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Sickle Bar Mowers

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03-17-2003 19:33:53

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Thanks for the response, it has been helpful. I guess I should have stated my need for one to get to the heart of the matter. In the bottoms, I have this real tall reed type grass/weed (10 to 15' tall) with a fuzzy top to it. When I mow it with my bush hog, the fuzzy tops plug up my radiator in short order. I thought that if I used a sickle bar mower, I would be off to the side and avoid a lot of this. Also, I intended to share this implement with a fellow that would use it on his pond bank and in turn let me use his 6' tiller for my food plots and such.

Seems like you used to be able to find a 501 mower for a coupla hundred bucks, but now I am finding them priced closer to 500. Is this the going rate or am I not looking in the right places?

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03-18-2003 10:53:16

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 Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to Dan, 03-17-2003 19:33:53  
Don't know where you are located,but check out the photo adds under implements. There is a 501 in Michigan.

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03-18-2003 08:05:20

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 Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to Dan, 03-17-2003 19:33:53  
Around here, there's used implement dealer (small timer) who has a couple of 501's that he's been trying to sell for over 2 years. Last time I looked he was down to "only" $700.

Someone stated before that people are moving away from the newer disc mowers and going back to sickle mowers. Maybe that's why the surge in value in old sickle mowers (?).

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03-17-2003 19:52:06

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 Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to Dan, 03-17-2003 19:33:53  
Well, I see them sell for $300-500 also. So was real happy when I found a 501 in like new condition except for a cracked off upper 3-point for $200. (I have a welder...)

Then 3 months later I saw one in fair used abused condition go for $25.

Ah well.


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03-18-2003 07:01:06

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 Re: Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to paul, 03-17-2003 19:52:06  
hay equip...always buy in fall.. sell in spring..

actions are the best price, but you have to examine them closer..

good luck.. bill

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03-18-2003 06:34:17

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 Re: Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to paul, 03-17-2003 19:52:06  
Dan it seems that any implement is around $500.00 here too :\ for used ones. I have a hydrolic belly mounted sickle cutter and its 6ft. Mine does work well in thick grass and stuff, but in fine crap grass it plugs up like everyone said. The worst thing Ive found with mine is when its plugged up, I would raise the bar up, that causes all the hay to fall on me, and If ya have poison itch (ivy) underneith the hay like I did,(and didnt know it was there) well that really sux!! I wear only shorts when I cut. Im lookin for a brush hog myself and they want $500.00 for used beat lookin ones. If I spend another 200-300 bucks I can get a new one. I think I mind as well save some more and get new.

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03-19-2003 05:34:44

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 Re: Re: Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to JohnG, 03-18-2003 06:34:17  
I also have an underslung hydraulic sickle bar on my 2000 (ex-DOT mower). The most aggravation I have with it is when it clogs or snags and trips the blade breakaway. Since it is not an automatic return I have to stop, back up, lift the blade up, get off the tractor, rock the blade back into the catch, then remount.

The articulation of the setup is very handy and is perfect for ditchbanks, creeks, and pond edges. I also use it to clean the branches that grow out into paths in the woods by running the sickle bar with it pointing straight up. The only problem with doing that is that the stuff falls back on top of the cowl if it is very long. I haven't had anything get into the fan belt yet, just wrap me up. I have learned to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt if I can stand it when using the bar. Keeps the brush whip marks to a minimum and the provides a little protection from the itchy stuff.

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03-20-2003 05:46:23

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Sickle Bar Mowers in reply to Fighting suburbia in NC, 03-19-2003 05:34:44  
Oh yeah Im not wearing only shorts any more after the poison ivy rashs I had. My girlfriend wouldnt touch me for 2 weeks till it all cleared up!! I had it all over my right leg, arm, and hands. Luck I didnt get it on my peckerino :x lol

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