has a 3pt. disc mower that I use if I need to cut any hay but I don't cut much with it either. Mostly bush hog.

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HTews
I am the guy from the sight that is making the bars. If anybody is interested or needs a bar let me know. I would like to get a feeling for who would be interested.I am at a point of needing to make a new jig for drilling the bars and want to make a decision if I should make a new and improved jig to speed up the process. MPH, as for what the bars are made of... 1/4 x 3/4 cold rolled steel.

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portuncia
what do you charge for making the bar. Mine is working but the guy who owned it before had welded on it, I had to grind his weld down to make it work, so I might be interested in getting a new bar for future. I believe someone said Gravely makes sickle knives that will work on ours. Can anyone chime in on replacement knives and rock gaurds etc?

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dlcentral
I have maybe 6 sets of extra rock guards,but no knives.Another thing to remember,my lil ol 700 sim.[7 hp] cuts 4 foot hay with no prob.as it dosent take much power to run these.And for bigger tracs keep eng. speed less than half throttle.or bar will self destruct!,

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Guest
Dave, Good point on not needing to much power. More reason for me to fix up my ol'725.

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MrSteele
Off topic, but still close. I have a McCormick -Deering one horse mowing machine that I was intending to modify to tow behind my Landlord. After reading all the above comments, I think I'll simply restore it to basically original condition, and use it for a lawn ornament!

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TimJr
I just came across some sickle bar parts that will work on our Simplicity stuff. It is off of a JARI brand walk behind sickle bar mower - check out their website. The knives are identical to my NOS stash, and the guards will work as a great replacement. The top side of the guard is shaped a little different, so it's out for a real restoration, but is just fine to use. I will try to get back to this with the model number off the machine I used for comaparison. Tim

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jlasater
A number of farmers I know have great luck with welding broken sickle bars after V'ing the ends well and making sure they are clean, followed by making sure weld penetration is good. They almost never break in the weld area if they do break again.

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