WooHoo...Got the Sickle-Mo working!
Posted August 11, 2011 - 08:12 PM
Found a place that cut off the old too short (4") PTO shaft and welded in one that's 8".
That gave me enough length to run the mower, and still short enough that I can get it installed without dropping the mower. Sure makes it a lot easier to put the shaft on the PTO when it slides a bit.
Here's a quick vid:
Bolens G10 with Haban Sickle-Mo - YouTube
I have a 55# weight on the left rear, and it STILL felt like it was a bit light on the left side when I was on a bit of a slope. Think I'm gonna get some longer carriage bolts and put BOTH weights on the left side.
PTO belt needs tightened as well. I'd like to find the optional 'kit' that allows you to use the hydraulic lift to lift the sickle bar. That would help a lot as I have to hold it when I lift the bar. Seems like it should stay, but unless I hold it, it just drops right back down.
Posted August 11, 2011 - 08:33 PM
Great stuff. Sure are fun to run, aren't they.
I'm not familiar with that model, but shouldn't there be a tensioning adjustment to hold the bar from dropping? Mine is a 416A, and the eye bolt (in pic) is the adjustment for blade load.
Posted August 11, 2011 - 08:46 PM
Looks like it works well
Posted August 11, 2011 - 10:54 PM
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Posted August 12, 2011 - 03:55 AM
You might fill the left rear wheel. That would give you some more ballast and keep both the weights where they are. Just a thought.
Before you know it, you'll be doing all the neighbors banks for them. Just for seat time.
Posted August 12, 2011 - 04:37 AM
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Posted August 12, 2011 - 05:48 PM
Once I get another wheel weight on the left side, I'll try mowing that area from the top with the bar below horizontal.
Posted August 14, 2011 - 11:26 PM