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Ford sickle bar mower

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Rob Abshear

07-26-1999 12:06:40

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I just bought a used 7' ford sicklebar mower, and I'm not quite sure how to hook it up. I have a category II hitch on a Belarus tractor. I can hook it up to the 3-point hitch, but there is an arm that controls the tension on the cutter bar spring that I can't figure out. There are also two seemingly useless bar things that don't seem to fit anywhere. Someone please help.

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John (Va)

08-01-1999 21:06:08

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 Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Rob Abshear, 07-26-1999 12:06:40  
It sounds like you have a Ford Model 501 mower. I use one on the back of a 3000 Ford. I doesn't look like the one in the link. I'll try to walk you through hooking it up. First, attach the left and right lift arms to the lift pins on the mower. The two seemingly useless bar things are stabilizer arms about 11-1/2" long. They keep the mower from swaying from side to side. They have a ball pivot on the end. On the LH side, this ball fits into the face of a clamp block and then turn it 90 deg. to lock it in. The bottom of the clamp block has a tie rod type ball joint attached to it. The rod on the joint attaches to the pivot arm that controls the tension on the cutter bar spring. The LH clamp block has a "V" bar on the bottom that the lift arm fits into. The clamp plate, which has a shoulder on one edge, fits over the lift arm and and clamps the stabilizer bar to the lift arm and positions the "tie rod" for the tension spring. The RH stabilizer arm also has a ball pivot that fits into the clamp block the same as the LH stabilizer. The block simply clamps onto the RH lift arm. (On mine, the widest I can get the clamp block and plate open is about 3-1/2")Then pin the center link to the tractor. I would use multi-purpose chassis grease to purge all the grease fittings. If you can't get grease in, change the fitting. I use motor oil to lube the bar, blades and top link. Make sure the belt is tight, and the pitman arm is tight at the pivot and on the ball joint on the sickle bar. This mower is probably a Cat. 1 hitch. There is still an operator's manual available for a 501 from New Holland. I hope that this helps you out. Good luck.

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07-29-1999 16:13:26

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 Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Rob Abshear, 07-26-1999 12:06:40  
I've got my eye on a Dearborn sickle bar mower (14-1) that I understand to be exactly like the Ford. Check out the link below to see if looks like yours. A few diagrams may be able to help you, although an implement dealer of older stuff may help more, especially if you buy replacement parts from him.

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08-01-1999 10:01:32

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 Re: Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Bill(Tx), 07-29-1999 16:13:26  
I have a mower which is identical to the picture. It is painted blue and obviously for a Ford tractor. I have it mounted on a Fergurson 40. I think it could be adapted to any category 1 3 pt. hitch. It works pretty well except it is well worn. I have a question concerning a piece that came with it which I have never hooked up. It is a ring attached to 2 chains with hooks on each end of each chain. Any suggestions as to what the purpose is?

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07-28-1999 15:43:23

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 Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Rob Abshear, 07-26-1999 12:06:40  
You don't say which model you have, but there is a manual for a Ford model 501 sickle bar mower for auction at ebay currently. The auction closes Thursday afternoon.

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07-26-1999 13:00:34

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 Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Rob Abshear, 07-26-1999 12:06:40  
I've been told that ford sickle bar mowers will only work with ford tractors. There are different mounting kits for the mower depending on what model ford tractor you have. The things you are talking about attach to the lower 3-point arms with brackets specific to the model of tractor you have. Maybe with some modifications you could get your brackets to work with your tractor I don't know. I would get an OP manual for that mower. It will tell you exactly how the mower is suppose to hook up. Hope this helps you.

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cheryl reddick

04-23-2000 09:17:27

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 Re: Re: ford sickle bar mower in reply to Dave(NE), 07-26-1999 13:00:34  
Am looking for a pittman arm for a Ford 501 series, serial #3710 sickle bar mower, 46 9/16 inches long. Could you tell me where I could locate one? I live in Central Georgia. Thanks, Cheryl Reddick

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