... I might buy the G11 off of him here in a couple weeks.I keep thinking about it just sitting there rotting away,I just can't stand it.Don't know what I'll do with it but I do need a plow tractor for the winter.I said that I would not buy another one off of him but dangit I have to try and save it. ...
Well, if you do, parts won't be hard to come by, as it's basically identical to the G10 except for the engine and PTO.
Can you sharpen the knife sections or do you just have to replace them once they wear out? I don't know a whole lot about these sickle mowers. Are parts still available for them and if so are they pretty easy to find? IDK if Haban is still in business or not... If they are like MacKissic and are both still in business and still support their old equipment, that would be great.
Haban went out of business some time ago. They sold to the Polaris Group in 1995, who pretty much destroyed the company. Agri-Fab bought the product line in 2000, and closed the factory shortly after that.
Some parts like the Knives are somewhat standard and you can get them from places like TSC and Rural King.
Haban was also very good at using a basic design and adapting it to work of different brands of tractors. For instance, the #414 Sickle-Mo that was for certain Wheel Horse tractors is identical to the #405A that was for the Bolens tube frames. They took a 405A, added a couple of pieces to the front mount so that it would hang on the Wheel Horse axle, shortened the front PTO shaft, and made a right angle gear box that attached to the frame of the Wheel Horse so that it's belt driven PTO could drive the Sickle-Mo. In fact the Sickle-Mo that I have on my 1256 is a #414, All I needed to do to make it work was have the PTO shaft lengthened, and take off the front bracket.