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  1. #31
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    Whats the info on that side mount sickle bar on the B3200? Are you powering it off the mid-PTO? I've often thought about such a setup for my little Kubota. Any more pics of it underneath?
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    Default Re: small scale haying

    Quote Originally Posted by Verticaltrx View Post
    Whats the info on that side mount sickle bar on the B3200? Are you powering it off the mid-PTO? I've often thought about such a setup for my little Kubota. Any more pics of it underneath?
    Save yourself lots of trouble and just get a 3pt model. I found this one at a used equipment dealership. it is a 5'. It is made by the kosch manufacturing company. I originally bought it to go under my b7510 but gave up on it as there was so little to hook to under that machine. I have shortened the driving shaft and narowed the arm that holds the sickle bar to get a good fit under the b3200. It has a shaft that runs down the middle of the tractor with a flywheel on the front and a pully on the back that comes out just below the rear pto. I then use a belt from there up to another pully on the the pto. I will get some pics later today to help explain it better. I have spent too much time and money on this thing so I am married to it or else I would just go with something else. It is a uniuqe piece though.
    b3200, 60" land pride finish mower, 3pt log spitter, pallet forks, lawn sweeper, bottom plow, Loader mounted snow plow, 3pt quick hitch.

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    Here are some pictures of the mid mount sickle mower.

    small scale haying-dcfc0082.jpgthe first one is a view of the mount for the back of the mower. It hooks into the lower 3pt mount pins

    small scale haying-dcfc0083.jpg2cnd is how the front is bolted to the tractor You can see a bolt sitting in the mount hole. it goes up through that mount and into a bracket bolted to the tractor

    small scale haying-dcfc0081.jpg3rd you can see the view of the flywheel

    small scale haying-dcfc0084.jpg4th is a view of the pulley set up

    small scale haying-dcfc0086.jpg5th is the front mount that is bolted to the tractor

    small scale haying-dcfc0088.jpg6th Is the guard to keep the grass out of the tractor driveshaft and cuting seal.(see other thread about splitting a b3200 http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...itting+a+b3200 ).
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails small scale haying-dcfc0085.jpg   small scale haying-dcfc0087.jpg  
    b3200, 60" land pride finish mower, 3pt log spitter, pallet forks, lawn sweeper, bottom plow, Loader mounted snow plow, 3pt quick hitch.

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    one day i'm getting a sickle mower.. one day...

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    What is the advantage of a sickle bar verses some type of rotor mower?

    I could see that it would cut the grass off and then not twist it all around, perhaps leaving long fibers intact in the grass. Perhaps this is better as forage?

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    yup.. while i have seen people do 'poor hay' with a rotary cutter.. etc.

    the SB cuts it long stem and lays it over to dry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    one day i'm getting a sickle mower.. one day...
    I will tell you that when my mower is working like it is supose to it is lots of fun. I think it was my first cut this year that had been laid down by heavy rain a few days before I mowed it and I had to mow the same direction as the layed down grass and I hated mowing that with the sickle bar.
    b3200, 60" land pride finish mower, 3pt log spitter, pallet forks, lawn sweeper, bottom plow, Loader mounted snow plow, 3pt quick hitch.

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    Thanks for the pics, looks like and interesting setup.
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    Default Re: small scale haying

    Quote Originally Posted by NH-Rob View Post
    I will tell you that when my mower is working like it is supose to it is lots of fun. I think it was my first cut this year that had been laid down by heavy rain a few days before I mowed it and I had to mow the same direction as the layed down grass and I hated mowing that with the sickle bar.
    Trying to mow lodged hay with a sicklebar is generally an exercise in frustration. Better to bite the bullet and get a drum mower for $3K or so that will handle all kinds of hay crop in all kinds of conditions (wet/dry, standing upright/lodged, etc) and that will speed up the mowing job at least 2X compared to a sicklebar.

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    Default Re: small scale haying

    to me a sickle mower has several advantages over a disc mower.it mows in rocky ground,it is cheaper to buy,lasts longer and will require less horsepower.disc mower cuts way faster and will cut downed hay.i would think a sickle mower would be more profitable on a smaller operation .

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