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#1 C130A Flight Engineer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 08:43 AM

Yesterday was a big "volunteer" day as the Castle Air Museum spiffy's things up for the Open Cockpit day on Memorial Day.  I 'volunteered" :D my 900's services with Haban Sickle Mo attached and spent 7 hours mowing tall grass and weeds in the museum storage area.  Almost three acres! with dozens of obsticles to mow around made for lots of backing and inching and 1st gear runs of a few feet.  In long open stretches the tractor and mower handled 3rd gear runs with ease.

 

The Sickle Mo is my favorite attachment.  The teeth needed replacement so I pulled the bar from the guide only to find the previous owner had allowed the bar to crack in two and the only thing holding it together at the pitman attach was the rivets for the tooth on either side of the crack.  So . . . off to the metal dealer.  I purchased the flat stock, transfered the holes and riveted by hand all the teeth to my new bar with those bloody steel rivets. :dancingbanana:   Now that's a workout for a blacksmith!  Then off to the machine shop to have the threded inserts welded in place for the pitman attach.  Put it all together yesterday and ran it for 7 hours.  The tractor and Sickle Mo held up better than I did :rocker2:

 

For work in dry grass and weeds I prefer the Sickle over my flail mower.  The flail produces so much dust dirt and chaff it makes most jobs pretty miserable unless you keep a stiff wind at your back, which means a lot of time wasted backing.  The flail is great for chopping into mulch tall green weeds and grass, but also requires alot of horse power and good belts under correct tension for the PTO.

 

Happy mowing!


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 08:50 AM

Where's the Pictures??  Shame on you, no pix!



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 08:50 AM

Sounds like a fun Day!

 

:wewantpics:  :D



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 10:07 AM

Well, it sounds like a great day!  I think a sickle mower in tall grass and weeds is great and would like to be able to run one with one of my tractors.

Now, about this complete lack of pictures......



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 12:55 PM

You did your good deed for the day! I need to repair my Haban also. Thanks for the explanation. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 01:41 PM

I'd love to get a sickle mower for mine one of these days, don't see much of them around my area

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 09:58 PM

Yes, I know, no pics, pretty tough to take pics and work at the same time :firejumper: .  I will be working the Sickle Mo again later this week and will get pics then when I have some help.


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 12:22 AM

Since I took a beating about not posting any pics :D   I worked the tractor tonight with the Sickle Mo and took this one.

 

Sickle Mo 05020 13

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Posted May 21, 2013 - 05:47 AM

Could have used one of those yesterday!






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