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#1 Jsx485 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 06, 2014 - 09:31 PM

I have 4 acres and a creek runs through it. I need to trim both sides of creek, but often the grass is too soft for john deere x485 to mow next to water. Also the land along the creek in most places is not manicured enough to let my tractor get close enough to mow. I thought a sickle mower would be a great idea, but new ones are wasaay out of my budget. Any thoughts on sickle mower, an older one that would work on my tractor.

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Posted January 06, 2014 - 09:50 PM

Sickle bar mowers are loosing their popularity due to the so called safety hazards.  Like a farmer friend once said, idiots loose toenails around them.

 

Your best bet is a used one.  Just make sure it is a major brand that still supports parts.  Ford/Dearborn mowers are good choices, for example, because mower sections and belts are very universal. 

 

How about a Jari self propelled sickle bar mower?  It is fresh on my mind because I am trying to get rid of one.  They are light and stick like a burr on a hill. 

 

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Posted January 06, 2014 - 09:59 PM

You will probably have to find the right thing to make it bolt up. Possibly use a horse drawn unit? Wouldn't be sexy and it'd take a second person,

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 02:03 AM

Finding a sickle bar mower now days is as good as trying to win the lottery. Slim chance.

Been looking for one to fit one of my cubs, found one but would of had to give up my first born, and he didn't feel like moving :say_what:

As mention if you could find a ground driven style, you'd be in business.



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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:51 AM

My son is going to have the same problem cutting around his pond , I tried to modfiy a DB but you still can't get close enough to the water , I was thinking a wheeled string trimmer modifed to cut 90* might work .

 

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 09:19 AM

I have a simular situation. I have a large Grain Elevator with thousands of square feer of concrete draining on my propery.

Making about 1/2 acre of marsh and a waterway across the property.

I too had considered a sickle bar mower but my tractor is heavy enough I am afraid it would go down in the mud.

I'm thinking one of the self powered mowers that could be pulled behind an AtV or mower where you can swing the tongue off to the side might be the best answer? Something like this. 31818_200x200.jpg



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Posted January 07, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Severial years ago I built up an old sears tractor with a sickle mower mounted on the side.

I used to mow a steep bank along the road and around a small pond.

I could cut the weeds right down into the water.  It worked really good !!

 

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 05:10 PM

Severial years ago I built up an old sears tractor with a sickle mower mounted on the side.

I used to mow a steep bank along the road and around a small pond.

I could cut the weeds right down into the water.  It worked really good !!

 

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2-Bladeup.jpgNice job. That looks great!



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Posted January 07, 2014 - 10:28 PM

Nice job, that looks great!

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 10:53 PM

I never thought to ask this, do you have a 3 point hitch and a rear 540 pto on your X485?



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Posted January 08, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Hi,

A point to consider: I have a 1967 Economy Power King with a mid mount sickle bar.
Its problem is the down angle is limited to horizontal/flat. So to mow down a bank side is impossible.
I know most other sickle bar mowers are not limited in this manner. Just wanted to mention it.

Good Luck.

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Posted January 08, 2014 - 10:16 AM

One of the many reasons I keep a Gravely walk behind around,, sickles can be had in 40" and 60" wide, although the 60"s are difficult to find, they are out there. Yes parts are still available but not cheap.

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Posted January 08, 2014 - 11:52 AM

One of the many reasons I keep a Gravely walk behind around,, sickles can be had in 40" and 60" wide, although the 60"s are difficult to find, they are out there. Yes parts are still available but not cheap.

 

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Posted January 09, 2014 - 09:51 AM

Man, I would love to have a side sickle mower for my Allis B-110, I think those are really cool.

 

I see someone mentioned a old horse drawn type, has anyone here ever used one of those as a pull behind for your GT??

 

I MAY know where one of those are located, but I would have to dig the silly thing out from under the sand, its mostly buried now.






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