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When I was a kid we had an Allis Chalmers B and a JD horse drawn sickle mower. Dad on the tractor and me on the mower. We cut a lot of hay that way and then bunched it up with a dump rake and hand forked it onto a wagon then hand forked it into the haymow. Whew, what a lot of work.
After we finished mowing the small field between the house and the road we would always cut all the brush along the approaches to the driveway with the sickle mower. Up to about a pencil size it did pretty good if you did it frequently enough.
The advantage to the horse drawn mower is since it was ground driven the wheels would just slide if the brush got too thick and the sickle bar choked. So it wouldn't break anything.
The disadvantage was you had to drive fast to really get the mower moving to cut the brush.
Of course it would just about throw me off the mower when it'd choke but somehow, like a monkey, I'd hang on.
It was a 5' mower and we'd make about 3 passes wide off the road before like yours it got too wet.
I'm not much of a fan of those Dearborn sickle mowers but it would do some of what you need.
A Ford 501 sickle is a much better mower - at least for ease of mounting. They both use the same guards, ledger plates and knives on the cutting bar so one would do as well as the other for cutting.
I went by the old homestead where I lived as a kid a couple of years ago. The brush we used to mow is now all trees about 8"+ in diameter.
Time marches on and brush, like rust, never sleeps.
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