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#1 Gibby OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 08:05 PM

The other day, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a Sears sickle bar mower just over the Pa-Oh line. The ad was a few days old when I saw it and he was only asking $100 for it. I figured it was gone, why bother calling. Well, browsing Craigslist again today, I saw the ad was still up. What the heck, I'll give him a call. Sure enough, he still had it! Went and looked it over and decided to make it mine. It's a David Bradley sickle bar #917.251520. Unfortunately, being for the older DB's, it wouldn't fit under the newer style full length running board. It's too dark for pics now, but I'll get some up tomorrow.
I tried looking it up on Sears Direct, but this model number comes up as a newer lawn tractor. Anyone have an idea who might have a manual? I tried the few places I know about, but they just had manuals for the newer model, I believe made by haban?
Once I get it figured out, I'll be putting it on my SS14...stay tuned!

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 08:28 PM

Cool, I wish I could find a sickle mower. I could use it. haha

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 08:33 PM

I just happen to be working on my 917. 253120 which is for the 68 SS12.
I have a hard copy manual. If that would be of any help in modifying things let me know, and
I'll get you some pics.(not up on scanning.)
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Posted October 05, 2011 - 08:43 PM

I just happen to be working on my 917. 253120 which is for the 68 SS12.
I have a hard copy manual. If that would be of any help in modifying things let me know, and
I'll get you some pics.(not up on scanning.)


I think I know what I have to do to mount it after checking with a couple Sears guys I know, cut my running board. I have another set of boards, so I can always swap them out.

Have you replaced knives on yours? If so, where did you locate them? I haven't checked yet, but I don't think TSC carries any this small, and the guy I talked to at Sears didn't even know what a sickle bar mower was.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 08:50 PM

No, I haven't replaced any of the knives. Haven't looked for them either.
Does Sears still list them on their site?

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 09:05 PM

No, I haven't replaced any of the knives. Haven't looked for them either.
Does Sears still list them on their site?


Well, I spoke with "Johnathan" on the Sears Direct sites on line chat, he asked what the part I was looking for was called, I told him I didn't know what Sears called them, but every other sickle bar maker/seller calls them knives. He showed me a picture of a blade for a rotary mower and asked if that was it. I told him no, maybe he should google sickle bar mower so he could understand what I was talking about. He said I should stop in my local Sears store and ask for help there. I have a manual for the newer style mower, I'm hoping the knives are the same between the two, I can get the part number from it, if it will do me any good.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 09:15 PM

The other day, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a Sears sickle bar mower just over the Pa-Oh line. The ad was a few days old when I saw it and he was only asking $100 for it. I figured it was gone, why bother calling. Well, browsing Craigslist again today, I saw the ad was still up. What the heck, I'll give him a call. Sure enough, he still had it! Went and looked it over and decided to make it mine. It's a David Bradley sickle bar #917.251520. Unfortunately, being for the older DB's, it wouldn't fit under the newer style full length running board. It's too dark for pics now, but I'll get some up tomorrow.
I tried looking it up on Sears Direct, but this model number comes up as a newer lawn tractor. Anyone have an idea who might have a manual? I tried the few places I know about, but they just had manuals for the newer model, I believe made by haban?
Once I get it figured out, I'll be putting it on my SS14...stay tuned!


You beat me. LOL. I haven't had the chance until Lunch Today.

Congrats, can't wait for pics.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 09:19 PM

I just did a search at sears site, and got an error message.
From my hard copy, the knife part # is 575X31. Box of 25.
I don't have a picture handy right now of those, but will get one tomorrow. Might help.
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Posted October 05, 2011 - 09:24 PM

Tomorrow is another day, I'll pick up the search then, thank you for the info! -Jeff

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 09:29 PM

You beat me. LOL. I haven't had the chance until Lunch Today.

Congrats, can't wait for pics.


You gotta be quick around western Pa!!

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Posted October 06, 2011 - 10:01 AM

The ones on mine measure 2" wide x 2 7/8" long, with 1" flats on the sides. Rivet holes are 1 3/8" center to center.

Somewhere out there in WWW, I saw a site that specializes in sickle knives. Can't recall it though.

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Posted October 06, 2011 - 07:10 PM

Here's a couple pics. I tried it out and it works great! New knife sections would help, but so far, no luck finding any this size. I didn't get any of just the mower, I was concentrating on getting it mounted while I had daylight. And yes, I had to cut a notch in the running board to make room for the frame.
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 07:28 PM

NICE That sure would GOOD on my sears LOL

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Posted October 06, 2011 - 07:43 PM

That's great, that you got it up and running. Sure looks good for the $$. Do the dogs still ahve all their legs.:D Have you got a picture of the wire belt guides that attach
somewhere around the mule drive? If you even have them. I got my mower mounted, and running this evening, but when I disengage,
the belt pops off the mule drive. I'm waiting for a new belt, but I think that issue will still exist due to the fact the belt wants to naturally
run downhill off the idler pulley. The manual sucks, for that kind of detail.

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Posted October 06, 2011 - 07:55 PM

Good stuff some day I got to get me one of them sickle mowers.




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