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First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby clintmo » Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:29 pm

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I got a bit of mowing in on my lunch break today. Work isn't supposed to be so fun. :D The only trouble I had was the square bolt wanted to slide out of the square tube under the front end of the tractor. I couldn't get it tight enough to stay. Any tips on that?

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Postby Barnyard » Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:48 pm

Clint, are you talking about #2 in this image? Do you have a retaining nut on the bolt?
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby clintmo » Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:13 pm

I don't see an image, Barnyard. The correct terminology would be that the drag bar is falling out of the drag bar socket. I have the bolt that is supposed to keep it in place as tight as I can get it but the drag bar wants to slide out, particularly when I go downhill.

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Rick Spivey » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:17 pm

I would suggest that you use a type of bolt or set screw known as a "dog point", where the biting end is machined slightly smaller, and has a sharp edge on it. That allows for slight "mushrooming" of the tip, yet you can back it out of the threaded hole when needed. In addition, the lock, or jam, nut is needed. In a pinch, I have ground a bolt into a makeshift "dog point". Google it.
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby clintmo » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:24 pm

I was imaging what you're describing but didn't know if it existed. Is the lock nut just a nut that you tighten down once you have the bolt as tight as possible?

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Barnyard » Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:14 pm

Clint, I forgot to add the image, But you described the part I referred to. Rick has you covered on the bolt typ to use. The jam nut is a bit thinner than a regular nut. That is what I use. I got mine at Fastenal. You might try your local hardware store.
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:45 pm

Clint, this is what you're looking for...

http://www.mcmaster.com/#91418a802/=xhx18k
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:45 pm

The mowers all were supplied with a cup point setscrew for that location. Note item 13. You do have the part installed in the left side of the socket, don't you?

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Scrivet » Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:00 pm

And now a few words about safety.........
I'm definitely not the safety police, and get a chuckle here and there about some of the over the top safety precautions that forum members come up with.

With that being said; having your (assumption) dog around an operating sickle mower (assumption) scares the bejeebies out of me. Hopefully the pooch was restrained and let out after the cutting was done for the photo op.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programing..............

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby clintmo » Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:21 pm

Yeah, the tractor was parked safely in the building when the pic was taken. Harvey and I were on our way back to work and I thought the forum might enjoy a photo.

Thanks for the info, gentlemen. Jim, yes, left side. The screw hole has been drilled and rethreaded to 3/4-10. I'll see what I can come up with from what I have in the shop. If I can't make something work, I know what to look for now.

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Smokeycub » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:15 am

Jim Becker wrote:You do have the part installed in the left side of the socket

clintmo wrote:Jim, yes, left side.


I can't imagine the drag bar support falling out even if it wasn't bolted, they are a real bear to install. Anything's possible I suppose.
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Yogie » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:04 pm

On both of my mowing tractors I lengthened the drag bar support to allow the second bolt to get a good bite also. A little harder to install but it's there for good now.
Before doing that I've found myself in tight places and had it fall all the way out. I mow some really rough areas where there's no time to stop for adjusting when things fall apart.
I also made the mower hanger under the tractor more solid by replacing the hanger and bolting it to all 4 holes in the tractor. I found this to be a big difference making it more one with the tractor and not shaking things so bad.
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby clintmo » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:17 pm

Smokeycub wrote:I can't imagine the drag bar support falling out even if it wasn't bolted, they are a real bear to install. Anything's possible I suppose.


Notice the state that Yogie and I are posting from. These West Virginia hills have everything to do with it.

Yogie, I'd like to see pics of those mods. Sounds pretty solid.

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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:06 am

Yogie wrote:On both of my mowing tractors I lengthened the drag bar support to allow the second bolt to get a good bite also. A little harder to install but it's there for good now.

I did the same thing on the 22 mower on my Super A. Works like a charm.
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Re: First big mow with the sickle mower

Postby Yogie » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:49 pm

clintmo wrote:
Smokeycub wrote:I can't imagine the drag bar support falling out even if it wasn't bolted, they are a real bear to install. Anything's possible I suppose.


Notice the state that Yogie and I are posting from. These West Virginia hills have everything to do with it.

Yogie, I'd like to see pics of those mods. Sounds pretty solid.

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