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Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower

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greenbeanman in Kansas

06-21-2011 09:07:04
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Do any of you have an opinion to share on the mower in the thread title? There is one for sale nearby.

Wear spots to look for are?

Thanks!




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BobH in NH

06-26-2011 22:04:16
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 09:07:04  
The 501 came in two sizes, standard width for utilities like the 8N and similar, and the "long pitman" version for the wider rowcrops. But the basic mower design is identical, other than the width from pitman crank to cutterbar pivot.

There are also several different mounting designs. The common for the 8N type tractors is two anti-sway arms (triangular shaped) which go from the 3 Pt Hitch pins forward to the lower lift arms on the tractor. Older design has through bolts with an upper and lower clamp bracket which grip the tractor lower lift arm when tightened. Newer substitutes a ball and socket arrangement for the through-bolt. Both designs are subject to breakage if not set-up and used correctly.

For larger tractors with Cat 2 3Pt Hitch, there is usually only a single tension arm which connects to the tractor 3pt hitch left lower lift arm, either by clamp or by a through hole and bolt.

In all designs the left antisway or tension arm must be tight as this creates lift for the cutterbar tip when raising the unit.

My previous mowers included a John Deere #5, an Oliver 357.

The 357 was much easier to mount and set-up. There were no clamps or adjustments, just a limiting chain arrangement. Rock guards were slimmer design and less prone to plugging. Cutterbar pitch could be adjusted from the tractor while the machine is moving. However, the 501"s PTO shaft and joints are much "friendlier" to the 8N and other similar small utilities - The Oliver PTO would jamb and chatter when the mower was raised with the PTO running.

CNH does not support many of the parts for the 501, other than knife sections, rock guards, and other wear type items. I broke the outer shoe, to which the grass board attached. Ended up buying a parts machine, which happened to be the long pitman version, which fits my JD 2010RC.

Haven"t used eother 501 in 5 or 6 years. Graduated to a Haybine and will never go back.

I don"t particularly like the 501 design for several reasons:

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TimPa

06-25-2011 08:56:05
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 09:07:04  
just bought one myself, lots of spare parts. ordered double guards for it, new wear plates. can"t wait to get it all together. did you get it?



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Chief 83

06-22-2011 20:35:05
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 09:07:04  
Used one for years until I switched to a drum mower. I still have the 501 just in case. It will work on almost any tractor but the lower 3 point arms need to be straight (like on an 8n). They are not expensive and like an 8n last a lifetime. I've always had a tough time hooking up to the mower but once it's on it worked fine.



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Zachary Hoyt

06-21-2011 10:25:54
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 09:07:04  
I ran one for a number of years. It was a solid wad of rust when I got it and it never changed much. They're not bad if they're less rough, from what I have heard. The breakaway on mine was worn so I had to chain it so that it didn't break away every five minutes. Zach



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David Snipes

06-21-2011 10:40:42
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 06-21-2011 10:25:54  
I have one but haven't used it in years because I went to a disc mower. It was a good sickle bar mower. Make sure the one you look at has all the mounting hardware. Besides the 3 point attachments there are stabilizing links that go on the lift arms.



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greenbeanman in Kansas

06-21-2011 10:30:07
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 06-21-2011 10:25:54  
Thanks for the information. I may take a look at it since I'll be driving by the town it is in.



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old

06-21-2011 10:43:53
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 10:30:07  
They wrok well if you also have a ford tractor. If you do not have a ford they can in fact be problems due to the fact there is something about the way they mount that does not work well on some other brands of tractors



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greenbeanman in Kansas

06-21-2011 11:24:44
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to old, 06-21-2011 10:43:53  
Oh, thanks for that information. I do have a Ford tractor but it is a modern compact model (1720).



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David Snipes

06-22-2011 10:02:13
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to greenbeanman in Kansas, 06-21-2011 11:24:44  
It may not fit on a compact Ford tractor. It won't fit on my Kubota L245DT because the lift arms are too short. It fits fine on my Ford 9N and on my neighbors John Deere 1010.



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Leroy

06-23-2011 10:29:01
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 Re: Ford 501 model 14-92 sickle bar mower in reply to David Snipes, 06-22-2011 10:02:13  
Probably would not fit as probably needs the flat lift bars like all the Fords from the earliest 9N up to the last 4 cylinder 4000 had. Think they had adapters for some later models but finding the correct parts may not be possible.



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