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  1. #21
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    Western Kentucky
    JD3720 Cab, 300X loader with 4-in-1 bucket

    Default Re: Ford 917 flail mower

    Quote Originally Posted by foote2floor View Post
    Thank you guys for all the help, I am going to try it out and see how it does. I plan to order new knives half way through the season, then over the winter clean it up and throw a little paint at it.
    Click here for the 22-183 parts list. Looks like it's considered a 72" mower rather than a 74" like mine. That model is less familiar to me, and I can't tell by the parts list if it actually has the total of 33 knives like I mention above. And the photo you originally posted shows a knife and hanger that - considering the age of the machine - is actually in very good shape. I had to replace all 33 on mine, some were worn to less than half of their original width. You might get by with just replacing visibly damaged hardware.

    Last edited by greg_g; 03-31-2013 at 07:01 AM.
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  2. #22
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    South Carolina

    Default Re: Ford 917 flail mower

    Quote Originally Posted by Arc weld View Post
    The mower has the original Ford knives BUT the Mott knives will fit on the Ford rings. The Mott/Alamo knives will give a nicer cut, use less HP, won't plug up and are reversible if they get dull or worn. I think they are cheaper as well. A lot of the more recent flails have copied the Mott knife style because the patents have expired. I've cut a lot of acres with a 917 and Mott flails.
    Do you have a link to these Mott knives/blades?

    I bought a 917 74" wide with the blades in the below pic that the and it cuts great whether in lawn grass or a pasture and it does great in stuff up to about 1" thick.
    Ford 917 flail mower-310782d1364701323-ford-917-flail-mower
    IHC 424 Diesel
    Ford 917 Flail Mower

  3. #23
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    NE USA
    JD LA115, WH 244, Troy Built Horse 8 HP

    Default Re: Ford 917 flail mower

    The folks at are one supplier and the folks at Flail-Master - Mower Replacement Parts, Commercial Riding Mower Parts, Rotary Cutter Parts, Blade grinders, Trimmer Line, Mowing Accessories - Flail Master - Flailmaster - are another for the scoop knive you have illustrated there.

    This scoop knive design is a common mower knive that is a dual purpose knive for both grass and brush cutting.

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