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    Default Sickle bar Mowers

    Are they going by the wayside? I don't see them mentioned much anymore.

    Much more maintenance involved for sure.
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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    A company by the name of ROWSE sells what is essentially the old New Holland 451. Not cheap but a time tested design.

    New Holland no longer offers a sickle bar. Single action bars are just about a thing of the past. A few foriegn manufacturers offer double action cutters.

    The disc mower has taken away the market base for sickle bars. Good used sickle bar mowers are climbing in value at a suprising rate. Just a few years ago, a decent used New Holland 450 or early model 451 would be lucky to fetch $300 at an auction. I've been seeing them sell for well over $1000 lately. Still a "need", but not enough so that the majors are willing to tool up for building new ones.
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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmwithjunk

    The disc mower has taken away the market base for sickle bars. Good used sickle bar mowers are climbing in value at a suprising rate. Just a few years ago, a decent used New Holland 450 or early model 451 would be lucky to fetch $300 at an auction. I've been seeing them sell for well over $1000 lately. Still a "need", but not enough so that the majors are willing to tool up for building new ones.
    Your correct. The prices for a good, used sickle mower keep going up. The tough part is finding a real nice used one. I have a NH with 9' bar which is in excellent shape. Used it many years ago when we had alfalfa. Now it just sits inside on a pallet rack. Paint still looks nearly new. Still nice for mowing roadsides, as the sickle will hang over the ditch with the tractor on the road.

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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    I could use one in a few places around here but I am not wanting to pay the premium for one. My BIL just bought some land and in the barn was a AC snap coupler hitch belt drive 7 ft sickle mower along with a 2 row planter and cultivator all AC snap coupler hitchs. He has told me to come and get them but I am only interested in the sickle mower if I can convert it over to a 3ph set up.

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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    My father has a late 60's Allis sickle that has been put away and he uses a NH 9' sickle now for weed cutting. He likes it over the bush hog because he can scoot under the fence some to cut...plus it's 3' wider.
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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie175
    My father has a late 60's Allis sickle that has been put away and he uses a NH 9' sickle now for weed cutting. He likes it over the bush hog because he can scoot under the fence some to cut...plus it's 3' wider.

    That is where I could really use one is along the fence and in a couple of spots along the ditch that is too steep to drive on plus I could mow some hay with it instead of paying some one to mow it.

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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    I have a newbie question(s)....

    I am assuming these mowers can cut somewhat above level to the ground. (?)

    Can a sickle mowers cut below level? If the can, how many degrees about?

    I would like one to cut my ditch and I would like to tip and up and down with the terrain of the ditch if possible.

    Thanks. Dave

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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    I found an old one for my Gravely and spiffed it all up. Haven't gotten a chance to use it much yet. Need to make some skids for each end, but haven't figured out a good way to fabricate and attach.
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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Man
    I have a newbie question(s)....

    I am assuming these mowers can cut somewhat above level to the ground. (?)

    Can a sickle mowers cut below level? If the can, how many degrees about?

    I would like one to cut my ditch and I would like to tip and up and down with the terrain of the ditch if possible.

    Thanks. Dave
    They are designed with the sickle bar laying flat on the ground with the cut about 1.5-2" above the ground. To mow a ditch, we raised the mower up slightly and held the bar up 6-8".

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    Default Re: Sickle bar Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie175
    Are they going by the wayside? I don't see them mentioned much anymore.

    Much more maintenance involved for sure.
    I assume you mean sicklebars that attach to the 3-point or that are configured as belly mounted mowers.

    There are other types of sicklebars (haybines, swathers)and trailer mowers like my Allis Chalmers 80T.



    As FWJ mentions, "naked" sicklebars are not being manufactured much anymore. You see a lot of these on eBay for $300-800.

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