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Enough Power???

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12-09-2000 18:02:12

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Will an H John Deere pull a 7' number 5 John Deere sicklebar mower? If not what is the correct mower for this tractor? Thanks

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Paul from Michigan

12-10-2000 19:03:12

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 Re: Enough Power??? in reply to Donny-B, 12-09-2000 18:02:12  
I mowed about a jillion acres of hay with a JD H and a McCormick(yeah, I know, wrong color) semi mounted mower. Never had a problem even in the heaviest alfalfa. Little H just seemed to like mowing hay. It should work fine, just keep sickles reasonably sharp and keep the lead adjusted properly on the mower to make it handle easily. Good Luck, Paul

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John T

12-10-2000 08:35:34

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 Re: Enough Power??? in reply to Donny-B, 12-09-2000 18:02:12  
Donny, Yes it should handle that mower IF The mower is in good shape. i.e. all sections are sharp, the guards are all good with good sharp ledger plates, the hold down clips and wear plates are all good and tight, and the timing and register is correct. HOWEVER, if the mower is in bad shape and you have heavy wet hay, then its more of a challenge. What im saying is the condition of the mower is MORE important than the tractor. With a decent mower an H can hanlde a 7 ft sickle regardless if its a # 5 later. Ol John T

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12-09-2000 18:38:42

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 Re: Enough Power??? in reply to Donny-B, 12-09-2000 18:02:12  
Probably depends on what you are cutting and how thick it is. I have a 7 foot #5 and #8 mower that I use on my MT. It tends to pull the front sideways in heavier hay. My uncle had an H with a 6 foot #5 and it seemed to work pretty good in even heavy heavy timothy(grass) hay.

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