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John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower

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James Howell

03-09-2009 21:54:07
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Sometimes you get really lucky.

Bought a JD No. 3 sickle mower through an eBay auction last week.

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Nancy and I drove to Pocahontas, AR last Saturday to get it.

Young man we bought it from said it belonged to his late uncle a well-known local veterinarian.

Said that they pulled it out of the uncle"s barn late December to take a few photos.

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Young man"s wife encouraged him to sell the mower on eBay rather than haul it to the scrap yard.

After loading it on the trailer, I inspected the mower a little closer.

Of course the pitman was broken as with 99% of all old mowers.

The pulley was free and turned very easy by hand.

The tilt lever was free and actually tilted the cutter bar both backward and forward.

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To my surprise the transport rod was still connected to a piece of the original tongue and the cutter bar.

Another surprise was that the tail nut was still attached to the transport rod.

Decided to remove the tail nut and transport rod so as not to loose either during the trip home.

A small shot of WD40 on the square nut securing the transport rod eye bolt and the nut came loose by hand.

Best of all I was able to turn the tail nut under the cutter bar and remove it with no WD40!

Got my eye on two of Nancy's horses that can pull the mower.

Will replace the knife sections and pitman, apply some grease, and it should be good for another 70 years or so.

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Brian Drake

03-21-2009 07:49:44
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
Hi my name is Brian, I am a young dairy farmer from Wisconsin. I found my great grandpa's John Deere No 3 Sickle Mower buried in dirt and rocks. The left wheel is broke and the right hub cap is missing. I would like to restore the mower to its original form and would like parts to replace those or I would buy a complete mower. How much did you pay for the mower on Ebay? Thank you very much, any information would be helpful.

Thanks,
Brian

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rusted nuts

03-11-2009 05:09:07
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
don't worry about the oil can holder. my 17 year old helper though the one on my mower was for a coffee cup



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James Howell

03-11-2009 10:22:43
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to rusted nuts, 03-11-2009 05:09:07  
I agree with you.

It looks like it belongs on the mower, so it will remain on the mower.



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Loren in MN

03-10-2009 21:19:21
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
I used to collect horse machinery. Had 12 mowers at one time. I'd leave it original. The grassboard or pitman can be new even with varnish and the mower will still look good original. I still have a JD Big #4 and a Case #5.
I do have NOS complete pitmans (wood and irons) for the JD #2. I also have another NOS -JD pitman that is a different size with different part numbers. Also have pitmans for some McCormick Deering mowers. About 1981, I bought out a closing parts dealer. I've since sold all the NOS grassboards that I picked up. I still love the old horse machinery but it was time for a new caretaker. Think I may still have about 20 pieces of equipment. My favorite is the hay tedder.
Great Find!!!

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brian drake

04-08-2009 20:33:05
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to Loren in MN, 03-10-2009 21:19:21  
Hey I have a john deere no 3 and need a pitman arm for it do you have one or know where i could get one Thanks Brian 1(902)209-0511



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James Howell

03-11-2009 10:20:29
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to Loren in MN, 03-10-2009 21:19:21  
Thanks for the compliment.

I have seen only two of the old tedders.

The old tedders are very interesting pieces of equipment.



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Loren in MN

03-11-2009 13:06:48
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-11-2009 10:20:29  
I had 13 tedders at one time -all different. Most made by IHC. Now I only have 4 left, one is a 6 fork tedder.
That oil can holder could be original but I can't see it real good in the photo.
Nice to see the old equipment, glad your saving it.



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Vito

03-10-2009 14:57:49
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
James,
Nice purchase it will go good with your current mower collection.I would leave it in it's original workclothes.

Vito



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James Howell

03-10-2009 15:49:46
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to Vito, 03-10-2009 14:57:49  
Thanks for the compliment.

There are still some traces of green and yellow paint on the mower.

Don't want ya'll to think I'm too tired or too lazy to "spruce" it up with new paint.

I'm liking "original" more and more.



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usetob

03-10-2009 14:51:21
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
James, Ive ridden one just like that many a mile. As for as painting it, I would leave it like it is. Hope you and Nancy enjoy it. BTW how fast with her horses pull it you think? The faster you go the more acres you can cut per day
Have fun and God bless



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James Howell

03-10-2009 15:57:14
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to usetob, 03-10-2009 14:51:21  
I was just kidding about Nancy's horses.

Will probably make an oak tongue based on dimensions for a tractor mower.

Since the general consensus is to leave it "original", I should be able to have it back in limited action this season.

We are both pleased with the condition of the mower.



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Nancy Howell

03-10-2009 09:04:43
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
Since none of my horses are trained to drive, trying to hitch any of them to that mower would result in the demise of the mower and probably the operator.



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James Howell

03-10-2009 09:19:43
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to Nancy Howell, 03-10-2009 09:04:43  
And then the fight started...



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glennster

03-10-2009 06:11:05
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
great find on that mower!!! now ya gotta watch for bee's when yer riding that rascal. maybe have nancy pull ya with the golf cart when yer mowing, then you can keep a cooler of icy cold bevrages handy.



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James Howell

03-10-2009 09:28:13
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to glennster, 03-10-2009 06:11:05  
Closest thing we have to a golf cart is "Sparkey" Nancy's 51M.

Should I paint the mower or leave it original?



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thurlow

03-10-2009 14:42:01
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-10-2009 09:28:13  
Pull it with the "M" (for fun, not for profit)..........we usta pull one with an "H" Farmall.



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James Howell

03-10-2009 16:04:12
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to thurlow, 03-10-2009 14:42:01  
I agree with you on having fun with the mower.

This gives us an opportunity to learn more about the "early" JD mowers.

We have several "small" tractors to choose from to pull it.

All work and no play makes James a dull boy.



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glennster

03-10-2009 10:27:20
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-10-2009 09:28:13  
dunno, i'd prolly paint the mower, it would keep it from rusting any further. i'd prolly also paint nancys horses hoofs jd yellow so they wouldnt get runned over by the mower. with a cute lil buggy top on the mower, nancy could pull you around, be kinda like a rick-saw!! good exercise too, better 'n a health club membership!!!!!


(uh oh.....inbound fryin pan....DUCK!!!)



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Len, New Haven, VT

03-10-2009 01:52:32
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-09-2009 21:54:07  
You got a great one! Now you need to find an official JD Oil Can to go in the holder!
Congratulations!!

Enjoy!



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James Howell

03-10-2009 09:24:45
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to Len, New Haven, VT, 03-10-2009 01:52:32  
Thanks - we are both pleased with the condition of the mower.

The young man was pleased that the mower was going with someone who would appreciate it and take care of it.

I think the oil can holder might be an "after market" item.

It looks good and appears correct.

The original JD grassboard that I bought a couple of years ago will also go on the mower.

Would you paint the mower or leave it original?

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gitrib

03-10-2009 13:59:53
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to James Howell, 03-10-2009 09:24:45  
James I would leave it like it is.

gitrib



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James Howell

03-10-2009 16:08:51
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 Re: John Deere No. 3 Sickle Mower in reply to gitrib, 03-10-2009 13:59:53  
I agree with you; leave it like it is.

It took over 70 years to get this "distinguished" looking.

Really enjoyed the video of Trixie and the sprinkler.



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