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Posted October 06, 2011 - 08:31 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.


I'll get some close-ups tomorrow. The belt on mine looks like it's running at a fairly severe angle, but no signs of wear on the belt and no issues with it coming off, and there are no belt guards on mine(on the mule drive at least)
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 08:43 PM

I've run my sickle for several years without a belt guard on the mule drive and the belt has never come off. I think the only important belt guard is the one on the sickle mowers flywheel/shaker - that one is a must.
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Posted October 07, 2011 - 06:48 AM

Ok, thanks. I'll wait till I get the new belt on, and properly tensioned. This old belt is half dead, and deformed.
That may be all it needs.
Kris, that mule drive worked out great. Thanks. That one bearing freed up, after I broke the seal, and soaked it in oil a bit.
It's good enough to let me test run this old rust bucket. If it fails, it fails. Easy enough to fix.

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Posted October 07, 2011 - 05:01 PM

Glad to hear it Will, I didn't know if that bearing would be salvageable. It was completely locked up from sitting. I got it to move but it sure didn't feel good.
Remember, those sickles are only designed to run at a fast idle. Any faster and they will shake themselves apart. I use mine with the tractor in second gear high side and it really does a good job.
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Posted October 07, 2011 - 05:08 PM

Thanks Kris.
Just got the new belt on, and adjusted, and it stays on just fine. Haven't field tested yet. Again, thanks for all your help.
If you ever need any maple syrup, hockey pucks, or snow, you just let me know.:D

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Posted October 07, 2011 - 06:21 PM

Glad to hear it Will, I didn't know if that bearing would be salvageable. It was completely locked up from sitting. I got it to move but it sure didn't feel good.
Remember, those sickles are only designed to run at a fast idle. Any faster and they will shake themselves apart. I use mine with the tractor in second gear high side and it really does a good job.


The Sears manual suggests running at 3/4 to full throttle, first gear high range or second gear low range. But like you said, it sure does get things moving at high revs.
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Posted October 07, 2011 - 07:58 PM

Iwish i had a tractor... I could really use one... I'd put a sicklebar on it...

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Posted October 07, 2011 - 08:12 PM

The Sears manual suggests running at 3/4 to full throttle, first gear high range or second gear low range. But like you said, it sure does get things moving at high revs.


I couldn't keep mine in one piece running it that fast. After beefing up the metal ends of the pitman stick [and still bending/breaking them] I totally redesigned the ends and now it might handle that kind of RPM but it works well at slow speed so thats the way I run it. Right now the wood part is broken but I knew it was getting weak and its a simple fix

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Posted October 08, 2011 - 04:10 PM

you lucky dog
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Posted October 08, 2011 - 07:25 PM

Welcome aboard knaust!!

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 01:35 PM

Well, a few days late, but here's a few closeups of the sickle bar. IamSherwood, I wasn't sure what all you needed pictures of, but here's a few of the pulleys. If you need different pics, let me know and I can drop the mower or get different angles.

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The wooden pinion is still in pretty good shape.
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Also finally got my new tires mounted up. I wound up using a pair of John Deere wheels I had. I would liked to have seen a little more offset, but these will work. I don't think I'll be putting tire chains on these tires without doing something with the fenders. I got a new seat too, still need to paint it.
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Here's a shot of the old railroad bed I mowed today, it will do a lot better I'm hoping once I find some new knife sections for it. But, it's a good way to kill a few hours as is.
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Posted October 09, 2011 - 03:27 PM

Looking good, Gibby! I like the tread on those tires, looks like it would grab better than turfs.

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 04:31 PM

Nice tires nice tractor there's something about a tractor big or small with the metal pan seat, I like it.

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 04:51 PM

That is a real nice looking tractor. I like those rear tires,what are they?

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 05:22 PM

Thanks Gibby.
I pretty sure I got mine syphored. If I need to add a belt guide, it might be on the right side(flat) pulley on the mule drive.
Right now it doesn't need it, but as the belt stretches out it might. Easy fix.

Your's looks good with those tires, but yeah, no room for chains. Sickling is kinda fun aint it.




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