I see spell check no longer works anymore so forgive the spelling,...having to absoluty FIGHT with this new OX programe,.......
New knives mounted, ...finally,.....and try it out, worked ok, needs all the bugs worked out of it, readjust pitmen arm, tighten bolts, needs swathboard and something of a cable lift so i don't have to get off the tractor and pick up and latch the bar for transport over obstacles and just like the John Deere number 5 sickle the cut grass falls towards the sickle drive and wraps itself around the pitmen arm requiring clearing of potential jams, i may fab a simple tin shield.
New OEM drive belt is mounted but seems too long already with the mid mount pto mule drive all the way back resting on the stop against the tractor frame so when the belt stretches it will no longer be tight, need to figure that out.
Managed to make a bunch of passes then the bolt on the drive head for the pitmen arm snapped right at the thread and flung the bushing out into the field, after inspection of the bolt i concluded it was overtighening of cheap china bolt seeing as the previous owner stated he replaced the bushing.
A safety side note for anyone with Sickle mower, never, never ever pick up and hold the sickle by the rock guards,...ever, only by the skid shoe and stand behind the bar also when moving to or mounting the sickle mower to the tractor, this is for any sickle mower for any brand from field tractors to garden tractor, even with the engine off the knives can slide down the bar and cut off fingers, as a safe guard i will be making a knive/rock guard cove.
New bushings for the pitmen arm has been ordered from Simplicity and a swathboard built unless life has more roadblocks for me.
Natually i would upload photos for you guys to see but i see it has major issues that will take hours to sort out, time to call the Apple guys yet again and remind then that i absolutly HATE this new update programe
Edited by trowel, July 11, 2014 - 06:39 AM.