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04-06-2011 12:39:51

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I think this has been talked about before:
Can a person run a cycle mower off center from the draw bar?
The reason I am asking is I have a farm all cub and all of us know that the PTO
Shaft is off set from the center of the tractor. And I would like to use a cycle mower
This year on my hay, and all so will the cub have a enough horse power to run the cycle mower, or is it possible to build a center shaft support to operate the cycle mower from the center:
I have been trying to find a belly mower for it but that is pulling teeth from a chicken
I hope I did not confuse any one.

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04-07-2011 09:22:35

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  

I operate a rear sickle mower off my IH 140 which is offset with an offset PTO. The mower is a IH 1300 woble head with 7 ft blade and it Works great.

The cub PTO however turns in ther opposite direction and higher rpm's than all other pto's. The cub 22 sickle was made for it and is about your only option. I think I have seen 7 ft blades (maybe a modification). They should be pretty easy to find.

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04-07-2011 06:06:39

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  




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greenbeanman in Kansas

04-07-2011 05:05:24

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
When I saw the thread title I immediately thought of the Dew-eze two wheeled cycle mowers for slopes.

As soon as I saw you inquire about PTO I knew you meant sickle mower just as everyone else did.

Since I thought about the cycle (two wheeled) mower I thought some here might never have seen or known about them so thought I'd give a link. Pretty amazing to watch them mow around overpass areas. In my opinion it would take some nerves of steel to use one.

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gene bender

04-06-2011 17:18:38

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
The mower made for the Cub cut a 5ft swath Your bets mower for mowing hay wouls be the side mount model you are going to drive some distence to find one then repair with ledger plates sharp sickle and so forth. Use a bigger tractor and get a pull behind. The Cub only has 9HP so dont expect to pull a large sickle model. Mowing a 5ft swath can take a long time. Whet kind of hay do you have remember those old mowers wont cut too dense of a stand.

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State of Jefferson

04-06-2011 13:46:47

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
If you can't find a cub-22 mower, you're not lookin very hard. They're a dime a dozen.
Modifying any other sickle mower to work with a Cub will be WAY more work than driving even a few hundred miles to pick one up. If I recall a Cub PTO spins 1800 RPM- I may be wrong here. And they spin the wrong direction.
Search Craigslist and used equipment auctions. You'll find the right machine, for probly $200 or less.


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04-06-2011 13:35:45

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
There was a sickle bar mower made just for the Cub tractor. It was or at least the one I worked on was a belly mount unit. It worked very well and I have baled hay using that set up

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Jim in Ma.

04-06-2011 13:22:52

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
Yes you could run one off center, But with a Cub the PTO speed it's not going to work very well.You have 2 potions here.
1. Keep looking for a model 22 mid mount mower.
2. You could find a ground driven one.

I have cut a lot of grass with an old 2 horse 6' mower with a cub.

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04-06-2011 20:01:22

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to Jim in Ma., 04-06-2011 13:22:52  
Jim in Ma,
You bring back a lot of memories when you mention using a tractor to pull an old horse mower. I have cut a lot of hay with a 9N Ford and a horse mower. It took two guys as one had to sit on the horse mower and raise and lower the bar on the end of the fields. It was fun riding that old mower. It was hard to keep the speed down so that we wouldn't burn out the Pitman bearing which I think was a type of babbitt and we had to keep it oiled. We did burn up a few though and then caught ell from my dad. One time my younger brother was riding the mower and the hitch on the front of the mower pole broke. The pole jammed in the ground and threw my brother right off of that thing.

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04-06-2011 12:54:22

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
There should be a lot of mid mount mowers out there for the cub. I use one and they are very handy for mowing hay. They are about a 5 foot cut. They run off a belt pulley on the pto shaft.

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04-06-2011 12:48:49

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 Re: cycle mowers in reply to JR FRYE, 04-06-2011 12:39:51  
OF COURSE you can run your SICKLE mower off of the drawbar's centerline.

It's COMMONLY done so the mower's inner shoe tracks behind the tractor's RH rear wheel and the wheel and shoe run in the path cleared of cut grass by the outer shoe's "grass board" so as not to trample the standing hay or mash the cut hay into the ground.

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