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Re: sickle mower

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Then look around for a 27V IHC sickle bar mower. There were zillions made. I never saw one that I thought worked worth a hoot, but the old timers tell me they worked good behind a Farmall.

By plates I assume you mean ledger plates and by guide bars I think you mean wear plates? The biggest problem I've had with sickle bars is getting the cut right and taking up the wear up in the bar to frame area. I've had to machine new pins when I couldn't take up the wear to adjust the lead right. A lagging bar simply won't cut well and a bar with excessive space in the knife/ledger pate interface rips the hay rather than cuts it. The Amish around me really work at this stuff since they're depending on sickle bars and not haybines or discbines. It's a feakin' science to get one as close to perfect as possible. They use stub guards close to the head and some have a 2nd mower with all stubs for 2nd cut.
There's a lot to it when you get into them.

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