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#1 hardek OFFLINE  

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Posted May 31, 2011 - 08:37 PM

Does anyone know where to get plans for lawn tractor sickle mowers. I'd like to build one for my MF8. I wonder if it better to make a mid attach or a tow model. I want one with about a 48 inch width.

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Posted May 31, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Does anyone know where to get plans for lawn tractor sickle mowers. I'd like to build one for my MF8. I wonder if it better to make a mid attach or a tow model. I want one with about a 48 inch width.


Where in Manitoba are you I have a line on two if you'd like one let me know.You can PM me if you like with your phone and address if you like. Ones a simplicity and ones a allis both 48" save you having to build one.Larry

I forgot to mention that the Allis one has been converted over to run off a MF 10 that I used to have.It doesn't take that much to run them either.It wouldn't take too much to make it fit onto your Massey.Larry

Edited by massey driver, June 01, 2011 - 07:10 AM.


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Posted May 31, 2011 - 09:09 PM

Might be quite a load on an 8hp.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 06:29 AM

Might be quite a load on an 8hp.


Yeah, it will be, but probably not all that much more than the deck. Just go a little slower I'd think.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 05:45 PM

Larry, Do you want to sell the Simplicity mower? Do you have any idea what it would take to get it across the border?

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 06:52 PM

Yeah, it will be, but probably not all that much more than the deck. Just go a little slower I'd think.


As it will be a customized retro, anything is possible. Just something to pay attenton to. Don't overload
that engine and fry it.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 07:53 PM

Larry, Do you want to sell the Simplicity mower? Do you have any idea what it would take to get it across the border?


The mower can be for sale I haven't used it for awhile 10+ yrs. That would be a huge obstacle getting it to you.Larry

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 08:15 PM

I forgot to mention that the Allis one has been converted over to run off a MF 10 that I used to have.It doesn't take that much to run them either.It wouldn't take too much to make it fit onto your Massey.Larry


If non of the above mentioned wants the Sickle you converted to run off the MF10 I'd be interested in it for my 66MF10.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 08:35 PM

A sickle bar cutter takes far less horsepower than a similar sized rotary mower deck - so power will not be a problem. The problem will be trying to keep a small tractor like a Massey 8 going straight with four feet of cutterbar dragging on one side. My Sears Super 12 has a fourty inch cutterbar and even with rib tires on the front its always turned left and sliding.

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Posted June 15, 2011 - 04:15 PM

I do need one to cut 5 acre of weeds (then hopefully crusted wheat - next year). Will these work? I'm in Southern Montana.

I could run for the boarder if that helps :)

If non of the above mentioned wants the Sickle you converted to run off the MF10 I'd be interested in it for my 66MF10.



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Posted June 16, 2011 - 05:30 AM

A sickle bar cutter takes far less horsepower than a similar sized rotary mower deck - so power will not be a problem. The problem will be trying to keep a small tractor like a Massey 8 going straight with four feet of cutterbar dragging on one side. My Sears Super 12 has a fourty inch cutterbar and even with rib tires on the front its always turned left and sliding.


Would adding front weight help? Or would it just be harder to turn when you wanted to?

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 09:45 AM

Kenny, this goes back about 45 yrs, when my dad put a Ford Sickle bar bower on a BF Avery(one front wheel tricycle).
The mower runs on a skid on the outside end that is dragging over the ground and that puts a lot of drag in the direction of the bar.
Had to run with the steering wheel turned about 1/4 turn in the opposite direction slipping the front wheel to go straight.
That can get real exciting on a damp sidehill! But I was a in my early Teens and thought I was 10 ft tall and bulletproof.
Weight might help but would make it harder to tun.
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Posted June 17, 2011 - 02:50 PM

When I get a sickle I'll try to use some counterweight on the other side (maybe towards the front) to keep the drag reduced while leveling the tractor.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 05:28 PM

scwade, that sounds to be a very good option. I didn't even think of a counter weight. Course, don't have a sickle bar either.




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