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Sickle bar transport hooks or???

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03-26-2001 14:08:26

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I mounted the 5' rear mount sickle bar mower onto my '41 A. I'm still fixin it up, but at least now I can get it from the shed to the garage...

How do you raise the bar and hold it up for transport? It does not seem to want to go past about 45 degrees. Is there a bar or something that I'm missing which would fasten it in the up position?

This has been a interesting project, because I've never ever worked on of these things!

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Bill {Antique Acres}

03-26-2001 17:03:41

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 Re: Sickle bar transport hooks or??? in reply to RobertN, 03-26-2001 14:08:26  
F-14 is right on! One thing to remember is WATCH YOUR FINGERS!!! Do not ever put them in the cycle area. Lots of farmers have lost fingers that way. When you are putting the rod through it just be very careful, because that cycle bar can fall down and do some serious damage. Otherwise have fun. Bill {Antique Acres}

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George Willer

03-26-2001 20:05:30

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 Re: Re: Sickle bar transport hooks or??? in reply to Bill {Antique Acres}, 03-26-2001 17:03:41  
I have a Cub #22 mower, but it is very similar. There is supposed to be a lug that prevents the knife from falling. Mine was missing. Last summer I nearly gained a finger...the part that was sliced loose from the heel of my hand could have been made into one. Ouch!!!

I made a support rod that doesn't require a nut and I think is safer. If anyone is interested, I'll scan a picture...of the rod, not the hand.
George Willer

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03-27-2001 10:49:48

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 Re: Re: Re: Sickle bar transport hooks or??? in reply to George Willer, 03-26-2001 20:05:30  
A picture would be great!

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F14...Good point

03-26-2001 17:05:34

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 Re: Re: Sickle bar transport hooks or??? in reply to Bill {Antique Acres}, 03-26-2001 17:03:41  
Meant to mention that. Also, I have to use a bungee cord when transporting mine, as the sickle tends to fall out the bottom of the bar. I suspect I might be missing a piece somewhere.

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03-26-2001 15:20:36

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 Re: Sickle bar transport hooks or??? in reply to RobertN, 03-26-2001 14:08:26  
Usually, there is a rod with one threaded end that goes through a hole in the bar about half-way along, and a threaded handle that screws over it to hold the bar up.

As far as the bar not wanting to fold all the way, it's probably jamming at the pitman end. Try changing the position of the sickle in the bar (which changes the angle of the pitman stick) and see if it will go all the way up. Normally, they stow in a vertical position.

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