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    Default Need Advice buying a Ford 60 inch Flail Mower

    I have found a Ford 60 inch cut flail mower that I can buy for $450.00 ..

    I have always used a Bush Hog brand bush hog so I am not familiar with the flail mowers except what I have learned about them on TBN. What are some things I need to know about it to decide whether to buy or not..I know what to look for on a bush hog but no experience with a flail....I assume Ford would be a good brand.. Any information greatly appreciated..
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    Default Re: Need Advice buying a Ford 60 inch Flail Mower

    My flail is branded as a Jacobsen. But Ford actually built them. So technically it's a Ford 917 with orange paint. Mine's a 74-incher, but the 917 was available in several widths. Even if yours isn't a 917, it would help if you posted the model number. Some other forum member may have one

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    Default Re: Need Advice buying a Ford 60 inch Flail Mower

    I just bought at auction a flail mower that I was told was a Mott but turns out, according to Flail-Master.com, to be a Jacobsen. It is 92" wide at the top of the flail housing and has a plate near the slip-clutch which says "Identification Number 71 U-1111".

    Flail-Master.com is sending me a Jacobsen replacement belt that I burned off Saturday in my first attempt to flail, It had worked great for about 30 - 45 mins., then it rumbled a bit, smoked for a few seconds and spun freely - belt gone!

    It has 3 rows of hammer blades 12-13 sets wide I'm guessing that it has a 74 cut, but i need to measure for sure.

    I read on this site that it is actually a Ford Model 917 Flail Mower manufactured for Jacobsen and I found the New Holland web site with various parts listed as ?2-206 Ford 917? Can anyone confirm this is actually a Ford manufacture? Are the parts interchangeable?

    What would cause the belt to burn off? I had someone look at it yesterday and they said that it spun freely and did not believe that the bearings were gone.

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    Default Re: Need Advice buying a Ford 60 inch Flail Mower

    New Holland Website:

    New Holland Agriculture

    Parts listed under:

    22-184 FORD 917 SERIES FLAIL MOWER 74" (3/73-12/76)

    Looks to have been Maunfactured at Ford between 1973 and 1976 although my Identification number is 71 U-1111. Don't know if the 71 is a year or model number. Machine is painted yellow and has no decals. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Need Advice buying a Ford 60 inch Flail Mower

    Quote Originally Posted by TrinityInspiredFarms View Post
    I just bought at auction a flail mower that I was told was a Mott but turns out, according to Flail-Master.com, to be a Jacobsen. It is 92" wide at the top of the flail housing and has a plate near the slip-clutch which says "Identification Number 71 U-1111".

    Flail-Master.com is sending me a Jacobsen replacement belt that I burned off Saturday in my first attempt to flail, It had worked great for about 30 - 45 mins., then it rumbled a bit, smoked for a few seconds and spun freely - belt gone!

    It has 3 rows of hammer blades 12-13 sets wide I'm guessing that it has a 74 cut, but i need to measure for sure.

    I read on this site that it is actually a Ford Model 917 Flail Mower manufactured for Jacobsen and I found the New Holland web site with various parts listed as ?2-206 Ford 917? Can anyone confirm this is actually a Ford manufacture? Are the parts interchangeable?

    What would cause the belt to burn off? I had someone look at it yesterday and they said that it spun freely and did not believe that the bearings were gone.




    If the V belt is weathered it will be much weaker as the rubber has been rotting and the shock loading of the rotor start up will add friction and stress to the old belt.

    It would be a good thing to invest in a set of kevlar belts from Kaman or Tractor supply or NAPA for your flail mower as you will have belts that will last longer in use.

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