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#5 jd sickle bar mower??

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05-30-2003 01:25:39

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I have a 44 B jd and I'm thinking of buying a #5 mower for it to cut hay with. Has anyone had any experience with one of these mowers? Or should I buy something with a 3 point hitch to use on my newer tractor. Would like to use the old JD for something and was wondering how well it would handle a #3 massey ferguson baler? Any info would be appreciated before I waste any money.


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T. Shelton

05-28-2004 16:17:59

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
I own a number 5 mower and it is an excellent unit if maintained properly. I personally have hundreds of hours on it mowing weeds, hay, wheat and oats stubble. If you maintain the sickle appropriately, you will be very pleased with the results. BE CAREFUL. If you fold up the bar to install the transport rod, KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THE SICKLE! It can slide down and slice your finger into more pieces than you would prefer.


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David P. Ries

11-21-2003 11:49:04

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
I have a jd 5 which came with a tractor I bought about 10 years ago. It has been sitting in the barn in Warner NH all this time. I have never used it but it appears to be in excellent condition. Any one interested in buying?

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10-27-2003 07:52:57

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
I have an unstyled B and am looking for a #5 also. If you find more than you need please let me know.

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06-06-2003 12:14:31

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
I've been reading all of the messages about sickle bar mowers and I'm wondering where did the sickle mowers come from? I've spent hours looking for a sickle bar mower for a compact tractor, but the few that I've found cost more than what we paid for the tractor! Are there ever any used ones available, especially in the southeast? I don't know where else to look- please help!

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ron in MN

05-30-2003 17:54:38

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
I just cut my road sides today with a #5. Great machine. As another post said, "it will cut saplings too", I saw mine do that today. Another good thing is that most of the critical parts for this mower are still available from Deere.

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05-30-2003 05:16:45

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 Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Steve, 05-30-2003 01:25:39  
#5 is a good machine. If sickle and ledger plates are in good shape will cut anything. I think the old B would handle the baler might be slow. Just don,t make windrows to big. If i remember right they would use this combo years ago. When that was all they had. Have to much fun.

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Bob G

05-30-2003 08:05:39

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 Re: Re: #5 jd sickle bar mower?? in reply to Delbert, 05-30-2003 05:16:45  
I grew up with the #5, we didn't cut hay with it. but tree saplings up to 1 1/2". We never had any problem with it cutting them either. They will cut most anything.

Bob G

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